Homeless Hare

Film Review by Abby Welling Jul 13, 2015

This is a good one. It’s the mature Bugs again, inclined to be peaceful, only fighting back when he’s really pushed. The punishment he wreaks on the construction foreman is beautifully judged, pleasingly distributed, exquisitely executed. The assaults come in two waves, the first being when Bugs is displaced, the second after he sees the guy picking on a little worker. It’s a nice, shapely structure. The girder! The sleepwalking up in the air stuff is pretty standard—Lloyd in Never Weaken, L & H’s Liberty, etc.—but what works works, and this is a good entry in that distinguished series. Mind you, with Bugs Bunny you never get much of a sense of jeopardy. The climactic rivet gag is superbly worked out, an exemplary compound. Is this a (Robert Altman’s) Short Cuts situation? The subject is dire, but the execution and communication of it is so perfectly judged that you can only admire it. Or, it’s violence as catharsis, maybe a Chestertonian visitation of divine justice on the heads of the guilty. Or, another really funny Chuck Jones movie. In the end, of course, Bugs has prevailed. But it’s a pretty Pyrrhic victory! On to Pom Poko.