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|Merrie Melodies/(Bugs Bunny) series|
|Directed by||Bob Clampett
(credited as Wobert Cwampett)
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Dave Monahan
(credited for Stowy)
|Voices by||Mel Blanc (unc.)
Arthur Q. Bryan (unc.)
|Music by||Carl Stalling
(credited as Cawl W. Stawwing)
|Animation by||Sid Sutherland (credited as Sid Suthewand)
Bill Meléndez (unc.)
(unc.) Robert McKimson (unc.)
|Backgrounds by||John Didrik Johnsen (unc.)|
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||December 20, 1941|
Wabbit Twouble is a Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Bugs Bunny, produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and released on December 20, 1941 by Warner Bros. Pictures. The title is the first of several Bugs Bunny cartoon titles that refer to Elmer Fudd's speech impediment; as such, the names of Robert Clampett, Sid Sutherland, and Carl Stalling as well as the roles of Story, Supervision, and Musical Direction are intentionally misspelled in the credits to match Elmer's speech impediment.
In the cartoon, Elmer expects to find rest and relaxation at Jellostone National Park, but he mistakenly sets camp in the neighborhood of Bugs' rabbit hole, and Bugs (and a neighboring bear) don't have much leisure in mind. It was the first Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd cartoon directed by Robert Clampett, with a story by Dave Monahan and musical direction by Carl Stalling. Sid Sutherland is the only credited animator, although Bill Meléndez (who had just arrived at Schlesinger following the 1941 Disney strike), Rod Scribner, and Robert McKimson also animated the short. Mel Blanc provided the voices for Bugs and the bear, and Arthur Q. Bryan provided the voice for Elmer.
Elmer, riding in his old jalopy, makes his way to Jellostone National Park looking forward to rest and relaxation. Elmer pitches a tent (near Bugs Bunny's rabbit hole), and sets up camp by putting a fire stove, a mirror and a table to wash his face, and a hammock. However, he gets annoyed when Bugs unpitches and takes his tent, but gets it back, tied up in knots. Bugs welcomes Elmer to Jellostone then he pulls Elmer's hat over his eyes. When Elmer reaches into the hole to grab Bugs, Bugs ties up his fingers. He tries to prevent Bugs from getting out of his hole by hammering a board, saying that he can't get out of that. However, Bugs does get out of that, and mimics Elmer's weight and what he previously said, labeling it "phooey". Elmer lies down in his hammock and soon falls fast asleep, muttering to himself.
Bugs then appears from the rabbit hole by Elmer's campsite. He takes a pair of glasses, paints them black, puts them on Elmer's face and sets Elmer's alarm clock to go off. Elmer now thinks it's night (since everything seems so dark), so he goes to his tent, gets undressed and goes to bed. Bugs then takes the glasses off and crows like a rooster, making Elmer think that it's the next morning.
When Elmer goes to wash his face, Bugs keeps the towel at a distance with a branch, causing Elmer to blindly follow the towel. Elmer then almost falls off a cliff. He then, looks at the miraculous view of the Grand Canyon, but then realizes he's literally in mid air and panickedly runs back to safety as he holds on to Bugs for dear life. Bugs tells Elmer that was a close call and Elmer tells Bugs "Yeah, I think somebody twicked me". Bugs then admits he's the one pulling these gags and runs off, with a furious Elmer giving chase after retrieving a gun from his tent.
However, when he tries running after Bugs with his rifle, he winds up running into a black bear instead. The bear starts growling, and so Elmer turns to a wildlife handbook for advice;
"When confwonted by a gwizzwy bear, wie fwat on the gwound and pway dead. Above all, wemain absowutewy motionwess!"
The bear soon gives up (after sniffing Elmer's "B.O." – his feet), but Bugs has more fun with Elmer when he climbs on Elmer and starts growling exactly like the bear (“Funny situation, ain’t it?”). Just as Bugs starts biting Elmer's foot, Elmer sees what's going on and grabs his rifle. Bugs runs away when the bear returns and Elmer ends up hitting the bear instead. After Elmer realizes he's hit the wrong animal, a chase then ensues with Elmer and the bear running through the trees to the chase sequence of the lively instrumental of the William Tell Overture. Both Elmer and the bear show their heads from different sides of the tree they're hiding behind, and finally, the bear freaks Elmer out when he rides on top of him.
Eventually, Elmer gives up and quickly packs everything back into his car (including, at first, the tree that was next to his tent, only to quickly put said tree back). On his way out, he stops back at the sign and reads it again. This makes him say that it's "bawogney!", and to teach the park not to give false advertisement, he deliberately starts chopping the sign to bits and then stomps on the destroyed sign while calling the park's "Peace and wewaxation" promises "wubbish!". The park ranger (along with Bugs) then appears, with a stern look on his face to which Elmer nervously says "Hewwo" and then chuckles nervously. Elmer is then shown in prison for destruction of government property, where he's thankful that he's finally "wid of that gwizzwy bear and scwewy wabbit! West and wewaxation at wast!" But he turns to find out that somehow he's sharing his cell with both Bugs and the black bear.
- For this cartoon, Elmer was redesigned as a fat man (based on voice actor Arthur Q. Bryan's own physique) in an attempt to make him funnier. The "fat Elmer" would only make four more appearances – The Wabbit Who Came to Supper, The Wacky Wabbit, Fresh Hare, and Any Bonds Today? – before returning to the slimmer form by which he is better known, for The Hare-Brained Hypnotist. This cartoon was the only time, though, that the Fat Elmer also had a red nose.
- Bugs would show up in a prison two more times: in Rebel Rabbit (1949) and Big House Bunny (1950). Whereas at the ends of Rabbit Transit (1947) and Hare Brush (1955) he is arrested, he is not actually shown in prison therein.
- As is clearly seen in the beginning, the letters in the words "BUGS BUNNY IN" are made out of carrot slices.
- This is the only cartoon with the "fat" version of Elmer made and released in 1941, the other "fat Elmer" cartoons are all made and released in 1942.
- This is the only cartoon with the "fat" version of Elmer to remain under copyright, the other "fat Elmer" cartoons are in the public domain.
- The lobby card where bugs paints Elmer's glasses black is also done in the film.
- DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume 1
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