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Behind the Tunes: Forever Befuddled (2003)

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A documentary about Elmer Fudd.
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Elmer Fudd began life as Egghead, a very different character with a voice that evoked a forgotten comedian named Joe Penner. He developed "right along with Bugs" as Leonard Maltin points out; and both characters were solidified in _Wild Hare, A (1940)_. He was voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan, who developed the characterization - which included replacing r's and l's with w's - on radio, a medium that once demanded unique voice talents. Maltin explains why Elmer's and Bugs Bunny's Wabbit Twouble (1941) is his "all-time favorite cartoon" and how it is a good example of what makes Warner Bros. cartoons so great. Written by J. Spurlin

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Created for the "Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Vol. 1" DVD box set. See more »

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lacks depth of any kind
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short three and a half minute featurette, which can be found as an extra on Disc one of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1. It's nothing more than a basic primer for the character of Elmer Fudd made, I'm thinking, with an eye geared for newbies to the classical Looney Tunes. It traces how Fudd has changed in the formative years, as well as the voice talent. Plus Michel Malton tells us his favorite Elmer short. This is really REALLY basic stuff (the same can be said for pretty much all the other Behind the Toons feauterettes that are on Volume 1, fortunately the Behind the Tune features would get so much better starting with the ones found on volume 2).

My Grade: C


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