Yosemite Sam, as head of a Roman legion, is ordered by Emperor Nero to find a victim to toss to the lions. Or else, he'll be the victim. Sam meets up with Bugs Bunny and decides Bugs will ... See full summary »

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Yosemite Sam, as head of a Roman legion, is ordered by Emperor Nero to find a victim to toss to the lions. Or else, he'll be the victim. Sam meets up with Bugs Bunny and decides Bugs will make a good victim. But it's Sam and Nero who end up as lion food. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Director Isadore Freleng is credited as Friz Freleng for the first time. See more »

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The doormat Sam stands in when the lions pull him back in under the door wasn't there when he first came out. See more »

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Bugs Bunny: Well, like the Romans always say, E pluribus uranium.
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Not exactly an epic
18 March 2004 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Rome, 54 A. D. Emperor Nero,who may or may not be played by Charles Laughton, enters the Colosseum for the season opener as a sportscaster introduces us to the undefeated champions, the Detroit Lions. When it turns out they are all out of victims, Captain of the Guard Yosimitus Sammus takes out his legion (all of whom resemble Elmerus Fuddus) to go get one. Guess who he finds?

Don't expect much gladiator combat, for after a very promising start, "Roman Legion-Hare" becomes yet another Bugs vs. Yosemite chase caper, only with horse and chariots and lots of caged lions. In fact each and every room in the Colosseum seems to connect to the lion's den. Strategists take note: when faced with a situation like this, make sure the man eaters get a whiff of your opponent. This way, when you take a wrong turn, the lions will prefer the taste of his flesh over yours.

The fifties were the golden age of the Roman epics, so a loony spoof could not be far behind. It must have been especially amusing to see this at the cinema with a real horse and chariot extravaganza following, although being very lengthy films, they probably did not have Merry Melodies as it's opening act. Bugs more likely opened for Doris Day and Jerry Lewis instead.

6 out of 10


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