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A sudden inspiration illuminated my face. Correcting myself, I continued, perplexed. We easily understood each other. Meanwhile you can look at the illustrations in this book. No library is complete without this volume. My sister and I always have lived by that admirable example.

Those who do not wear corsets will never arrive. Soon you will see how they pick one for you, one that will die for the cause. The vegetables did not have an enthusiastic air over dying an honorable death. Soon two carrots and a little cabbage fell between their hands.

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They gave me a little package that contained the vegetables, and in exchange for this I paid them with the jar of sweets and the little fritters. View all posts by Biblioklept.

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Email required Address never made public. Name required. While he often denied any intentional resemblance, in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection , surviving members of his production crew assert, and the late director's daughter acknowledges, that Sam definitely was inspired by Freleng. When he does a "slow burn" and cries "Oooooh! Freleng also cited the Terrible-Tempered Mr.

Bang, a character in the Toonerville Trolley comic strip, as an influence. In his memoir Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist , Chuck Jones says that a great-uncle who occasionally visited his family was a retired Texas Ranger who was short, had red hair , a large mustache, and a hair-trigger temper but no beard, unlike Sam.

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Michael Maltese originally considered calling the character Texas Tiny, Wyoming Willie, or Denver Dan, but then settled on the final name. A running gag in the cartoons is that sometimes Yosemite Sam tells Bugs "Open up this door, open it up now! Another gag involved Sam yelling 'Whoa! This is most notably shown in Sahara Hare , where he hits his camel in the head twice for not stopping; saying "When I say 'whoa', I mean whoa!

Other characters with Sam-like features appear in several Looney Tunes shorts. Stage Door Cartoon , however, features a southern sheriff character that looks and sounds similar to Sam, except for a more defined Southern stereotype to his voice. Finally, Pancho's Hideaway features a Mexican villain who is designed much like Sam but has a different accent. In addition, in the Chuck Jones -directed cartoon Mississippi Hare , Bugs Bunny battles with an old, pistol-toting gambler called Colonel Shuffle , one whose role could have easily been portrayed by Sam. Freleng created Yosemite Sam to be a more worthy adversary for Bugs Bunny.

Until then, Bugs' major foe had been Elmer Fudd , a man so mild-mannered and dimwitted that Freleng thought Bugs actually came off as a bully by duping him.

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Sam, on the other hand, was extremely violent and belligerent, not at all a pushover like Fudd. Freleng compacted into a tiny body and gallon hat the largest voice and the largest ego "north, south, east, aaaaand west of the Pecos ". For over 19 years, except for one cartoon Hare-Abian Nights in Freleng's unit had exclusive usage of Sam at the Warner studio. Though officially a cowboy , Freleng put Sam in a different costume in almost every film: a knight , a Roman legionary , a pirate , a royal cook , a prison guard, a duke Duke of Yosemite, no less , a Hessian mercenary, a Confederate soldier, a mountain climber climbing the 'Shmadderhorn' mountain in Switzerland , a hen-pecked househusband and even a space alien.

The humor of the cartoons inevitably springs from the odd miscasting of the hot-tempered cowboy. However, some countries seem to prefer his pirate incarnation, as "Sam the Pirate" is his official name in France [3] and a frequent alternative name in Italy. While Sam's basic character is that of a cowboy, he wears a black Domino mask or actually, just a wide black outline on the outer sides of his eyes to show that he is an outlaw. This is so associated with his persona that he wears the mask even when dressed as a duke, a riff, a pirate, or a Viking. Sam is significantly tougher and more aggressive than Elmer Fudd when challenging Bugs Bunny.

He is also quicker to learn from his mistakes and never falls for the same ploy twice. But despite Sam's bluster, he does not prove much brighter than Elmer in his encounters with Bugs. His noise contrasts to the calmly cocky rabbit. Sam's own cockiness always gets the best of him; Bugs can see he is incapable of turning down a challenge. Every time Bugs dares Sam to "step across that line", he cannot help but do so, even if he steps off into empty space or down a mine shaft.

In Wild and Woolly Hare , Sam and Bugs play "Chicken" in two locomotives going toward one another-Sam does not crash into Bugs but still ends up losing. It is his own arrogance that ultimately leads to his death: in his final short, Devil's Feud Cake , he again takes Bugs hostage on an airplane, then, when Bugs offers to draw straws for the only parachute, takes what he thinks is the parachute, only to find out too late that it wasn't the parachute. Sam plummets uncontrollably to his death and, after Satan gives him two chances to retrieve Bugs in his stead and Sam fails both times, settles permanently in Hell.

While unscrupulous and ornery himself, Sam consistently displays an odd respect for religious conventions. Whenever he is preparing to shoot Bugs, he tells the "varmint," "Now say your prayers! Yosemite Sam is one of Bugs' toughest antagonists. Yosemite Sam is a character more violent than Bugs' other regular antagonist Elmer Fudd given that Sam has a tougher accent, a higher, fiercer voice, and a more violent spirit, although he is often portrayed as a bumbling fool in most of his appearances.

Yosemite Sam has had several occupations in his life that Bugs has gotten in the way of.

Among his occupations are:. Yosemite Sam made appearances in several television specials in the s and s, and in three of the Looney Tunes feature-film compilations. Sam was the star of his own comic book series from to , for a total of 81 issues. The Grump's dragon was similar to Sam's in " Knighty Knight Bugs ", right down to the fiery nasal explosions upon its master. Yosemite Sam was one of the classic Looney Tunes characters who appeared as faculty members of Acme Looniversity in the s animated series Tiny Toon Adventures.

Sam was shown teaching classes in Firearms and Anvilology the study of falling anvils, a staple joke in the Looney Tunes genre , and was sometimes portrayed as the school principal though at least one episode identified Bugs Bunny as the principal, and Wile E. Coyote was Dean of Acme Loo. In the same episode, Yosemite Sam appeared as a prospector in a documentary detailing about the sightings of a furry creature called Bigbutt a spoof of Bigfoot.

Yosemite Sam also appeared along with Bugs Bunny in a number of Mirinda commercials in early 90s, most probably due to direct competition to Fanta , being advertised with Disney characters at that time. He also appears in the movie Space Jam as a player for the Tune Squad. In a memorable scene, he and Elmer Fudd shoot off the teeth of one of the Monstars while clad in Pulp Fiction -esque attire, complete with Dick Dale 's " Misirlou " playing.

In an earlier scene, when the Nerdlucks hold all the toons hostage, he confronts the Nerdlucks, pointing his pistols at them, and orders them to release all the toons In this film, he owns a casino in Las Vegas , which he calls Yosemite Sam's Wooden Nickel, and is accompanied by Nasty Canasta and Cottontail Smith from Super-Rabbit who may be originally employed as his security guards. He goes as far as betting a large sack of money to get the card, stealing Jeff Gordon 's car, and even using a stick of Dynamite to beat DJ and Daffy.

Though putting up a good chase, in the end, his car crashes into the wall of his own casino while the spy car flies above it. When he gets stuck in a pitch black room, he lights a match to look around until realizing the room was full of dynamite; the resulting explosion launches him into the air to which Bugs thinks he's a shooting star and makes a wish. He is last seen in the Acme building trying to cover his failure on DJ, Dusty Tails, and Daffy, though his boss could not even understand what he was saying.

A younger version of Sam had appeared in Baby Looney Tunes , in songs. In one episode, Bugs dresses up as Baby Sam for Halloween. Sam also plays the role of occasional alien guest villain K'chutha Sa'am a parody of the Klingons , and right in line with Sam's aggressive personality on the Duck Dodgers animated TV series. Sam is depicted as being well meaning, but suffering anger problems. Yosemite Sam is one of Bugs and Daffy's neighbors. In the episode "Daffy Duck, Esq.