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Ballot Box Bunny


Summary: Bugs and Yosemite Sam stand against each other for election. Dirty politics ensue.

Director: Friz Freleng

Writer: Warren Foster

Featuring: Bugs Bunny; Yosemite Sam.


0:19 Sound cue: Stalling's "What's Up, Doc?" theme.

0:35 Sound cue: This Stalling favorite is "King Chanticleer." Clip of bluegrass performance - the theme in the cartoon begins about 0:50. This will be used throughout.

1:25 Sound cue: Bugs' one-man band is playing "It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight." (All one-man bands in Stalling's scores play this, "Parade of the Animals," or "Frat.") Clip of 1908 Edison recording on Amazon. This, also, will be used throughout.

1:37 "Virgil Ross & Co" in background is a reference to one of the animators. Not sure what's up with "Josiah Freep" - is he related to Fearless Freep perhaps?

1:51 Notice the poster on Bugs' podium is a repurposed "Vote for Sam" poster.

2:03 This is Bugs' Teddy Roosevelt imitation. Sound cue: "Yankee Doodle."

2:21 Sound cue as Sam runs around in baby-kissing frenzy: "Baby Face."

2:34 "M. Perez" sign is Manuel Perez, another animator on this cartoon.

2:50 Bugs seems to be on a Teddy Roosevelt kick, since the "Square Deal" was the nickname for TR's domestic program.

3:41 Since "Perez" and "Ross" are listed on the statue, it is safe to assume all the other names on the statue are in-jokes as well.

3:46 Sound cue for ants: Overture from "William Tell," at 78 rpm.

3:52 Moxie is a soft drink which was once nationally popular but is now seldom seen outside New England.

4:06 The chain of linked sausages is being driven as if it were a mule train.

4:13 Sound cue: For the watermelon we switch from very fast "William Tell" to a very slowly-played bit of Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody #2," with occasional changes in key to make it sound even more droopy. But when Bugs takes the load off the overloaded ant, the melody suddenly shifts up several octaves. When he puts the watermelon back on the ant, it shifts back down again.

4:43 "Loyal - Lovable - Literate."

5:06 Sound cue, briefly, at "Ah likes you, rabbit": "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow."

6:16 About the famous "Those Endearing Young Charms" please see Offreel.

6:52 There's a building marked "Frizby" (the same joke on Friz Freleng is used in High Diving Hare).

7:02 The new "mare" is literally a "dark horse" candidate.

7:11 The rather bizarre Russian roulette ending has been cut from some squeamish television airings of this cartoon.


(Believe Me If All) Those Endearing Young Charms

This song, which is used in the same gag in three Warner cartoons (the other two are Show Biz Bugs and "Rushing Roulette" (and which was later used in a post-modern take on the same gag in "Animaniacs"), may well be the oldest piece of popular music appropriated by Carl Stalling (that is, not counting Mozart and Liszt and that lot). The original melody for this song is an Irish air first committed to paper (that we know of) in 1775. The lyrics, which are pretty sticky, were written to that melody by Irish poet Thomas Moore in 1808. The rendition of it in the "piano gag" only bears pssing resemblance to the actual song, but that's beside the point.

YouTube clip of Irish tenor John McCormack performing the song in the early 1900's.

The song was apparently quite popular both in the UK and in America in its heyday, but these days, most of us who know it at all know it as "the song in the piano gag." However, those of us who live in proximity to a certain New England college have occasionally been startled when we learn that the Harvard University alma mater, "Fair Harvard," is set to an unexpectedly recognizable tune ....

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