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A Feud There Was is a 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Tex Avery.

A Feud There Was
Directed byTex Avery
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
StarringArthur Q. Bryan
Mel Blanc
Billy Bletcher
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byVirgil Ross
Irven Spence (uncredited)
Sid Sutherland (uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor (3-hue)
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
September 24, 1938
Running time
7:40
LanguageEnglish

Contents

PlotEdit

The short begins with an establishing shot of a family stereotypical hillbillies, the Weavers, whose members are all lazy to the point of absurdity. The only thing that awakens the Weavers from their perpetual sloth is the opportunity to feud with their neighbors, the McCoys. After a musical number (then a staple of Merrie Melodies shorts) accompanied by a radio commercial (ostensibly over KFWB), the two families begin feuding, firing at each other with various semi-automatic weapons. At one point, a McCoy asks if there are any Weavers in the movie audience. One man, shown as a silhouette against the screen, answers in the affirmative and fires a shot at the McCoy.

In the midst of the fray, a yodeling, bulbous-nosed, domestic peace activist who is accompanied by church organ music each time he speaks, enters the feud zone on a motorscooter bearing the words "Elmer Fudd, Peace Maker", and goes to each side preaching peace and an end to the bloodshed, only to get shot in the back (non-fatally) by each family as he departs. When Fudd attempts once more to preach peace to both families from the boundary line, both sides get furious at him and open fire on the would-be peace maker together. When the smoke clears, only Elmer is left standing. He gives a final yodel and says "Good night, all!", and the Weaver in the movie audience yells "Good night!," taking one more shot at the star.

AvailabilityEdit

  • LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 3, Side 8. The first USA Dubbed Print has Blue Borders. The Second USA Dubbed Print has Red borders. The EU Print has Brown Borders. Both of the US Print has 1947-48 while The EU Dubbed Print has 1937-38. The First US Print Retain 1937-38. The Second US Print altered 1941-55. The EU Print altered 1938-41

NotesEdit

  • This cartoon is notable for being the first cartoon in which the name Elmer Fudd was used, seen inscribed on the side of a scooter he is driving. However, the lobby card for "The Isle of Pingo Pongo" says, "Featuring Elmer!"
  • This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program on September 11, 1943. On September 13, 1952, the cartoon was re-released again, with new opening and closing title cards. The second re-release is the current re-release seen on television and on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes LaserDisc.
  • Additionally, "A Feud There Was" is notable for being the first re-release into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program, a program that would save Warner Bros. a lot of money for the next twenty years by re-releasing cartoons. For the first 13 years, the credits were also scrapped, but later, they were kept. The gap between the keeping and splitting of the credits would determine which cartoons whose copyrights were sold to Associated Artists Productions in 1956, with some exceptions.

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