Elmer's Candid Camera

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Elmer's Candid Camera
Merrie Melodies, (Happy Rabbit, Elmer Fudd) series
Lobby card
Directed by Charles Jones
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Rich Hogan
Voices by Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (both uncredited)
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Bob McKimson
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
Robert Cannon (all uncredited except McKimson)
Layouts by John McGrew (unc.)
Backgrounds by Paul Julian (unc.)
Studio Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s)
  • March 2, 1940 (1940-03-02)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:49
Language English
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).


The title card of Elmer's Candid Camera.

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[edit]

  • 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.



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 

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Preceded by
Hare-um Scare-um
Bugs Bunny prototype Cartoons
Succeeded by