My Bunny Lies over the Sea
Title card for My Bunny Lies over the Sea
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
Produced byEdward Selzer
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byKen Harris
Phil Monroe
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Layouts byRobert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byPeter Alvarado
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • December 4, 1948 (1948-12-04)
Running time
CountryUnited States

My Bunny Lies over the Sea is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, released on December 4, 1948.[1] This theatrical cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.[2] Mel Blanc played both Bugs Bunny and the Scotsman.

The title is a play on the second line of the old song, "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean". The seven-minute short has been released on DVD multiple times in different compilation discs, and as of 2003 is available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1. Though this cartoon was the Scotsman's (named Angus MacRory) only theatrical appearance, he also made his second major role in "It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World" episode (first aired on February 3, 1996) in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. The Scotsman appeared briefly in a 1989 TV special and on a couple of Animaniacs episodes. He can also be seen in the 1996 hit film, Space Jam, watching the Toon Squad/Michael Jordan basketball game.


This cartoon begins as Bugs Bunny once again gets lost when he is tunneling to his vacation spot. He accidentally ends up near Loch Lomond, Scotland, instead of the La Brea Tar Pits, having once again not "made that left toin at Albuquerque!", and mistakes a Highlander named Angus MacRory playing the bagpipes for a lady being attacked by a "horrible monster". Bugs jumps MacRory, trying to rescue the "woman", and in the process he smashes his bagpipes to pieces.

MacRory becomes enraged that his bagpipes have been absolutely ruined. He yells at Bugs, and is about to threaten him, but Bugs figures out that MacRory is actually a man, and when MacRory asks him what was wrong with that, Bugs tells him that he can't go around wearing a kilt claiming it is indecent.

Bugs then asks MacRory for the directions to the "La Brea Tar Pits in Los Ahn-galays", at first confusing then causing the Scotsman carry out his threat on Bugs with a blunderbuss, telling the rabbit, "There are no La Brea Tar Pits in Scotland!" Realizing now the location he is in, Bugs bids MacRory, "Eh, what's up, MacDoc?", and runs for it just as MacRory shoots. MacRory chases after the bullet and picks it up, reloads the bullet back into his gun, and shoots at Bugs repeatedly, who dives back into his hole (which MacRory fires into) and comes back out elsewhere moments later thinly disguised as an elderly Scotsman, accusing MacRory (whose last name is revealed by the disguised Bugs) of "poaching on [his] property". MacRory doesn't believe him, however, and challenges him to a traditional Scottish duel — a game. Bugs, upon hearing this, sets up a card game. MacRory corrects him, stating the challenge is a game of golf.

Throughout the golf game, Bugs continually outsmarts the Scotsman. On the first hole, Bugs, focusing on swinging the ball, looks down at the Scotsman for tapping his foot impatiently. MacRory stops tapping, and sheepishly hides his foot behind his other leg. After declaring "FORE!", Bugs takes his swing and the ball veers off course, so Bugs quickly digs another, bigger hole to earn a hole in one (with the real hole shown to be off in the distance). Bugs then nails MacRory's ball to the tee so that it won't go anywhere, but MacRory gets a hole in one anyway (through ending up in the hole himself), to Bugs' protests.

On the 8th hole, MacRory laughs at Bugs, whose ball has fallen shorter of the hole than MacRory's. Bugs then turns his club into a pool cue, and hits a bank shot into the hole, causing MacRory to break his own club in half in anger.

Later, MacRory laughs again as Bugs struggles to get his ball out of a bunker. Once he gets the ball out and gets it into hole 16 after multiple strikes, Bugs figures how many strokes to write on his scoreboard. After he goes through elaborate motions of doing addition in the air, he announces his score: "Two." MacRory, not believing Bugs at all, counters: "Two? FIFTY-FIVE!" Bugs immediately sets up a fake auction, with Bugs acting as the auctioneer and continually lowering the score, until MacRory offers "one" as his "final offer", much to the dumbfounded Scotsman's surprise.

At the last hole, MacRory gets a hole in one. Bugs meanwhile misses the hole altogether and quickly digs a channel with his club for the ball to roll through into the hole. After checking his score, Bugs then declares himself the winner, whereupon the Scotsman angrily denounces the rabbit's earlier action as cheating, but Bugs defends himself with a list of phony "historical" citations.

The Scotsman concedes that "the weight of evidence is greatly against [him]", but he still claims that he can't be beaten when it comes to playing bagpipes, and he grabs the instrument to demonstrate. After playing, he dares Bugs to try and top that — which, to MacRory's shock, the rabbit does by dressing like a Scot and playing not only the pipes, but also a trombone, a saxophone, a trumpet, two clarinets, cymbals on his feet, and a bass drum on his head with the beaters tied to his ears, in the manner of a one-man band. Bugs takes a final glimpse at the audience and waggles his eyebrow, before an iris-out.


The version of this cartoon shown on CBS in the 1970s/1980s cut the part where Angus MacRory shoots his rifle at Bugs and the bullet falls, MacRory picks it up and asides to the audience that "It's been in the family for years," due to gun violence and the stereotype of the "thrifty Scotsman".

Other appearances


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 192. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60-61. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
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