SUMMARY: When Captain Yosemite Sam’s sole crew member escapes while his ship is in dock, he tricks Bugs Bunny into replacing him. But he gets more than he bargained for when Bugs repeatedly sinks his ship.
WHY IT’S HERE: Friz Freleng had shown what a deft hand he was at directing Bugs and Sam in a running gag short with the previous year’s ‘High Diving Hare’. Though not as brilliantly economical, ‘Mutiny on the Bunny’ continued this trick by basing a whole cartoon around how many times Bugs can sinks Sam’s ship, always culminating in the same shot of a ship going down and followed by Sam noisily patching up his ship in the dock. This is a cartoon I remember being on TV very regularly when I was young and that image of Sam mending his scuppered seacraft is indelibly burned into my mind, as I’m sure it is for so many others of my generation.