What's Opera, Doc?
Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date : July 6, 1957 Series: Merrie Melodies

Cumulative rating:
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Synopsis

Bugs and Elmer star in a Wagnerian opera.

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Characters

Bugs Bunny
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)
Elmer Fudd
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)

Credits

Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Director

Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones

Animator

Karyl Ross "Ken" Harris
Richard "Dick" Thompson
Abe Levitow

Story

Michael "Mike" Maltese

Music

Milton J. "Milt" Franklyn

Backgrounds

Philip "Phil" de Guard

Voices

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (unverified)

Layout

Maurice Noble

Effects Animation

Harry Love

Producer

Edward "Eddie" Selzer (unverified)

Film Editor

Treg Brown

Lyrics

Michael "Mike" Maltese

Assistant Animator

Willie Ito

Music Sources

Wagner, Richard : "The Flying Dutchman (Overture) "
Wagner, Richard : "Ride of the Valkyries "
Wagner, Richard : "Siegfried "
Wagner, Richard : "Rienzi "
Wagner, Richard : "Pilgrim's Chorus "


Broadcasters

Cartoon Network
Discovery Family
MeTV
Tooncast

Distributor(s)

Warner Bros.

Clips Used In:

Critical Condition
Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster
50 Years of Bugs Bunny in 3½ Minutes

Included in:

The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Movie (Uses the whole cartoon and only uses the title card from it.)
Night at the Opera

Trivia

  • The basic plot of the cartoon is taken from the first ever Bugs and Elmer cartoon, "A Wild Hare"
  • The Pilgrim's Chorus horse scene was done in a previous Freleng cartoon, "Herr Meets Hare", which was also written by Mike Maltese.
  • "What's Opera, Doc?" parodies sequences from Fantasia, especially the opening scene which is a satire on the Night on Bald Mountain portion.
  • Submitted to the Academy for consideration of "Best Animated Short Film" for 1957, but didn't get nominated.

Television

Toon In With Me (Season 1, Episode 10)
Toon In With Me (Season 1, Episode 9)

VHS

United States

A Salute to Chuck Jones
Elmer Fudd's Comedy Capers

United Kingdom

The Looney Tunes Video Show #15
Bugs Bunny
Elmer Fudd

Australia

Bugs Bunny

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Looney Tunes Curtain Calls

DVD

United States

Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume 2
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection - Volume 2
The Essential Bugs Bunny
LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1
Looney Tunes - Musical Masterpieces
50 Cartoon Collection: Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes Parodies Collection

Spain

Bugs Bunny Kids Collection

BluRay Disc

United States

Looney Tunes Showcase - Volume 1 (Blu-Ray)
LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1 (Blu-Ray)
Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:51
Production No.: 1397
MPAA No.: 17374
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono

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From 24jcastigl :

Corny" Cole was an a Assistant animator on this.
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