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Bugs Bunny cartoon character debuts in “Wild Hare” (1940)

Bugs Bunny cartoon character debuts in “Wild Hare” (1940)

On July 27th, 1940, Bugs Bunny appeared in “A Wild Hare,” the first of over 175 animated shorts starring the Warner Brothers’ cartoon rabbit. The world first heard Bugs Bunny’s “What’s up, Doc?” catchphrase in the cartoon.

Bugs was developed in the late 1930s by a host of cartoonists at Warner Brothers. Animator Ben “Bugs” Hardaway drew the earliest sketch of the rabbit, which was dubbed “Bugs’ Bunny” by other Warner Brothers employees.  The finished Bugs featured in “A Wild Hare” and was an immediate hit.


Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy the Bugs Bunny section of our monthly activity book – here
  • Find out more about the history of Bugs Bunny with a clip – here
  • There’s nothing Bugs loves more than carrots, so make our carrot fries – here
  • Or how about carrot and walnut slices – here
  • Or make your own no-sew sock bunnies in Bugs Bunny colours – here