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Ballot Box Bunny (1951)

When Yosemite Sam campaigns on a platform including rabbit genocide, Bugs runs against him.


Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)


Warren Foster (story)


Mel Blanc


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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Yosemite Sam / Man with Cigar / Ant / Horse / the Women (voice)


Yosemite Sam is running for mayor, and one of his campaign promises is to get rid of all the rabbits. When Bugs runs against him as the "pro-bunny" candidate, Yosemite uses a number of elaborate stunts to eliminate his opponent (which all backfire). In the end, they're defeated by a dark horse candidate (an actual dark horse!). Written by Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

6 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sam + Bunny: 'hattu lange Löffel? See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original cartoon finished with Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam playing a game of Russian Roulette after they find out they both lost the election. This has been edited in most broadcasts, but the cartoon appears complete in the and the earlier international available super 8-mm releases and now in the new DVD release. See more »


When Sam asks Bugs to play the piano, Bugs plays 2 distinctly different sour notes each time, but he is striking the exact same key. See more »


[first lines]
Yosemite Sam: 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!
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Alternate Versions

The version aired on the Cartoon Network are cut and fade to black after Yosemite Sam says "mare?" The original ending has Bugs Bunny asking "anyone for Russian Roulette." Sam and Bugs take turn firing the gun. The gun doesn't fire on Sam, but when Bugs fires, it goes off, but Bugs says he missed. The bullet did hit Sam, to which he says "I hate that rabbit." See more »


Featured in Bugs Bunny: All American Hero (1981) See more »


William Tell Overture
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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User Reviews

A predictable but fast paced cartoon where there's always an explosion just around the corner!
18 August 2008 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Ballot Box Bunny' was one of my favourite cartoons as a child and watching it today it's easy to see why it appealed to my anarchic young mind. Barely a minute goes by without some kind of explosion, be it from a joke cigar, a cannon, a stick of dynamite or a booby trapped piano. The premise of Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam running against each other in the Mayoral elections is just an excuse for these various time-honoured routines. The most famous gag, used again and again in cartoons, is the piano with the booby trapped key which sets off some TNT. This old joke takes so long to tell that it always bores me nowadays unless it is timed impeccable. In 'Ballot Box Bunny' it is performed in a pretty uninteresting manner. There's a few other slip ups in timing throughout this cartoon, most noticeably the ludicrously late spit-take Bugs does at the beginning of the short. Despite relying on safe, predictable jokes for the most part, 'Ballot Box Bunny' is a fast paced cartoon which manages to avoid being dull despite the audience being one step ahead of every scene in Warren Foster's script. The plus side of this is that it makes the brilliant, slightly macabre ending all the more unexpected and funny.

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