“What’s up, Doc?” In 1940 Bugs Bunny made his official debut with “A Wild Hare”

Created in the late 1930’s, he’s the most famous rabbit in the world, an iconic figure that even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

“What’s up, Doc?” In 1940 Bugs Bunny made his official debut with “A Wild Hare”

He’s the most famous rabbit in the world, an iconic figure that has been part of Popular Culture since the 1940’s. Bugs Bunny, was created in the late 1930’s by Leon Schlesinger Productions, later Warner Bros. Cartoons, his distinctive voice was originally done by Mel Blanc. One of the golden stars of the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series, Bugs Bunny had his first appearance in 1938 “Porky’s Hare Hunt”, but it was on July 27, 1940, as a fully developed character that he officially made his debut on “A Wild Hare”, directed by Tex Avery. For the film, Avery asked the creators to remodel the rabbit that first appeared in the 1938 film, which resulted in a more elongated body. He also stood more erect, and looked more poised and Mel Blanc gave Bugs the now iconic voice of a cool city slicker, using for the first time 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. Since his 1940 debut, Bugs Bunny has appeared in various short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials, he also appeared in more films than any other cartoon character and is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world. The iconic Bunny even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



Watch the 1940 Bugs Bunny debut in “A Wild Hare”



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