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What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 6 July 1957 (USA)
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.

Director:

Chuck Jones

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny as Brunhilde / Elmer Fudd as Siegfried (screaming) (voice)
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Storyline

"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 ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first cartoon selected for the National Film Registry. See more »

Quotes

Elmer Fudd: [to Ride of the Valkyries] Kill da wabbit! Kill da wabbit! Kill da wabbit!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Is Parody Dead? (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Siegfried: Horn Call
Composed by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
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Looney Tunes at their best
1 March 2002 | by dimadickSee all my reviews

This short has always been one of my favorites.It combines humor,excelent music and feelings.Seing Mr.Fudd's love, wrath and sadness in what is probably his best performance makes it very memorable.Less silly visual jokes than most Looney Tunes and making comedy out of Elmer's and Bugs' interaction with each other realy makes it even better than the oftenly over-rated "Rabbit of Seville".Nice introduction to Wagner by the way.


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