"Elmer's Candid Camera" (1940) Breakdown Thread

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"Elmer's Candid Camera" (1940) Breakdown Thread

Postby Lee Glover » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:59 pm

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Supervision: Charles M. Jones
Story: Rich Hogan
Animation: Bob McKimson
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling

Series: Merrie Melodies
Release Date: March 2, 1940

Synopsis: Insipred by the book “How To Photograph Wild Life”, Elmer Fudd decides to take a photograph of a sleeping rabbit, but is caught off-guard when the wise-cracking bunny asks him what he's taking pictures of. Elmer later decides to take a photo of a squirrel, but the rabbit reappears and pulls the camera lens out. He releases it quickly, forcing Elmer back onto an apple tree, causing the fruit to come crashing down on him. Soon after, Elmer attempts to photograph a bird, but becomes mad when the hare interrupts and suggests he should do a snapshot of a rabbit instead. Elmer lands a butterfly net onto the bunny, but he performs an overdramatic death scene (“I can't breathe!”) before turning the tables on Elmer. Elmer goes insane, destroys his camera, and jumps into a lake. The rabbit dons his bathing suit and rescues the photographer. After Elmer reassures the bunny that he is OK, he kicks him back into the drink!

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Postby Lee Glover » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:01 pm

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Postby The "Chase" » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:07 pm

First Elmer Fudd cartoon released, but "Confederate Honey" has a earlier production number, so it's safe to say that it's the first Elmer cartoon Jones directed.

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Postby speedy fast » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:28 pm

Another DVD release of this short is on The Essential Bugs Bunny.

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Postby David Gerstein » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:21 pm

The copyright synopsis on this film calls the rabbit Bugs Bunny (note spelling: it's not "Bugs" Bunny).
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Postby Leviathan » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:31 pm

As much as admitting the truth would posthumously rob Tex Avery of one of his greatest honors (creating Bugs Bunny), that's very intriguing info, David.

So between "Prest-O, Chang-O" and this, it would mean Chuck Jones has been with Bugs since the very beginning.
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Postby David Gerstein » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:15 pm

Levi, Bugs is called Bugs as early as the publicity releases for HARE-UM SCARE-UM, as well as in this 1939 campaign book (where he's presented as a minor character, sure—but he's already got the name).
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Postby Leviathan » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:23 pm

Oh yeah, I knew about the press sheet, David. I just thought that those were one-off occurrences of the name that were likely referenced later on. Now, it seems like Bugs' name stuck from 1939 on.
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Postby The "Chase" » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:26 pm

So now we got confirmation that the rabbit in this short is indeed Bugs, and what Tex really did was that he just certificated Bugs as we know him today.

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