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    This page along with the other Looney Tunes pages are dedicated to the late Mel Blanc (1908-1989), He will always be a true Looney Tune. This page along with Daffy will also be dedicated to their late creator Tex Avery (1908-1980), He will always be remembered for making Looney Tunes popular.

    Bugs Bunny
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    "Eh, what's up, Doc?"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Wascawy Wabbit
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Anthropomorphic Rabbit
    Portrayed by: Mel Blanc (1940–1989)
    Jeff Bergman (1990–1993, 1998, 2003, 2011–present)
    Greg Burson (1990–2000)
    Billy West (1996–2006)
    Joe Alaskey (1997–2011)
    Samuel Vincent (Baby Looney Tunes; 2002–2005)
    Eric Bauza (2018–present)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Looney Tunes


    Some people call me cocky and brash, but actually I am just self-assured. I'm nonchalant, im­perturbable, contemplative. I play it cool, but I can get hot under the collar. And above all I'm a very 'aware' character. I'm well aware that I am appearing in an animated car­toon....And sometimes I chomp on my carrot for the same reason that a stand-up comic chomps on his cigar. It saves me from rushing from the last joke to the next one too fast. And I sometimes don't act, I react. And I always treat the contest with my pursuers as 'fun and games.' When momentarily I appear to be cornered or in dire danger and I scream, don't be consoined – it's actually a big put-on. Let's face it, Doc. I've read the script and I al­ready know how it turns out."
    ― Bob Clampett on Bugs Bunny, written in first person.

    Bugs Bunny is the official mascot of the Warner Bros. company, and the overall main protagonist in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies franchise. Bugs is an anthropomorphic gray hare famous for his relaxed, passive personality, his pronounced Mid-Atlantic accent which Mel Blanc described as being a mixture of Brooklyn and Bronx accents, his depiction as a mischievous trickster, and his catchphrase "Eh, what's up, doc?" usually said while chewing a carrot.

    Why He Ain't A Stinker

    1. He is one of the most iconic cartoon characters ever created apart from characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Super Mario, Bob the Builder, Pikachu from Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Homer Simpson from The Simpsons, Sonic the Hedgehog, Thomas the Tank Engine and Tom and Jerry. He is also possibly one of the most famous fictional characters out there. He is even popular enough to rival Mickey Mouse and in terms of popularity, and surpassed the popularity of every other classic cartoon character produced in the 1940s and 1950s.
    2. He is a comedic karmic trickster who usually has a specific revenge term, and doesn't try to push things too far when he ridicules his tormentors (unlike a certain brown mouse who has).
    3. Speaking of which, he may seem incredibly lucky and flawless on the surface, but he has had his moments of showing how comically flawed or at times vulnerable to the point viewers find him likable and interesting enough to be someone the audience should root for or just enough for the viewers to sympathize with him as well.
    4. His famous catchphrases such as "What's up, doc?", "Ain't I a stinker?" and "Of course you realize, this means war" never get old, and are one-liners that are considered to be classic favorites.
    5. He can easily entertain viewers with his cartoon antics and fourth-wall awareness, but then again, it's a typical cartoon thing.
    6. He is greatly voiced by Mel Blanc and many more.
      • Not only that, but he hilariously speaks with a very thick Brooklyn accent.
    7. He even has his own shows; The Bugs Bunny Show and Wabbit (a.k.a. New Looney Tunes (Season 1))
    8. He became the spokesperson for many products such as Kool-Aid, Post Cereal, and Tang.
    9. His design is drawn smoothly with nice outlines.
    10. Similar to how Mickey Mouse is the face and mascot Disney, he is even the face and mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment, having appeared regularly on the Warner Bros. company logos multiple times.

    Bad Qualities

    1. He was kinda racist in some earlier pre-1948 shorts, like "All This and Rabbit Stew" and "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips", mainly due to his antagonists being depicted as racial stereotypes.
    2. And like other characters, he has also suffered from mild flanderization like they usually have.
    3. He kind of acted like a bully to Elmer Fudd on some early cartoons like Wabbit Twouble, Elmer's Pet Rabbit, The Wabbit Who Came to Supper and The Wacky Wabbit but fortunately, Chuck Jones improved his character on Hold the Lion, Please where he made a rule that Bugs Bunny should only fight against characters who are mean to him or start the conflict.
      • Speaking of which, in Tortoise Beats Hare (his first pairing with Cecil Turtle), he kind of acted like a bully to Cecil Turtle and arrogantly challenges him to a race under a $10 bet, all because of this petty reason that he got enraged over the "Tortoise Beats Hare" title card, but at least he got what's coming to him when he lost the race and the $10 bet to Cecil Turtle despite the turtle cheating in the race with his lookalike cousins. Thankfully this was fixed in subsequent Bugs vs Cecil pairings produced since Chuck Jones' Hold the Lion, Please by making Bugs' rivalry with Cecil more sympathetic (albeit at the cost of making Cecil a despicable cheater and Bugs coming off as a Butt-Monkey who always loses unfairly to Cecil in the end).
      • In The Iceman Ducketh, while nowhere as bad as Daffy in that episode, he comes across as bland and keeps humiliating Daffy in numerous scenes, though justified because of Daffy wanting to kill Bugs for fur.
      • Even after Chuck Jones made him more sympathetic beginning with Hold the Lion, Please, he can sometimes have too much fun outwitting his antagonists to the point of being somewhat sadistic, especially in the 1940s cartoons (particularly in the Bob Clampett-directed ones such as "Hare Ribbin" and "The Old Grey Hare" for example) as well as in some of the later adaptations such as New Looney Tunes and Looney Tunes Cartoons.

    Trivia

    • He was the second cartoon character to win a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, after Mickey Mouse (the 1818th star, who was added on December 10, 1985). Everyone loves his short films especially Looney Tunes, and he has been entertaining audiences since the '30s and he is still iconic to this day!
    • He was created by Ben Hardaway (the man behind Woody Woodpecker) in 1938 for "Porky's Hare Hunt" and "Hare-Um Scare-Um" and was named after his middle name, Bugs. But it wouldn’t be until Tex Avery made me who he is today in 1940 on the Academy Award nominated short "A Wild Hare", and directors such as Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Friz Freleng helped develop his personality.
    • He has spawned several memes such as Big Chungus and King Bugs.
      • Not only that, but his most popular meme Big Chungus proudly received an official trademark from Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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