Warner Bros Stripping Elmer Fudd of Rifle…Bugs Bunny Can’t Stop Laughing
As parents, our primary responsibility is to raise and teach our children in a way that will make them a successful part of society once they reach adulthood. One such lesson, instilled at a young age, is the adversity to violence and hateful action. It’s why, as a child, my nose was stuck in a corner after hitting my sister and also why I was forced to sit, holding hands, with that same sister, after we both got into a screaming match.
If you can’t tell, my parents were a little old school in their discipline. But it was all for a good cause.
I grew up knowing that lashing out at someone, whether verbally or physically, just because they said or did something I didn’t like would not be tolerated. Mom and Dad were preparing us for a world where actions, done without thinking, can lead to much more dire consequences, such as jail time and felony charges as an adult.
However, not everything we do as parents to curb those seemingly undesirable and reckless childlike behaviors is really for the best. I take Warner Bros’ recent decision to strip Elmer Fudd of his rifle as one of those.
Yes, you read that correctly. Say goodbye to Elmer Fudd as you know him.
The iconic Looney Toon character will be one of many to appear on a remake of the classic cartoons coming in a new HBO Max series. But we all know, as remakes go, some things have to change due to the times we live in. And the times we live in, apparently, demand that guns are to be done away with.
As the New York Post reports, “The change in the latest incarnation of the iconic animates series is a response to the gun violence in the US.”
And so, both Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will have their guns taken from them in the upcoming episodes.
But as the series’ producer Peter Browngardt states, violence, in its entirety, is not be done away with. Instead, it’s just guns that will be missing from the plot.
Browngardt says, “We’re not doing guns. But we can do cartoony violence – TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.”
In fact, nothing about the characters’ eternal plots to cause irreparable harm to the other is changing. They just aren’t “doing guns.”
I’m sure you are now asking, ‘So, if Elmer Fudd is still going to be on the hunt for Bugs Bunny, how will he supposedly be catching him, if not with a gun?’
The answer to that for Warner Bros is to give the clumsy cartoon character a different kind of weapon: a scythe.
Yes, because a man chasing his prey with what is essentially a large knife is somehow less scary and threatening than a hunter with a rifle.
If you aren’t super familiar with the scythe, it is an agricultural tool with a long, usually curved blade that was primarily used in the days before horse-drawn or tractor machinery to bring in the grain harvest or mow the grass. However, it is still used in some parts of Europe and Asia today.
You might also recognize it as the image eerily similar and so often confused with that of the sickle, which is most commonly found on just about every communist flag and symbol in the world. Coincidence? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Now, let’s think about what a child will see in this new reboot of Looney Toons.
No longer do we have a hunter scouring the wood for a rabbit with his trusty rifle in hand, a harmless and age-old tradition for men and women all over the world. Instead, we are given images of a man that now raises a scary scythe to slay his opponent. It entirely changes the narrative.
Furthermore, it, in fact, adds more violence. Think about it; in the realm of cartoons, we all know what happens if Bugs were to actually be shot by the rifle – he simply falls over.
Now, imagine what happens if the scythe makes contact with the wascally wabbit’s body. He doesn’t just fall to the ground. He’s cut into pieces with blood and guts everywhere.
And yet somehow, this is better for our kids than Elmer Fudd, who can’t hit his target to save his life, walking around with a gun?
I think not.