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July 27, 1940: That Funny Wabbit, "Bugs Bunny" Hits The Screens

By Debra Myers     Jul 27, 2007 in Entertainment
Happy "67th" Birthday, Bugs! You're still the wise-cracking, sneaky, carrot-chonking cartoon rabbit who's never aged a 'hare' in all these years! Your face is the most recognized in the whole "What's up Doc?"
Bugs Bunny is said to have been born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the end result of many creators, and Mel Blanc was the voice that made Bugs...well, Bugs!
On this day in 1940, bugs made his first debut on the silver screen in a toon called "A Wild Hare", as the rabbit we all know him to be...that would-be dinner for our always-frustrated "wabbit" hunter Mr. Elmer Fudd.
Here, we have the first version of Bugs...called "Happy Rabbit" in a 1938 release called "Porky's Hare Hunt". (I like the improved version better!)
This photo is a shot from the 1940 debut toon:
"A Wild Hare" was Bug's first official Bugs Bunny short film cartoon, and this was also the first time that he crawled out of his hole to ask Elmer "What's up Doc?"
Through the years, Bugs became ever more popular, and in 1997 appeared on a U. S. postage stamp. He was the first toon to be so honored, beating Mickey Mouse! In 2002, TV Guide had a list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time...Bugs hit first place!
Well are something! You've even got your own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame!
Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!
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