6 July 2014 | boblipton
Goodbye, Uncle Fudd
Elmer J. Fudd's last major role in a Termite Terrace short is poor one. Hal Smith voices him, without any of the fruitiness that Arthur Q. Bryan put into the role for decades; the script isn't about him and the look of the cartoon is that scritchy look that DePatie-Freleng used when Warner Brother's decided they had made a mistake ending cartoon production four years later. It's ugly and pointless and the entire production seems to have a yellow wash over the print.
Other than that, it's mediocre. It's not about Elmer, but about Rocky Lion, Warner's reaction to one of Hanna-Barbera's better characters, Snagglepuss, It's hunting season and Rocky is trying to avoid being killed. The gags are all right, but between Hal Smith's Fudd and the annoying art, it's of no more than historical interest. It's an unfortunate end for a major character who had first been mentioned a quarter of a century earlier in a Tashlin cartoon.