Looney Tunes, Elmer Fudd was originally a photographer

Oct 21, 2015

Looney Tunes, Elmer Fudd was originally a photographer

Oct 21, 2015

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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… ;)

[Elmer’s Candid Camera, via The Phoblographer]

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One response to “Looney Tunes, Elmer Fudd was originally a photographer”

  1. aleroe Avatar

    If Bugs had been more cooperative in this first encounter, maybe Elmer Fudd wouldn’t have been driven into a permanent leporicidal rage.