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Knights Must Fall
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: July 16, 1949
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Gerry Chiniquy
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Bugs Bunny
Sir Pantsalot of Dropseat Manor
Preceded By: Henhouse Henery
Succeeded By: Bad Ol' Putty Tat

Knights Must Fall is a 1949 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, and starring Bugs Bunny.


When squire Bugs insults the knight, he is challenged to a duel by Sir Pantaslot of Drop Seat Manor. The jousting arena is marked like a football stadium, and has a modern announcer and a vendor hawking programs. The knight emerges from his fancy tent on a warhorse, but Bugs rides out of his patched up US Army tent on a burro. After being knocked across the field twice, Bugs chalks his lance like a pool cue and calls the 8 ball in the side pocket. However when he hits the knight's shield, his lance is splintered. After a brief halftime show, Sir Pantsalot and Bugs commence to beat each other with clubs. Then Bugs pulls out a rivet gun and tickles the knight with it. The knight swings a flail, but Bugs puts a spring under it and it bounces back and strikes the knight on the head. The knight chops at Bugs's armor with an axe, but Bugs isn't inside it. Bugs pops up inside the knight's armor and gives him a big kiss. The knight swings at him, but Bugs ducks and he hits himself in the head. Bugs jabs the knight's butt with a pin, then jumps out of the armor and dives into a manhole. The knight dives after him, but crashes into the manhole cover which Bugs pulled over the hole. Bugs then tries to leave, but his exit is blocked by Sir Pantsalot and several other knights. Bugs calls to the referee for a timeout, then heads to the blacksmith shop to create his own super armor from a wood stove and a gun turret, and they prepare to attack each other. After a horrendous sounding crash, Bugs sets up shop as The Smiling Rabbit, dealer in Used Armor.




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1959 Baton BunnyHare-Abian NightsApes of WrathBackwoods BunnyWild and Woolly HareBonanza BunnyA Witch's Tangled HarePeople Are Bunny
1960 Horse HarePerson to BunnyRabbit's FeatFrom Hare to HeirLighter Than Hare
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitCompressed HarePrince Violent
1962 Wet HareBill of HareShishkabugs
1963 Devil's Feud CakeThe Million HareHare-Breadth HurryThe UnmentionablesMad as a Mars HareTransylvania 6-5000
1964 Dumb PatrolDr. Devil and Mr. HareThe Iceman DuckethFalse Hare
1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolThe Fright Before Christmas
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1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
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A faded original title print is known to exist on Vimeo.

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