animated cartoon What's Opera, Doc? © Warner Bros.
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What's Opera, Doc?

Bugs and Elmer star in this epic send up on the opera. Elmer is Siegfried the demigod, out hunting wabbits with his spear and magic helmet, Bugs is his prey. After being showed a example of the demigod’s power, Bugs is off, leaving Elmer/Siegfried in pursuit. To save himself from Elmer/Siegfried, Bugs disguises himself as the Valkyrie Brunhilde and the two of them have a duet; at least until Bugs is exposed.

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I think it was pretty obvious that by 1957 Chuck Jones was chafing at the bit. Even he, I suspect, was getting bored with the old Bugs/Elmer, or Daffy/Porky(or Elmer)...
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I absolutely love this cartoon! I though it's one of Bugs Bunny's best cartoons ever and also Chuck Jones' finest cartoons too. I especially love the "romance"...
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The grand de la magnifique of Looney Tunes, and the apex of the Bugs vs. Elmer shorts; epic (despite its length) and (to me at least) effortlessly funny, if only...
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I am not entirely sure what happened to Chuck Jones after the mid 1950's, either he just got soft or abandoned the art of cartooning,what ever the reason is his...
Created by: Warner Bros.
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd (Screaming "Smog")
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Produced by: Edward Selzer
Musical Score by: Milt Franklyn
Writing Credits: Michael Maltese
Animated by: Abe Levitow, Ken Harris, Richard Thomson and Harry Love
Based on: Richard Wagner’s epic opera cycle: Der Ring des Nibelungen

animated cartoon What's Opera, Doc? © Warner Bros.Elmer scream of “Smog” was done by Mel Blanc, because Arthur Q. Bryan, the regular voice of Elmer, couldn’t shout the line loud enough.

The opening sequence showing a massive figure directing the clouds, was a tribute to the animator Bill Tytla; who did the animation for the demon in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment in Fantasia.

The time it took to make “What’s Opera, Doc?” was seven weeks, two weeks more than was usually allocated for a short. To disguise this overrun, the animation team pretended that they had started working on the Roadrunner short “Zoom and Bored” a short which took the team just three weeks to complete.

Chuck Jones has stated that this short contains 104 cuts, the most of any Warner Bros short.

Was the first cartoon to be added to the US national film Registry.

One of the few Warner shorts to be given an official Premiere.

Buy What's Opera, Doc?
Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Vol 2.
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