Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy Birthday (of sorts) To "Bugs" Bunny

Today is the 70th anniversary of the first "official" Bugs Bunny short, A Wild Hare, which was released on this very day way the hell back in 1940 and went on to win an Oscar nomination. It's therefore something like Bugs Bunny's birthday today.

Ain't he a stinker? Like many "official" anythings, it's only part of the story. Bugs evolved through a few shorts before this. But this one is official.

What's your favorite Bugs Bunny cartoon? I mean besides What's Opera, Doc? (1957) which was weirdly NOT nominated for an Oscar. Bugs' Oscar record goes like so (click links to watch shorts).


Dan said...


Alison Flynn said...

Brilliant stuff. So many great episodes it's hard to pick a favorite. The ones you've listed are awesome.

In addition to What's Opera, Doc? I also loved The Rabbit of Seville, which you can watch here.

Alison Flynn said...

Here's the link to A Wild Hare.

Brian Darr said...

What a coincidence that just last night I watched the second cartoon in which Bugs appears, Patient Porky. for the first time. He's just got a cameo.

A top ten Bugs cartoon list (chronologically):
The Heckling Hare 1941
Wabbit Twouble 1941
Hare Ribbin' 1944
Hair-Raising Hare 1946
High Diving Hare 1949
Rabbit Fire 1951
Rabbit Seasoning 1952
Bully For Bugs 1953
A Star Is Bored 1956
What's Opera, Doc 1957

grgeliz said...

Hillbilly Hare. Once you watch it you want to watch it again.
The square dance calling is hilarious. It would be nice if Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies were on TV like they were for my generation.
Kids and parents don't know what they're missing by watching today's junk.

Janice said...

What's Opera Doc was NOT an Oscar winner? Insane. I loved that as a kid via repeated TV viewings, but I didn't recognize the brilliance of it until I saw it as a short played at a revival theater - I think it might have actually been played before the reissue of "Fantasia", as I recall, and I think it was actually better than Fantasia; it was every bit as brilliant visually, a damn sight shorter and a lot less pretentious/