What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
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I love the attention to detail. Jones is clearly well versed in both the Ring Cycle and German expressionism (although the Ring Cycle is pre-expressionism, they are both German). The film's legacy is incredible, and for good reason. This is how the public views opera, whether it knows Wagner or not.
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.
What's Opera Doc is probably the most famous of the Looney Tunes shorts and it's for a good reason. It's a good and funny 7 minute short starring the ever-lasting feud between Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. In an opera-like setting, Elmer tries to "kill the wabbit" but falls in love with Brunhilde, who is secretly Bugs in drag as a German girl. It's a funny set-up and it's great animation for its time, a job well done.
What's Opera, Doc? Quotes
|Elmer Fudd:||I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!|
|Bugs Bunny:||Your spear and magic helmet?|
|Elmer Fudd:||Spear and magic helmet!|
|Bugs Bunny:||Magic helmet?|
|Elmer Fudd:||MAGIC HELMET!|
|Bugs Bunny:||[aside to audience, cynical] Magic helmet.|
|Elmer Fudd:||[to Ride of the Valkyries] Kill da wabbit! Kill da wabbit! Kill da wabbit!|
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