Compressed Hare

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Compressed Hare
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Lobby card.
Production company Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date July 29, 1961
Run time 7:02
Starring Mel Blanc
Producer(s) David H. DePatie
John W. Burton
Music composed by Milt Franklyn
Story by Dave Detiege
Animation Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Bob Bransford
Tom Ray
Harry Love (effects animation)
Director(s) Chuck Jones
Maurice Noble (Co-Director)
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Compressed Hare is the four hundred and seventieth Merrie Melodies theatrical short. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Vitaphone Corporation on July 29, 1961. It was written by David Detige, produced by David H. DePatie and John W. Burton, and directed by Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble.

After failing to lure Bugs into his home, Wile E. goes through several trials to capture and outsmart the rabbit, including a giant magnet machine.

Memorable quotes

Wile E.: Oh well, even a genius can have day...

Bugs: One thing's for sure, we're da first country to send a coyote into orbit.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Wile E. Coyote Mel Blanc
Bugs Bunny Mel Blanc





Second lobby card.



The music was composed by Milt Franklyn.

A small piece of Raymon Scott's Powerhouse was used for this short.

Crew credits


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: July 29, 1961 in theaters

Behind the Scenes


Everlasting legacy

  • The ending of this short would be recycled in DePatie–Freleng's Inspector entry, Transylvania Mania, of which the Inspector concludes by saying, "You know, we are the first country to send a castle to the moon."
  • Parts of this short was used in The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special.

Home availability