Yosemite Sam is an American animated cartoon character in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The character appeared in dozens of cartoons from the 1940s to the 2000s.

Golden Age Appearances

Title Release Date Occupation Alias Notes
Hare Trigger[1][2] May 5, 1945 Western Outlaw Yosemite Sam
  • First cartoon to star Yosemite Sam.
Along Came Daffy June 14, 1947 Starving Hermit N/A
  • First of two shorts to not co-star Sam with Bugs Bunny.
  • Only short for him to be paired with his black-haired twin.
  • One of three shorts to pair him with Daffy Duck.
Buccaneer Bunny[1][3] May 8, 1948 Pirate Sea-Goin' Sam
Bugs Bunny Rides Again[1] June 12, 1948 Western Outlaw Yosemite Sam
High Diving Hare[1] April 30, 1949 Cowboy Yosemite Sam
Mutiny on the Bunny[1] February 11, 1950 Sea Captain Shanghai Sam
Big House Bunny[1] April 22, 1950 Prison Officer Sam Schultz
Bunker Hill Bunny[1] September 23, 1950 British Soldier Sam von Schmamm, the Hessian
Rabbit Every Monday February 10, 1951 Hunter N/A
  • Last cartoon to potray Sam's mouth under his mustache. The change was made half-way through the cartoon.
The Fair-Haired Hare April 14, 1951 Home Owner Yosemite Sam
Ballot Box Bunny[1] October 6, 1951 Runner for Mayor N/A
14 Carrot Rabbit March 15, 1952 Prospector Chilkoot Sam
Hare Lift December 20, 1952 Bank Robber Yosemite Sam
Southern Fried Rabbit May 2, 1953 Confederate Soldier Colonel Sam
  • Scenes that involves portrayals of ethnic stereotypes were cut in modern television broadcasts.
Hare Trimmed June 20, 1953 Gold Digger Yosemite Sam
  • Only short to co-star both Bugs and Sam with Granny.
Captain Hareblower January 16, 1954 Pirate Captain Sam the Pirate

or Pirate Sam

Sahara Hare[1][4] March 26, 1955 Sheikh Riff Raff Sam
This Is a Life?[1] July 9, 1955 Pirate (Flashback) Yosemite Sam
  • First of two cartoons to pair Sam with Bugs, Daffy and Elmer Fudd.
  • A scene from Buccaneer Bunny was reused for this cartoon as a flashback.
Roman Legion-Hare November 12, 1955 Captain of the Praetorian Guard N/A
Rabbitson Crusoe April 28, 1956 Castaway Yosemite Sam
A Star Is Bored September 15, 1956 Western Outlaw Yosemite Sam
  • Second of two cartoons to pair Sam with Bugs, Daffy and Elmer Fudd.
Piker's Peak May 25, 1957 Mountain Climber N/A
Knighty Knight Bugs[1][3] August 23, 1958 The Black Knight The Black Knight
Hare-Abian Nights February 28, 1959 Sultan

Sheikh (flashback)

Yosemite Sam
Wild and Woolly Hare August 1, 1959 Western Outlaw Yosemite Sam
Horse Hare February 13, 1960 Indian Chief Renegade Sam
  • Rarely airs today due to its negative caricatures of Native Americans.
From Hare to Heir[1] September 3, 1960 Grand Duke Sam, Duke of Yosemite
Lighter Than Hare[1] December 17, 1960 Alien Yosemite Sam of Outer Space
Prince Violent September 2, 1961 Viking Sam the Terrible
  • Re-titled to Prince Varmint for television broadcasts due to its intimidating title.
Honey's Money September 1, 1962 Gold Digger N/A
  • Second of two shorts to not co-star Sam with Bugs Bunny. Only short to star Sam by himself.
  • Remake of His Bitter Half and Hare Trimmed.
Shishkabugs December 8, 1962 Chef N/A
  • Rare instance where Sam is portrayed as a victim rather then an instigator.
  • Shortest Bugs Bunny cartoon to be produce, with 5:05 of footage (not including opening and credits).
Devil's Feud Cake February 9, 1963 Bank Robber

Praetorian Captain

Sheikh

Yosemite Sam
  • Last Yosemite Sam cartoon directed by Friz Freleng during the Golden age of American Animation.
  • Reused scenes from Hare Lift, Roman Legion-Hare and Sahara Hare, with new music provided by Bill Lava.
Dumb Patrol January 18, 1964 German Fighter Pilot Baron Sam Von Schpamm
  • Directed by Gerry Chiniquy, using Freleng's Unit.
  • Last cartoon to star Yosemite Sam during the Golden age of American Animation.
Pancho's Hideaway October 24, 1964 N/A N/A
  • Features a Mexican relative, Pancho Vanilla, who is designed much like his cousin Sam but has a different accent

Post-Golden Age Appearences

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Borowiec, Piotr (1998). Animated Short Films: A Critical Index to Theatrical Cartoons. Scarecrow Press. p. 193. ISBN 9780810835030.
  2. ^ McCall, Douglas (2015). Film Cartoons: A Guide to 20th Century American Animated Features and Shorts. McFarland & Company. p. 139. ISBN 9781476609669.
  3. ^ a b Gitlin, Martin; Wos, Joseph (2018). A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History. Lyons Press. p. 82. ISBN 9781630762797.
  4. ^ Liebman, Roy (2003). Vitaphone Films: A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts. McFarland & Company. p. 317. ISBN 9781476609362.