The story features Elmer Fudd as the demi-god Siegfried chasing Bugs Bunny and singing "Kill the Wabbit!" In less than seven minutes, they manage to satirize Wagner, expressionist cinema, ballet, and Fantasia, all at once.
Maurice Nobel did the layouts and backgrounds, and they add immense scale, color, and drama to the piece.
"I suggest putting all your research materials away once you start designing and never refer to them again. This may prove difficult at first. But I’ve found that if you are tied too closely to your reference, your designs will tend to look stiff. You will miss out on many fun design opportunities."
Art book on Maurice Noble: The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation DesignQuotes from Cartoon Brew.
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