Category:American political comedy films
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The following 52 pages are in this category, out of 52 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America – Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is a 1996 American animated road comedy film based on the MTV television series Beavis and Butt-Head. The film was directed by series creator Mike Judge, and stars the regular television cast of Judge, with guest performances by Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Robert Stack, the plot follows Beavis and Butt-Head who travel across the country in search of their stolen television set. Previous offers by MTV to create a version of Beavis and Butt-Head were rejected by Judge. When the film went into production, Judge and the shows staff halted production on the series, while Judge and they conceived numerous plot ideas, with Judges being the one developed into a film. The music was composed by John Frizzell, the film was theatrically released on December 20,1996, by Paramount Pictures. After a surreal dream of the two of them menacing a city as giants, Beavis and Butt-Head wake up to realize someone has stolen their television. The pair then embark on a quest to find it, after several mishaps they visit a low-quality motel that advertises TVs in every room. There, they encounter Muddy Grimes, who is waiting for two hired hitmen to murder his wife, Dallas, Muddy, thinking that Beavis and Butt-head are the killers he has contacted, says that they must do his wife. Thinking that by do Muddy means score with, Butt-head convinces Beavis that both of them can score as well as get paid enough to buy a new television, Muddy hands them a photograph of Dallas with instructions on where to find her. He then drives them to the airport to catch a plane to Las Vegas, after arriving in their Vegas casino where they are staying, the boys get arrested by security after being mistaken for trespassers and then they are taken to their rooms. Their room was purchased by Muddy to be adjacent to the room of the woman, Dallas Grimes. Dallas soon realizes they have no idea what they have hired for. While Beavis and Butt-Head begin fighting over who will do Dallas first, thinking quickly, she plants a stolen biological weapon known as the X-5 Unit in Beavis pants in order to get rid of it. She then gets them tickets on a bus to Washington, D. C. instructing them that she will be waiting for them in the United States Capitol and will let them do her there. Flemming becomes convinced that the duo are criminal masterminds after they release the water behind the Hoover Dam. On the tour bus, they visit landmarks including the Grand Canyon, after becoming stranded in a gift shop at Petrified Forest National Park, they are told Washington is about 2,000 miles that way and begin to wander through the desert. A security guard admits that he let go because he was afraid of them. Flemming then sends out roadblocks for over 200 miles over every road in the desert and they soon meet two former Mötley Crüe roadies, who are heavily implied to be their fathers, but part ways before they can make the kinship connection
2. The Great Dictator – The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other films. Having been the only Hollywood film-maker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, Chaplins film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis. At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany, Chaplin plays both leading roles, a ruthless fascist dictator, and a persecuted Jewish barber. The Great Dictator was popular with audiences, becoming Chaplins most commercially successful film, modern critics have also praised it as a historically significant film and an important work of satire. The Great Dictator was nominated for five Academy Awards - Outstanding Production, Best Actor, Best Writing, Best Supporting Actor for Jack Oakie, and Best Music. In his 1964 autobiography, Chaplin stated that he could not have made the film if he had known about the extent of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps at the time. The action starts in 1918, with the defeat of the Tomainian army, a Jewish barber saves the life of a wounded pilot, Schultz, but loses his own memory through concussion. Twenty years later, still suffering from amnesia, the barber escapes from his care-home to return to the ghetto. The ghetto is now governed by Schultz, who has promoted in the Tomainian regime under the ruthless dictator Adenoid Hynkel. The barber falls in love with a neighbors daughter Hannah, the storm troopers capture the barber and are about to hang him, but Schultz remembers that the barber had saved his life during the war, and restrains them. Hynkel tries to finance his military forces by borrowing money from a Jewish banker, furious, Hynkel orders a purge of the Jews. Schultz protests this inhumane policy, and is removed from office and he escapes and hides in the ghetto with the barber. Schultz tries to persuade the Jewish family to mount an attempt against Hynkel. Stormtroopers search the ghetto, arresting Schultz and the barber and they are sent to a concentration camp. Hannah and her family flee to freedom in the country of Osterlich. Hynkel has a dispute with the dictator of the nation of Bacteria, after signing a treaty with Napaloni, Hynkel invades Osterlich. The Jewish family is trapped by the invading force, escaping from the camp in stolen uniforms, Schultz and the barber, dressed as Hynkel, arrive at the Osterlich frontier, where a huge victory-parade is waiting to be addressed by Hynkel. The real Hynkel is mistaken for the barber while out duck-shooting in civilian clothes, Schultz tells the barber to go up to the platform and impersonate Hynkel, as the only way to save their lives once they reach Osterlichs capital
3. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – South Park, Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 American adult animated musical dark fantasy comedy film based on the Comedy Central television series South Park. Eventually their mothers pressure the United States to wage war against Canada for allegedly corrupting their children, the parody of French Resistance, the rivalry between Stan and Gregory and the final rescue scene, are all heavily based on the 1984 action comedy film Top Secret. A writing team consisting of Parker, Stone, and Pam Brady was assembled and they conceived numerous plot ideas, with Parker and Stones being the one developed into a film. The film features original songs by Parker and Marc Shaiman with additional lyrics by Stone. The film was released in theaters on June 30,1999, produced on a $21 million budget, it went on to gross $83.1 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R rated animated film of all time, until it was surpassed by Sausage Party in 2016. The song Blame Canada earned Parker and Shaiman a nomination for Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 72nd Academy Awards, the song was performed by Robin Williams at the ceremony. The boys learn profanity from the movie makes the other kids in town want to see the movie. The following day, the boys begin swearing in class, and they are sent to see Counselor Mr. Mackey, learning that the language was from the movie, their parents force the teachers to enforce a strict dress code banning all types of Terrance and Phillip clothing. While more drastic measures are being taken, Mr. Mackey abandons their previous lesson plans, afterwards, the boys and the rest of the children go to see the movie again. Kenny bets Cartman $100 that he can set his fart on fire like Terrance did in the film, Kenny immolates himself and dies when the incompetent doctors accidentally replace his heart with a baked potato. Stan, Kyle, and Cartman are then grounded by their mothers, Kenny, because he refused to go to church, is refused admission to Heaven and sent to Hell, where he is tormented by Satan and Saddam Hussein, who are gay lovers. Back on Earth, the parents of South Park organize a boycott - called Mothers Against Canada - against Canada and Terrance and Phillip, Terrance and Phillip, who are guest stars on the Conan OBriens show, are arrested as war criminals. Sheila and President Bill Clinton announce that the United States will go to war with Canada and will have Terrance and Phillip executed at an upcoming USO show. After overhearing Cartman leading the kids in annoying Kyle with a song degrading herself and admonishing her ridiculous methods, the device gives sharp violent electrical shock every time Cartman swears. Meanwhile, back in Hell, Satan declares that if the blood of the two innocent Canadians touches American soil, it will be time for him to rise up, Saddam wants to come with him, but Satan is tired of being bossed around by Saddam. Kenny tells Satan to break up with Saddam to which Satan initially agrees, later, Kennys ghost visits Cartman to warn him of the consequences of executing Terrance and Phillip. After failing to convince their parents, the boys decide to take matters into their own hands and they have a secret meeting to talk about how they can save Terrance and Phillip. They form La Resistance and Gregory tells Stan to recruit a God-hating French expert on covert operations named The Mole, a large Canadian force attacks the base and a massive battle ensues between the two armies
4. Duck Soup (1933 film) – Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was the last Marx Brothers film to feature Zeppo, compared to the Marx Brothers previous Paramount films, Duck Soup was a box office disappointment, although it was not a flop as is sometimes reported. The film opened to mixed reviews, although this by itself did not end the business with Paramount. Bitter contract disputes, including a threatened walk-out by the Marxes, after the film fulfilled their five-picture contract with the studio, the Marxes and Paramount agreed to part ways. While contemporaneous critics of Duck Soup felt it did not quite meet the standards of its predecessors, critical opinion has evolved, Duck Soup is now widely considered among critics to be a masterpiece of comedy, and the Marx Brothers finest film. In 1990 the United States Library of Congress deemed Duck Soup culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, the wealthy Mrs. Teasdale insists that Rufus T. Firefly be appointed leader of the small, bankrupt country of Freedonia before she will continue to provide much-needed financial aid. Meanwhile, neighboring Sylvania is attempting to annex the country, sylvanian ambassador Trentino tries to foment a revolution and to woo Mrs. Teasdale, and he tries to dig up dirt on Firefly by sending in spies Chicolini and Pinky. Meanwhile, Fireflys secretary, Bob Roland, suspects Trentinos motives, Firefly agrees to the plan, but after a series of personal insults exchanged between Firefly and Trentino, the plan backfires when Firefly slaps Trentino instead of being slapped by him. As a result, the two come to the brink of war. Adding to the friction is the fact that Firefly is also courting Mrs. Teasdale. Trentino learns that Freedonias war plans are in Mrs. Teasdales safe and orders Chicolini, Chicolini is caught by Firefly and put on trial, during which war is officially declared, and everyone is overcome by war frenzy, breaking into song and dance. The trial put aside, Chicolini and Pinky join Firefly and Bob Roland in anarchic battle, the end of the film finds Trentino caught in makeshift stocks, with the Brothers pelting him with fruit. Trentino surrenders, but Firefly tells him to wait until they run out of fruit, Mrs. Teasdale begins singing the Freedonia national anthem in her operatic voice and the Brothers begin hurling fruit at her instead. In the mirror scene, Pinky, dressed as Firefly, pretends to be Fireflys reflection in a missing mirror, in one particularly surreal moment, the two men swap positions, and thus the idea of which is a reflection of the other. Eventually, and to their misfortune, Chicolini, also disguised as Firefly, enters the frame, although its appearance in Duck Soup is the best known instance, the concept of the mirror scene did not originate in this film. Max Linder included it in Seven Years Bad Luck, where a mans servants have accidentally broken a mirror, Charlie Chaplin used a similar joke in The Floorwalker, though it did not involve a mirror. This scene has been imitated many times, for instance, in the Bugs Bunny cartoon Hare Tonic, the Mickey Mouse cartoon Lonesome Ghosts, The Square Peg, The Pink Panther, and Big Business. Harpo himself did a reprise of this scene, dressed in his costume, with Lucille Ball also donning the fright wig and trench coat, in the I Love Lucy episode Lucy
5. Fritz the Cat (film) – Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American adult animated comedy film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi. It was Bakshis feature film debut and is based on the Fritz the Cat comic strips by Robert Crumb. It was the first animated film to receive an X rating in the United States. The film stars Fritz, a cat in mid-1960s New York City who explores the ideals of hedonism. The film is a satire focusing on American college life of the era, race relations, the free love movement, the film had a troubled production history and controversial release. Crumb had disagreements with the filmmakers over the political content. Fritz the Cat was controversial for its rating and content, which viewers at the time found to be offensive. It was produced on a budget of $850,000 and grossed over $90 million worldwide and its success led to a slew of other X-rated animated films and a sequel, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, made without Crumbs or Bakshis involvement. In a New York City park, hippies have gathered with guitars to sing protest songs, Fritz and his buddies show up in an attempt to meet girls. When a trio of attractive females walk by, Fritz and his friends exhaust themselves trying to get their attention, the girls attempt to flirt with the crow, making unintentionally condescending remarks about blacks, while Fritz looks on in annoyance. Suddenly, the crow rebukes the girls with a snide remark, Fritz invites the girls to seek the truth, bringing them up to his friends apartment, where a wild party is taking place. Since the other rooms are crowded, Fritz drags the girls into the bathroom, meanwhile, the police arrive to raid the party. As the two officers walk up the stairs, one of the partygoers finds Fritz and the girls in the bath tub, several others jump in, pushing Fritz to the side where he takes solace in marijuana. The two officers break into the apartment, but find that it is empty because everyone has moved into the bathroom, Fritz takes refuge in the toilet when one of the pigs enters the bathroom and begins to beat up the partygoers. As the pig becomes exhausted, a very stoned Fritz jumps out, grabs the pigs gun, the pigs chase Fritz down the street into a synagogue. Fritz manages to escape when the congregation gets up to celebrate the United States decision to send more weapons into Israel, Fritz makes it back to his dormitory, where his roommates ignore him. He decides to ditch his bore of a life and sets all of his notes, the fire spreads throughout the dorm, finally setting the entire building ablaze. In a bar in Harlem, Fritz meets Duke the Crow at a billiard table, the two arrive at the apartment of a drug dealer named Bertha, whose cannabis joints increase Fritzs libido
6. The Cat's-Paw – The Cat’s-Paw is a comedy film starring Harold Lloyd and directed by Sam Taylor. It was one of the silent film comedian’s few sound films. The Cat’s Paw, a novel by Clarence Budington Kelland, had appeared in the Saturday Evening Post from August 26-September 30,1933, when Lloyd read it, and decided to buy the rights to it for $25,000. Ezekiel Cobb, a young man raised by missionaries in China, is sent to the United States to seek a wife. He is promptly enlisted by the political machine of the fictional city of Stockport. He is expected to be the cats paw of the political machine, Cobb unexpectedly takes his job seriously. Frequently quoting Chinese poet “Ling Po”, he embarks on a campaign to clean his town of its corrupt political machine, fighting back, the corrupt politicians frame Cobb. He tells them that since his attempts to use western methods has not worked, he is going to use the methods of the ancient Chinese, either they confess or they will be executed. They take a man into a back room – everyone says it’s a bluff, but then the man screams in terror and this tactic works, and Mayo decides to throw his support to Cobb after all. The town is swept of its corruption and Cobb, with the support of local girl Petunia Pratt, abandons plans to return to China, but his new wife insists on him returning to China. In an early scene, Cobb, as a young boy newly arrived in China, is given a written by Ling Po. In the closeup of the cover, the words 靈普哲學心理論述 are seen, however, a subsequent closeup of an open page of the book shows an excerpt from the Analects of Confucius
7. The Interview – The Interview is a 2014 American political satire spy comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It is their directorial work, following This Is the End. The screenplay is by Dan Sterling, based upon a story he co-authored with Rogen, the film stars Rogen and James Franco as journalists who set up an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. The film is heavily inspired by a Vice documentary which was shot in 2012. Rogen and Goldberg developed the idea for The Interview in the late 2000s, in 2011, after Jong-ils death, Jong-un replaced him as the North Korean leader. Rogen and Goldberg re-developed the script with the focus on Jong-uns character, the announcement for the film was made in March 2013, along with the beginning of pre-production. Principal photography took place in Vancouver from October to December 2013, in June 2014, the North Korean government threatened action against the United States if Columbia Pictures released the film. Columbia delayed the release from October to December, and reportedly re-edited the film to make it acceptable to North Korea. In November, the systems of parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment were hacked by the Guardians of Peace. The group also threatened terrorist attacks against cinemas that showed the film, major cinema chains opted not to release the film, leading Sony to release it for online rental and purchase on December 24,2014, followed by a limited release at select cinemas the next day. The Interview grossed $40 million in rentals, making it Sonys most successful digital release. It received mixed reviews for its humor and subject matter, although a few praised the performances of Rogen, Franco, Park. Dave Skylark is the host of the talk show Skylark Tonight, after Skylark and his crew celebrate their 1, 000th episode, the shows producer Aaron Rapaport is upset by a producer peer who criticized the show as not being a real news program. A while later Rapaport reveals his concern and urge for change, Skylark discovers that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of Skylark Tonight, prompting Rapaport to arrange an interview. Skylark carries the ricin strip hidden inside a pack of gum, upon their arrival in the presidential palace in Pyongyang, they are introduced to security officers Koh and Yu, Koh discovers the ricin strip and chews it, believing it to be gum. That night, Lacey airdrops them two more strips from a UAV, but in order to smuggle it back to their room, Rapaport has to evade a Siberian tiger, Skylark spends the day with Kim, playing basketball and partying. Kim persuades Skylark that he is misunderstood as a dictator and as a failed administrator. At dinner, Koh has a seizure and inadvertently kills Yu before dying, the next morning, Skylark feels guilty and discards one of the ricin strips, then thwarts Rapaports attempt to poison Kim with the second strip
8. An American Carol – An American Carol is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Zucker and starring Kevin Farley. In some other countries the film is known as Big Fat Important Movie, presented from a conservative-leaning perspective, the film is a parody of liberal filmmaker Michael Moore that lampoons contemporary American culture, particularly Hollywood. It uses the framework of A Christmas Carol but moves the setting of the story from Christmas to Independence Day, the screenplay is written by Myrna Sokoloff and Zucker. The supporting cast includes Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper, Trace Adkins, Gary Coleman, Jillian Murray, the film was released on October 3,2008, to mostly negative reviews from critics. Left-wing activist and filmmaker Michael Malone, a parody of Michael Moore, Malone holds pronounced anti-American views and truculently argues that Americas past and present are both offensive, and therefore should not be celebrated. On the evening of July 3, Malone watches a speech from President John F. Kennedy, President Kennedy rises out of the television set, corrects Malone regarding the intent of the speech, and informs him that he will be visited by three spirits. The following morning, Malone is visited by General George S. Patton, Malone later sees George Washington who gives a passionate speech about Gods gift of freedom and the price many people pay for others to have it. Malone is visited by the angel of death, who takes him to a future Los Angeles completely taken over by radical Islamists and he is then taken to the ruins of his hometown in Michigan, which has been destroyed by a nuclear bomb planted by Al Qaeda. In a mortuary, Malone learns that he will be killed in attack, leaving nothing behind but his trademark hat. Facing his death, Malone pleads for his life with the Angel, however, all is not well after Malones revelation, for Aziz, a Middle Easterner he had interviewed, is actually a terrorist who will bomb a 4 July rally along with his underlings Ahmed and Fayed. However, when Fayed and Ahmed learn they are going to be detonated along with the planned bomb, later, Malone arrives at an anti-Fourth of July protest rally and publicly renounces his former views. This triggers an outraged mob from which he is rescued, however, meeting up with Malone, Ahmed and Fayed defuse their own bomb, thus sparing the people at the anti-Independence Day rally and resulting in the capture of the terrorist Aziz. Safe inside a music concert, the three are formally welcomed to the real America by Trace Adkins. A reformed Malone then goes to a Navy base to see his nephew Josh off to the Persian Gulf and he tells Josh how very proud he is of him and promises to look in on his wife and family during his deployment. In the final scene, Malone now decides to make films he feels people would appreciate, as well as Fayed and Ahmed as part of the crew, Malone is last seen working on a biographical film about President Kennedy. An American Carol was strongly promoted by notable Republicans and conservative personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, an American Carol has also been described by newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News as being for the right wing. The American Conservative reported, The movie has been promoted by bloggers on National Review Online, the Leadership Institute, an activist group that maintains contact with College Republicans nationwide, urged its charges to see the movie on opening weekend, even handing out tickets to its interns. Based on 45 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, An American Carol has an 11% approval rating from critics, metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 20, based on 12 reviews
9. American Dreamz – American Dreamz is a 2006 comedy film that satirizes both American politics and popular entertainment. Director/producer/writer Paul Weitz has stated that the movie is meant to both the TV show American Idol and the Bush Administration. Reviews were lukewarm and business was disappointing, on the morning after his re-election, US President Joseph Staton decides to read the newspaper for the first time in four years. This starts him down a slippery slope and he begins reading obsessively, reexamining his black-and-white view of the world in a more gray-seeming way, and holing up in his bedroom in his pajamas. America cannot seem to get enough of American Dreamz, hosted by self-aggrandizing, self-loathing Martin Tweed and his latest crop of hopefuls includes Sally Kendoo, a conniving steel magnolia with a devoted, dopey veteran boyfriend William Williams, and Omer Obeidi. Because Omers mother died in the Middle East in an American attack and he was an actor in an instruction film for terrorists, but he was too clumsy, and his interest in show tunes was frowned upon. Therefore, he was sent to the U. S. to await further instructions and he moved to Southern California to live with his extended family there, including his effeminate cousin Iqbal and Shazzy. Iqbal hoped to be selected to participate in American Dreamz, but in a misunderstanding, Iqbal becomes angered by this at first but later agrees to help Omer win and makes himself his manager. Omers terrorist organization now sees an opportunity, Omer is instructed to make it to the finale and he succeeds in getting to the finale. Security is bypassed by assembling the bomb after the security check, in the toilet, Omer agrees, but changes his mind and disposes of the bomb in the trash can. Earlier in the film, she had dumped William because she believed that her life wouldve gone nowhere if she still had him for a boyfriend and this drove William to join the army, only to be wounded in Iraq and sent back to the U. S. For the purpose of the show and at the insistence of her agent, Chet Krogl, however, William witnesses Sally having sex with Martin, and is furious. When he throws out the engagement ring, he finds the bomb Omer tossed in the trash can and he then comes out on stage and threatens to detonate it. While the other people evacuate, William starts singing and Martin, as William reaches the end of the song, he detonates the bomb by walking into the camera, killing both himself and Martin. The film then cuts to shots of people dialing up their phones to vote in for the winner. It is eventually revealed that William Williams was voted the winner of American Dreamz. The epilogue reveals what each of the went on to do after the end of last season. Omer went on to become a star of his own Broadway revue
10. The American President – The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, composer Marc Shaiman was nominated for the Original Musical or Comedy Score Oscar for The American President. The American Film Institute ranked The American President No.75 on its list of Americas Greatest Love Stories, popular Democratic President Andrew Shepherd is preparing to run for re-election. The President and his staff, led by Chief of Staff, macInerney, attempt to consolidate the administrations 63% approval rating by passing a moderate crime control bill. However, support for the bill in both parties is tepid, conservatives do not want it, and liberals think it is too weak. If it passes, however, Shepherds re-election is presumed by his staff to be a shoo-in, and Shepherd resolves to announce the bill, during their first meeting, Shepherd and Wade are immediately intrigued by each other. At this meeting, Shepherd strikes a deal with Wade, if she can secure 24 votes for the bill by the date of the State of the Union. Whatever his personal feelings toward Wade, he expresses this to his staff and he believes Wade will not be able to get enough votes to meet her side of the deal, thus releasing Shepherd from responsibility if the bill fails to pass. Later that evening, in a series of calls, Shepherd invites Wade to the state dinner. During the State dinner and subsequent occasions, the fall in love. Eventually, Wade does manage to get votes to meet her part of the deal. This results in disaster for Wade as she is fired from her lobbyist job for failing to achieve her objectives. She visits the White House to break up with Shepherd and says that she has a job possibility in Hartford and he tells her politics is making choices, his number-one has always been the crime control bill, and that he does not want to lose her over this. She congratulates him on getting the leverage to pass a bill that in no way will help fight crime. She concludes, Mr. President, you have bigger problems than losing me—youve just lost my vote, on the morning that he is to deliver his State of the Union Address, and after an argument with A. J. Shepherd makes a appearance in the White House press room and rebuts Rumsons attacks on Wades past and his own values. In his speech he even promises gun control, in an attempt at root-and-branch solving of Americas problems and his passionate and erudite defense of those things in which he believes, in contrast to his earlier passive behavior, galvanizes the press and his staff. Shepherd declares he is going over to her house and Im not leaving until I get her back, the couple are reconciled and the President, accompanied by Wade, leaves to give his State of the Union Address
11. Ballot Box Bunny – Ballot Box Bunny is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1951, directed by Friz Freleng, Bugs Bunny is underneath the podium drinking carrot juice when Sam makes a pledge to make good on his previous promise to rid this country of every last rabbit if elected. Bugs then decides he needs to fight against Sam by running against him for mayor, Bugs proceeds to quickly try and win the townspeople over with Theodore Roosevelts famous I speak softly, but I carry a BIG stick. Quote, even dressing up like Roosevelt, however, Sam declares I speak LOUD and I carry a BIGGER stick, and I use it too. Sam has more than a few tricks up his sleeve and he steals Bugs cigar stand, to which Bugs switches his SMELLO cigars with five-cent ATOM Explosive Cigars. He sends a boxful of assorted picnic ants to steal all of the food at Bugs picnic, a quick chase through the streets leads the pair to the parade for the newly elected mayor. But as it turns out, a dark horse candidate. Bugs suggests a game of Russian Roulette and hands Sam a gun, Sam agrees, points the gun at his head, closes his eyes and pulls the trigger, and gets the click of an empty barrel. He then hands the gun to Bugs, who points the gun to his head, closes his eyes, and pulls the trigger as the camera irises into black in the center of the screen to the sound of a gunshot. An iris opens up on Bugs to the left, showing that he had actually ducked immediately before he fired and now holds a gun as he proclaims. The right side of the screen irises open to reveal a scorched, hatless Sam shot in the head by Bugs wayward blast, the statue contains a list of crew members from the film. It reads, Pro Patria 1865, Batchelder, Champin, Farren, Julian, Nicholson, Perez, Pratt, building names to look out for, Ross & Co, Josiah Freep, Frizby, M. Perez, P. Julian Yard Tools. Ballot Box Bunny is available, uncut, with the restored, on Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume 1. List of Bugs Bunny cartoons List of Yosemite Sam cartoons Ballot Box Bunny at the Internet Movie Database Ballot Box Bunny at The Big Cartoon DataBase