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OKLAHOMA CITY – “Never send a monster to do the work of an evil scientist,” says the unnamed “evil scientist” in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny short titled “Water, Water Every Hare.”

Truer words …

There is a decidedly surreal and eerie feeling to this short, released in 1952, where heavy rains flood Bugs Bunny’s rabbit hole and cause him to float in a stream and to the spooky and imposing castle of the aforementioned “evil scientist” who is looking for a brain for his robot experiment – his “mechanical masterpiece.”

The water flooding Bugs’s home and the animated images of floating dishes and housewares a decidedly Alice in Wonderland feel about it.

Using a fishing rod, the evil scientist hooks the still-snoozing rabbit right before he goes over a tall waterfall.

Bugs is still oblivious, having not waken from his slumber. The evil scientist passes an Egyptian mummy leaning against the wall, and Bugs even tries to warm himself with the wrappings of a mummy lying next to him.

“A wee bit small, but it will have to do,” the evil scientist says after measuring the size of Bugs Bunny’s head and brain. A scheme to snag the hare's brain. Get it?

Bugs snaps out of his sleep and is frightened by the mummy and the robot. “Delays, delays …” mutters the short, large-headed evil scientist, who looks like a cross between the Great Gazoo and an alien conjured up by Aleister Crowley. He sounds a little like Vincent Price, although he was more like Peter Lorre and in the episode “Hair-Raising Hare,” the red monster is “Gossamer.”

And perhaps just as disturbing is the spider-goulash-loving red monster (complete with sneakers) named “Rudolph.”

From here there is a chase scene and a gag where Bugs gives Rudolph a manicure before putting dynamite on his head. He then uses disappearing oil to remain hidden, while Rudolph is shrunk down to the size of a mouse. In fact this laboratory of the evil scientist is complete with all sorts of chemicals, potions and whatnot.

While researching “mad scientists,” a 2009 Cracked.com article about “9 real life mad scientists” which include Dr. Robert J. White, and Sidney Gottlieb (aka “Dr. Feelgood”) we also get “occult rocket scientist” Jack Parsons, who helped created the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Parsons was a friend of L. Ron Hubbard, who would later allegedly defraud him and found Scientology. As for Crowley acolyte Parsons, he would die in a “mysterious” explosion in his home laboratory, just short of two months after the appearance of the April 1952 episode “Water, Water Every Hare” (a reference to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner).

The evil scientist shows back up with an axe (it is here where he makes the statement in the opening paragraph). The axe is thrown at Bugs and misses, hitting a bottle of ether and causing everything to slow down in a drugged-sort-of-way.

The episode ends with Bugs floating down a flooded stream in a dreamlike state and back to his rabbit hole. He wakes up, wet, saying, “Whew. It must’ve been a nightmare.” At that moment, the shrunken, red monster Rudolph, wearing a sport jacket and hat and paddling a boat in front of Bugs replies in an annoyed voice: “Oh yeah? That’s what you think!”

The short is, well, short. Only seven-and-a-half minutes. 

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