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BUGS BUNNY is an animated cartoon character; created in 1940 by Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons ) and voiced originally by Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films , produced by Warner Bros. during the golden age of American animation . His popularity during this era led to his becoming an American cultural icon , as well as the official mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment .

Bugs is an anthropomorphic gray hare or rabbit who is famous for his flippant, insouciant personality; a Brooklyn
Brooklyn
accent; his portrayal as a trickster ; and his catch phrase "Eh... What's up, doc?", usually spoken while chewing a carrot . Though a similar rabbit character began appearing in the Warner Bros. cartoon shorts during the late 1930s, the definitive character of Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
is widely credited to have made his debut in director Tex Avery 's Oscar -nominated film A Wild Hare
Hare
(1940).

Since his debut, Bugs has appeared in various short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides , and commercials. He has also appeared in more films than any other cartoon character , is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world, and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Animation history

* 1.1 Development * 1.2 Official debut * 1.3 World War II
World War II
* 1.4 Post-war era * 1.5 Later years * 1.6 More recent years

* 2 Personality and catchphrases * 3 Voice actors

* 4 Reception and legacy

* 4.1 Feature Film * 4.2 Notable films * 4.3 Language

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Bibliography * 8 External links

ANIMATION HISTORY

DEVELOPMENT

Main article: Development of Bugs Bunny A depiction of Bugs' evolution throughout the years.

According to Chase Craig , who was a member of Tex Avery 's cartoon unit and later wrote and drew the first Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
comic Sunday pages and the first Bugs comic book; "Bugs was not the creation of any one man but rather represented the creative talents of perhaps five or six directors and many cartoon writers. In those days, the stories were often the work of a group who suggested various gags, bounced them around and finalized them in a joint story conference." A rabbit with some of the personality of Bugs, though looking very different, was originally featured in the film Porky\'s Hare
Hare
Hunt , released on April 30, 1938. It was co-directed by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway and an uncredited Cal Dalton (who was responsible for the initial design of the rabbit). This cartoon has an almost identical plot to Avery's Porky\'s Duck Hunt (1937), which had introduced Daffy Duck . Porky Pig is again cast as a hunter tracking a silly prey who is more interested in driving his pursuer insane and less interested in escaping. Hare
Hare
Hunt replaces the little black duck with a small white rabbit. The rabbit introduces himself with the odd expression "Jiggers, fellers," and Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
gave the character a voice and laugh much like those he would later use for Woody Woodpecker
Woody Woodpecker
. Hare
Hare
Hunt also gives its rabbit the famous Groucho Marx line, "Of course you realize, this means war!" The rabbit character was popular enough with audiences that the Termite Terrace staff decided to use it again. According to Friz Freleng , Hardaway and Dalton had decided to dress the duck in a rabbit suit. The white rabbit had an oval head and a shapeless body. In characterization, he was "a rural buffoon ". He was loud, zany with a goofy, guttural laugh. Blanc provided him with a hayseed voice.

The rabbit comes back in Prest-O Change-O (1939), directed by Chuck Jones , where he is the pet rabbit of unseen character Sham-Fu the Magician. Two dogs, fleeing the local dogcatcher, enter his absent master's house. The rabbit harasses them but is ultimately bested by the bigger of the two dogs. This version of the rabbit was cool, graceful, and controlled. He retained the guttural laugh but was otherwise silent.

The rabbit's third appearance comes in Hare-um Scare-um (1939), directed again by Dalton and Hardaway. This cartoon—the first in which he is depicted as a gray bunny instead of a white one—is also notable as the rabbit's first singing role. Charlie Thorson , lead animator on the film, gave the character a name. He had written "Bugs' Bunny" on the model sheet that he drew for Hardaway. In promotional material for the cartoon, including a surviving 1939 presskit, the name on the model sheet was altered to become the rabbit's own name: "Bugs" Bunny (quotation marks only used, on and off, until 1944). In his autobiography, Blanc claimed that another proposed name for the character was "Happy Rabbit." In the actual cartoons and publicity, however, the name "Happy" only seems to have been used in reference to Bugs Hardaway. In Hare-um Scare-um, a newspaper headline reads, "Happy Hardaway."

Thorson had been approached by Tedd Pierce , head of the story department, and asked to design a better rabbit. The decision was influenced by Thorson's experience in designing hares. He had designed Max Hare
Hare
in Toby Tortoise Returns (Disney, 1936). For Hardaway, Thorson created the model sheet previously mentioned, with six different rabbit poses. Thorson's model sheet is "a comic rendition of the stereotypical fuzzy bunny". He had a pear-shaped body with a protruding rear end. His face was flat and had large expressive eyes. He had an exaggerated long neck, gloved hands with three fingers, oversized feet, and a "smart aleck" grin. The end result was influenced by Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios
' tendency to draw animals in the style of cute infants. He had an obvious Disney influence, but looked like an awkward merger of the lean and streamlined Max Hare from The Tortoise and the Hare
Hare
(1935), and the round, soft bunnies from Little Hiawatha (1937).

In Jones' Elmer\'s Candid Camera (1940), the rabbit first meets Elmer Fudd . This time the rabbit looks more like the present-day Bugs, taller and with a similar face—but retaining the more primitive voice. Candid Camera's Elmer character design is also different: taller and chubbier in the face than the modern model, though Arthur Q. Bryan 's character voice is already established.

OFFICIAL DEBUT

Bugs' first appearance in A Wild Hare (1940).

While Porky\'s Hare
Hare
Hunt was the first Warner Bros. cartoon to feature a Bugs Bunny-like rabbit, A Wild Hare , directed by Tex Avery and released on July 27, 1940, is widely considered to be the first official Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
cartoon. It is the first film where both Elmer Fudd and Bugs, both redesigned by Bob Givens , are shown in their fully developed forms as hunter and tormentor, respectively; the first in which Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
uses what would become Bugs' standard voice; and the first in which Bugs uses his catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?" A Wild Hare
Hare
was a huge success in theaters and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cartoon Short Subject .

For the film, Avery asked Givens to remodel the rabbit. The result had a closer resemblance to Max Hare. He had a more elongated body, stood more erect, and looked more poised. If Thorson's rabbit looked like an infant, Givens' version looked like an adolescent. Blanc gave Bugs the voice of a city slicker. The rabbit was as audacious as he had been in Hare-um Scare-um and as cool and collected as in Prest-O Change-O.

Immediately following on A Wild Hare, Bob Clampett 's Patient Porky (1940) features a cameo appearance by Bugs, announcing to the audience that 750 rabbits have been born. The gag uses Bugs' Wild Hare
Hare
visual design, but his goofier pre-Wild Hare
Hare
voice characterization.

The second full-fledged role for the mature Bugs, Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
' Elmer\'s Pet Rabbit
Rabbit
(1941), is the first to use Bugs' name on-screen: it appears in a title card, "featuring Bugs Bunny," at the start of the film (which was edited in following the success of A Wild Hare). However, Bugs' voice and personality in this cartoon is noticeably different, and his design was slightly altered as well; Bugs' visual design is based on the prototype rabbit in Candid Camera, but with yellow gloves and no buck teeth, has a lower-pitched voice and a more aggressive, arrogant and thuggish personality instead of a fun-loving personality. After Pet Rabbit, however, subsequent Bugs appearances returned to normal: the Wild Hare
Hare
visual design and personality returned, and Blanc re-used the Wild Hare
Hare
voice characterization.

Hiawatha\'s Rabbit
Rabbit
Hunt (1941), directed by Friz Freleng , became the second Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
cartoon to receive an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination. The fact that it didn't win the award was later spoofed somewhat in What\'s Cookin\' Doc? (1944), in which Bugs demands a recount (claiming to be a victim of "sa-bo-TAH-gee ") after losing the Oscar to James Cagney
James Cagney
and presents a clip from Hiawatha's Rabbit
Rabbit
Hunt to prove his point.

WORLD WAR II

By 1942, Bugs had become the number one star of Merrie Melodies. The series was originally intended only for one-shot characters in films after several early attempts to introduce characters (Foxy , Goopy Geer , and Piggy ) failed under Harman –Ising . By the mid-1930s, under Leon Schlesinger
Leon Schlesinger
, Merrie Melodies started introducing newer characters. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942) shows a slight redesign of Bugs, with less-prominent front teeth and a rounder head. The character was reworked by Robert McKimson , then an animator in Clampett's unit. The redesign at first was only used in the films created by Clampett's unit, but in time it would be taken up by the other directors, with Freleng and Frank Tashlin the first. When McKimson was himself promoted to director, he created yet another version, with more slanted eyes, longer teeth and a much larger mouth. He used this version until 1949 (as did Art Davis for the one Bugs Bunny film he directed) when he started using the version he had designed for Clampett. Jones would come up with his own slight modification, and the voice had slight variations between the units. Bugs also made cameos in Avery's final Warner Bros. cartoon, Crazy Cruise .

Since Bugs' debut in A Wild Hare, he appeared only in color Merrie Melodies films (making him one of the few recurring characters created for that series in the Schlesinger era prior to the full conversion to color), alongside Elmer predecessor Egghead, Inki
Inki
, Sniffles , and Elmer himself. While Bugs made a cameo in Porky Pig\'s Feat (1943), this was his only appearance in a black-and-white Looney Tunes film. He did not star in a Looney Tunes film until that series made its complete conversion to only color cartoons beginning in 1944. Buckaroo Bugs was Bugs' first film in the Looney Tunes series and was also the last Warner Bros. cartoon to credit Schlesinger (as he had retired and sold his studio to Warner Bros. that year).

Bugs' popularity soared during World War II
World War II
because of his free and easy attitude, and he began receiving special star billing in his cartoons by 1943. By that time, Warner Bros. had become the most profitable cartoon studio in the United States. In company with cartoon studios such as Disney and Famous Studios , Warners pitted its characters against Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
, Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
, Francisco Franco , and the Japanese . Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips
Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips
(1944) features Bugs at odds with a group of Japanese soldiers. This cartoon has since been pulled from distribution due to its depiction of Japanese people. One US Navy propaganda film saved from destruction features the voice of Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
in "Tokyo Woes" (1945) about the propaganda radio host Tokyo Rose . He also faces off against Hermann Göring and Hitler in Herr Meets Hare
Hare
(1945), which introduced his well-known reference to Albuquerque
Albuquerque
as he mistakenly winds up in the Black Forest
Black Forest
of \'Joimany\' instead of Las Vegas
Las Vegas
, Nevada
Nevada
. Bugs also appeared in the 1942 two-minute U.S. war bonds commercial film Any Bonds Today? , along with Porky and Elmer.

At the end of Super- Rabbit
Rabbit
(1943), Bugs appears wearing a United States Marine Corps dress blue uniform. As a result, the Marine Corps made Bugs an honorary Marine Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant
. From 1943 to 1946, Bugs was the official mascot of Kingman Army Airfield , Kingman, Arizona , where thousands of aerial gunners were trained during World War II. Some notable trainees included Clark Gable
Clark Gable
and Charles Bronson . Bugs also served as the mascot for 530 Squadron of the 380th Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force , U.S. Air Force , which was attached to the Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
and operated out of Australia's Northern Territory
Northern Territory
from 1943 to 1945, flying B-24 Liberator bombers. Bugs riding an air delivered torpedo served as the squadron logo for Marine Torpedo/Bomber Squadron 242 in the Second World War. Additionally, Bugs appeared on the nose of B-24J #42-110157, in both the 855th Bomb Squadron of the 491st Bombardment Group (Heavy) and later in the 786th BS of the 466th BG(H), both being part of the 8th Air Force operating out of England. Bugs (standing in for Porky Pig ) in the closing to Hare
Hare
Tonic (1945) and Baseball Bugs (1946).

In 1944, Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
made a cameo appearance in Jasper Goes Hunting , a Puppetoons film produced by rival studio Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
. In this cameo (animated by McKimson, with Blanc providing the usual voice), Bugs (after being threatened at gunpoint) pops out of a rabbit hole, saying his usual catchphrase; after hearing the orchestra play the wrong theme song, he realizes "Hey, I'm in the wrong picture!" and then goes back in the hole. Bugs also made a cameo in the Private Snafu short Gas , in which he is found stowed away in the titular private's belongings; his only spoken line is his usual catchphrase.

Although it was usually Porky Pig who brought the Looney Tunes films to a close with his stuttering, "That's all, folks!", Bugs replaced him at the end of Hare
Hare
Tonic and Baseball Bugs , bursting through a drum just as Porky did, but munching on a carrot and saying in his Bronx- Brooklyn
Brooklyn
accent, "And that's the end!"

POST-WAR ERA

After World War II, Bugs continued to appear in numerous Warner Bros. cartoons, making his last "Golden Age" appearance in False Hare (1964). He starred in over 167 theatrical short films, most of which were directed by Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson, and Chuck Jones. Freleng's Knighty Knight Bugs (1958), in which a medieval Bugs trades blows with Yosemite Sam and his fire-breathing dragon (which has a cold), won an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Cartoon Short Subject (becoming the first Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
cartoon to win said award). Three of Jones' films — Rabbit
Rabbit
Fire , Rabbit
Rabbit
Seasoning , and Duck! Rabbit, Duck! — compose what is often referred to as the " Rabbit
Rabbit
Season/Duck Season" trilogy and are famous for originating the "historic" rivalry between Bugs and Daffy Duck. Jones' classic What\'s Opera, Doc? (1957), casts Bugs and Elmer Fudd in a parody of Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
's Der Ring des Nibelungen . It was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress
Library of Congress
and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1992, becoming the first cartoon short to receive this honor.

In the fall of 1960, ABC debuted the prime-time television program The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
. This show packaged many of the post-1948 Warners cartoons with newly animated wraparounds. After two seasons, it was moved from its evening slot to reruns on Saturday mornings. The Bugs Bunny Show changed format and exact title frequently but remained on network television for 40 years. The packaging was later completely different, with each cartoon simply presented on its own, title and all, though some clips from the new bridging material were sometimes used as filler.

LATER YEARS

Bugs and Daffy in the intro to The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Show (1960–2000).

Bugs did not appear in any of the post-1964 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies films produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises or Seven Arts Productions , nor did he appear in the lone Looney Tunes TV special produced by Filmation
Filmation
. He would not appear in new material on-screen again until Bugs and Daffy\'s Carnival of the Animals aired in 1976.

From the late 1970s through the early 1990s, Bugs was featured in various animated specials for network television, such as Bugs Bunny\'s Thanksgiving Diet , Bugs Bunny\'s Looney Christmas Tales , and Bugs Bunny\'s Bustin\' Out All Over . Bugs also starred in several theatrical compilation features during this time, including the United Artists distributed documentary Bugs Bunny: Superstar (1975) and Warner Bros.' own releases: The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979), The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Movie (1981), Bugs Bunny\'s 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit
Rabbit
Tales (1982), and Daffy Duck\'s Quackbusters (1988).

In the 1988 live-action/animated comedy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Rabbit
, Bugs appeared as one of the inhabitants of Toontown . However, since the film was being produced by Disney , Warner Bros. would only allow the use of their biggest star if he got an equal amount of screen time as Disney's biggest star, Mickey Mouse . Because of this, both characters are always together in frame when onscreen. Roger Rabbit was also one of the final productions in which Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
voiced Bugs (as well as the other Looney Tunes characters) before his death in 1989.

Bugs later appeared in another animated production featuring numerous characters from rival studios: the 1990 drug prevention TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue . This special is notable for being the first time that someone other than Blanc voiced Bugs and Daffy (both characters were voiced by Jeff Bergman for this). Bugs also made guest appearances in the early 1990s television series Tiny Toon Adventures , as the principal of Acme Looniversity and the mentor of Buster Bunny . He made further cameos in Warner Bros.' subsequent animated TV shows Taz-Mania , Animaniacs , and Histeria!

Bugs returned to the silver screen in Box-Office Bunny (1990). This was the first Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
cartoon since 1964 to be released in theaters and it was created for Bugs' 50th anniversary celebration. It was followed by (Blooper) Bunny , a cartoon that was shelved from theaters, but later premiered on Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
in 1997 and has since gained a cult following among animation fans for its edgy humor.

In 1996, Bugs and the other Looney Tunes characters appeared in the live-action/animated film, Space Jam , directed by Joe Pytka and starring NBA
NBA
superstar Michael Jordan . The film also introduced the character Lola Bunny , who becomes Bugs' new love interest. Space Jam received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success (grossing over $230 million worldwide). The success of Space Jam led to the development of another live-action/animated film, Looney Tunes: Back in Action , released in 2003 and directed by Joe Dante . Unlike Space Jam, Back in Action was a box-office bomb , though it did receive more positive reviews from critics.

In 1997, Bugs appeared on a U.S. postage stamp , the first cartoon to be so honored, beating the iconic Mickey Mouse. The stamp is number seven on the list of the ten most popular U.S. stamps, as calculated by the number of stamps purchased but not used. The introduction of Bugs onto a stamp was controversial at the time, as it was seen as a step toward the 'commercialization' of stamp art. The postal service rejected many designs and went with a postal-themed drawing. Avery Dennison printed the Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
stamp sheet, which featured "a special ten-stamp design and was the first self-adhesive souvenir sheet issued by the U.S. Postal Service ."

MORE RECENT YEARS

A younger version of Bugs is the main character of Baby Looney Tunes , which debuted on Kids\' WB in 2001. In the action comedy Loonatics Unleashed , his definite descendant Ace Bunny is the leader of the Loonatics team and seems to have inherited his ancestor's Brooklyn accent and comic wit. Bugs as he appears in The Looney Tunes Show Season 2.

In 2011, Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang returned to television in the Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
sitcom, The Looney Tunes Show . The characters feature new designs by artist Jessica Borutski. Among the changes to Bugs' appearance were the simplification and enlargement of his feet, as well as a change to his fur from gray to a shade of mauve (though in the second season, his fur was changed back to gray). In the series, Bugs and Daffy Duck are portrayed as best friends as opposed to their usual pairing as rivals. At the same time, Bugs is more openly annoyed at Daffy's antics in the series (sometimes to the point of aggression), compared to his usual carefree personality from the original cartoons. Bugs and Daffy are close friends with Porky Pig in the series, although Bugs tends to be a more reliable friend to Porky than Daffy is. Bugs also dates Lola Bunny in the show, although at first, he finds her to be "crazy" and a bit too talkative (he later learns to accept her personality quirks, similar to his tolerance for Daffy). Unlike the original cartoons, Bugs lives in a regular home, which he shares with Daffy, Taz (whom he treats as a pet dog) and Speedy Gonzales , in the middle of a cul-de-sac with their neighbors Yosemite Sam, Granny , and Witch Lezah .

In 2015, Bugs starred in the direct-to-video film Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run , and later returned to television yet again as the star of Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
and Boomerang 's comedy series Wabbit. A Looney Tunes Production .

Bugs has also appeared in numerous video games , including the Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle series, Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Birthday Blowout , Bugs Bunny: Rabbit
Rabbit
Rampage , Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
in Double Trouble , Looney Tunes B-Ball , Looney Tunes Racing , Looney Tunes: Space Race , Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Lost in Time , Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
and Taz Time Busters , Loons: The Fight for Fame , Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal , Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe, and Looney Tunes Dash.

PERSONALITY AND CATCHPHRASES

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"Some people call me cocky and brash, but actually I am just self-assured. I'm nonchalant, im­perturbable, contemplative. I play it cool, but I can get hot under the collar. And above all I'm a very 'aware' character. I'm well aware that I am appearing in an animated car­toon....And sometimes I chomp on my carrot for the same reason that a stand-up comic chomps on his cigar. It saves me from rushing from the last joke to the next one too fast. And I sometimes don't act, I react. And I always treat the contest with my pursuers as 'fun and games.' When momentarily I appear to be cornered or in dire danger and I scream, don't be consoined – it's actually a big put-on. Let's face it, Doc. I've read the script and I al­ready know how it turns out." — Bob Clampett on Bugs Bunny, written in first person .

Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
is characterized as being clever and capable of outsmarting anyone who antagonizes him, including Elmer Fudd , Yosemite Sam , Tasmanian Devil , Marvin the Martian , Wile E. Coyote , Gossamer , Witch Hazel , Rocky and Mugsy , The Crusher , Beaky Buzzard , Willoughby the Dog , Count Blood Count
Count Blood Count
, and a host of others.

One of the characters who holds the rare distinction of defeating Bugs is Cecil Turtle , following the pattern Aesop 's famous fable The Tortoise and the Hare
Hare
, where the rabbit was the antagonist, while the turtle was the protagonist (Bugs and Cecil, respectively). Their encounters were depicted in Tortoise Beats Hare
Hare
, Tortoise Wins by a Hare
Hare
, and Rabbit
Rabbit
Transit

Bugs almost always wins these conflicts, a plot pattern which recurs in Looney Tunes films directed by Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
. Concerned that viewers would lose sympathy for an aggressive protagonist who always won, Jones arranged for Bugs to be bullied, cheated, or threatened by the antagonists while minding his own business, justifying his subsequent antics as retaliation or self-defense. He's also been known to break the fourth wall by "communicating" with the audience, either by explaining the situation (e.g. "Be with you in a minute, folks!"), describing someone to the audience (e.g. "Feisty, ain't they?"), clueing in on the story (e.g. "That happens to him all during the picture, folks."), explaining that one of his antagonists' actions have pushed him to the breaking point ("Of course you realize, this means war."), admitting his own deviousness toward his antagonists ("Gee, ain't I a stinker?"), etc.

Bugs will usually try to placate the antagonist and avoid conflict, but when an antagonist pushes him too far, Bugs may address the audience and invoke his catchphrase "Of course you realize this means war!" before he retaliates, and the retaliation will be devastating. This line was taken from Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
and others in the 1933 film Duck Soup and was also used in the 1935 Marx film A Night at the Opera . Bugs would pay homage to Groucho in other ways, such as occasionally adopting his stooped walk or leering eyebrow-raising (in Hair-Raising Hare
Hare
, for example) or sometimes with a direct impersonation (as in Slick Hare
Hare
). Other directors, such as Friz Freleng , characterized Bugs as altruistic. When Bugs meets other successful characters (such as Cecil Turtle in Tortoise Beats Hare
Hare
, or the Gremlin in Falling Hare
Hare
), his overconfidence becomes a disadvantage.

Bugs' nonchalant carrot-chewing standing position, as explained by Freleng, Jones and Bob Clampett , originated in a scene from the 1934 film It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night
, in which Clark Gable
Clark Gable
's character Peter Warne leans against a fence, eating carrots rapidly and talking with his mouth full to Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
's character. This scene was well known while the film was popular, and viewers at the time likely recognized Bugs Bunny's behavior as satire . Coincidentally, the film also features a minor character, Oscar Shapely, who addresses Peter Warne as "Doc", and Warne mentions an imaginary person named "Bugs Dooley" to frighten Shapely. "'What's up Doc?' is a very simple thing. It's only funny because it's in a situation. It was an all Bugs Bunny line. It wasn't funny. If you put it in human terms; you come home late one night from work, you walk up to the gate in the yard, you walk through the gate and up into the front room, the door is partly open and there's some guy shooting under your living room. So what do you do? You run if you have any sense, the least you can do is call the cops. But what if you come up and tap him on the shoulder and look over and say 'What's up Doc?' You're interested in what he's doing. That's ridiculous. That's not what you say at a time like that. So that's why it's funny, I think. In other words it's asking a perfectly legitimate question in a perfectly illogical situation." — Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
on Bugs Bunny's catchphrase "What's up Doc?"

The carrot-chewing scenes are generally followed by Bugs' most well-known catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?", which was written by director Tex Avery for his first Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
film, A Wild Hare (1940). Avery explained later that it was a common expression in his native Texas and that he did not think much of the phrase. When the cartoon was first screened in theaters, the "What's up, Doc?" scene generated a tremendously positive audience reaction. As a result, the scene became a recurring element in subsequent cartoons. The phrase was sometimes modified for a situation. For example, Bugs says "What's up, dogs?" to the antagonists in A Hare
Hare
Grows in Manhattan , "What's up, Duke?" to the knight in Knight-mare Hare
Hare
, and "What's up, prune-face?" to the aged Elmer in The Old Grey Hare
Hare
. He might also greet Daffy with "What's up, Duck?" He used one variation, "What's all the hub-bub, bub?" only once, in Falling Hare
Hare
. Another variation is used in Looney Tunes: Back in Action when he greets a blaster -wielding Marvin the Martian saying "What's up, Darth ?"

In many of Bugs' appearances in the 1940s Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes shorts, his carrot-chewing made its way into the opening sequence of the cartoon. In these cases, Bugs would be lying atop the Warner Brothers shield logo as it came onto the screen and eating his carrot. After a few seconds, Bugs would stop eating and shoot the audience a dirty look for staring at him. From there, one of two things would happen. Frequently, the open would simply dissolve into the cartoon series logo, but on occasion, Bugs would reach up to the top of the screen and pull the logo down like a curtain to give himself some privacy. This formed the basis for the later intro to Bugs' cartoons, where he would pull the bottom of the screen up and be shown sitting atop his own intro screen while eating a carrot.

Several Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
films in the late 1940s and 1950s depict Bugs travelling via cross-country (and, in some cases, intercontinental) tunnel-digging, ending up in places as varied as Barcelona, Spain ( Bully for Bugs ), the Himalayas
Himalayas
(The Abominable Snow Rabbit
Rabbit
), and Antarctica
Antarctica
(Frigid Hare
Hare
) all because he "shoulda taken that left toin at Albukoikee ." He first utters that phrase in Herr Meets Hare (1945), when he emerges in the Black Forest
Black Forest
, a cartoon seldom seen today due to its blatantly topical subject matter. When Hermann Göring says to Bugs, "There is no Las Vegas
Las Vegas
in 'Chermany'" and takes a potshot at Bugs, Bugs dives into his hole and says, "Joimany! Yipe!", as Bugs realizes he's behind enemy lines. The confused response to his "left toin" comment also followed a pattern. For example, when he tunnels into Scotland in My Bunny Lies over the Sea (1948), while thinking he's heading for the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California , it provides another chance for an ethnic joke: "Therrre arrre no La Brrrea Tarrr Pits in Scotland!" (to which Bugs responds, "Scotland!? Eh...what's up, Mac-doc?"). A couple of late-1950s/early-1960s cartoons of this ilk also featured Daffy Duck travelling with Bugs ("Since when is Pismo Beach inside a cave?!").

VOICE ACTORS

The following are the various vocal artists who have voiced Bugs Bunny over the last 75-plus years for Warner Bros.' animated productions: Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
was the original voice of Bugs and would voice the character for nearly five decades. Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
voiced the character for almost 50 years, from Bugs' debut in the 1940 short A Wild Hare until Blanc's death in 1989. Blanc described the voice as a combination of Bronx and Brooklyn
Brooklyn
accents; however, Tex Avery claimed that he asked Blanc to give the character not a New York accent per se, but a voice like that of actor Frank McHugh , who frequently appeared in supporting roles in the 1930s and whose voice might be described as New York Irish . In Bugs' second cartoon Elmer\'s Pet Rabbit
Rabbit
, Blanc created a completely new voice for Bugs, which sounded like a Jimmy Stewart impression, but the directors decided the previous voice was better. Though Blanc's best known character was the carrot-chomping rabbit, munching on the carrots interrupted the dialogue. Various substitutes, such as celery , were tried, but none of them sounded like a carrot. So for the sake of expedience, he would munch and then spit the carrot bits into a spittoon rather than swallowing them, and continue with the dialogue. One often-repeated story, possibly originating from Bugs Bunny: Superstar , is that Blanc was allergic to carrots and had to spit them out to minimize any allergic reaction — but his autobiography makes no such claim. In fact, in a 1984 interview with Tim Lawson , co-author of The Magic Behind The Voices: A Who's Who of Voice Actors, Blanc emphatically denied being allergic to carrots. Others

* JEFF BERGMAN ( Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue , Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years, The Earth Day Special , Gremlins 2: The New Batch , Tiny Toon Adventures , Bugs Bunny\'s Overtures to Disaster , Box Office Bunny , (Blooper) Bunny , Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes, Bugs Bunny's Creature Features, Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers , Saturday Night Live Season 28, Ep. 14 , The Looney Tunes Show , Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run , Wabbit. A Looney Tunes Production , video games) * GREG BURSON (Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania , Animaniacs , Carrotblanca , Looney Tunes River Ride , From Hare
Hare
to Eternity ) * NOEL BLANC (Tiny Toon Adventures) * JOHN KASSIR (Tiny Toon Adventures) * BILLY WEST ( Space Jam , Histeria! , Quest for Camelot Sing-a-Longs, Looney Tunes Sing-a-Longs, Looney Tunes: Reality Check, Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction, Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas , video games) * JOE ALASKEY (Tweety\'s High-Flying Adventure , Looney Tunes: Back in Action , Hare
Hare
and Loathing in Las Vegas
Las Vegas
, Daffy Duck for President , Justice League: The New Frontier , Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics, TomTom
TomTom
Looney Tunes GPS
GPS
, video games) * SAMUEL VINCENT (Baby Looney Tunes , Baby Looney Tunes: Egg-straordinary Adventure ) * BILL FARMER ( Robot Chicken )

RECEPTION AND LEGACY

Bugs' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
. Statue evoking Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
at Butterfly Park Bangladesh.

Like Mickey Mouse for Disney , Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
has served as the mascot for Warner Bros. and its various divisions. According to Guinness World Records , Bugs has appeared in more films (both short and feature-length) than any other cartoon character , and is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world. On December 10, 1985, Bugs became the second cartoon character (after Mickey) to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
.

He also has been a pitchman for companies including Kool-Aid
Kool-Aid
and Nike . His Nike commercials with Michael Jordan as " Hare
Hare
Jordan" for the Air Jordan VII and VIII became precursors to Space Jam . As a result, he has spent time as an honorary member of Jordan Brand , including having Jordan's Jumpman logo done in his image.

In 2002, TV Guide compiled a list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time as part of the magazine's 50th anniversary. Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
was given the honor of number 1. In a CNN
CNN
broadcast on July 31, 2002, a TV Guide editor talked about the group that created the list. The editor also explained why Bugs pulled top billing: "His stock...has never gone down...Bugs is the best example...of the smart-aleck American comic. He not only is a great cartoon character, he's a great comedian. He was written well. He was drawn beautifully. He has thrilled and made many generations laugh. He is tops."

FEATURE FILM

Warner Bros. announced a film for the character. It's still unknown about the movie.

NOTABLE FILMS

See also: List of Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
cartoons

* Porky\'s Hare
Hare
Hunt (1938) - prototype debut * A Wild Hare (1940) - official debut; Oscar nominee * Hiawatha\'s Rabbit
Rabbit
Hunt (1941) - Oscar nominee * What\'s Opera Doc (1957) - voted #1 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time and inducted into the National Film Registry * Knighty Knight Bugs (1958) - Oscar winner * False Hare
Hare
(1964) - final regular cartoon * Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Rabbit
(1988) - first and only appearance in a Disney film; appeared alongside Disney's mascot, Mickey Mouse * Space Jam (1996) - appeared alongside NBA
NBA
superstar, Michael Jordan * Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) - most recent feature-length live-action animated film appearance

LANGUAGE

American use of the term Nimrod
Nimrod
to mean "idiot" is attributed (in Garner\'s Modern American Usage ) entirely to Bugs's expostulation "What a Nimrod!" to describe the inept hunter Elmer Fudd.

SEE ALSO

* Film in the United States
United States
portal * Cartoon portal * Biography portal

* Looney Tunes * Merrie Melodies * Golden age of American animation

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TomTom
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YouTube
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YouTube
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