What's Opera, Doc?
Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date : July 6, 1957 Series: Merrie Melodies

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Bugs and Elmer star in a Wagnerian opera.


Bugs Bunny
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)
Elmer Fudd
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)


Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.


Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones


Ken Harris
Richard "Dick" Thompson
Abe Levitow


Michael "Mike" Maltese


Milton J. "Milt" Franklyn


Philip "Phil" de Guard


Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (unverified)


Maurice Noble

Effects Animation

Harry Love


Edward "Eddie" Selzer (unverified)

Film Editor

Treg Brown


Michael "Mike" Maltese

Assistant Animator

Willie Ito

Music Sources

Wagner, Richard : "The Flying Dutchman (Overture) "
Wagner, Richard : "Ride of the Valkyries "
Wagner, Richard : "Siegfried "
Wagner, Richard : "Rienzi "
Wagner, Richard : "Pilgrim's Chorus "


Warner Bros.

Clips Used In:

Critical Condition
Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster

Included in:

The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Movie (Uses the whole cartoon and only uses the title card from it.)
Night at the Opera


  • The basic plot of the cartoon is taken from the first ever Bugs and Elmer cartoon, "A Wild Hare"
  • The Pilgrim's Chorus horse scene was done in a previous Freleng cartoon, "Herr Meets Hare", which was also written by Mike Maltese.
  • "What's Opera, Doc?" parodies sequences from Fantasia, especially the opening scene which is a satire on the Night on Bald Mountain portion.


Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends (Season 1, Episode 10)
Toon In With Me (Season 1, Episode 9)


United States

A Salute to Chuck Jones
Elmer Fudd's Comedy Capers

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Looney Tunes Curtain Calls


United States

Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume 2
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection - Volume 2
The Essential Bugs Bunny
LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1
Looney Tunes - Musical Masterpieces
50 Cartoon Collection: Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes Parodies Collection

BluRay Disc

United States

Looney Tunes Showcase - Volume 1 (Blu-Ray)
LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1 (Blu-Ray)
Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:51
Production No.: 1397
MPAA No.: 17374
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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From 24jcastigl :

Corny" Cole was an a Assistant animator on this.
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