Apr 2, 2011

What's Up Doc?

The creation of Bugs Bunny stemmed from the Disney character Max Hare, a popular 1930s Disney figure who received an Academy Award in 1934. The first cartoon involving Bugs was a short film directed by Ben Hardaway (who's childhood nickname had been Bugs) and Cal Dalton in 1938 called Porky's Hare Hunt. In this cartoon, Bugs is not afraid of being hunted down, but instead makes a game out of it. In his second cartoon, Prest-O Change-O, he is a magician's rabbit, but the magician is absent from the script.
Soon came Elmer Fudd, to hunt Bugs, appearing in the short, Elmer's Candid Camera. The two are still playing their way through episodes today. The personality that we know as Bugs Bunny originated in the short film Wild Hare, in which Bugs first inquires, "What's up, Doc?" It is in this episode, most experts say that Bugs achieved full character, looking and sounding like he does today. It wasin't until his 7th short that he receive the name Bugs Bunny. By 1941 he had achieved an iconic status, and would go on to be in Loony Tunes and Merry Melodies. In 1942, Bugs received more prominent teeth and a rounder head. He was involved in a US war bonds commercial and a cartoon that is no longer distributed due to improper content. Bugs is still popular today, and claims a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Post by Luke

info: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/52404/the_history_of_bugs_bunny_the_complete_pg2.html?cat=39

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