Loosely based on Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies Warner Bros. cartoon director Tex Avery’s Egghead character circa 1937, Elmer’s name appeared on a vehicle in Avery’s A Feud There Was in 1938. He appeared in Dangerous Dan McFoo in 1939, voiced by Arthur Bryan who would be the voice of Elmer until 1959. Elmer’s first major appearance came while hunting “wabbits” in Elmer’s Candid Camera. Directed by Chuck Jones, the 1940 cartoon had a wise-cracking rabbit who would evolve into Bugs Bunny; a match made in cartoon heaven.
Elmer’s other animated highlights include playing the conductor in Bob Clampett’s 1943 Corny Concerto and as a hunter in Chuck Jones’ 1957 What’s Opera Doc? which parodied Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Elmer’s last major cartoon was Friz Freleng’s What’s My Lion? in 1961, but he appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988; Tiny Toon Adventures in 1990; and Space Jam, the 1996 feature combining in live action Michael Jordan and Warner Bros. animated characters.
Most recently, Elmer has been seen in a commercial for the insurance company Geico, still turning his “Rabbits” into “Wabbits.”
Elmer appeared in Dell Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies comic books from 1940 on as well as several Elmer Fudd titles between 1953 and 1962.