Mad as a Mars Hare
Studio: Warner Brothers Release Date : October 19, 1963 Series: Merrie Melodies
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating:       (4 ratings submitted)

Synopsis

Bugs Bunny is sent on a rocket ship to Mars to claim it for the planet earth. But he doesn't know that Marvin the Martian is there waiting for him.

Characters

Bugs Bunny
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)
Marvin the Martian
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)

Credits

Director

Charles M. "Chuck" Jones

Animator

Ken Harris
Richard "Dick" Thompson
Bob Bransford
Thomas "Tom" Ray

Story

John W. Dunn

Music

William "Bill" Lava

Backgrounds

Robert "Bob" Singer

Voices

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc

Effects Animation

Harry Love

Film Editor

Treg Brown

Co-Director

Maurice Noble

Television

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (Season 1, Episode 12)
The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show (Season 1, Episode 12)
The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show (Season 2, Episode 22)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Wabbit Tales

DVD

United States

Bugs Bunny - Hare Extraordinaire
LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1

BluRay Disc

United States

LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1 (Blu-Ray)

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 20226
Production No.: 1667
Running time: 6:57
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Countrie: United States

Reviews and Comments

From ToonStar95 :

I think this is one of Chuck Jones' weakest cartoons, as well as Bugs Bunny's. The animation isn't interesting, many of the jokes fall flat, and there's WAY too much dialogue (and this is from a guy who said he was against "illustrated radio"). Overall, a very boring and lackluster cartoon.
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From kintutoons32 :

Pretty decent for Marvin's very last theatrical appearance. Nothing too amazing or special for that matter, but at least here, there's something slightly enjoyable.
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From DVDLooney :

In my view, This was still a good cartoon for 1963. This cartoon demonstrates that Bugs Bunny still has some life in him as a character. Needless to say, the music isn't great, but the Warners studio didn't have a lot of budgets to work with at the time.
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From TibbyH :

There are two sides to John Dunn's writing: the good side is his pension for surrealist humor, and bad side is he can write WAY too much dialogue. I guess Dunn, Chuck Jones and the rest of the staff didn't particularly care about this short, because it's a very boring and mind-numbing time. The cartoon drags along with no real plot or goals, it's just a bunch of talking heads trying to eat up 6 minutes of time so they can get their paychecks. And the problem is not that there's a lot of dialogue. Good TV cartoons have proven that well written, intelligent, and/or hilarious dialogue can make up for poor animation or direction. Sadly, the writing is beyond lackluster and makes me think nothing out of John Dunn's storyboards were cut out (including the first draft lines). Chuck Jones' direction is way too flat, making viewing this train wreck all the more painful. And as hearing the dialogue didn't already wanna make me tear my ears out, Bill Lava's ear grating music makes me wish I could never hear in the first place. If I may say one positive, the backgrounds aren't too bad and the animators did what they could to salvage this. Otherwise, this is about as bottom of the barrel as you can get. No contest, one of the absolute worst cartoons of the Warner Bros Golden Age and a terrible sign of things to come in the future.
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History

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    Sources

    Charles M. "Chuck" Jones: Director
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Maurice Noble: Co-Director
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    John W. Dunn: Story
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Ken Harris: Animator
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Richard "Dick" Thompson: Animator
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Bob Bransford: Animator
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Thomas "Tom" Ray: Animator
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Robert "Bob" Singer: Backgrounds
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Harry Love: Effects Animation
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Treg Brown: Film Editor
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc: Voices
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    William "Bill" Lava: Music
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald