Elmer J. Fudd is one of the most famous Looney Tunes characters. He’s the sworn enemy of Bugs Bunny. Elmer is hunting Bugs Bunny but he usually ends up seriously hurting himself. Another key feature of his character is the way he speaks. Elmer J. Fudd speaks replacing his Rs and Ls with Ws. Because of that, one of his trademarks is his quote “Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”.
Initially Elmer didn’t have intentions to hunt Bugs Bunny. He came to the country to photograph wildlife. In the cartoon from 1940 “Elmer’s Candid Camera” Elmer reads “How to Photograph Wild Life,” gets his camera kit and heads into the countryside. He comes upon a sleeping rabbit and wants to take photos of him. The rabbit is Happy Rabbit, the predecessor of Bugs Bunny. Elmer sets up his camera and that’s when he realizes that that won’t be an easy task.
Before he could take the first photo, Happy Rabbit wakes up and then the real trouble starts for Mr. Fudd. In Elmer, Happy Rabbit found a convenient victim to harass just for the fun of it. At first the rabbit is seemingly helpful, but his various antics are driving Elmer insane, causing him to jump into a lake and nearly drown. Happy Rabbit saves him and ensures that Elmer is ok. After he was sure that Elmer is all right he kicks him back into the lake and throws Elmer’s photography book (“How To Photograph Wildlife”) on his head. That is the end of this cartoon and the start of the endless chase between Elmer J. Fudd and Bugs Bunny.