Elmer's Candid Camera
|Elmer's Candid Camera|
|Merrie Melodies, (Happy Rabbit, Elmer Fudd) series|
|Directed by||Charles Jones|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Rich Hogan|
Arthur Q. Bryan (both uncredited)
|Music by||Carl W. Stalling|
Robert Cannon (all uncredited except McKimson)
|Layouts by||John McGrew (unc.)|
|Backgrounds by||Paul Julian (unc.)|
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Preceded by||Hare-um Scare-um|
Elmer's Candid Camera is a 1940 Merrie Melodies cartoon short directed by Chuck Jones, and first released on March 2, 1940, by Warner Bros. It marks the first appearance of a redesigned Elmer Fudd (voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan), and the fourth starring appearance of a anthropomorphic rabbit character that would later evolve into Bugs Bunny (voiced by Mel Blanc).
Elmer is reading a book on how to photograph wildlife. He walks and whistles at the same time when holding the camera. He finds a rabbit and wants to take a picture of him. As he tries to photograph Happy Rabbit, Happy finds himself a convenient victim to harass. Elmer points to where the rabbit was sleeping and tells him that he wants to take a picture of him. This tormenting eventually drives Elmer insane, causing him to jump into a lake and nearly drown. Happy saves him, ensures that Elmer is perfectly all right - and promptly kicks him straight back into the lake. Then, Happy throws Elmer's "How To Photograph Wildlife" book on his head, thus ending the cartoon as the screen irises-out.
Evolution of the characters
- In this short the Bugs Bunny prototype now resembles Bugs except for the apricot-colored mouth, furrier tail, black nose, black-tipped ears, and a different voice. This voice sounds "rural", and at times sounds rather like Daffy Duck's early voice. The laugh at the end of the cartoon ("Heh-heh-heh-HEH-heh!"), is similar to that of another character initially voiced by Blanc, Woody Woodpecker, who would debut later in the year.
- Elmer's voice is fully developed, and his appearance is similar to that in later cartoons, though he still wears Egghead's attire and has a shiny nose and cheeks. When in a mild-mannered mood, he is very much like the familiar Elmer. When enraged, his appearance is decidedly uncharacteristic, nearly maniacal.
- VHS- Cartoon Moviestars: Elmer!
- VHS- Looney Tunes Collectors Edition: Wabbit Tales
- Laserdisc- Bugs! and Elmer!
- Laserdisc- Golden Age of Looney Tunes Vol 2
- DVD- Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1
- DVD- Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 1
- DVD- The Essential Bugs Bunny
- Blu-ray- Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2
| Bugs Bunny prototype Cartoons
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