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A Wild Hare (1940)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 27 July 1940 (USA)
Elmer is a dim-witted hunter whose "wooking for wabbits." Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp.

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Bugs Bunny / Skunk (voice) (uncredited)
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Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Elmer is a dimwitted hunter, "wooking for wabbits." Bugs is clever, smooth-talking character, who confuses Elmer with double-talk and misdirection. Elmer is no match for the wascally wabbit, even when he thinks Bugs is dead. Written by Mike Konczewski

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This cartoon is considered the first to feature both Bugs' and Elmer's catchphrases - "What's Up, Doc?" and "Be vewy quiet...I'm hunting wabbits" respectively. See more »

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[first lines]
Elmer Fudd: [first occurence of this line] Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I'm hunting wabbits.
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Referenced in Empire: Pilot (2015) See more »

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The Girl I Left Behind Me
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The first REAL Bugs Bunny short.
27 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Technically speaking, Bugs Bunny appeared in three other films before this one. However, the look and especially the sound of the Bunny were quite different. However, here he looks close to the classic rabbit and sounds just like him--but more importantly he acts like him, as he outsmarts Elmer Fudd again and again in this film.

As would be the case in many subsequent films, Elmer is out rabbit hunting and unfortunately his prey is a lot smarter than he is. Time and time again, he is defeated by the fast-thinking Bugs.

What makes this film outstanding is its historical importance as well as the beauty of the cartoon. The animation and especially the backgrounds are stunning--and much nicer than in later Bugs cartoons. Clever and worth seeing for any fan of animation.


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