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Bugs Bunny defends a castle from the Viking invader, Sam the Terrible.


Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt (co-director)


David Detiege (story) (as Dave Detiege)


Mel Blanc


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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Yosemite Sam / Elephant / Peasants / Guard (voice)


Viking Yosemite Sam arrives to storm the castle. But Bugs takes charge of the defenses, and between Bugs' cleverness and Sam's stupidity, the castle is never seriously threatened, even when Sam enlists the help of an elephant. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

2 September 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prince Varmint See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

When this cartoon aired on ABC (still retitled as "Prince Varmint"), the aforementioned explosives gag was edited thus: after Sam lights the fuses of the explosives, he manages to cross the still-lowered drawbridge and escape the explosives just before they blow up. However, he still looks much the worse for wear when he enters the castle. See more »


Spoofs Prince Valiant (1954) See more »


The Flying Dutchman Overture
Music by Richard Wagner
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"Ya double crossers...I'm a comin' back and I ain't comin' back to play marbles!"
4 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not one of my favourite Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam cartoons. It is a very entertaining one, but not as good as From Hare to Heir, Bugs Bunny Rides Again, Sahara Hare, Mutiny on the Bunny and Roman-Legion Hare. I didn't care for the animation here, generally the Looney Tunes shorts weren't as fluid or as luscious as the ones from the 40s and 50s and sadly Prince Violent was no exception with some colours that looked rather flat to me and while Sam is well animated Bugs is somewhat scratchy compared to normal. Excepting the hilarious scene at the end and when he is used as a boat, the pachyderm doesn't have that much of an interesting role here. However, the music is rousing and energetic yet lush and beautiful as well. The writing is as witty as you would expect, Bugs and Sam both have their fair share of great lines but Sam's final line is an absolute gem, possibly one of his best ever. The gags are not the most imaginative of their outings, but especially when Sam is flattened trying to knock the castle down and the bit with the dynamite it is still funny. I have also loved seeing the cleverness of arrogant yet likable Bugs and the stupidity of greedy and abrasive Sam, and both are used well and are great characters commanding the screen right from their first entrances. Mel Blanc is as outstanding as ever. All in all, a very good short but not one of my favourites. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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