Bugs Bunny Facts

Michael Bryan

Michael Bryan

01 Feb 2021

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Ask anyone around today, and it’s extremely likely that they know Bugs Bunny. In the United States alone where Bugs originated, at least 11% would say that Bugs Bunny is their favorite cartoon character. From its world-famous catchphrase, “What’s up, Doc?” up to the rarest facts, we got it all prepared with our Bugs Bunny facts!

  1. Bugs Bunny debuted on April 30, 1938.
  2. Bugs Bunny first appeared on Porky’s Hare Hunt, a 1938 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated short movie, starring “the hunter” Porky Pig.
  3. Daffy Duck is Bugs Bunny’s best friend.
  4. Bugs Bunny’s accent is from Brooklyn, New York.
  5. Bugs Bunny is often regarded as smart, effortlessly cool, funny, and quick-witted.
  1. Bugs Bunny is a cartoon character.
  2. Bugs Bunny is most popular for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes.
  3. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, and Speedy Gonzales are other famous characters from Looney Tunes.
  4. The American animated comedy short film series, Looney Tunes is produced by Warner Bros, a multinational entertainment conglomerate based in Califonia, USA.
  5. The American storyboard artist, Ben Hardaway created the preliminary version of Bugs Bunny.
  6. Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson, and Bob Givens were also among the creators of Bugs Bunny.
  7. Mel Blanc (1940–1989) recorded the first voice of Bugs Bunny.
  8. Greg Burson (1990–2000) recorded the voice of Bugs Bunny after Mel Blanc passed away in 1989.
  9. Jeff Bergman is the voice of Bugs Bunny from 1990 up to this day.
  10. Billy West (1996–2006), Joe Alaskey (2000–2011), Samuel Vincent (2002–2005), and Eric Bauza (2018–present) are the other voice actors of Bugs Bunny.
  1. Clyde Bunny is a Looney Tunes character and he is Bugs Bunny’s nephew.
  2. The very cute rabbit, Clyde Bunny first appeared in ‘His Hare-Raising Tale’, a 1951 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes short movie.
  3. The female rabbit cartoon character, Honey Bunny is the ex-girlfriend of Bugs Bunny.
  4. Designed by Robert McKimson, Honey Bunny was created for merchandising purposes during the 1960s.
  5. First appeared in the movie Space Jam in 1996, Lola Bunny is widely referred to as Bugs Bunny’s girlfriend.
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Mel Blanc is "The Man of 1,000 Voices."

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Mel Blanc was more than just the first voice of Bugs Bunny. The American voice actor has also recorded the voices of Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and many other cartoon characters of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons during the golden age of American animation.

Daffy Duck first appeared in 1937 while Bugs Bunny came out in 1938.

Bugs Bunny’s best friend, Daffy Duck, has an explosive temperament and his ego is impossible to satisfy. Bugs and Daffy’s friendship has gone a long way since the late 1930s. This duo is one of Looney Tunes’ very best.

Daffy Duck is among the foundations of the company. He’s also part of the top 5 most featured characters in Loony Tunes and arguably the funniest of them all.

Bugs Bunny starred in more than 150 cartoon short movies in just 24 years.

Bugs Bunny appeared in more than 150 cartoon short movies from 1940 to 1964 alone. Some of those movies are the Ali Baba Bunny (February 9, 1957), Napoleon Bunny-Part (June 16, 1956), All This and Rabbit Stew (September 20, 1941), Hold the Lion, Please (June 13, 1942), People Are Bunny (December 19, 1959), and Dumb Patrol (January 18, 1964).

Bugs Bunny became an American cultural icon.

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Because of Bugs Bunny’s skyrocketing popularity in the golden age of American animation, Bugs became an American cultural icon. Moreover, Bugs Bunny’s popularity never stopped in the United States. He broke through the world entertainment market, making him one of the most recognizable characters in the world. Thus, it’s no brainer why Warner Bros chose him to be its official mascot.

Bugs Bunny started as an "extra."

Initially, Bugs Bunny was not created to be a leading character—Bugs first appeared as an extra in a Porky Pig cartoon. Fortunately, after receiving outstanding feedbacks, the then-unnamed rabbit for Porky Pig’s hunting scene would later be one of the world’s most successful cartoon characters.

The company wanted to make a cartoon as quickly as possible in 1938.

When Warner Brothers decided that they need an immediate new character in 1938, Bugs Bunny was created. After the release of ‘Porky’s Duck Hunt in 1937, the company’s animator decided to continue some of the jokes from the movie. They suggested that they “dress the duck in a rabbit suit” that resulted in ‘Porky’s Hare Hunt.’ They did it close to the deadline.

The "carrot-eating manner" of Bugs Bunny came from Clark Gable.

Partly inspired by the American film actor and the “The King of Hollywood” Clark Gable, Bugs Bunny’s gestures came from that late actor. Bugs Bunny’s calm and relaxed, “carrot-eating manner” was inspired by the movie scene in “It Happened One Night.” The confident-talking Clark Gable bites on carrots while chatting with a girl.

Bugs Bunny went beyond short movies.

Bugs Bunny appeared more than 150 times in short movies since his debut. He received more exposure in various industries such as video games, commercials, compilation films, amusement parks, featured films, TV series, music records, comics, and award shows.

The first Bugs Bunny video game was released by Atari in 1983.

The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle is amongst the pioneer video games of Bugs Bunny. Created by Kemco for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989, the puzzle video game had several versions including Disney’s Roger Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. According to the list of Looney Tunes video games, “Bugs Bunny” was its first video game, published and released by Atari in 1983 through Atari 2600.

Bugs Bunny is listed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1985.

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As one of the world’s most-portrayed film personalities, Bugs Bunny starred in more films than any other cartoon character on the planet. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7007 Hollywood Blvd, listed on December 21, 1985. The Hollywood Walk of Fame contains more than 2,500 “five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars” implanted in the sidewalks around 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard, California. Cool Bugs Bunny facts!

"Bugs was not the creation of any one man."

As stated by one of the first artists to draw Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, and Bugs Bunny, the American cartoonist Chase Craig gives the credit of Bugs Bunny’s creation to over five directors and cartoon writers. He said that “Bugs [Bunny] was not the creation of any one man.” In early 1942, Chase Craig not just drew but also wrote Bugs Bunny comic Sunday pages as well as the first Bugs Bunny comic book.

There were rumors that Mel Blanc was allergic to carrots.

Yes, the voice actor truly ate carrots while voicing Bugs Bunny. Interestingly, there were rumors before that Mel Blanc was allergic to carrots. That rumor started around 1945 when Mel Blanc would only chew and spit out the carrots after the voice dubbing. But in contrast, the “Man of 1,000 Voices” does not have an allergy to carrots. Mel was not just a fan of vegetables.

Bugs Bunny got his name from one of his animators.

The name of Bugs Bunny came from the American storyboard artist and animator, Ben “Bugs” Hardaway. When Joseph Benson Hardaway was redesigning a new rabbit character in 1938, one of his co-workers randomly mentioned the drawing as “Bugs’ Bunny” and the name stuck since then.

Nickelodeon aired all Bugs Bunny's cartoons from Looney Tunes.

Looney Tunes had numerous unaired cartoon shows throughout its history. Fortunately, Nickelodeon had aired them all from 1988 to 1999. Currently, Looney Tunes is the longest-airing animated series of the company that is not produced by Nickelodeon.

Space Jam became the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film in its time.

Bugs Bunny continued to solidify its popularity in 1996 after teaming up with the legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan, in the movie Space Jam. The film has successfully featured a great live-action and animation. Despite several criticisms, Space Jam amassed more than $100 million globally. With its major box-office hit, thanks to Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan, Space Jam became the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film in its time and the first non-Disney animated film to accomplish that goal.

There are Bugs Bunny war inspired cartoons.

Bugs Bunny’s popularity started to grow in and outside the United States during World War II. During those years, Warner Bros. was the most profitable cartoon studio in the United States. Aside from Bugs Bunny’s company, other groups including Disney and Famous Studios created short movies out of the War involving the Japanese and Adolf Hitler. For instance, in 1944, ‘Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips” portrayed Bugs at odds with a group of Japanese soldiers.

The catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?" was a common expression in Texas.

According to the American animator and director, Tex Avery, Bug Bunny’s world’s most famous catchphrase, “What’s up, Doc?” was a common expression in his home state at Texas. Thus, he did not think much of the phrase and have simply suggested it. To his surprise, when Bugs Bunny first used the catchphrase, “What’s up, Doc?” it immediately created an enormous positive audience reaction.

Baby Looney Tunes are focusing on moral lessons for children.

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In the 2000s, Baby Looney Tunes created the young version of Bugs Bunny. Based on the story, Baby Bugs is the oldest of the group, thus making him their official leader. Part of the group was Baby Daffy, Baby Tweety, Baby Sylvester, Baby Taz, and many more. Baby Looney Tunes highlights the real-world problems with moral lessons for children could relate to such as understanding emotions, mingling with friends, and sharing.

Bugs Bunny will play basketball again in 2021 with LeBron James.

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As of the year 2020, Bugs Bunny is still among the world’s most popular cartoon characters and continues to appear even on HBO Max, streaming a series of Looney Tunes Cartoons. In 2021, he will make his return to movie theaters in the upcoming sequel of Space Jam, “A New Legacy.” This time, he’s with the 4-time NBA Champion LeBron James.

Bugs Bunny is an honorary Marine.

Bugs Bunny received the rank of honorary Marine master sergeant for his success in the short movie, Super-Rabbit in 1943. Honorary Marine is a title of appreciation that is given only to several people by the United States Marine Corps.

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