Title - Case of the Missing Hare
Director - Chuck Jones
Released - 1942
Reason for Placement --
When will villains learn not to get Bugs Bunny mad? In Case of the Missing Hare, a snobby magician named Ala Bahma is putting up posters for his upcoming show and puts one over the entrance to Bugs' home (in this toon, Bugs apparently lives in a hollowed tree, not a hole in the ground as usual). Bugs tries to get Bahma to stop blocking his entrance, only to get a pie in the face for his troubles. In one of my favorite all-time shots, Bugs picks a piece of the pie crust off of his face, crumbles it between his fingers, and says the time-honored Marx Brothers catchphrase: "Of course, you realize this means war!"
Bugs proceeds to get his revenge on Ala Bahma during his performance, including stealing the show when the magician tries to pull a rabbit out of his hat (see the above photo). Case of the Missing Hare has some great dialogue between Bugs and Bahma, and the gags on the stage are timeless (in fact, many cartoons have borrowed various jokes from this scene, including the "knives in the basket" moment, where Bugs tries to fool the audience into thinking Bahma is sticking sharp swords into him while he hides in a basket).