Love him or hate him, Bugs Bunny turns 70 today. He was first introduced in A Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery and released on July 27, 1940.
“What’s up, Doc?” Animation historian Joe Adamson counts A Wild Hare as the first “official” Bugs Bunny short. It is also the first cartoon where Mel Blanc uses a recognizable version of the voice of Bugs that would eventually become the standard.
- Mel Blanc voiced the character for 49 years.
- Knighty Knight Bugs only Bugs Bunny Academy Award (1958)
- In 1944, Bugs Bunny made a cameo appearance in Jasper Goes Hunting for Paramount Studios.