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Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Rides Again is a 1948 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
short, released in 1948, directed by Friz Freleng, and written by Tedd Pierce and Michael Maltese.[1] The short is both part of the Western and a parody of the genre's conventions.[2] Voice characterizations are performed by Mel Blanc. The cartoon features Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
and Yosemite Sam. It is the second cartoon to pair them, after their first encounter in 1945's Hare Trigger. The title is a typical Western reference, as in " The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
rides again", and also suggests a reference to the 1940 Jack Benny
Jack Benny
comedy, Buck Benny Rides Again. In the scene where Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
states "...the roughest, toughest he-man hombre that's ever crossed the Rio Grande, and I don't mean Mahatma Gandhi" is changed to where he says "And I ain't no namby pamby" instead of "Mahatma Gandhi" in the reissue prints, likely due to Gandhi's assassination in 1948, the year the cartoon was first released.[3]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Critical reception 4 Music 5 Edited versions 6 Availability 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Plot[edit] With a high-energy version of "Cheyenne" playing on the underscore, a hail of bullets flies down one street until a traffic light turns red and the bullets hover in mid-air while a second hail of bullets shoot by on the cross street. Afterwards, Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
walks into the saloon. All of the patrons are afraid of Sam, yelling his name in terror while the score plays Der Erlkönig
Der Erlkönig
(as is often the case for villains in Looney Tunes). No one dares to challenge Sam except Bugs Bunny. Sam says that the town isn't big for both of them; after Bugs tries to accommodate him by then instantly building an entire city skyline, bur Sam is not appeased. Bugs and Sam draws out increasingly bigger guns; Bugs shoots Sam's nose with a pea shooter, and, after performing a soft shoe routine, tricks him into falling into a mine shaft.[4] When Sam returns to the surface, Bugs dares him to cross lines drawn with his foot Sam does so until he falls off the cliff. Sam chases Bugs on horseback, until Bugs convinces Sam to play cards with him instead, to determine who leaves town. After Bugs wins the game, he tries to get Sam to take the train out of town. The two of them arrive at the train station and discover that the passenger car is the Miami
Miami
Special, full of swimsuit-clad women. Accompanied with a rendition of Oh You Beautiful Doll
Oh You Beautiful Doll
fit for a striptease number, the plot twist completely changes the tone.[5][6] Bugs fights with Sam to board the train, and prevails as usual, shouting, "So long, Sammy! See ya in Miami!" Cast[edit] • Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
as Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Cowboys and Skunk Critical reception[edit] Animation historian Greg Ford praised Freleng's musical accompaniment to during the horse chase,[7] and author Piotr Borowiec describes it as "Probably the funniest cartoon starring Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
and Yosemite Sam".[8] Music[edit] Because the film is organized as "one gag after the next", rather than clearly defined narrative segments of exposition, climax, and conclusion, Carl Stalling
Carl Stalling
created a series of short musical cues accompanying and fitting each scene or gag. A total of 18 such cues appear in this short.[6] The title music is a short sample of the William Tell Overture
William Tell Overture
(1829) by Gioachino Rossini.[6] The establishing shot for the unnamed western town of the film is accompanied with a sample of Cheyenne
Cheyenne
(1906) by Egbert Van Alstyne
Egbert Van Alstyne
and Harry Williams.[6] The establishing shot for the saloon and its customers is accompanied with a sample of Navajo (1903), also by Van Alstyne and Williams.[6] The entry of Yosemite Sam is accompanied by a sample of Der Erlkönig
Der Erlkönig
(1821) by Franz Schubert.[6] When Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
emerges as the only one willing to stand against Sam, the music is a sample of Yosemite Sam, a song created by Stalling himself.[6] When Sam and Bugs start their duel, the music is a sample of Inflamatus, a section of the Stabat Mater (1841) by Rossini.[6] When Sam states that the town is not big enough for the two of them, the music is a sample of Sonata Pathétique (1799) by Ludwig van Beethoven.[6] The dancing scene is set to the tune of Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Rides Again, which was also heard with a similar dance in Stage Door Cartoon, and the fall of Sam down the mine shaft to the tune of Wise Guy. Both were compositions by Stalling himself.[6] When Sam rages following his fall, the music is a sample of the Götterdämmerung (1876) by Richard Wagner.[6] When the two rival exit the town, the music is a sample of Fighting Words by Stalling, while the horse chase is set to another sample of the William Tell Overture. When the two rivals agree to play cards, the music is The Loser by Stalling.[6] Part of the card playing is set to a sample of My Little Buckaroo by M.K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.[6] The victory of Bugs and the rush towards the train station is set to another sample of Cheyenne. The scene with the bathing beauties is set to the tune of Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
(1911) by Nat Ayer
Nat Ayer
and Seymour Brown.[6] When Bugs subdues sam, the music is Miami
Miami
Special
Special
by Stalling. Finally, the train leaves to the tune of Aloha ʻOe
Aloha ʻOe
(1878) by Liliuokalani.[6] In part, Stalling relied on the musical codes of the Western genre. Cheyenne, My Little Buckaroo, Navajo, and the William Tell Overture were already associated with the Old West, cowboys, and cattle, and were familiar to audiences.[6] Der Erlkönig, the Inflamatus, and the Sonata Pathétique fit the function of generic dramatic or agitated music used in genre films.[6] In contrast, the titular tune of Bugs Bunny Rides Again is styled after the music of vaudeville shows.[6]*Lewis, Lisa (2013), "Styles and Aesthetics of tap dance", Beginning Tap Dance with Web Resource, Human Kinetics, p. 106, ISBN 978-1-4504-1198-1  Edited versions[edit]

In the original cut, Yosemite Sam's line after he introduces himself was, "...and I don't mean Mahatma Gandhi." When Gandhi was assassinated in 1948, the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
reissue version changed the line to, "...and I ain't no namby-pamby."[1]

Availability[edit]

VHS- Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Classics: Special
Special
Collectors Edition VHS- Bugs Bunny's Zaniest Toons VHS- The Golden Age Of Looney Tunes Volume 10: The Art Of Bugs Laserdisc- Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Classics: Special
Special
Collectors Edition Laserdisc- The Golden Age Of Looney Tunes Volume 1 DVD- Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2

See also[edit]

Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
filmography (1940–1949) List of Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
cartoons List of Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
cartoons

References[edit]

^ a b " Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Rides Again". www.bcdb.com, August 31, 2013 ^ Wells, Paul (2002), "Genre in Animation", Animation: Genre and Authorship, Wallflower Press, pp. 45–47, ISBN 978-1-9033-6420-8  ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoons. p. 186.  ^ Michael Samerdyke (28 August 2014). Cartoon Carnival: A Critical Guide to the Best Cartoons from Warner Brothers, MGM, Walter Lantz and DePatie-Freleng. Lulu.com. pp. 184–. ISBN 978-1-312-47007-1.  ^ Wells (2002), p. 45-47 ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Daniel Ira Goldmark (10 October 2005). Tunes for ’Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon. University of California Press. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-0-520-94120-5.  ^ Greg Ford (filmmaker). Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Rides Again (commentary) (DVD). Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 2 (disc 1).  ^ Borowiec, Piotr (1998). Animated Short Films: A Critical Index to Theatrical Cartoons. p. 36. 

External links[edit]

IMDB listing Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Rides Again at The Big Cartoon DataBase AllMovie profile

Preceded by Buccaneer Bunny Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Cartoons 1948 Succeeded by Haredevil Hare

Preceded by Buccaneer Bunny Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
cartoons 1948 Succeeded by High Diving Hare

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Films directed by Friz Freleng

1930s

Buddy the Gob (1934) Buddy and Towser (1934) Beauty and the Beast (1934) Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name (1935) I Haven't Got a Hat (1935) My Green Fedora (1935) The Cat Came Back (1936) I'm a Big Shot Now (1936) Bingo Crosbyana
Bingo Crosbyana
(1936) Sunday Go to Meetin' Time
Sunday Go to Meetin' Time
(1936) Toy Town Hall (1936) Boulevardier from the Bronx (1936) The Coo-Coo Nut Grove (1936) Pigs Is Pigs (1937) The Fella with the Fiddle (1937) She Was an Acrobat's Daughter (1937) Clean Pastures
Clean Pastures
(1937) The Lyin' Mouse (1937) Jungle Jitters
Jungle Jitters
(1938)

1940s

Confederate Honey (1940) The Hardship of Miles Standish (1940) You Ought to Be in Pictures
You Ought to Be in Pictures
(1940) Porky's Bear Facts (1941) Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (1941) Sport Chumpions (1941) Notes to You
Notes to You
(1941) Rhapsody in Rivets
Rhapsody in Rivets
(1941) The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
(1942) Fresh Hare
Fresh Hare
(1942) The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
(1942) Ding Dog Daddy (1942) Pigs in a Polka
Pigs in a Polka
(1943) The Fifth-Column Mouse
The Fifth-Column Mouse
(1943) Greetings Bait (1943) Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (1943) Yankee Doodle Daffy
Yankee Doodle Daffy
(1943) Daffy – The Commando (1943) Little Red Riding Rabbit
Little Red Riding Rabbit
(1944) Snafuperman
Snafuperman
(1944) Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Nips the Nips (1944) Duck Soup to Nuts
Duck Soup to Nuts
(1944) Hare Force
Hare Force
(1944) Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears
Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears
(1944) Payday (1944) Three Brothers (1944) Stage Door Cartoon
Stage Door Cartoon
(1944) Herr Meets Hare (1945) Life with Feathers
Life with Feathers
(1945) Hare Trigger
Hare Trigger
(1945) Ain't That Ducky (1945) Peck Up Your Troubles (1945) Baseball Bugs
Baseball Bugs
(1946) Holiday for Shoestrings (1946) Hollywood Daffy (1946) Of Thee I Sting (1946) Racketeer Rabbit
Racketeer Rabbit
(1946) Rhapsody Rabbit
Rhapsody Rabbit
(1946) The Gay Anties (1947) Tweetie Pie
Tweetie Pie
(1947) Rabbit Transit (1947) A Hare Grows in Manhattan
A Hare Grows in Manhattan
(1947) Along Came Daffy (1947) Slick Hare
Slick Hare
(1947) Back Alley Oproar
Back Alley Oproar
(1948) I Taw a Putty Tat
I Taw a Putty Tat
(1948) Buccaneer Bunny
Buccaneer Bunny
(1948) Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Rides Again (1948) Hare Splitter (1948) Kit for Cat (1948) Hare Do
Hare Do
(1949) Wise Quackers (1949) High Diving Hare
High Diving Hare
(1949) Curtain Razor (1949) Knights Must Fall (1949) Bad Ol' Putty Tat
Bad Ol' Putty Tat
(1949) Dough for the Do-Do
Dough for the Do-Do
(1949) Which Is Witch
Which Is Witch
(1949)

1950s

Home Tweet Home (1950) Mutiny on the Bunny
Mutiny on the Bunny
(1950) The Lion's Busy (1950) Big House Bunny
Big House Bunny
(1950) His Bitter Half (1950) All a Bir-r-r-d (1950) Golden Yeggs
Golden Yeggs
(1950) Bunker Hill Bunny
Bunker Hill Bunny
(1950) Canary Row
Canary Row
(1950) Canned Feud (1951) Rabbit Every Monday
Rabbit Every Monday
(1951) A Bone for a Bone
A Bone for a Bone
(1951) His Hare-Raising Tale (1951) The Fair-Haired Hare (1951) Room and Bird (1951) Putty Tat Trouble (1951) Tweety's S.O.S. (1951) Ballot Box Bunny
Ballot Box Bunny
(1951) Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951) Gift Wrapped (1952) Foxy by Proxy
Foxy by Proxy
(1952) 14 Carrot Rabbit
14 Carrot Rabbit
(1952) Little Red Rodent Hood (1952) Ain't She Tweet (1952) Cracked Quack (1952) A Bird in a Guilty Cage (1952) Tree for Two (1952) Hare Lift (1952) Snow Business (1953) A Mouse Divided (1953) Fowl Weather (1953) Southern Fried Rabbit
Southern Fried Rabbit
(1953) Hare Trimmed
Hare Trimmed
(1953) Tom Tom Tomcat (1953) A Street Cat Named Sylvester (1953) Catty Cornered
Catty Cornered
(1953) Robot Rabbit (1953) Dog Pounded (1954) Captain Hareblower
Captain Hareblower
(1954) Bugs and Thugs
Bugs and Thugs
(1954) Dr. Jerkyl's Hide (1954) Muzzle Tough (1954) Satan's Waitin' (1954) Yankee Doodle Bugs
Yankee Doodle Bugs
(1954) Goo Goo Goliath (1954) Pizzicato Pussycat
Pizzicato Pussycat
(1955) Sahara Hare
Sahara Hare
(1955) Sandy Claws (1955) Hare Brush
Hare Brush
(1955) Tweety's Circus (1955) This Is a Life?
This Is a Life?
(1955) Hyde and Hare (1955) Speedy Gonzales (1955) Red Riding Hoodwinked (1955) Roman Legion-Hare (1955) Heir-Conditioned (1955) Pappy's Puppy (1955) Tweet and Sour (1956) Rabbitson Crusoe (1956) Tree Cornered Tweety (1956) Napoleon Bunny-Part (1956) Tugboat Granny (1956) A Star Is Bored
A Star Is Bored
(1956) Yankee Dood It (1956) Three Little Bops
Three Little Bops
(1957) Tweet Zoo (1957) Tweety and the Beanstalk (1957) Piker's Peak (1957) Birds Anonymous
Birds Anonymous
(1957) Bugsy and Mugsy
Bugsy and Mugsy
(1957) Greedy for Tweety (1957) Show Biz Bugs
Show Biz Bugs
(1957) Gonzales' Tamales (1957) Hare-Less Wolf
Hare-Less Wolf
(1958) A Pizza Tweety Pie (1958) Knighty Knight Bugs
Knighty Knight Bugs
(1958) A Bird in a Bonnet (1958) Trick or Tweet (1959) Apes of Wrath
Apes of Wrath
(1959) Tweet and Lovely (1959) Mexicali Shmoes
Mexicali Shmoes
(1959) Wild and Woolly Hare
Wild and Woolly Hare
(1959) Here Today, Gone Tamale (1959) Tweet Dreams (1959)

1960s

Goldimouse and the Three Cats (1960) Hyde and Go Tweet
Hyde and Go Tweet
(1960) Mouse and Garden (1960) From Hare to Heir (1960) Trip for Tat (1960) Lighter Than Hare
Lighter Than Hare
(1960) D' Fightin' Ones (1961) Rebel Without Claws (1961) The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (1961) Prince Violent (1961) The Last Hungry Cat (1961) The Jet Cage (1962) Shishkabugs
Shishkabugs
(1962) Mexican Boarders
Mexican Boarders
(1962) Devil's Feud Cake
Devil's Feud Cake
(1963) Mexican Cat Dance (1963) Chili Weather (1963) The Unmentionables
The Unmentionables
(1963) Nuts and Volts (1964) The Pink Phink (1964) Road to Andalay (1964) It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House (1965) The Wild Chase (1965) Cats and Bruises (1965) The Great De Gaulle Stone Operation
The Great De Gaulle Stone Operation
(1965) The Ant and the Aardvark
The Ant and the Aardvark
(1969)

1980s

The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Movie (1981) Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982) Daffy Duck's Fanta

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