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The Bunny From Brooklyn

 

 

Over the past eighty 80 years, Bugs Bunny — known as a “wascally wabbit” by his fellow Looney Tunes character, Elmer Fudd — has entertained audiences of all ages with his zany antics and endearing, timeless appeal. Bugs Bunny’s long ears, knowing eyes, snappy smile and trademark buck teeth are iconic, but it’s his street smarts and charismatic character that have endeared him to fans across the globe.

First created in 1940, Bugs Bunny quickly stood out as an internationally recognised symbol of the Looney Tunes franchise, and Warner Bros. Animation. In an era when cartoon stars were cute and innocuous, Bugs Bunny dared to be different with a quick wit, a brains-over-brawn attitude and an unflappable demeanour, which continues to make this no-nonsense bunny from Brooklyn, New York favourite.

Simultaneously timeless and timely, Bugs Bunny graces screens of all sizes, from television and movies, to phones and tablets. He also lends his likeness to a range of consumer products, allowing fans to integrate the animated celebrity into their everyday lives. Continuing his reign into the twenty-first century, the universally recognised leader of the Looney Tunes squad is more popular than ever, attracting new generations of fans, as well as delighting long-time devotees.

A few words from the Executive Producer of ‘Bugs Bunny’, Peter Browngardt:

Bugs Bunny is the character so many of us dream to be. He’'s the smartest guy in the room. Stands up to bullies, winning every time. And knows the perfect thing to say given any situation. What’'s not to love? I feel very lucky that I have this opportunity to add to the amazing rich legacy of Bug Bunny. He's one of the major reasons I fell in love with animation as a kid and why I became an artist. I have to pinch myself daily.

 

 

20 Bugs Bunny Facts

  1. Bugs Bunny is from the east side of New York City and speaks in a signature Brooklyn accent.
  2. Bugs Bunny made his official debut on July 27, 1940, in Tex Avery’s “A Wild Hare” (1940).
  3. The most popular rabbit in the world was first named Happy Rabbit, before being renamed Bugs Bunny after his original writer Ben “Bugs” Hardaway.
  4. Talents include opera singer, baseball player, pianist and, of course, trickster.
  5. After having appeared in the 1943 ‘Super-Rabbit' in U.S. Marine Corps dress blues, Bugs Bunny was named an honorary Marine Master Sergeant.
  6. Bugs Bunny earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985; he is the only Warner Bros. animated character to have a star.
  7. In 1997, Bugs Bunny became the first cartoon on a U.S. postage stamp.
  8. Bugs Bunny’s personality and mannerisms are inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx and Clark Gable, among others.
  9. Mel Blanc voiced Bugs Bunny for nearly fifty years, and his legacy has been carried on by just a small handful of actors, including Jeff Bergman, Billy West, Joe Alaskey and Eric Bauza
  10. Mel Blanc actually ate carrots while voicing the iconic character.
  11. The Bugs Bunny comic strip ran for almost fifty years, from 1943 to 1990.
  12. 'What’s Opera, Doc?', the 1957 short featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, was the first cartoon to be selected into the US National Film Registry in 1992.
  13. Bugs Bunny has been delighting audiences with orchestras around the world for over thirty years as the star of ‘Bugs Bunny at the Symphony’.
  14. ‘The Bugs Bunny Show’, which debuted on ABC in 1960, was a network television staple for over forty years.
  15. Bugs Bunny, trickster that he is, has only been thwarted by four other characters in eighty years.
  16. Bugs Bunny’s missed left turn at Albuquerque has brought him to such far off locations as Mexico, the Himalayas, Scotland and Germany.
  17. Bugs Bunny has appeared in over 175 theatrical shorts, more than any other animated character.
  18. Bugs Bunny has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and won - in 1958, for ‘Knighty Knight, Bugs’ (with Yosemite Sam).
  19. Bugs Bunny appears in theme parks in many countries, including the largest indoor theme park in the world: Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi.
  20. Bugs Bunny is a master of disguise and has confused his enemies as a barber, a policeman, a baker, a gentleman, and of course, the beautiful Brunhilde.

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