"What's Opera, Doc?" lampoons classic opera by using its elements to set up the latest chapter in Elmer Fudd's hapless pursuit of Bugs Bunny. We open with a silhouette of a mighty Viking arousing ferocious lightning storms ... only to find it's Elmer -- this time as the demigod Siegfried. Elmer admonishes the audience (in classical verse) to "be vewwy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits!" It's not long before Elmer comes upon Bugs' hole and sings out "Kill the wabbit!" not realizing that the hare has already climbed out and is viewing Elmer spearing fruitlessly in said hole. Bugs joins in the fun, querying his tagline in operatic verse and leaving Elmer in his dust (but not before "Siegfried" shows us an example of supposed "mighty powers" from his spear and magic helmet). Elmer goes after the wascally wabbit, but his pursuit is ended when he sets his eyes on the stunningly and awesomely beautiful Valkyrie Brunhilde (Bugs in disguise). After a "hard-to-get" pursuit" (brought on by Elmer's ...
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once said of "What's Opera, Doc?", "We took the entire 'Ring of the Nibelungen' music and crushed it down to six minutes". In reality the film quotes only one bit from composer Richard Wagner's 19th century operatic "Ring Cycle": the "Ride of the Valkyries", when Elmer Fudd hunts and shouts "Kill da wabbit!" The rest of the score was adapted by Milt Franklyn
from three other Wagner operas, "The Flying Dutchman" (opening sequence), "Rienzi" (when Elmer chases Bugs), and "Tannhäuser" (the ballet and song "Return My Love"). See more
I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!
Your spear and magic helmet?
Spear and magic helmet!
[aside to audience, cynical
The opera music continues and concludes over the "That's All Folks!" logo, substituting the usual exit music. The "That's All Folks" text doesn't go through its usual animation. See more
Referenced in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Box
The Flying Dutchman
Composed by Richard Wagner
(uncredited) See more