- Elmer's Candid Camera
Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Elmer's Candid Camera
Merrie Melodies, Happy Rabbit/ Bugs Bunny
caption = Title card for "Elmer's Candid Camera"
director = Charles Jones
story_artist = Rich Hogan
animator = Bob McKimson
Mel Blanc Arthur Q. Bryan
Carl W. Stalling
distributor = Warner Bros.
release_date = flagicon|USA
March 2, 1940
runtime = 8 minutes (one reel)
preceded_by = "
followed_by = "
movie_language = English
imdb_id = 0032439
"Elmer's Candid Camera" is a 1940 "
Merrie Melodies" cartoon directed by Chuck Jones, and first released on March 2, 1940by Warner Bros.. It marks the first appearance of Elmer Fudd(voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan), who had evolved from Tex Avery's "Egghead," and the fourth starring appearance of the Bugs Bunny prototype (excluding " Elmer's Pet Rabbit", where he was billed as Bugs Bunny, the first instance of that name being used on-screen, and a cameo in a later cartoon " Patient Porky") until "" (first re-seen in the final minutes of a deleted scenes montage featured on that film's DVDrelease).
Elmer has come to the country to photograph wildlife. As he tries to photograph a rabbit, the rabbit finds him a convenient victim to harass. This tormenting eventually drives Elmer insane, causing him to jump into a lake and nearly drown. The rabbit saves him, ensures that Elmer is all right now - and then kicks him straight back into the lake.
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, as shown in the frame here, his appearance is decidedly uncharacteristic, nearly maniacal.
* [http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3deto_merrie-melodies-elmers-candid-camer_fun See Elmer's Candid Camera on Dailymotion]
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