This 1963 cartoon sees Bugs Bunny taking on Marvin the Martian again – Tricked into a rocket ride, Bugs is surprised to find himself landing on a strange planet. Marvin has spotted him and doesn’t approve of his presence. Of course, we know who will come out on top…
A huge telescope in a futuristic observatory. Marvin the Martian is taking notes at the telescope. Marvin is wearing a metal helmet, reminiscent of a roman legionary helmet, a metal skirt and white tennis shoes. The helmet shadows his face so all we can see is his big eyes.
Marvin the Martian: Hmm, yes. Very curious. Very interesting. I do so enjoy observing the flora and fauna of that tiny planet. I think Man is the most interesting insect on earth, don’t you?
Marvin puts down his notebook and adjusts the telescope.
Marvin the Martian: There is a growing tendency to think of man as a rational thinking being, which is absurd. There is simply no evidence of any intelligence on the earth.
We can see the telescope pan across the southern coast of the United States and focus on Florida.
Marvin the Martian: Mmmhmm. Wait. Oh goodie! Some kind of activity down there….
Marvin adjusts the telescope
Marvin the Martian: Could it be?
Marvin’s visor falls over his eyes and he adjusts it
Marvin the Martian: It is! It is! Oh peachy!
Through the telescope we see the gantry move away from a rocket and the rocket take off from earth
Marvin the Martian: A new form of primitive life. And look! Its leaving its nest.
The rocket reaches open space.
Marvin the Martian (clapping): I’ve never witnessed a fledgeling leaving its nest before.
The rocket is now coming straight towards Marvin.
Marvin the Martian: What beautiful markings.
The rocket grows larger and larger.
Marvin the Martian: A most unusual spec-
The rocket hits the telescope with a big explosion. Marvin is disheveled and bruised but not significantly injured. The telescope is destroyed.
Marvin the Martian: I’m not angry, just terribly, terribly hurt
The rocket comes in for a landing nearby.
Marvin the Martian: Nevertheless, no Earth creature is going to contaminate my atmosphere
The rocket lands, a set of stairs extends, and a door opens. Bugs Bunny, wearing a futuristic outfit, peeks out, looking very worried. He blinks and twitches his nose. Inside the rocket a speaker extrudes on an extendible arm
Radio Voice: Earth calling Astro Rabbit Bugs Bunny, Astro Rabbit Bugs Bunny.
Bugs turns from the door to answer
Radio Voice: Come in, Bugs Bunny, are you reading me? Is everything go?
Bugs Bunny: Well, no, everything is not go. Everything is kinda stopped. I seem to have landed on some planet or other
Radio Voice: Excellent, Excellent, I read you loud and clear. Now then, you are to take this planet in the name of the earth.
Bugs Bunny: Just a minute. Are you out of your cotton-tail picking mind? This joint makes siberia look like Miami Beach. ANd anyway, how come you send a rabbit to do a man’s job, anyway?
Radio Voice (the speaker comes close to Bugs and yells): Because rabbits are expendable, thats why!
Bugs is almost knocked over by the yelling, but recovers and crosses his arms, stubbornly.
Bugs Bunny: And if I refuse, then what? You are hardly in a position to enforce your wishes ♪ ladeedee.
Bugs hums to himself and inspects his fingernails.
A mechanical arm comes out of the cupboard with a carrot in its claw. It waves the carrot in front of Bugs’ nose and then waves it outside the door
Radio Voice: Here boy, here boy, get the carrot, get the carrot, get the carrot
The arm tosses the carrot out the door and Bugs zooms after it.
The stairs retract
Bugs gets the carrot, kisses it while racing back to the rocket, only to find halfway up the stairs that they aren’t there anymore. He falls to the ground, landing on his head with a thud.
Bugs Bunny: Darn it, betrayed by my baser reflexes again.
Bugs sits up
Bugs Bunny: When will I ever learn? It was a carrot that lured me into Cape Canaveral in the first place. Why do I love carrots anyway?
Bugs picks up the carrot and inspects it
Bugs Bunny: There isn’t much meat on them. They’re kinda dry, too. But I love em! I love em! I love em! I love em! (yells) Lunch time!
Bugs takes a big bite but the carrot proves to made of metal. He shakes in reaction to the shock of the bite and finally holds his mouth shut to stop the chattering
Bugs Bunny: How do you like that? It isn’t even a real carrot. Its aluminumumum
THe carrot bounces around then pops in half.
An automated brass band pops out and pays Yankee Doodle. A flag labeled ‘earth’ goes up a small flag pole then the band retracts into the carrot
Bugs watches, surprised. Marvin walks up behind him, pointing a gun at him.
Marvin the Martian: Brace yourself for immediate disintegration
Bugs sticks his finger in the end of the gun, which pushes it back towards Marvin where it bumps Marvin’s visor down over his eyes
Bugs Bunny: You shouldn’t fool around with firearms, shorty!
Bugs takes the gun while Marvin tries to get his visor off his eyes
Bugs Bunny: This thing just might be loaded, you know. Yeah, you can’t be too careful with guns
Marvin manages to lift his visor just as Bugs accidentally disintegrates him. All that is left is Marvin’s helmet and shoes.
Bugs Bunny: Good heavens! He evaporated!
The helmet falls onto the shoes, and the combination walks away to a futuristic, glass walled building labeled Re-integrator. Lots of electrical activity and Marvin is reintegrated
Marvin the Martian: Being disintegrated makes me very angry! Very angry indeed!
Marvin walks back to Bugs
Bugs Bunny (looking up at the sky): I still wonder how the heck I am going to get back up there
As Bugs walks along he bumps into the gun that Marvin is pointing at him.
Marvin the Martian: You have sealed your fate.
Marvin is holding a weapon labeled “Acme Time-Space Gun”.
Marvin the Martian: I am going to project you forward into time where you will be a useful but harmless slave to me.
Bugs Bunny: be reasonable doc, I haven’t had any practice in being a slave. I-
Marvin the Martian (interrupts): Begging for mercy makes me angry!
Marvin fires the gun and Bugs transforms into a large hulking rabbit beast. Marvin looks frightened
Bugs Bunny: Muahahahaha!
Marvin the Martian: Oh dear, I got the silly thing in reverse. He’s turned into a neanderthal rabbit
Bugs grabs the gun and squashes it into a ball in his hands. Then he pushes on Marvin’s helmet to push him into it. Bugs walks off scene
Marvin the Martian: Well, back to the old electronic brain
Marvin scuttles back to his lab
Bugs Bunny: I’ll tell you this much – when I get back to earth, Ole Elmer Fudd and the rest of those hunters are due for a big surprise
Bugs eats the metal carrot
Bugs Bunny: Mmmm, good carrot, Lots of iron
Co-director – Maurice Noble
Story – John Dunn
Animation – Ken Harris
Backgrounds – Bob Singer
Effects Animation – Harry Love
Film Editor – Treg Brown
Voice Characterizations – Mel Blanc
Music – Bill Lava
Directed by Chuck Jones
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