Friday, July 27, 2007
Happy Birthday, Buggs!
Today in 1940 Bugs Bunny made his "official" debut in the cartoon "A Wild Hare." It is a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by Tex Avery, and written by Rich Hogan. "A Wild Hare" is considered by many film historians as the first "official" Bugs Bunny cartoon.
According to Wikipedia, "The basic plot of A Wild Hare, which centers on Elmer Fudd's hopeless pursuit of the much smarter Bugs, would serve as a template for many subsequent cartoons. In addition, many of the specific gags and plot devices in this cartoon became part of the template for later Bugs/Elmer confrontations, with subsequent shorts repeating them or varying them for comic effect. Examples include Elmer failing to recognise Bugs as a rabbit, Bugs kissing Elmer, and Bugs feigning death."
As a kid I LOVED those Warner Brothers cartoon characters - Bugs especially. He was always so clever! He'd do whatever it took to escape being caught. And who doesn't know the phrase, "What's Up, Doc?"