Release date: April 6, 1935.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Musical Score: Bernard Brown.
Animation: Charles "Chuck" Jones and Bob Clampett.
This is the cartoon in which Bob Clampett claimed to have written the story after some mention of a "Story competition" - well; he was credited as an animator on that cartoon - so you can't be certain it's a lie - but who knows if what he said in the Michael Barrier interview is true or not. This is sort of a sequel to the cartoon "Country Boy".
Baby Elmer who obviously has something on his mind watches the mother leave and to make Peter Rabbit's life a misery. He starts off by putting on a wailing sound. Peter approaches to his cot rather annoyed but picks up a rattle to try and tone down the crying. Elmer then grabs the rattle and whacks Peter on the head continuing the crying. Boy; that baby brother sure is more mischevious than Peter itself. Peter, aware that the baby is putting it on then walks to a closet door to hide there.
He is sitting on his cot looking rather unamused by Peter Rabbit's performance in order to entertain him. Meanwhile outside, there is a weasel that pops out of a fox hole from the garden and hears the sounds of Peter Rabbit's singing voice. He pops out through different fox holes - hole-to-hole as he gets nearer to the hole each time. I guess that with a different approach and that silly chuckle made by baby Elmer (impression of Joe Penner: thanks Devon B.) - this could have been part of Clampett's contributions.
Once that there isn't a sign of Peter Rabbit; the weasel then pops back down to dig up the earth to get into the house (nice musical set up there by Bernard Brown). Once the hole in the house has already been set up; hang on a minute - wouldn't baby Elmer had already heard the sounds of the wooden floor being scraped or broken? It appears to be from what I can see once the weasel steps out - it's a cross between a weasel and a wolf - but still looks more of a weasel. The weasel grabs out a brown bag to capture Elmer and he approaches to the cot.
Baby Elmer is therefore asleep but he doesn't notice the weasel approaching him yet or even about to kidnap him. Baby Elmer then looks at the silhouetted figure thinking that it is his "mummy". He looks to turn to find it's a weasel and he screams. The weasel was wearing a bandana to that effect so he can trick the baby. Elmer then starts to grab the weasel's nose and lets go for which he almost steps back. Poor Elmer then starts to scream as he is being picked up and placed inside the sack. The weasel then takes off by jumping back into the hole.
Meanwhile, Peter is walking into the forest away from home - he suddenly realizes through a thought bubble of what his mother reminded him what to by staying in the house to keep an eye on Elmer. Peter Rabbit then runs into the house but finds out that Elmer isn't around. He goes around chanting "Elmer! Elmer!", thinking that he's going to be in deep trouble. Peter Rabbit then runs to the carpet in which he falls down the hole. Interesting running cycles used in those old cartoons - like when Peter Rabbit runs back into the house - before the use of speed was used; when in later cartoons - the characters would dash somewhere really quickly.
The weasel notices that Peter Rabbit is coming and starts to run off with Baby Elmer. Peter Rabbit then approached to the fireplace to find that there is no sign of Baby Elmer but was close to the area. The weasel then notices Peter Rabbit come out of a hole in which he is beaten by the weasel's fist leaving Peter Rabbit being held back. There is a rather tiring gag going on in which each different hole - Peter Rabbit gets whacked by the weasel each time.
The weasel then starts to run away and thinks of a plan to try and stop Peter Rabbit from chasing after him. There are two gaps of underground tunnels in which the weasel hides at the bottom one that forms a path that goes to to the surface; and that's where Peter Rabbit goes. Well that weasel is too cunning for Peter Rabbit - or is he?
As for the weasel, Peter Rabbit turns on the tap so that the water level will rise even further so that the weasel will end up very high in the air. Peter Rabbit then turns off the tap to see what will happen to the weasel. The weasel then starts to fall into a patch of cactus in the woods (and I really do wonder how he got there). The weasel then starts to run off far into the forest in which Peter Rabbit and Elmer are safe; which means that the mother won't probably know what happened.
This is pretty much an unofficial sequel to Country Boy but definitely not based on Beatrix Potter's stories since new unrelated Potter ideas were added into the cartoon. Don't believe me; well them - Mmm, the weasel - where did you READ that in a Potter book? The story in that cartoon is actually pretty good, and truth to be told I don't mind both cartoons (itself and Country Boy). Peter Rabbit isn't really so mischevious in that cartoon at all - although I guess that he was probably told off badly from THAT previous cartoon. Well, I don't if the source that says Bob Clampett wrote the story for it is true or not - I'm not saying it's improbable but it's just one person saying it - who knows?? Although this cartoon is pretty much the same formula from Friz's cartoons - and something that Clampett wouldn't write I guess - but maybe Clampett felt the studio wasn't even ready to kick in.