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Bugs Bunny currently appears in the monthly DC Comics title, Looney Tunes, which has him appear teaming up with another Looney character (i.e. Daffy, Porky, Elmer Fudd etc). Warner Bros. and Cartoon-network partnered-up to create a new Looney Tunes Show entitled, The Looney Tunes Show. The characters of the show are redesigned to appeal to a newer generation of viewers, while still admiring the classiness of the original TV show that lasted over three decades.

Origin

Bugs Bunny was born on July 27, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York in a warren under the stadium of the professional baseball team called, the Brooklyn Dodgers. While that was only to provide a narrative backstory for the character, Bugs Bunny (at times) realizes that he was really created by a Warner Brothers team of writers and animators in a small studio room. This team consisted of Tex Avery, Robert McKimson, and others. At a very young age Bugs Bunny began learning to dance and started a barbershop quartet. From there he was an instant hit, and was shown nationwide (in his TV show). Years later, Bugs Bunny became president of Mexico for a week, temporary Batman (seen in a 1940's comic), a rancher, and numerous others. Bugs Bunny is a multitrillionaire and has numerous awards over his many appearances in film and television.

Creation

Bugs Bunny is a cartoon character created in 1938 at Leon Schlesinger Productions which you now know as Warner Bros. Cartoons. He was created in July 27, 1940 in Brooklyn.

Bugs Bunny was partially inspired by Clark Gable. In his Academy-Award winning performance in 'In Happened One Night' (1941), Peter Warne, played by Gable is seen biting pieces off a carrot more quickly than he could swallow it.

Bugs' Official Debut

Bugs Bunny's first film is a film made by Tex Avery and came out July 27, 1940. It is called "A Wild Hare". It is a film where Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd were first shown. It has their current forms and the classic Mel Blanc voice. It is the first time Bugs said his catch phrase "What's Up, Doc". This short film had great Box Office Success and was nominated for "Best Animated Short in a Animated film" in the Academy Awards.

After "A Wild Hare" in 1940 a film called " Patient Porky" came out. It features a cameo appearance by Bugs Bunny. The second full role for Bugs is a film called "Elmer's Pet Rabbit". It is the first to use Bugs Bunny's name on screen. In this his voice was different and they changed the design so he looked different.

World War II

In 1942, Bugs Bunny was the biggest star of "Merry Melodies" which was a show that was supposed to feature one shot characters but Bugs was the most popular one. In 1942 a short came out called "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid". This shows a slight redesign of Bugs where his head is rounder and his teeth are less prominent. His changes were made by Robert Krimson. Krimson later created a different version where Bugs Bunny had more slanted eyes , a larger mouth and more slanted teeth.

Since "A Wild Hare" he had only appeared in "Merry Melodies" which made him one of the few recurring characters. He made an appearance in his only black and white "Looney Tunes" which was a Porky and Daffy cartoon called "Porky Pig's Feat" . He did not make an appearance in "Looney Toons" besides "Porky Pig's Feat" until "Looney Tunes' only appeared in color. In 1944 was Bugs Bunny's first cartoon in the "Looney Tunes" series with "Buckaroo Bugs".

During World War II Bugs Bunny's popularity got even greater. By 1943 Warner Bros. had become the most profitable cartoon studio in the United Stated. Warner Bros. put its characters against Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and the Japanese. In the 1944 film "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" shows Bugs at odds with a bunch of Japanese soldiers. This has been pulled from distribution because of its racial stereotyping of the Japanese. He also faces Adolf Hitler and Herman Goring in in the 1945 short "Herr Mears Hare". In the U.S war bonds commercials Bugs Bunny would appear in them along with Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig.

In 1943 Bugs appeared in the short film "Super-Rabbit" where he is wearing a Blue U.S Marine Core uniform. The Marine made Bugs Bunny an honorary Marine Master Sergeant.

Post-War Era

After World War II Bugs appeared in many cartoon shorts in "Looney Tunes" and "Merry Melodies" . In 1964 he made his last theatrical appearance with "False Hare".

'Knighty Knight Bugs' (1958) was the only animated short featuring Bugs Bunny to have won an Academy Award (after two previous nominations in 1940 and 1941).

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