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YMMV: What's Opera, Doc?

  • Accidental Innuendo: "My spear and magic helmet!"
  • Award Snub: The 2002 Cartoon Network special The 1st Ever 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Awards Show Program Special (Live in Stereo) featured What's Opera, Doc? as one of the nominees for the Best Cartoon award. Unfortunately, it lost to the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Mock 5".
    • And of course the short was not nominated for an Academy Award. (Warner Bros. instead nominated Tabasco Road and Birds Anonymous, the latter of which got the Oscar.)
  • Awesome Music: "Ride of the Valkyries" by Wagner.
  • Ear Worm: "Kill da Wabbit! Kill da Wabbit! Kill da WABB-it!" Why that's not a meme yet is beyond me.
    • Because people were more interested in Elmer's spear and magic helmet as memeage.
  • Foe Yay/Ho Yay: The usual Running Gag in shorts; Bugs Disguised in Drag, and Elmer falling head over heels for him. What's a little different here is that the "Return My Love" segment is pretty sappy, cliché and emotional yet still funny, while all other times Bugs pulled out his drag act it was only Played for Laughs.
  • Hype Backlash: Bound to get a bit of this since it's considered the greatest cartoon short of all time by several historians.
  • Memetic Mutation: With my speaw and Magic HEW-MEEEETTTT!
    • "Your spear and magic helmet?"
    • "Kill da Wabbit! Kill da Wabbit!"
    • "Well, what did you expect from an opera? A happy ending?"
  • Moment Of Awesome: Elmer Fudd, Looney Tunes' biggest resident Butt Monkey and Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, finally gets one.
  • Nightmare Fuel: For anyone who had the misfortune of seeing this when they were too young. You're expecting a normal, happy cartoon, and then Elmer Fudd SUMMONS A STORM THAT SEEMINGLY KILLS BUGS BUNNY!
    • The beginning of this cartoon seems like a Shout-Out to the Night on Bald Mountain sequence from Fantasia.
    • That terrifying brief moment after Elmer realizes his "twue love" is Bugs in disguise: Bugs runs away into the darkness of deformed canyon walls, the music turns ominous, and Fudd finally gets his helmet unstuck to scream "I'LL KILL THE WABBIT!" with a berserker rage that would scare the Devil.
  • Tear Jerker: If an unintentional one, not unlike Chuck Jones' earlier Feed the Kitty. Lampshaded in the Breaking the Fourth Wall line cited on the main page.
  • Weird Al Effect: This short is arguably the source of many a modern person's knowledge of all things Wagner, to the point where some people don't even know the short was actually based on a real opera.

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