Be vewwwy, vewwy quiet… I’m hunting wabbits!
Show of hands: who remembers this phrase?
You will, if you spent your childhood (okay, and eventually bits of your not-so-childhood too…) watching Looney Tunes’ “Bugs Bunny“. But did you know Elmer Fudd – famously known for trying to shoot Bugs Bunny – was originally only trying to shoot Bugs with a camera?
I guess the guys at the The Phoblographer had a good lough when finding this one: The episode “Elmer’s Candid Camera” is the first featuring Fudd, and even though it first aired in 1939, the similarities with our day and age are uncanny:
Learning photography from a manual that misguides you into thinking things are a lot easier than they really are: check.
Then all you do is click the button, and presto, you have a fine picture of wildlife- suitable for framing!
Oh, if only it was that easy!…
Gear Acquisition Syndrome: check!
Trying too hard to photograph wildlife that doesn’t want to be photographed: check!
This episode is available on Disc 3 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, and features an early version of Bugs Bunny, then still known as “Happy Rabbit”. A great historical cartoon, showing the joys of photography of the day, including the huge box, tripod, lens and flash powder!
Perhaps Elmer should have stuck to still life photography… 😉