Porky's Hare Hunt is a 1938 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated short film directed by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway and an uncredited Cal Dalton, which stars Porky Pig as a hunter whose quarry is a little white rabbit. The short was released on April 30, 1938. This cartoon marked the first appearance of the rabbit that would evolve into Bugs Bunny, who is barely recognizable compared to his more familiar later form. Bugs' first official appearance would come two years later in A Wild Hare. Several rabbits are eating carrots and ruining crops. Bugs warns them to evacuate by saying "Jiggers, fellers!" Soon, Porky and his dog meet Bugs and try to outwit him in the forest. Porky and Bugs get into a fight and the hare thinks he has won. However Porky finds Bugs, who shows Porky a photo of himself and of how many children he has with his wife. When Porky is about to shoot him, the gun fails. After Porky attempts to shoot him, Bugs asks Porky: "Do you have a hunting license?" As Porky reaches for his pocket to obtain the document, the hare suddenly snatches it out of Porky's grasp, rips it in two, says, "Well you haven't got one now!" and escapes by twisting his ears as though they were a helicopter propeller, flying away. But Porky throws a rock at the hare which sends him crashing into a haystack. He emerges from the stack appearing injured, but he suddenly grabs Porky and says one of Groucho Marx's lines from Duck Soup: "Of course, you know that this means war!" He then starts marching like one of the spirits of '76. Ultimately, Bugs wins when Porky throws dynamite into the cave in which the rabbit is hiding and he throws the dynamite back. Later, Porky is in the hospital and Bugs brings him flowers. Porky tells Bugs that he will be out in a few days. "That's what YOU think!", Bugs says, and then pulls on the anvil in Porky's bed, and runs out the window into the distance laughing.
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