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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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From 'Egghead' To 'Elmer'
1 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Elmer developed right alongside Bugs," explains Leonard Maltin. "He started out as a character called 'Egghead' but kept refining him until he finally became the character we know as Elmer Fudd." The major changes involved his head: the overall size of it, the size of the nose, etc.

This is another of the features on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume One DVD. It was interesting to see how Elmer changed in appearance over the years. Also, Arthur Q. Bryan is given his due as Elmer's voice.

I wish this had been a little longer, because I found it fascinating.


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