Watch Bugs Bunny’s First Appearance

On July 27, 1940, a wisecracking, carrot-chewing rabbit with a Brooklyn accent and a whole lot of sass took on a befuddled hunter for the primary time, introducing himself with a line that’s now iconic: “What’s up, Doc?”

“A Wild Hare” was the very first look of Bugs Bunny as we’ve come to know him. Although the Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies sequence had launched anthropomorphic rabbits as principal characters earlier than (and Elmer Fudd was already a mainstay by the late Nineteen Thirties), this Tex Avery-directed shade brief is taken into account his first official look.

The eight-minute movie establishes a whole lot of what finally ends up defining Bugs and what makes up a traditional Bugs Bunny cartoon: his Mel Blanc-voiced Flatbush accent (in line with lore, he was born in a rabbit warren below Ebbets Discipline); his slender, gray-white design; sly, mocking habits that’s someplace between Groucho Marx and Clark Gable; his catchphrase; his avenue smarts; and the upended hunter-prey format, normally with a flustered Elmer. By 1942, Bugs was the plain star of the Merrie Melodies lineup, and he has gone on to earn Warner Bros. tens of hundreds of thousands a 12 months — in addition to turning into the official mascot of Warner Bros. Leisure.

Watch Bugs Bunny’s first look right here, and see why this slick lagomorph has stolen the present for the final eight a long time.

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