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Happy 78th Birthday Bugs Bunny

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Happy Birthday to America‚Äôs favorite rabbit ūüėÄ

While Porky Pig and Daffy Duck were the top stars of the Warner Bros. Cartoons in the late 1930s, Bugs Bunny became a superstar when he first evolved and appeared. From his first appearance in 1940s ‚ÄúA Wild Hare‚ÄĚ by legendary animator Tex Avery, Bugs Bunny quickly became one of the most famous and most universally beloved cartoon character in animation history, and still remains a star to this day.¬†

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While Daffy may have been the first ‚Äúscrewball‚ÄĚ cartoon character of the late 30s, Bugs, himself, has proved to be one of the most influential characters in media history, with characters such as Screwball¬†‚ÄúScrewy‚ÄĚ Squirrel and Tom & Jerry of MGM, Woody Woodpecker of Walter Lantz, The Pink Panther of Depatie-Freleng, and Chip n‚Äô Dale of Disney, who have all became popular on their own right and are all still beloved by millions around the world.

Bugs also had an interesting evolution, not only in his design, but in personality as well. In his earlier appearance, Bugs (particular Clampett’s Bugs) was just often brash and just like messing with anyone for no reason, while Chuck Jones, and eventually Friz Freleng and Robert McKimson portrayed him as a far less brash and more meek yet savvy straight man, who, if you mess with, he’ll get back at you. Audiences accepted this Bugs more, and the directors and writers took advantage of it by creating highly aggressive and violent-tempered characters such as Yosemite Sam, the Tasmania Devil, Rocky & Mugsy and even Daffy, as the staff cited that Elmer Fudd was not too much of a threat towards Bugs, to the point where they hardly even used him in the 1950s. 

Although, despite the characters widespread popularity, Bugs Bunny, himself, won only ONE Academy Award, for the short ‚ÄúKnighty Knight Bugs‚ÄĚ, for all 160 cartoons he appeared in!

In the 1960s (which is widely considered the decline of quality of the Looney Tunes series and where Bugs was given his last appearance notably in 1964s ‚ÄúFalse Hare‚ÄĚ), Bugs was given his own TV show where it started the famous and memorable¬†‚ÄúThis Is It‚ÄĚ intro, on¬†‚ÄúThe Bugs Bunny Show‚ÄĚ, directed and produced by Friz and Chuck themselves, starring three shorts from the original theatrical series, airing from 1960 to 2000, inspiring a whole new generation of animators, comedians and historians.¬†

Happy 123rd Birthday Ben¬†‚ÄúBugs‚ÄĚ Hardaway (1895…

The guy who gave his nickname to Bugs Bunny, directed two cartoons (along with Cal Dalton) with the prototype Bugs (or Happy Rabbit) and Chuck Jones directed a couple of more as well (though, like many of his shorts during that period, they were quite Disney-equse). Ben, along with Cal Dalton, were given a directional position after Friz Freleng left Warners to MGM for a short while (due to their lavish budgets and salary), and Ben decided to¬†‚Äúput a rabbit suit on Daffy Duck‚ÄĚ.¬†

After he left Warners, due to Freleng’s return, he went to Walter Lantz and created Woody Woodpecker. 

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A wonderful interview of some of the lesser known directors at Warner Bros/Leon Schlesinger‚Äôs ūüôā

Happy 101th Birthday Martha Sigall

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One of my fav/the best female animators ūüôā

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