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{{Infobox LT&MM|caption = Title Card|series = [[Merrie Melodies]] (Blue Ribbon)|starring = [[Bugs Bunny]] and [[Yosemite Sam]]|director = [[Friz Freleng]] (Credited as I. Freleng)||image = File:Ballot_Box_Bunny_Title_Card.png|preceded = [[Tweety's S.O.S.]]|story = [[Warren Foster]]|animator = [[Ken Champin]]<br/>[[Virgil Ross]]<br/>[[Arthur Davis]]<br/>[[Manuel Perez]]|layout = [[Hawley Pratt]]|background = [[Paul Julian]]|film editor = [[Treg Brown]] (uncredited)|voices = [[Mel Blanc]]|music = [[Carl Stalling]]|mpaa# = 14408|followed = [[A Bear for Punishment]]}}
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{{Infobox LT&MM|caption = Title Card|series = [[Merrie Melodies]] (Blue Ribbon)|starring = [[Bugs Bunny]] and [[Yosemite Sam]]|director = [[Friz Freleng]] (Credited as I. Freleng)||image = File:Ballot_Box_Bunny_Title_Card.png|preceded = [[Tweety's S.O.S.]]|story = [[Warren Foster]]|animator = [[Ken Champin]]<br/>[[Virgil Ross]]<br/>[[Arthur Davis]]<br/>[[Manuel Perez]]|layout = [[Hawley Pratt]]|background = [[Paul Julian]]|film editor = |voices = [[Mel Blanc]]|music = [[Carl Stalling]]|mpaa# = 14408|followed = [[A Bear for Punishment]]|prod# = Unknown|excerpt = [[Bugs Bunny: All American Hero]]|no-film editor = [[Treg Brown]]|release = October 6, 1951}}
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'''Ballot Box Bunny''' is a 1951 ''[[Merrie Melodies]]'' short directed by [[Friz Freleng]] and written by [[Warren Foster]].
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==Plot==
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[[Yosemite Sam]] is running for mayor of a small town saying "There's enough fresh air and sunshine in this great country of ours for everybody- and I'll see to it, that you'll get your share!"). [[Bugs Bunny]] is underneath the podium drinking carrot juice when Sam makes a pledge to make good on his previous promise to rid the town "of every last rabbit" if elected. Bugs then decides he needs to fight against Sam by running against him for mayor.
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Bugs proceeds to quickly try and win the townspeople over (including referencing Theodore Roosevelt's famous "I speak softly, but carry a BIG stick!" quote). However, Sam, declaring that he speaks ''loud'' and carries "a bigger stick, and I use it too!" has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. He steals Bugs' cigar stand, sends a boxful of army ants to steal all of Bugs' food, and rigs explosives (in, for instance, a piano and by the front door of Bugs' campaign office), all of which backfire on him. A campaign slogan seen on a pro-Bugs banner says that the candidate is "Loyal, Lovable, Literate." (Bugs switches his "SMELLO" cigars with five-cent ATOM Explosive Cigars {"You Will Get A BANG Out Of This"}, hides a dynamite stick in a watermelon, pretends that a pretty girl called Emma who loves Sam is at his door, and misplays the piano tune on purpose to infuriate Sam, who plays it right and falls for his trap for the fourth time.)
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In the end, because they were too busy fighting with each other, they don't notice until it is too late that the mayorship has been won by a literal "dark horse" type of candidate: a chestnut-coloured mare! The two then play a game of Russian Roulette. Bugs shoots himself, but misses and Sam get shot in the head, leaving Sam angry and saying "I hate that rabbit!" (see "Censorship" note below for more information about the ending).
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==Gallery==
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{{Gallerylink}}
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==Notes==
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* Most of this cartoon was used in the TV special, ''[[Bugs Bunny: All American Hero]]''.
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* The "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" [[Exploding Piano Gag]] would later be reused in "[[Show Biz Bugs]]" (1957) and "[[Rushing Roulette]]" (1965).
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* The "dark horse" election as the new mayor is a pun joke; The term of "dark horse" refers to one who receives unexpected support as a candidate for the nomination in a political convention.
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* Unlike most cartoons, Bugs drinks carrot juice instead of munching on a carrot.
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==Goofs==
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When Bugs plays two distinctly different sour notes each time, he is striking the exact same key.
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==Censorship==
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*On the syndicated ''[[The Merrie Melodies Show|Merrie Melodies Show]]'', [[FOX]], [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]], and [[The WB]] the entire ending scene where Bugs and Sam play Russian Roulette after both losing the mayoral race to a literal "dark horse" is deleted with a fake iris-out. <ref name=CensoredLTMM>http://www.intanibase.com/gac/looneytunes/censored-b.aspx</ref>
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*[[Cartoon Network]] and [[Boomerang]] originally aired the short with the ending cut the same way as for ''The Merrie Melodies Show'', FOX, ABC, and The WB.<ref name=CensoredLTMM /> As of 2011, the short has been shown uncut on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
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** It should be noted that the pre-2011 censored version that aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang is [[Warner Bros. Cartoons Golden Jubilee 24 Karat Collection|a horribly faded unrestored print from the Golden Jubilee tapes]] which has been time-compressed to PAL speed, while the post-2011 uncensored version is the restored version seen on ''[[Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1]]'' played at its original NTSC speed. Various European CN/Boomerang stations would air this short uncensored, either as [[Warner Bros. Cartoons Golden Jubilee 24 Karat Collection|the aforementioned Golden Jubilee tape print]] in PAL speed and with high-pitched audio or [[Dubbed Versions|the 1998 dubbed version (a.k.a. THIS VERSION 1998) print]] in PAL speed but with normal-pitched audio.{{citation needed}}
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*In addition to the ending cut made by ''The Merrie Melodies Show'', FOX, ABC, The WB, and the pre-2011 Cartoon Network and Boomerang, Nickelodeon altered the part in which Bugs plays his "juteybox" (read: Bugs' marching one-man band) and Sam shoots him by having Bugs' marching played in a loop and Sam yelling, "Shut off that juteybox! I can't hear myself a-speechin'" over the looped shot, followed by a cut to Sam saying: "Now, where was I?". This edit makes it seem that Bugs merely stopped because Sam told him to rather than be forced to do it by use of firearms.<ref name="CensoredLTMM" />
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==Gallery==
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{{Gallerylink}}
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==Availability==
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*Laserdisc - ''[[Looney Tunes Laserdiscs|Bugs Bunny: Winner by a Hare: 14 of Bugs Bunny's Best]]''
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*VHS - ''[[A Salute to Mel Blanc|A Salute To Mel Blanc]]''
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*VHS - ''[[Modern Looney Tunes Series (VHS)|From Hare to Eternity]]''
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*DVD - ''[[Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1]]'', Disc One
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==References==
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<references />
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==External links==
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*[http://www.supercartoons.net/cartoon/641/bugs-bunny-ballot-box-bunny.html Ballot Box Bunny] at SuperCartoons.net
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*[http://www.b99.tv/video/ballot-box-bunny/ Ballot Box Bunny] at B99.TV
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*{{imdb title|0043315}}
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{{succession box |
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before= [[His Hare Raising Tale]] |
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title= [[List of Bugs Bunny cartoons|Bugs Bunny Cartoons]] |
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years= 1951 |
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after= [[Big Top Bunny]]|}}
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Ballot Box Bunny is a 1951 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng and written by Warren Foster.

Plot

Yosemite Sam is running for mayor of a small town saying "There's enough fresh air and sunshine in this great country of ours for everybody- and I'll see to it, that you'll get your share!"). Bugs Bunny is underneath the podium drinking carrot juice when Sam makes a pledge to make good on his previous promise to rid the town "of every last rabbit" if elected. Bugs then decides he needs to fight against Sam by running against him for mayor.

Bugs proceeds to quickly try and win the townspeople over (including referencing Theodore Roosevelt's famous "I speak softly, but carry a BIG stick!" quote). However, Sam, declaring that he speaks loud and carries "a bigger stick, and I use it too!" has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. He steals Bugs' cigar stand, sends a boxful of army ants to steal all of Bugs' food, and rigs explosives (in, for instance, a piano and by the front door of Bugs' campaign office), all of which backfire on him. A campaign slogan seen on a pro-Bugs banner says that the candidate is "Loyal, Lovable, Literate." (Bugs switches his "SMELLO" cigars with five-cent ATOM Explosive Cigars {"You Will Get A BANG Out Of This"}, hides a dynamite stick in a watermelon, pretends that a pretty girl called Emma who loves Sam is at his door, and misplays the piano tune on purpose to infuriate Sam, who plays it right and falls for his trap for the fourth time.)

In the end, because they were too busy fighting with each other, they don't notice until it is too late that the mayorship has been won by a literal "dark horse" type of candidate: a chestnut-coloured mare! The two then play a game of Russian Roulette. Bugs shoots himself, but misses and Sam get shot in the head, leaving Sam angry and saying "I hate that rabbit!" (see "Censorship" note below for more information about the ending).

Gallery

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Notes

  • Most of this cartoon was used in the TV special, Bugs Bunny: All American Hero.
  • The "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" Exploding Piano Gag would later be reused in "Show Biz Bugs" (1957) and "Rushing Roulette" (1965).
  • The "dark horse" election as the new mayor is a pun joke; The term of "dark horse" refers to one who receives unexpected support as a candidate for the nomination in a political convention.
  • Unlike most cartoons, Bugs drinks carrot juice instead of munching on a carrot.

Goofs

When Bugs plays two distinctly different sour notes each time, he is striking the exact same key.

Censorship


  • In addition to the ending cut made by The Merrie Melodies Show, FOX, ABC, The WB, and the pre-2011 Cartoon Network and Boomerang, Nickelodeon altered the part in which Bugs plays his "juteybox" (read: Bugs' marching one-man band) and Sam shoots him by having Bugs' marching played in a loop and Sam yelling, "Shut off that juteybox! I can't hear myself a-speechin'" over the looped shot, followed by a cut to Sam saying: "Now, where was I?". This edit makes it seem that Bugs merely stopped because Sam told him to rather than be forced to do it by use of firearms.[1]

Gallery

WARNER BROS. WIKI LOGO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Ballot Box Bunny.

Availability

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.intanibase.com/gac/looneytunes/censored-b.aspx

External links


Preceded by
His Hare Raising Tale
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1951
Succeeded by
Big Top Bunny
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