|A Feud There Was|
A Feud There Was is a 1938 Warner Bros. cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Tex Avery and written by Melvin Millar, and notable for being the first cartoon in which the name Elmer Fudd was used, seen inscribed on the side of the scooter driven by the protagonist, otherwise Avery's creation Egghead. This was a minimal first step in the evolution from one to the other. Egghead's speaking voice was provided on this occasion by Arthur Q. Bryan, although it did not resemble the more familiar "cwazy wabbit" voice which would later be performed for Fudd by Bryan. The character's singing voice was provided by Roy Rogers and additional vocals in the cartoon were done by the Sons of the Pioneers.
This was the first cartoon to be reissued under the Blue Ribbon category. It was reissued twice, 1943, and 1952. Since the latest reissue, the original titles and the first reissue have been scraped out and not have been found. The original titles have not been found yet.
Two feuding families of stereotypical hillbillies, the Weavers and the McCoys, spend their time taking potshots at each other. 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 the McCoy takes a shot at him.
In the midst of the fray, a yodeling, bulbous-nosed, domestic peace activist 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 wanton bloodshed. Neither side is impressed, and when "Elmer" attempts once more to preach peace to both families, 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.
- First cartoon to be reissued in the Blue Ribbon series.
- EU dubbed uses 1938 ending card instead of 1948 card. Also happens on EU versions of Hobo Gadget Band, Fox Pop, and I Only Have Eyes for You. Also the EU dubbed version uses the 1938-41 end cue while the US uses the 1941-55 end cue.