Elmer's Candid Camera

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 the anthropomorphic rabbit character that would later evolve into Bugs Bunny (voiced by Mel Blanc).

Elmer's Candid Camera
Lobby card
Directed byCharles Jones
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Story byRich Hogan
StarringMel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (both uncredited)
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byBob McKimson
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
Robert Cannon (all uncredited except McKimson)
Layouts byJohn McGrew (unc.)
Backgrounds byPaul Julian (unc.)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • March 2, 1940
Running time


Elmer's Candid Camera title card
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 the Rabbit, he 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. The rabbit saves him, ensures that Elmer is perfectly all right - and promptly kicks him straight back into the lake. Then, the rabbit throws Elmer's "How To Photograph Wildlife" book on his head, thus ending the cartoon as the screen irises-out.


  • 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[1]


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Preceded by
Hare-um Scare-um
Bugs Bunny prototype Cartoons
Succeeded by
1940 in the United States

Events from the year 1940 in the United States.

Arthur Q. Bryan

Arthur Quirk Bryan (May 8, 1899 – November 18, 1959) was an American actor, voice actor, comedian and radio personality, best remembered for his longtime recurring role as well-spoken, wisecracking Dr. Gamble on the radio comedy Fibber McGee and Molly and for creating the voice of the Warner Brothers cartoon character Elmer Fudd.

Cartoon Alley

Cartoon Alley was an American television series that aired on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday mornings from 2004 to 2007. It featured classic animated shorts.

Broadcast at 11:30 AM ET, it was hosted by Ben Mankiewicz and featured three classic animated shorts from the 1930–1950s per episode. Most shorts were from The Golden Age of American animation. Each of the three shorts focused on a common theme. Most shorts came from Warner Bros., MGM, Universal, Paramount, Pat Sullivan, and Otto Mesmer (the latter studio provided the Popeye cartoons and the Felix The Cat cartoons only; these were in Turner's hands by this point), but during the show's first season Cartoon Alley featured shorts from the Gaumont Film Company. Many recognizable characters have been featured in at least one episode such as Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Felix The Cat, Porky Pig, Andy Panda, Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel, Barney Bear, Spike, George and Junior, and others not so famous such as Goopy Geer and The Captain and the Kids. The shorts often appeared uncut and uncensored (a few cartoons utilized cuts for content), and the more controversial cartoons (such as Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt and Half-Pint Pygmy) were often introduced with a brief warning by Mankiewicz about the ethnic stereotypes being portrayed. The network's logo was only featured for a brief time, usually during the last short featured.

From November 2004 to September 2005 the series was featured just once a month but after popular demand the series became a weekly feature. This series never aired in February because of TCM's 31 Days of Oscars programming. The series was canceled in autumn of 2007.

Chuck Jones filmography

The following is the filmography of American animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter Chuck Jones.

Development of Bugs Bunny

A prototypical version of Bugs Bunny appeared in four cartoon shorts before making his first official appearance in Tex Avery's A Wild Hare. While this prototype version is commonly referred to as "Happy Rabbit", animation historian David Gerstein disputes this, saying that the only usage of the term was from Mel Blanc himself; the name "Bugs Bunny" was used as early as August 1939, in the Motion Picture Herald, in a review for the short Hare-um Scare-um.Several published first person accounts, encyclopedic references, and Warner Bros.' own published material describe the inception of the name and of the character. A model sheet by Charlie Thorson describes this prototype character as "Bugs' Bunny" (note the apostrophe) but in most of the cartoons the character is unnamed.

Virgil Ross, the animator for A Wild Hare describes how the character came to be named in the interview published by Animato! magazine #19. Mel Blanc often told the story of the creation of the character and its name. He suggested that the character be named after the character's initial director, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway. Blanc's own book, That's Not All Folks published by Warner Books in 1988, describes the "tough little stinker" that was the eventual version of the redesigned character as directed by Tex Avery.

Warner Brothers' own published descriptions of the creation of the character's name can be found in Animation Magazine published in 1990. Therein it is described that the Hardaway unit's model sheet came to be known by fellow animators as "Bugs' Bunny".

Elmer's Pet Rabbit

Elmer's Pet Rabbit is a 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon. The short was released on January 4, 1941. Starring Elmer Fudd and, ostensibly, Bugs Bunny, it is the first cartoon in which the name Bugs Bunny is given (on a title card, edited onto the end of the opening title following the success of A Wild Hare), but the rabbit is also somewhat the same as the one seen and heard in Elmer's Candid Camera and other pre-Bugs shorts. It was directed by Chuck Jones (his first cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny) and written by Rich Hogan. Voices are provided by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger.

Elmer Fudd

Elmer J. Fudd is a fictional cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies series, and the de facto adversary of Bugs Bunny. He has one of the more disputed origins in the Warner Bros. cartoon pantheon (second only to Bugs himself). His aim is to hunt Bugs, but he usually ends up seriously injuring himself and other antagonizing characters. He speaks in an unusual way, replacing his Rs and Ls with Ws, so he always refers to Bugs Bunny as a "scwewy wabbit". Elmer's signature catchphrase is, "Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits", as well as his trademark laughter.

The best known Elmer Fudd cartoons include Chuck Jones' masterpiece What's Opera, Doc? (one of the few times Fudd bested Bugs, though he felt bad about it), the Rossini parody Rabbit of Seville, and the "Hunting Trilogy" of "Rabbit Season/Duck Season" shorts (Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning, and Duck! Rabbit, Duck!) with Fudd, Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck. An earlier character named Egghead set some of Elmer's aspects before the character's more conspicuous features were set.

Hare-um Scare-um

Hare-um Scare-um is a 1939 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton.

List of Bugs Bunny cartoons

This is a list of the various animated cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny. He starred in over 160 theatrical animated short films of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series produced by Warner Bros., and was voiced by the legendary vocal artist Mel Blanc. Also listed are the cartoons featuring the earlier character that evolved into Bugs Bunny (also known as "Happy Rabbit"), as well as those produced after the golden age of American animation.

List of cartoons featuring Elmer Fudd

This is a list of cartoons featuring Elmer Fudd


MM: Merrie Melodies

LT: Looney Tunes

Paul Julian (artist)

Paul Hull Husted (June 25, 1914 – September 5, 1995), better known as Paul Julian, was an American background animator, sound effects artist, and voice actor for Warner Bros. Animation Studios. Julian worked on Looney Tunes short films, primarily on director Friz Freleng's Sylvester and Tweety Bird shorts. During his time at WB, Julian also provided the vocal effects of the Road Runner. His warm and tightly-cropped urban scenes were also featured early in his career in the 1946 Bugs Bunny film Baseball Bugs, and in the crime syndicate-themed Daffy Duck film Golden Yeggs. Julian also worked extensively as a WPA mural artist.

Porky's Duck Hunt

Porky's Duck Hunt is a 1937 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Tex Avery. The short subject features Porky Pig and Daffy Duck, the latter making what is considered his first official appearance.

The Essential Bugs Bunny

The Essential Bugs Bunny is a DVD set featuring cartoons focusing on Bugs Bunny. It was released on October 12, 2010.

Warner Bros. Cartoons

Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. was the in-house division of Warner Bros. during the Golden Age of American animation. One of the most successful animation studios in American media history, it was primarily responsible for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short subjects. The characters featured in these cartoons, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, are among the most famous and recognizable characters in the world. Many of the creative staff members at the studio, including directors and animators such as Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson, Tex Avery, Robert Clampett, Arthur Davis and Frank Tashlin, are considered major figures in the art and history of traditional animation.

The Warner animation division was founded in 1933 as Leon Schlesinger Productions, an independent company which produced the popular Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated short subjects for release by Warner Bros. Pictures. In 1944, Schlesinger sold the studio to Warner Bros., who continued to operate it as Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. until 1963. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were briefly subcontracted to Freleng's DePatie–Freleng Enterprises studio from 1964 until 1967. The Warner Bros. Cartoons studio briefly re-opened in 1967 before shutting its doors for good two years later.

A successor company, Warner Bros. Animation, was established in 1980.

Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker is a fictional animated character anthropomorphic woodpecker who appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz Studio and distributed by Universal Pictures during the golden age of American animation.Woody was created in 1940 by Lantz and storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who had previously laid the groundwork for two other screwball characters, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930s. Woody's character and design evolved over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined looking and acting character in the vein of the later Chuck Jones version of Bugs Bunny. Woody was originally voiced by prolific voice actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Danny Webb, Kent Rogers, Ben Hardaway and finally by Grace Stafford, wife of Walter Lantz.Lantz produced theatrical cartoons longer than most of his contemporaries, and Woody Woodpecker remained a staple of Universal's release schedule until 1972, when Lantz finally closed down his studio. The character has been revived since then for special productions and occasions as well as for The New Woody Woodpecker Show, a late 1990s/early 2000s Fox Network Saturday-morning cartoon television series that featured prolific voice actor Billy West as Woody.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on television in 1957 under the title The Woody Woodpecker Show, which featured Lantz cartoons bookended by new footage of Woody and live-action footage of Lantz. Woody has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. He also made a cameo appearance alongside many other famous cartoon characters in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Woody Woodpecker and friends are also icons at the Universal Studios Theme Parks worldwide, as well as the PortAventura Park in the PortAventura World, Salou, Spain (they were originally brought to the park by Universal Studios, and remain there today despite Universal no longer having a financial stake in the park).

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