The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
|The Wabbit Who Came to Supper|
|Merrie Melodies/Bugs Bunny series|
|Directed by||I. Freleng|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Richard Bickenbach
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||March 28, 1942 (USA)|
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper is a 1942 American Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring early appearances by Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. The Elmer character is in a transitional state from his earliest appearances in Bob Clampett's shorts and the appearance which he adopted around 1943.
The title of the short is a reference to the 1942 Warner Brothers film version of the 1939 George S. Kaufman Broadway comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner, in which an overbearing house-guest threatens to take over the lives of a small-town family.
As Elmer has Bugs Bunny cornered on his hunting trip, Elmer receives a telegram from his Uncle Louie who leaves him $3 million in his will, as long as he doesn't harm any animals, especially rabbits.
Bugs, with characteristic élan, takes full advantage of the situation by moving in with Elmer. Bugs sings "Angel in Disguise", while taking a shower and later shaving and reminds Elmer about Uncle Louie's will.
Elmer tries to coax Bugs into leaving, gently patting him on the head, which Bugs claims is hurting him and threatens to call Uncle Louie. Elmer apologizes to Bugs then tricks him into walking out of the house. Bugs resorts to faking a serious illness prompting Elmer to take him back in.
Later a special delivery letter arrives for Elmer, which inform him that his Uncle Louie died and that he now inherits the $3 million. However, all the of $3 million was deducted to pay for various taxes and Elmer instead inherits $1.98 in debt. Furious at Bugs' torment and intrusion for all that, Elmer chases Bugs round the house until Bugs escapes out the front door. Elmer then receives a large Easter egg delivery. Upon opening it, several baby Bugs Bunnies who say 'Eh, what's up Doc?' in unison, begin to leap around the house.
Friz Freleng, the man most responsible for developing Bugs' personality, was the director of this short cartoon. This short film was written by Michael Maltese and animated by Richard Bickenbach. The music was selected, composed and arranged by Carl W. Stalling with sound effects and editing by Treg Brown. Mel Blanc performed the voice of Bugs Bunny, and Arthur Q. Bryan performed the voice of Elmer Fudd.
Being in the public domain, The Wabbit Who Came to Supper was featured on several low-budget VHS releases of public domain cartoons.
On the 2005 Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3 DVD release, The Wabbit Who Came to Supper is presented in a restored unedited version with a commentary track provided by animation historian Jerry Beck and Warner Brothers' inker Martha Sigall, one of about 40 uncredited inkers and painters who labored on the Looney Tunes shorts.
- The latest released WB cartoon sold to a.a.p. was Haredevil Hare, released on July 24, 1948.
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