Elmer Fudd

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Elmer Fudd
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Be vewy vewy quiet!
Species Human
Gender Male
Member of Tune Squad
Affiliation Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Elmyra Duff
Occupation Hunter
News reporter in The Looney Tunes Show
Father Not Mentioned
Mother Not Mentioned
Uncle(s) One uncle, Filbert Fudd
Other relative(s) One descendant, Electro J. Fudd, in Loonatics Unleashed
Marital status Single
Married to unnamed wife in Don't Axe Me
First appearance MM: Little Red Walking Hood (prototype, 1937)[1]
MM: Elmer's Candid Camera (official, 1940)
Played by Arthur Q. Bryan (1940-1959)
Mel Blanc (1940, 1950, 1952, 1972-1989)
Roy Rogers (singing voice in A Feud There Was)
Dave Barry (1958)
Hal Smith (1960-1961)
Paul Kuhn (1989)
Jeff Bergman (Since 1990)
Greg Burson (1992-2001)
Joe Alaskey (1992)
Frank Welker (1993)
Billy West (1996-2015)
Tom Kenny (2004)
Eric Bauza (2018, 2021)
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Initial appearance
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Tiny Toon Adventures
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Space Jam
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Baby Looney Tunes (season 1)
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Baby Looney Tunes (season 2)
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action
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The Looney Tunes Show
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New Looney Tunes
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Looney Tunes Cartoons
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Space Jam: A New Legacy
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CGI Elmer in Space Jam: A New Legacy

Elmer J. Fudd is a major character and antagonist in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical shorts. He often appears as the archenemy of Bugs Bunny, who he aims to hunt in many occasions. However, he would end up being foiled by both Bugs' wise tricks and his own gullibility. He is known for his speech impediment, replacing his Ls and Rs with Ws instead. Elmer's catchphrase is, "Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits," as well as his trademark laughter. Being one of the few characters to not have their voice originated by Mel Blanc, it was instead originated by Arthur Q. Bryan.

He is one of the few human characters that appear in the main cast, alongside Yosemite Sam and Granny.

Elmer's protégé in Tiny Toon Adventures is Elmyra Duff.

Character description

Elmer is one of Bugs Bunny's most recurring antagonists, usually portrayed as a big-game hunter armed with a double-barrel shotgun. However, Elmer is slow-witted and is largely seen as a foolish, timid "nimrod" who cannot deal great harm to Bugs. As such, Bugs uses his incompetence as an advantage to foil Elmer and his schemes.

Elmer-speak

He speaks with an unusual speech impediment, in which he nearly vocalizes [r] and [l], pronouncing them as [w] instead, when he would talk in his slightly raspy voice. This trait is prevalent since his official debut in Elmer's Candid Camera, where the writers of the cartoons would give him lines filled with these letters to further exaggerate his nebbish qualities. An example of would be in the 1942 short The Wacky Wabbit, in which he says the line, "Thewe's something awfuwwy scwewy going on awound here." Some of the others lines given to Elmer include doing Shakespeare's Romeo as "What wight thwough yonduh window bweaks!" (in the 1944 short, Stage Door Cartoon), or Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries as "Kiww the wabbit, kiww the wabbit, kiww the wabbit...!" (in 1957's What's Opera, Doc?).

Ironically, part of the joke is that while he is incapable of pronouncing words correctly, he address own first name right. Occasionally, Elmer would properly pronounce an "r" or "l" sound, depending on whether or not it was vital for the audience to understand what the word was. In The Old Grey Hare, for instance, he clearly pronounces the "r" in the word "picture".

Appearances

TV series

Movies

Shorts

Comics

Video games

Biography

Wabbit Season

We're All a Little Looney

Come On and Slam! and Welcome to the Jam!

Elmer Gets Modern

Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Elmer Gets Retro

Elmer Sells Out

Development

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Gallery

Main article: Elmer Fudd/Gallery

Toys and merchandise

Behind the scenes

In popular culture

  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Bubble Boy," George quotes Jerry on his answering machine that his girlfriend (who's in the room) laughs like Elmer Fudd sitting on a juicer. Jerry then argues that it was a compliment and talks like him.
  • In Batman: Year One, when Selina is enraged that there are no jewels inside of the toys, after stealing them from Commissioner Loeb's collection, she throws an Elmer Fudd doll at the TV.
  • In the Fresh Off the Boat episode "License to Sell," Louis said that Eddie looked like an Indian Elmer Fudd with his hunting cap.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

  • "Did the Earth Move for You?:" Geoffrey mockingly comments on Will saying he "wuvs" his new girlfriend on the phone by saying, "Isn't that romantic? He's quoting Elmer Fudd."
  • "Be My Baby Tonight:" Will picks up a cookie that Geoffrey apparently made to look like Elmer Fudd.

References

  1. Barrier, J. Michael (1999). "Hollywood cartoons : American animation in its Golden Age", p.358-359. ISBN 0-19-503759-6. Retrieved February 12, 2024.