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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The sort of 75th Anniversary of Bugs Bunny


75 years ago today a wisecracking white rabbit appeared in the Warner Bros. cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt."   The studio liked the rabbit enough that they kept using him and developing the character. Mel Blanc provided the voice, almost the same voice he would use for Woody Woodpecker several years later.  On the original character model sheet for the short, the designer Charlie Thorson wrote Bug's Bunny on it because the original short was directed by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway. On July 27th 1940, a rabbit with the same personality, yet completely redesigned and with a different voice (still provided by Mel Blanc), showed up with the official name of Bugs Bunny. Happy unofficial birthday Bugs, we'll celebrate it for real on July 27th.

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