Monday, July 4, 2016

Bunker Hill Bunny is a Merrie Melodies cartoon released in 1950, and starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. It was directed by Friz Freleng and written by Tedd Pierce.

Bugs is an American Minuteman defending a wooden fort against the red-coated Sam von Schmamm, a Hessian mercenary. Sam's stone fortress is bristling with artillery; by contrast, Bugs' fort is made of wood and has only a single cannon. Sam and Bugs try various bayonet charges against one another's fort, but only end up trading sides. Sam resumes his bombardment, but Bugs catches his enemy's cannonballs with his own cannon and fires them back. When Bugs puts a cork in Sam's main mortar, Sam is shot trying to remove it. Sam then tries to burrow his way into Bugs' base, but emerges in a room full of TNT. The room explodes when Sam lights a match to see where he is. Sneaky Sam attempts to blow up Bug's fort, but a hole in the keg fills Sam's underwear with gunpowder. Bugs lights the trail of gunpowder left by Sam.

A thoroughly defeated Sam admits that he is a "Hessian without no aggression." The finale shot shows Bugs and Sam marching in a style reminiscent of the Archibald Willard painting The Spirit of '76 while playing the fife-and-drum song The Girl I Left Behind Me.

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