Premiered October 6, 1951
|"As I stand on this platform, I stand for union - Union suits and Union stations! For the little people. 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 is disgusted by Sam's rabbit elimination platform|
Bugs Bunny (Mel Blanc again) overhears this from underneath Sam's stage and cannot let it go unchallenged. He decides to fight fire with fire and take on Sam in the mayoral election. "This calls for stragety!"
|Bugs Bunny "drums up" support for his campaign|
He then makes his own stump speech.
"From the rock-bound coasts of Maine to the smoggy shores of Cal-ee-forn-eye-ay. Dat is a long walk!"
|Bugs speechifying in a Teddy Roosevelt costume|
Naturally, Sam interrupts saying he'll speak LOUDLY and carry a BIGGER stick.
|Sam finds a baby to kiss in old-school politician fashion|
|Bugs - disguised as a baby - plants a smacker on Sam|
The ladies of the town do not react well.
|Bugs offers grub in hopes of grassroots support|
|"Assorted Picnic Ants" - another ACME Co. specialty?|
Bugs retaliates by putting a stick of dynamite in a watermelon for the ants to take to Sam.
|"A wise guy, eh?"|
And even more explosive action!
This is classic Warner Brothers hilarity at its finest. It takes the lunacy of regular political campaigning and pushes it to humorous extreme. (I an betting there are a few politicians out there who really might like to deliver a stick of dynamite to a political enemy via watermelon, if they could get away with it.) The gags in this animated short come thick and fast -- so much so that repeat viewing is recommended.
This cartoon provides some nice levity for election season viewing.
4 Ballot Boxes
J.A. Morris says:
A great cartoon, an example of director Isadore "Friz" Freleng at his best. Yosemite Sam (created by Freleng) was the best adversary Bugs ever faced (meaner and smarter than Elmer Fudd). Having these two compete in an election was a stroke of genius.
When I was a kid, this short often aired on Saturday mornings during the Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show. But the ending was censored, if you watch it on DVD, you'll understand why.
If you're looking for relief from all the negative ads that have aired during this election season, Ballot Box Bunny is the perfect antidote.
J.A. Morris' rating:
4 Ballot Boxes