High Diving Hare

Synopsis: "Due to an unfortunate delay," announces the barker, Bugs Bunny, "Fearless Freep will be unable to perform his high-diving act today." But Yosemite Sam had bought out the house just to see Freep. If Freep isn't going to dive, someone else will just have to. And that someone is going to be Bugs Bunny. Bugs is no high diver; but at gunpoint, he'll have to take his first-ever 500-ft. jump into a tank of water. Or will he? Yosemite Sam will find himself tricked into doing the dive himself - many times - before realizing that no matter what he does, Bugs's blissful ignorance of physics will always save him.
Director(s): Friz Freleng
Actors: Mel Blanc
7 min

Hurry! Step right this way, friends.

Yes, sir, Iadies and gentIemen...

the greatest aggregation of taIent

ever to be presented...

on any vaudeviIIe stage.

Fifteen sensationaI acts!

Fifteen eIaborate scenes!

Pardon me.

Butterfingers and CIumsy:

the worId's foremost juggIers!

FearIess Freep

and his sensationaI high-diving act.

FearIess Freep!

That's my boy!

Step aside, son, you bother me!

Yes, sir, gentIemen,

Give me a ticket!

Give me a whoIe mess of them.

I'm a-spIurging.

Bring on FearIess Freep!

On with the show!

Come on! Quit staIIing!

Bring on Freep!

Now, Iadies and gentIemen,

Iet me direct your attention...

to the high-diving pIatform

From this dizzy height, FearIess Freep...

the worId's most daring

high-diving artist...

wiII execute his death-defying dive...

into a bucket of water

pIaced upon the stage beIow.

Now, Iadies and gentIemen--

Pardon me, just a minute.


Quiet, pIease!

Ladies and gentIemen,

due to an unfortunate deIay...

FearIess Freep wiII be unabIe

to perform his high-diving act today.


I paid my four bits

to see the high-diving act...

and I'm a-gonna see the high-diving act!

-You see, friend, the feIIow that--


Someone is going to do

that high-diving act!

-And that someone's a-gonna be you!


No, doc, not me.

You see, I'm scared of high pIaces.

I get dizzy speIIs.

Goose bumps on my goose bumps.

You taIked me into it.

No staIIing! Now keep a-moving!

AII right! Quit shoving!

Come on! Get a-going!

Now, you varmint! Dive!

Okay, but you gotta cIose your eyes

whiIe I put on my bathing suit.

AII right. But make it snappy!



By gar! The critter went and done it.

This I gotta see.

Now, Iadies and gentIemen,

for our next attraction--

I said, I aim to see you dive,

and I'm a-going to!

Here I go again.

One for the money, two for the show...

three to make ready, and four to go!

Bon voyage!

I forgot to fiII the tank with water.

Ladies and gentIemen, our next attraction.

Up, you. Up you go.

Where is he? Where's the critter at?

What's up, doc?

Great horny toads!

What are you doing down there

upside downy?

I'm not upside down, doc. You are. Look.

Bright boy!

Now you dog-bIasted, ornery,

no-account, Iong-eared varmint!

Just a minute, you. Them's fighting words.

Yeah, them's fighting words.

-I dare you to step across this Iine.

-I'm a-stepping.

I hate you!

Open up that door!

You notice I didn't say ''Richard''?

Come on, open up, or I'II bust her down!

Here I come!

Quick! Him go that way.

You take shortcut. Head him off at pass.

Thank you, stranger.

Now, you smarty-pants,

Iet's see you get out of this one!

This time you're a-diving.

I know this defies the Iaw of gravity...

but, you see, I never studied Iaw.


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Tedd Pierce

Edward Stacey "Tedd" Pierce III (August 12, 1906, Quogue, NY – February 19, 1972, Los Angeles, CA) was a writer of American animated cartoons, principally from the mid-1930s to the late 1950s. Pierce was the son of a stockbroker, Samuel Cuppels Pierce, who in turn was the son of Edward S. Pierce, a long-serving treasurer of the St. Louis-based Samuel Cuppels Woodenware Company. Pierce completed his education through the fourth year of high school, according to the 1940 census records. Pierce spent the majority of his career as a writer for the Warner Bros. "Termite Terrace" animation studio, working alongside fellow luminaries such as Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese. Pierce also worked as a writer at Fleischer Studios from 1939 to 1941. Jones credited Pierce in his autobiography Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist (1989) as being the inspiration for the character Pepé Le Pew, the haplessly romantic French skunk due to Pierce's self-proclamation that he was a ladies' man.In early credits, his name was spelled "T-E-D". He was said to have added an extra "D" to his name as a way of lampooning puppeteer Bil Baird when he dropped one of the "L"s from his first name. He contributed (with Bill Danch) the story of the Tom and Jerry short Tall in the Trap (1962), directed by Gene Deitch. Originally the short would have starred Sylvester the cat and Speedy Gonzales and would have been directed by Robert McKimson. However, McKimson disapproved of the storyline, and decided not to use it. Instead, Pierce sold it to Danch and Deitch, who were desperately looking for suitable storylines for Tom and Jerry. In his Warners career, Pierce worked with three of the three best-known Warner animation directors (Jones, McKimson and Friz Freleng). He contributed many storylines for them, including Freleng's Hare Do (1949), Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949), Bunker Hill Bunny (1950) and Big House Bunny (1950); Jones' Hare Tonic (1945, an early success for both of them) and Broom-Stick Bunny (1956); and McKimson's Hillbilly Hare (1950), Lovelorn Leghorn (1951) and Cat-Tails for Two (1953), the last of which was Speedy Gonzales' first appearance. Because much of Pierce's Termite Terrace career was spent with McKimson's unit, however, it would follow that Pierce was generally overshadowed by his contemporaries as story writers at Warners, Warren Foster and Michael Maltese. Pierce also got occasional voice work in the shorts: he gave voice to King Bombo in Gulliver's Travels (1939), and the villainous C. Bagley Beetle in Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941), in addition to writing on those films.He imitated Bud Abbott in one Warner short casting Abbott and Costello as alley cats Babbit and Catstello (A Tale of Two Kitties) and two Warner shorts casting them as mice (Tale of Two Mice and The Mouse-Merized Cat). Pierce also voiced Tom Dover in The Dover Boys, the "tall, thin" character in Wackiki Wabbit, and the French chef Louis in French Rarebit. In addition, in a few shorts containing Jones' Hubie and Bertie characters, Pierce voiced Bertie, and Maltese played Hubie. Thereafter they were voiced by the principal voice actor, Mel Blanc, and Stan Freberg, who had also voiced secondary Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies duos such as the Goofy Gophers and Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier. While it has been speculated that Pierce did voice-work for coming-attractions trailers for Universal Studios, experts in the voice acting field such as Keith Scott have disputed this point. more…

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