Bunker Hill Bunny (1950)

Genres - Comedy  |   Release Date - Jun 28, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A Merrie Melodies cartoon set in the time of the American Revolution, director Friz Freleng's Bunker Hill Bunny casts Bugs Bunny as a Colonial rebel and Yosemite Sam as "Sam Von Schmam," a Hessian redcoat. Bugs and Sam command neighboring forts on the outskirts of the battle, flying opposing flags -- Bugs is "We", Sam is "They." Naturally, the two soon find themselves at war. In traditional Warner Brothers cartoon fashion, what follows is a series of blackout gags exploring the comic potential of cannonballs, bayonets, and sheds stacked to the ceiling with gunpowder, the violence escalating exponentially as the conflict progresses. But no matter how complex Sam's determined efforts to defeat the rebellious rabbit become, Bugs always manages to turn the tables with his old-fashioned American ingenuity. The battle is accompanied by a continual barrage of wisecracks, ranging from Bugs' use of baseball chatter during a cannon fight to a series of puns involving rhymes for the word "Hessian." The conclusion of the film features a bandaged Sam and Bugs walking down the road playing a drum and fife, a composition mimicking the well-known painting.

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bayonet, bad-guy, good-guy