Elmer Fudd, in suit, ascot, and bowler, reads "How to Photograph Wild Life," gets his camera kit - with tripod and flash, and heads into the countryside. He happens on tracks and soon comes upon a sleeping rabbit. He sets up his camera and that's when his troubles begin. The rabbit wakes up before Elmer can snap the picture, and while the rabbit is seemingly helpful, his various antics drive Elmer mad. Will there be a photo before the finish? Written by
[reading a book called "How to Photograph Wildlife"]
"Then all you do is click the shutter, and presto! You have a fine picture of wildlife, suitable for framing." Golly, that sounds simple enough.
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In Elmer Fudd's first appearance, he tries to photograph wildlife, but an unidentified pesky rabbit - clearly Bugs Bunny's forebear - keeps interfering (cartoon rabbits show no mercy, do they?). One will note that both characters are very sedate here - as opposed to the wacky antics with which we usually associate them - and maybe that makes "Elmer's Candid Camera" seem a little weaker than when it first debuted. But if we interpret it as what it was originally meant to be, then it's acceptable. If nothing else, it's a good historical reference. Available on Disc 3 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.
I wonder, are there any people in the world today named Elmer? There was Elmer Bernstein, but he's passed on.
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