Falling Hare (1943)
Falling Hare is a 1943 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Robert Clampett, starring Bugs Bunny. The title is another play on “hair”, as “falling hair” refers to impending baldness, while in this cartoon’s climax, the title turns out to be descriptive of Bugs’ situation. Recorded on September 27, 1943.
Within the cartoon are several contemporary pop culture references, including to Wendell Willkie, John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men and the folk songs “Yankee Doodle”, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”, and the Russian folk song “Dark Eyes. In addition, the Gremlin’s behavior is possibly an homage to Bob Clampett’s version of Daffy Duck (for example, he is seen in one scene riding an invisible bicycle, one of Daffy’s old trademarks, among other acts). The Gremlin holds the distinction, along with Cecil Turtle, the unnamed mouse from Rhapsody Rabbit and the fly from Baton Bunny, of being one of the very few antagonists to actually outsmart and rattle Bugs. wikiyt: