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Release Date:
6 July 1957 (USA) See more »
Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not hilarious, but stylish, intelligent, funny and very well put to the music See more (41 total) »


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Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny as Brunhilde / Elmer Fudd as Siegfried (screaming) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd as Siegfried (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Jones 
Writing credits
Michael Maltese (story)

Produced by
Edward Selzer .... producer (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown 
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Corny Cole .... effects animator (uncredited)
Harry Love .... effects animator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Philip DeGuard .... background artist
Ken Harris .... animator
Abe Levitow .... animator
Maurice Noble .... layout artist
Richard Thompson .... animator
Willie Ito .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Milt Franklyn .... music arranger
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7 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17374)

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Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. only allotted five weeks for the production of each seven-minute short, but director Chuck Jones spent seven weeks on this short. To cover up for the extra time spent, he had his entire unit doctor their time cards to make it appear as if they working on the Road Runner/Coyote short Zoom and Bored (1957) for two weeks before they actually started (since Chuck and his staff were so familiar with the Road Runner formula, they were able to complete Zoom and Bored in three weeks).See more »
Elmer Fudd as Siegfried:Yes, magic helmet and I'll give you a sample.
[summons lightning that strikes Bugs]
Bugs Bunny:Bye-yeee!
[quickly runs off]
Elmer Fudd as Siegfried:Dat was da wabbit!
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not hilarious, but stylish, intelligent, funny and very well put to the music, 7 March 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the style of a classic opera, Elmer Fudd, resplendent with magic helmet, seeks to kill the rabbit Bugs Bunny. However, dressing as an opera dame, Bugs attempts to outsmart and avoid Fudd the best he can. However, can he make the ruse last.

In terms of laughs, this is by no means Bugs's funniest cartoon. However it is easily one of my favourites of his simply because it is not a basic chase-em-up style comedy that relies on physical gags. In fact the reason I love this cartoon is part of the reason it isn't funny - simply because it is almost too clever to waste time making me roar with easy laughs. The plot is perfectly set to the music and it is surprisingly emotional for it. Bugs does his usual dressing up stuff but the music gives it all an edge it hasn't had before - and it is very interesting.

My favourite thing about this short is the style with which it is delivered. Look at some of the WB cartoons of the mid-sixties and you'd never believe those same drab animations could come from the same studio as this. Visually it is imaginative, style and very impressive - it easily matches the epic feel of the music. So much care has been put into it that it is difficult not to feel impressed by the look of the whole cartoon.

Fudd is a good character and here merges his usual meek personae with the epic operatic warrior to good effect. Bugs is his usual tricky self but he is down played a little bit as the cartoon seems less concerned about hilarity than about a witty, quality product. The two of them are adapted perfectly to the music and the cartoon is great with them.

Overall this is not the funniest of Bugs' shorts but it is easily my favourite. The cartoon is perfectly set to the music and it is intelligent and quite amusing. The look of the film is rich and well designed and fits the music really well - visually it is impressive, but then so is the whole cartoon.

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