July 27, 1940 ~ Bugs Bunny’s Feature Film Debut
July 27, 1940 – the world’s most popular rabbit made his debut in the animated short A Wild Hare.
Featuring Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny, as hunter and tormentor, a Wild Hare was the first cartoon with Mel Blanc voicing the wascally wabbit; and the first in which Bugs uses his catchphrase, “What’s up, Doc?”
Since 1940 everybody’s favorite bunny has starred in more than 175 films: more than any other cartoon character.
He’s been nominated for three Oscars, and won one -in 1958.
From 1945 to 1961, he was voted “top animated character” by movie theater owners.
In 1985 he became only the 2nd cartoon character to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Mickey Mouse was the first).
And until Saturday Morning Cartoons were scrubbed in 2014, Bugs Bunny was one of the top-rated shows.
Happy Birthday Bugs….you wascally wabbit.
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