The Turtles and the Hare
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode
Season Code: 05
Episode: 01
Original airdate September 16, 1991
Written by Susan Stewart-Taggart
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List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. "The Turtles and the Hare"
  2. "Once Upon a Time Machine"
  3. "My Brother, the Bad Guy"
  4. "Michelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko"
  5. "Enter: Mutagen Man"
  6. "Donatello's Badd Time"
  7. "Michelangelo Meets Bugman Again"
  8. "Muckman Messes Up"
  9. "Napoleon Bonafrog: Colossus of the Swamps"
  10. "Raphael Versus the Volcano"
  11. "Landlord of the Flies"
  12. "Donatello's Duplicate"
  13. "The Ice Creature Cometh"
  14. "Leonardo Cuts Loose"
  15. "Pirate Radio"
  16. "Raphael, Turtle of a Thousand Faces"
  17. "Leonardo, the Renaissance Turtle"
  18. "Zach and the Alien Invaders"
  19. "Welcome Back, Polarisoids"
  20. "Michelangelo, the Sacred Turtle"
  21. "Planet of the Turtleoids, Part 1"
  22. "Planet of the Turtleoids, Part 2"

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"The Turtles and the Hare" is an episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.

Plot synopsis

Krang sends out Bebop and Rocksteady, dressed as Easter bunnies, from the Technodrome in Dimension X through the dimensional portal during Easter. They arrive in New York City to blast people with a "Docilizer Ray". They go to the Channel 6 News Building, where the staff are planning to have an Easter egg hunt.

April O'Neil watches Bebop and Rocksteady testing the ray and calls the Ninja Turtles for help just before she gets zapped. To stop them, the TMNT must find out a "Cyranium Crystal" in the "Fairy Tale Dimension". Leonardo and Raphael go there, and meet Hokum Hare, the rabbit of fable "The Tortoise and the Hare. Hokum Hare thinks they are the turtles who always beat him, but he insists on following them. Outwitting the Giant (from "Jack and the Beanstalk"), Hokum Hare, Leonardo and Raphael grab the "Cyranium Crystal" and climb down the Beanstalk, just as Jack chops it down. Leonardo, Raphael and Hokum go back to Earth and unite with Donatello and Michelangelo. Together, they stop Shredder and Krang from broadcasting the "Docilizer Ray" all over the Earth. Hokum Hare gets to stand in as the Easter Bunny for the Channel 6 Easter Egg Hunt.



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  • When Shredder turns toward his control panel in the Technodrome, a switch handle appears out of nowhere.
  • When Hokum is about to use the Docilizer Ray on Shredder, Rocksteady ran out in fear even though Krang told him the ray had no effect on mutants.


  • This is the last time we'll see of Donatello's full sized Portable Portal Generator until "The Day the Earth Disappeared".
  • Oddly, this episode started out with the intro for seasons 1-3.