What’s up Doc?

Do you know who is famous for saying that?  If you answered  Bugs Bunny you are correct.  So why am I talking about Bugs Bunny?  Because it’s his birthday!  I was on this day in 1940 that Bugs Bunny was “officially” born.  Now why do I say officially?  Well he appeared in various cartoons before 1940 but was not named in those and they say his official appearance came in 1940 in A Wild Hare.

Here are some interesting facts about Bugs Bunny.  Tex Avery is given the credit for creating Bugs but openly admits to “copying” another bunny.  Mel Blanc was the voice of Bugs and tried to give him a flatbrush accents, that is an equal  blend of the Bronx and Brooklyn dialects. 

Some of Bugs’ more memorable lines are: What’s up Doc?, Of Course you realize this means war. Ain’t I a stinker, and I knew I should have made that left turn at Alburqueerky.

By 1942 Bugs was the star of Merry Melodies.  Popular during WWII bugs became the mascot of Kingman Army Air Field in Kingman Arizona.  Also due to the nature of certain cartoons of that time they have been removed from distrubitution due to racial sterotypes.

One other thing of interesting note is that Bugs Bunny was the first cartoon character to appear on a stamp beating out Mickey Mouse.

So enjoy Bugs’ birthday by watching some cartoons of him.  I’m sure you and your children will get a good laugh out of them.

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