is a Looney Tunes
animated short released in 1955. The title is a play on the words Roman Legionnaire
.<!--yes! we need to state the obvious--> After being ordered by Emperor Nero to find a victim to be tossed to the lions, Yosemite Sam
tries to capture Bugs Bunny
The setting is Rome
, 54 A. D.; the camera pans past a billboard announcing "Another Appian Freeway
for Your Safety (Slow Chariots
Keep Right)" before settling on an exterior view of the Coliseum. As spectators file into the Coliseum
, their shadows fall on a poster describing the day's sporting event:
- "Detroit Lions in Season Opener — Undefeated Lions out for First Taste of Victory"
The sign was a reference to the NFL team with the same name
, which was a league powerhouse at the time.
A radio-style sportscaster describes the scene for his audience and the entrance of Emperor Nero
into the arena (in a chariot with tail fins from a 1950s Cadillac). Nero is represented as a caricature of actor Charles Laughton
who had played the character in The Sign of the Cross
The announcer reports that Nero has "consented to throw out the first victim
". When it turns out they are all out of victims, Nero commands Captain of the Guard Sam to take his legion out to get one (informing Sam that if he fails to provide a victim for the lions, Sam
will be the victim).
Along the way, Sam and the legion (which looks more like a squad) cross paths with Bugs......