A Feud There Was

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A Feud There Was
Directed by Tex Avery
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Written by Melvin Millar
Starring Mel Blanc
Billy Bletcher
Hugh Farr
Bob Nolan
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Edited by Treg Brown
Release dates
  • September 24, 1938 (1938-09-24)
Running time
8 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Feud There Was is a 1938 Warner Bros. cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Tex Avery and written by Melvin Millar, and notable for being the first cartoon in which the name Elmer Fudd was used, seen inscribed on the side of the scooter driven by the protagonist, Elmer Fudd. This is also the first Warner Bros. cartoon to be reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melody (it was reissued twice: once on September 11, 1943 and again on September 13, 1952). Elmer's speaking voice was provided on this occasion by Arthur Q. Bryan[citation needed], although it did not resemble the more familiar "cwazy wabbit" voice which would later be performed for Fudd by Bryan. The character's singing voice was provided by Roy Rogers and additional vocals in the cartoon were done by the Sons of the Pioneers.

Synopsis[edit]

The short begins with an establishing shot of a family stereotypical hillbillies, the Weavers, whose members are all lazy to the point of absurdity. The only thing that awakens the Weavers from their perpetual sloth is the opportunity to feud with their neighbors, the McCoys. After a musical number (then a staple of Merrie Melodies shorts) accompanied by a radio commercial (ostensibly over KFWB), the two families begin feuding, firing at each other with various semi-automatic weapons. At one point, a McCoy asks if there are any Weavers in the movie audience. One man, shown as a silhouette against the screen, answers in the affirmative and fires a shot at the McCoy.

In the midst of the fray, a yodeling, bulbous-nosed, domestic peace activist who is accompanied by church organ music each time he speaks, enters the feud zone on a motorscooter bearing the words "Elmer Fudd, Peace Maker", and goes to each side preaching peace and an end to the bloodshed, only to get shot in the back (non-fatally) by each family as he departs. When Fudd attempts once more to preach peace to both families from the boundary line, both sides get furious at him and open fire on the would-be peace maker together. When the smoke clears, only Elmer is left standing. He gives a final yodel and says "Good night, all!", and the Weaver in the movie audience yells "Good night!," taking one more shot at the star.

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