The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Cartoon gang is back on the Sun City Peachtree bench! Today, it’s mean ol’ Yosemite Sam with both guns drawn, ready to face off with his nemesis, Bugs Bunny. Watch out, Bugs, because the fierce-tempered cowboy is trigger happy and despises rabbits!
It used to be just Elmer Fudd hot on the trail after Bugs Bunny, but he was kind of a softy, according to his creator, Fritz Freleng. Wanting more a tough guy to antagonize Bugs, he created Yosemite Sam, and named him after Yosemite National Park.
The thing is, Sam isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. In fact, he is just plain stupid. Outsmarted by the rabbit every time, he manages to constantly get himself into painful—or, at least humiliating—situations. You would think he would learn, but he never does. He’s been a glutton for punishment in 33 short films, between 1945 and 1964.
Although we think of Yosemite Sam as gun-wielding cowboy, he has had several occupations throughout his career of hunting down Bugs Bunny. He has been everything from a prison guard to a pirate, and even an Indian chief. Ha! He was even an alien!
Believe it or not, Sam was actually nice in the film, Shishkabugs. Not only was he NOT the aggressor, but he was a very kind and generous chef for a rude, spoiled king who has Sam enslaved through blackmail. One day, Sam cooked up the King’s usual array of buffet selections, but the King kicked it away and demanded something new. Chef Sam chose to make Hasenpfeffer, which calls for cooked rabbit. Uh-oh! Watch out, Bugs!
Well, Bugs was captured by Chef Sam for the King’s soon-to-be meal, but he outsmarted the chef twice and escaped becoming the King’s dinner. The King blamed Chef Sam, of course, and eventually had his guards arrest him. Who became the King’s new chef? Bugs Bunny! “What’s up, Doc?”