Elmer Fudd the Hunter !!
Elmer Fudd is cast of the cartoon, starring in Warner’s popular Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series. It has undergone many transformations since 1937 that first appeared, but it remains firmly the big opponent of Bigs Bunny and secondarily of Daffy Duck. It is false and pronounces the sounds of P and L as C. Its name means glorious in Old English, and the Fudd Surname comes from the word Befuddled, which means being confused.
Elmer Fudd’s father was the great queen Tex Avery. He first presented him with the name Egghead in the cartoon Egghead Rides Again (1937). He was stocky, with an egg-shaped head and a nose like an eggplant. He had a strange childhood voice and wore eccentric clothes. At the same time we meet him as a Daffy Duck hunter and as a boxer in other animated films. His personality differed from role to role, so he did not get an identifiable mark and become popular. In 1938 he first appeared as Elmer Fudd in the cartoon In a Feud there was. Now he is almost naked, he wears a semi-high, sporty suit and a tall collar shirt.
On March 2, 1940, Elmer’s Candid Camera, the first real movie of the hero, is screened by Chuck Jones. We see him in the countryside photographing nature until he meets a hare (the Bugs Bunny Archetype) that will make life difficult. This great creator undertakes to change the image of Elmer Fudd and presents him with a more well-formed face. It adds a chin and a nose less scrubby.
A few months later, A Wild Hare (July 27, 1949), which is the first real presence of Bagh Bunny, will be screened. Elmer Fudd appears with a full hunter hunter, and with his barbarian he is ready to shoot any hare found in front of him. One of the nominees is Bugs Bunny. This is the picture that will follow him from then on.
Elmer Fudd is the nemesis of Bags Bunny. But he always manages to get out of their confrontation. There is not a few times when he shoots the scandalous hare, but at the end he finds himself injured. He does not have the evil of malice, but he is obviously not the smartest person in the world.
The Top Time of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny is Chuck Jones’s seven-eyed cartoon What’s Opera, doc? (1957), a parody of the Wagner’s work, considered to be the masterpieces of the art of animation. It is one of the few times that Elmer Fudd is a winner and will be distracted by this act. In the end, however, it is the hare that steals the show again. A great sample of Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck ‘s confrontation is Chuck Jones’s seven-minute film Duck or Not To Duck (1943), with the unprecedented Black Duck recitation.