Big Chungus & 7 other reasons to watch ''Wabbit Twouble''

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Wabbit Twouble is a 1941 cartoon short from the Merrie Melodies series, starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. 

In it, an overworked Elmer Fudd tries to get away from it all in Jellostone Park. He doesn't get the rest and relaxation he seeks though, as he sets up camp right near Bugs Bunny, who sets out to ruin the vacation. 

For your cartoon trivia pleasure, these are eight great reasons to watch Bunny and Elmer Fudd in Wabbit Twouble on Toon In With Me

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1. Photo Realism

 

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A rabbity rarity: Prior to the opening credits, a title card introduces our heroic hare using a photo of a sliced-up carrot. This is one of the very few instances of a live-action moment in a Merrie Melodies cartoon. Can you think of any others?

2. Wacky Cwedits

 

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To underscore Elmer Fudd's crippling speech impediment, this cartoon emulates his voice, replacing R's and L's with W's. The title is, of course, how Fudd would say "Rabbit Trouble" Carl W. Stalling becomes "Cawl. W. Stawwing." Hiwawious!

3. Bob, Tex, or Both?

 

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Although Bob Clampett is given sole "Supervision" credit for this cartoon, many speculate that he may have only finished it. Around this same time, Tex Avery parted ways with Warner Bros. Allegedly, this cartoon was planned under Avery's direction, and Clampett shepherded it through production.

4. Animators

 

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Sid Sutherland is the only Animator listed in the opening credits. However, he was joined in his efforts by Virgil Ross, Rod Scribner and Robert McKimson. 

5. Elmer's Re-design

 

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This is one of four cartoons that feature Elmer's more... well-rounded characterization. The animators sought bigger laughs with a bigger Elmer. The red nose points again towards Tex Avery's involvement.

6. More innovative than your average bear

 

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Here, Bugs and Co. pay homage to our great National Parks. Yellowstone was renamed "Jellostone," and it happened a whole 17 years before Yogi Bear inhabited "Jellystone." Take that, Boo Boo.

7. Bugs the Aggressor

 

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This one flips the script and sees Bugs Bunny as a real antagonist. Typically, Bugs merely defends himself and his peace, standing up against an enemy invader. Here, though, he is definitely in the wrong.

8. Big Chungus

 

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Finally, there is Big Chungus. Just look at that boy. That's a chunky boy! Gaze at him in all his chubby glory. He is Big Chungus. 

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9 Comments

musicman37 2 months ago
Am I the only one who knows that rabbits don't actually like carrots? Bugs was based on the image of Clark Gable eating a carrot in "It Happened One Night". But rabbits really like leafy greens.
CoreyC 11 months ago
The other Fat Elmer cartoon was where Elmer was searching for gold. Eureka Gold At last.
cperrynaples CoreyC 11 months ago
You mean "at wast"...LOL! Loved the end with the tooth!
Bapa1 11 months ago
I just mentioned the credits spelling, and now just read the article. poor timing on my part.
Andybandit 11 months ago
I never saw the LT cartoon when Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny were Fat.
LoveMETV22 Andybandit 11 months ago
It's in "Wabbit Twouble", however Bugs is only "Big Chungus" for a few moments when he's mimicking something Elmer said.
justjeff 11 months ago
Want to hear Arthur Q. Bryan's real voice? Check out this episode of radio's great comedy "Fibber McGee and Molly" - a 15 minute show from 1955... Bryan plays Doc Gamble...
https://archive.org/details/fibber-mc-gee-and-molly/FMM+1955-04-26+(1148)+Doc+and+McGee+Vie+in+a+Golf+Match.mp3

This is a shorter version of the famous show, as the format was changed due to Marian Jordan's (Molly's) health issues... You'll also hear Bill Thompson as "The Old Timer". Thompson was the voice of Wallace Wimple/Droopy/Smee/Touche Turtle... (The same mush-mouthed voice was used for all four characters!)
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LoveMETV22 11 months ago
It is an amazing resemblance.
LoveMETV22 11 months ago
Vewy intewesting stowy. Had fun weading it.
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