When Tex Avery put the pencil back in 1940 to create a cheeky, chatty and irreverent little rabbit could imagine his character, Bugs Bunny, reached the golden age. And, animated rabbit most famous of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series for Warner Bros. has just turned 75 years.
A July 27, 1940, it was displayed on the big screen A Wild Hare (Crazy Hare) , a short film that had as its protagonist a rabbit born in Brooklyn, New York. Its fresh and shameless verbiage became so popular that it has become a cultural icon: Bugs Bunny. A reputation that has been kept alive until today. In fact, since 2002 it has the honor of being chosen as the greatest cartoon of all time, an honor he shares with Mickey Mouse. Bugs Bunny today is used as the emblem or mascot for Warner Bros.
Bugs Bunny was born in New York thanks to the good hand of the animator, cartoonist and director Tex Avery , who won an Oscar. Specifically, in its original English version, the accent equally Bugs combines the dialects of Bronx and Brooklyn , as explained Mel Blanc, the original voice actor. It was in his debut where his well-known phrase first said: “What’s up, Doc?”
However, Tex Avery is not the only one who can be attributed authorship. In the beginning, the character was based on a rabbit called Happy Rabbit and was developed by various cartoonists such as Ben Hardaway (creator of the prototype), Bob Clampett and Robert McKimson (who created the final design) as well as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng .
In these 75 years of life, the good of Bugs has he appeared in numerous films (163 during the Golden Age of American animation), feature films, television shows, live shows, video games, comic books and even postage stamps (was the first cartoon character to appear on a US stamp in 1997). A Bugs was also awarded his own star on the Walk of Fame in 1985.
The computer graphics designer and Norberto Baruch (The Norbi) gives us the keys and some curiosities of history’s most famous rabbit in Hollywood following graphics: