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
Elmer Fudd evolved from Egghead, a character created by Tex Avery in the mid-'30s. In this cartoon, Elmer still wears the same attire (derby hat, high collar, green coat) as Egghead, and sports a large, bulbous nose, which was one of Egghead's distinguishing traits. See more »
[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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The major trouble with ELMER'S CANDID CAMERA is that neither character is the fully realized creation he would become later on. Still, it's easy to see why the two very different kind of characters were naturals to be set up against each other.
The timid and fumbling Elmer is only anxious to use his new camera to photograph wildlife. He comes across a sleeping rabbit and prepares to set up his camera. When Bugs objects to being photographed, the cartoon turns into the usual back and forth shenanigans of pursuit and chase.
Brightly colored, it's fun to watch and interesting to see the early development of both characters. The bunny, after rescuing Elmer from nearly drowning in a pond, asks him if he's perfectly alright. When Elmer responds in the affirmative, Bugs tosses him back in--which is probably the reason so many of the other comments object to the sadistic nature of the Bugs Bunny character.
But it's all in fun and sure to please most fans of the duo. Arthur Q. Bryan does the Elmer Fudd voice.
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