Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Eh, What's Up, Doc? It's Bugs Bunny's 75th Birthday!

Bugs Bunny unfazed by Marvin the Martian - Warner Bros.

A rabbit resembling Bugs Bunny, in character and appearance, made his debut on April 30, 1938 in the cartoon Porky's Hare Hunt (video at left below). Although he wasn't identified by name as Bugs Bunny at the time, he certainly looked, talked, and behaved a lot like him! This prototype Bugs is generally regarded as the nascent Bugs Bunny, but he made his official appearance on July 27, 1940 in A Wild Hare (video at right below). And the rest is lagomorphic history. Mel Blanc brought Bugs to life ever since his prototypical debut, and the character simply wouldn't have been the same without that inimitable voice! Of course, pretty much most of the Looney Tunes characters were branded with Blanc's unique voice, but Bugs Bunny somehow stands out because of his everyman character. In all of his cartoons, there's never a time you're not rooting for Bugs, in spite of the frustrations of his hapless foes. I think we all want to be like Bugs - indomitable, cool under fire, and always the winner :) 


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