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Old May 28 2013, 11:46 PM   #147
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Re: Why did they bother...

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Side note: I don't think that's supposed to be Elmer Fudd. The cartoon All This and Rabbit Stew featuring that character was released in September 1941, after Elmer Fudd made his official debut in 1940 in Elmer's Candid Camera.

A Fudd-like character called Egghead had been introduced by Tex Avery as early as 1937, voiced by Danny Webb and later Arthur Q. Bryan. Many historians believe it was this character that evolved into Elmer Fudd, as both Egghead and Fudd were voiced by Bryan.
They redrew the black hunter into the Elmer Fudd we know today because of the racial implications.
Yeah, I read the whole article that guy quoted. His assertion isn't in there.

Elmer Fudd = 1940
Black Hunter Guy = 1941

Bugs Bunny was not originally black.
A Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery and released on July 27, 1940, is widely considered to be the first official Bugs Bunny cartoon.[3] It is the first short where both Elmer Fudd and Bugs are shown in their fully developed forms as hunter and tormentor, respectively; the first in which Mel Blanc uses what would become Bugs' standard voice; and the first in which Bugs uses his catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?"[10] The short was a huge success in theaters and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film.[11]

I don't know what that guy's agenda is, but he seems to have his facts a little mixed up.

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Wish I could, but I can't yet. Anyway, just wanted to say that the original Elmer Fudd in 1940 and in another cartoon in 1941 wasn't remotely anything like the hunter. I guess the better explanation is that they merged the two because they wanted the hunter character that wasn't offensive (the director Tex Avery left the studio before the cartoon was even aired).

One definite element that was remade into an Elmer Fudd cartoon was the log scene over a cliff. It appeared in All That and Rabbit Stew and then was reanimated into the 1946 cartoon The Big Snooze. {SOURCE}
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