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27 July 1940 (USA) See more »
Elmer is a dim-witted hunter whose "wooking for wabbits." Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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A GREAT Cartoon...but NOT the first Bugs Bunny Cartoon! See more (19 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)

Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Skunk (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Tex Avery  (as Fred Avery)
Writing credits
Rich Hogan (story)

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Virgil Ross .... animator
Robert Givens .... character designer (uncredited)
John Didrik Johnsen .... background artist (uncredited)
Charles McKimson .... animator (uncredited)
Robert McKimson .... animator (uncredited)
Rod Scribner .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Wild Hare" - USA (reissue title)
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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5995)

Did You Know?

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 »
[first lines]
Elmer Fudd:[first occurence of this line] Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I'm hunting wabbits.
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Movie Connections:
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A GREAT Cartoon...but NOT the first Bugs Bunny Cartoon!, 26 December 2006
Author: tday from United States

This is a great cartoon, but "Porky's Hare Hunt" (1938) is the first BB cartoon...followed by "Hare-um Scare-um" (1939), "Elmer's Candid Camera" (1940) and then "A Wild Hare (1940)."

This cartoon IS, indeed, the first time he was called "Bugs Bunny." It was also the first time he was less of a "hippity-hoppity" rabbit than he was in his 3 earlier movies and closer to the rabbit he is today which, of course, can only be credited to....Tex Avery.

This is Tex Avery's debut as Bugs' director, which literally catapulted this rabbit into his immense stardom! Yes, you can thank Tex Avery for making him the lovable icon/legend he is today!

I own this on silent reel-to-reel (with subtitles!). (8mm pre-recorded film in the 1960s was often silent! We've come a long way!)

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