Before he went about hunting down that wascaly wabbit, famous Warner Bros. cartoon character Elmer Fudd was a hobbyist wildlife photographer. Like many people today, he was genuinely interested in capturing incredible images of wildlife in action. But back in 1939 when Elmer’s Candid Camera aired, he was going through significantly different problems than the photographers of today. While most photographers use digital cameras today and maybe a tripod or monopod, Elmer needed a tripod, camera, lens, film, flash powder, and lots more.
No matter what happened, it seemed like the animals didn’t want their picture taken.
The episode is pretty funny and very typical for the time: as it shows Elmer trying to capture a photo of an early Bugs Bunny (then billed as Happy Rabbit) and involves lots of slapstick humor–like the lens bellows being pulled really far back and then slinging inward to smack Elmer in the face. It shows that at one point Elmer was pretty peaceful and seriously just wanted to take pictures–but the rabbit turned him.
The episode is around 9 minutes long as is embedded right below.