What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

What's Opera, Doc?


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This Warner Brothers cartoon re-imagines the Elmer Fudd versus Bugs Bunny conflict as a German opera, complete with expressionist sets, tragic romance, and a majestic chorus of "Kill the wabbit!" Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese craft a loving parody of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Animation, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy, Special Interest
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Written By: Michael Maltese
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as Brunhilde, Bugs Bunn...

as Seigfried

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By the end it's difficult to say whether Jones is lampooning Fantasia or merely envious of it.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Film Freak Central

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for What's Opera, Doc?

Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit... one of the best cartoons ever ever!!

Anthony Lawrie

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This short, one of the greatest Looney Tunes, by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese is on the National Film Registry. Uses several of Wagner's opera compositions to re-imagine Elmer Fudd's never-ending pursuit of Bugs Bunny. The expressionist set and hilarious visuals are excellent. I just wish it was longer than seven minutes. I'm so glad I was able to share it with my wife, who didn't know what I was talking about when I sang, "Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!" Somehow she missed this as part of her childhood.

Byron Brubaker

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Delirious,blasphemous and yet ravishingly innovative!
Inspired by the likes of slapstick stars,musical numbers (did i forget to say the obvious William tell reference),there's not exactly a happy ending rather a diversion of functioned tragedy...and Mel Blanc drives the vehicle of lunacy!
Rossini would have loved this for sure.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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