Happy 80th Birthday to Bugs Bunny!

It was 80 years ago today that everybody’s favorite wascaly wabbit Bugs Bunny made his debut in the 1938 Merrie Melodies, a companion to Looney Tunes, short A Wild Hare. Directed by animation legend Fred “Tex” Avery and featuring the now-iconic voice of Mel Blanc as the lead character, the eight-minute cartoon had Bugs squaring off against Elmer Fudd for the first of many hilarious confrontations. An earlier version of the character known as Happy Rabbit was featured in a Porky Pig cartoon earlier in the year, but A Wild Hare is considered Bugs’ full debut (he even gives the very first “what’s up, doc?” in the short).

Stylistically, Bugs’ original appearance isn’t as streamlined as the character would later become, but the humor that has endeared him to generations of viewers is apparent right out of the gate. To this day, Looney Tunes are beloved for kids of all ages, and this is largely due to the wit and charm of Bugs. Paired with a menagerie of foils and lovable supporting characters alike, Bugs has rightfully earned his place in pop culture history.

To help us celebrate this milestone, we want you to share your Bugs Bunny memories with us. In the comments, tell us any/all of the following:

• How were you first introduced to Bugs Bunny?
• What is your favorite Bugs Bunny cartoon?
• Do you have any Bugs Bunny collectibles? If so, what?
• Why do you think that that Bugs Bunny has endured across the decades?
• Is Bugs your favorite Looney Tunes character? And if not, who is?

Basically feel free to discuss anything and everything Bugs Bunny related below. From the 30s through to Space Jam and beyond, Bugs is among the greatest comedic creations of all time. Here’s to another 80 years of mischief, mayhem and huge laughs!

What’s up, doc? One of animation’s best. And we’re so grateful for the impact that Bugs Bunny has had on our lives!

  • John

    A comment on our times? Find these ‘toons now. And more than a few things Bugs said made me ask my father what they meant. Example, his final line from Hurdy-Gurdy Hare: “I sure hope Petrillo doesn’t hear about this!”