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Elmer Fudd expects to find "west and wewaxation" during his visit to Jellostone National Park, but he sets up camp in Bugs' backyard, and the rabbit (and a neighboring bear) definitely don't have leisure in mind.
A sheepdog thwarts the efforts of a thieving wolf whose tricks include altering the time clock, hiding in a bush, imitating Pan, digging a tunnel, unleashing a wildcat and disguising himself as the dog's coworker.
Elmer Fudd, in suit, ascot, and bowler, reads "How to Photograph Wild Life," gets his camera kit - with tripod and flash, and heads into the countryside. He happens on tracks and soon comes upon a sleeping rabbit. He sets up his camera and that's when his troubles begin. The rabbit wakes up before Elmer can snap the picture, and while the rabbit is seemingly helpful, his various antics drive Elmer mad. Will there be a photo before the finish?Written by
Chuck Jones, the director of this short, would later heavily criticize it, saying "it is obvious when one views this cartoon, which I recommend only if you are going to die of ennui, that my conception of timing and dialogue was formed by watching the action in the La Brea tar pits. It would be complimentary to call it sluggish." See more »
The copyright notice's Roman numerals are incorrectly formatted as MCMXXXX, instead of MCMXL. See more »
[reading a book called "How to Photograph Wildlife"]
"Then all you do is click the shutter, and presto! You have a fine picture of wildlife, suitable for framing." Golly, that sounds simple enough.
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A fat Elmer Fudd plans to take picture of wildlife, and then he runs into a very crude early version of Bugs Bunny who torments him without end in this vaguely amusing short. Obviously the characters of both Bugs and Elmer aren't nearly fully realized in this earlier short, but you can tell that it's on it's way, even if it had a tad to go to get there. It's worth watching for it's historic value, but it's not particularly great either. And if eternally grateful that they did away with Bugs Bunny's jackass type laugh in later shorts. This cartoon is on Disk 3 of the "Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1"
My Grade: C-
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