Bugs Bunny’s 75th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny! The world-famous rabbit turns 75 today. Bugs Bunny made his official debut on July 27, 1940, in the Warner Bros. theatrical short A Wild Hare. It is the first film where both Elmer Fudd and Bugs are shown in their fully developed forms; the first in which 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 was a huge success in theaters and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cartoon Short Subject. The “wascally wabbit” went on to star in more than 175 films, receive three Oscar nominations and one Academy Award, and appear in comic books, TV specials, commercials, and video games. Like Mickey Mouse was for Disney, Bugs Bunny became the mascot for Warner Bros. Also like Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Merrie Melodies – A Wild Hare (1940) by Cartoonzof2006

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