A Feud There Was

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Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: September 24, 1938
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Melvin Millar
Animation: Sid Sutherland
Irven Spence (uncredited)
Virgil Ross (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Tex Avery
Billy Bletcher
Dave Weber
Roy Rogers
Hugh Farr
Bob Nolan
Tim Spencer
Sons of the Pioneers[1]
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Egghead
Preceded By: Cracked Ice
Succeeded By: Porky in Wackyland

A Feud There Was is a 1938 Merrie Melodies short directed by Tex Avery.


Two feuding families of stereotypical hillbillies, the Weavers, and the McCoys, spend their time taking potshots at each other. At one point, a McCoy asks if there are any Weavers in the movie audience. One man, shown as a silhouette against the screen, answers in the affirmative, and the McCoy takes a shot at him.

In the midst of the fray, a yodeling, bulbous-nosed, domestic peace activist enters the feud zone on a motorscooter bearing the words "Elmer Fudd, Peace Maker", and goes to each side preaching peace and an end to wanton bloodshed. Neither side is impressed, and when "Elmer" attempts once more to preach peace to both families, both sides get furious at him and open fire on the would-be peacemaker together. When the smoke clears, only "Elmer" is left standing. He gives a final yodel and says "Good night, all!" and the Weaver in the movie audience yells "Good night!" taking one more shot at the star.




  • This short is the first cartoon to be reissued in the Blue Ribbon series. It was originally re-issued September 11, 1943, and re-issued a second time on September 13, 1952.[2]
  • This is the first cartoon with the name Elmer Fudd, although "The Isle of Pingo Pongo" featured "Elmer" on its lobby card.
  • This was a minimal first step in the evolution from one to the other. Egghead's speaking voice was provided on this occasion by Arthur Q. Bryan, although it did not resemble the more familiar "cwazy wabbit" voice which would later be performed for Fudd by Bryan. The character's singing voice was provided by Roy Rogers and additional vocals in the cartoon were done by the Sons of the Pioneers.
  • EU dubbed uses 1938 ending card instead of 1948 card. Also happens on EU versions of "Hobo Gadget Band", "Fox Pop", and "I Only Have Eyes for You". Also, the EU dubbed version uses the 1938-41 end cue while the US uses the 1941-55 end cue.

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