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A Feud There Was (1938)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  24 September 1938 (USA)
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The McCoys and the Weavers are two feuding hillbilly clans. Elmer Fudd, Peacemaker, attempts to end the fighting; but violence and zaniness win out.


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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
Coffee Woman / Hen (voice) (uncredited)
Non-Stop Corrigan / Old Gray Hair / Cuckoo Bird / Angry McCoy / Peace-Deriding Weaver / Apple-Bonked Weaver / Trigger Happy McCoy (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ...
Weaver from Audience / McCoy at Cellar Door (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
Elmer Fudd, Peacemaker (Egghead) (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Hugh Farr ...
(singing voice) (uncredited)
Bob Nolan ...
(singing voice) (uncredited)
Sons of the Pioneers ...
Vocalists (singing voice) (uncredited)
Elmer Fudd, Peacemaker (Egghead) (singing voice) (uncredited)
Tim Spencer ...
(singing voice) (uncredited)


Things are moving pretty slow in the Weaver cabin. Most of the men (and animals) are sleeping, and even those who are awake are only half-awake. A microphone for the radio station KFWB drops in front of four of them. They snap to and burst into song (with a nap during the commercial). They sing of the joy of shooting McCoys. The McCoys, called skunks by a young boy with a deep voice, shoot their question at the Weavers: "Do ya mean it?" The reply: "Yas we mean it!" The feud is on. Coming on a scooter is "Elmer Fudd, Peacemaker" (though the character design and voice is that of Egghead). He suggests peace to the Weavers, and gets a backside of buckshot. The McCoys give him the same response. The sheriff catches one combatant off-side and gives him a 5 yard penalty. Elmer stands in the middle and again pleads for peace. Everyone gangs up around him; there's a huge brawl, and only Elmer is left standing. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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The name on Egghead's scooter is "Elmer Fudd, Peacekeeper". This is the first instance of that name in a Warner Bros. cartoon; it would eventually belong to the character that Egghead evolves into. See more »


[first lines]
Cuckoo Bird: Watch! That's powerful snorin'. Just like a hurricane!
Cuckoo Bird: From the motion picture of the same name.
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The first episode featuring the not-yet fully "evolved" Elmer Fudd.
2 July 2008 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

The only reason this episode is worth watching is its historical value and brief peace theme. As you may have read in the summary, this is Elmer's debut. However, in this he is not yet quite Elmer Fudd. Elmer Fudd evolved from a character called Egghead and that is what this Elmer Fudd resembles.

The other good points of this episode are the animation, which is well done and the fact that Elmer Fudd is a "beautiful" peacemaker.* There is virtually nothing else about this short that makes it worthwhile, unless you like to see cowboys constantly shooting each other for no reason. There was one "joke" that I found very sad, when a chicken looks proudly at her eggs and then they are shot, "Three days hard work, all shot to pieces", or something like that.

I recommend this episode to anyone who likes to see unnecessary violence, or an Elmer Fudd pleading for peace. I hope you enjoy this more than I did.

*When I say beautiful, I mean he does not look beautiful, but the way he pleads for peace is beautiful. I do not blame you if you do not understand, I have a very odd way of perceiving things. :-)

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