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What's up, Doc? I play it cool, but I can get hot under the collar. And above all I'm a very 'aware' character. And sometimes I chomp on my carrot for the same reason that a stand-up comic chomps on his cigar.
It saves me from rushing from the last joke to the next one too fast. And I sometimes don't act, I react. And I always treat the contest with my pursuers as 'fun and games. Let's face it Doc.
Bugs is specifically a Karmic Trickster : harmless when left alone, but gleefully ready to dish out poetic justice whenever he perceives the need. There is an element of education in his revenge.
Like many of his peers, Bugs' origins are unclear, lost in the mists of time and memory. Before him, the Marx Brothers were the premier American tricksters, and traces of their influence can be found in many of his best known mannerisms.
In fact, many people aren't aware that Bugs' saying, "Of course you realize, dis means war! More directly, shy, timid prey unexpectedly turning on the pursuer was a common theme at the Warner Bros. Director Ben 'Bugs' Hardaway introduced the notion of this character as a "scwewy wabbit" in "Porky's Hare Hunt" , and the same small white hare appears in various later shorts, notably Chuck Jones' " Elmers Candid Camera " His name, first seen on-screen in the credits for 's "Elmer's Pet Rabbit", derives either from Hardaway's -- model sheets were said to have been tagged with "Bugs' Bunny"—or the contemporary Brooklyn slang "bugs", meaning "crazy".
Friz Freleng , however, insisted that Hardaway had nothing to do with the Bugs we know and love, claiming that his Bugs was in no way related to the real Bugs Bunny but even this is debatable.
However it's generally accepted that Tex Avery produced the prototype of the smart, suave, on-the-ball wabbit we know and love today, in " A Wild Hare " Chuck Jones later made him more sympathetic by giving Bugs that iconic attitude of live-and-let-live, right up until he's pushed just that one step too far , and then, it's war -- "at which point [he] retaliates in every way he can imagine, and he is a very imaginative rabbit.
He's most likely to be found disturbing the complacency of his culture, or deflating the pompousness of its symbols. Since Bugs is also a comedy hero, he has the added advantage of Plot Armor that could stop an armor-piercing round.
His influence on modern American culture, like that of all the Looney Tunes characters, has been far-reaching to the point of ubiquity.
For obvious reasons, though, Bugs is the especial favourite, especially in the theatrical years, getting more shorts than any of his co-stars, with a impressive titles under his belt.
Bugs is currently making appearances in The Looney Tunes Show , having given up his nomadic roots and rabbit holes in favor of a average suburb, shared with co-star Daffy Duck. Naturally, Bugs has starred in many a hit short subject, with six of his cartoons being put on The 50 Greatest Cartoons with What's Opera, Doc?
He also holds a whopping 34 spots on The Greatest Looney Tunes list not counting shorts he cameoed in. Here, he is a tiny, pudgy white rabbit with a Goofy -esque rural accent, who, in Ben Hardaway's words, was " Daffy Duck in a rabbit suit. This prototype is also very similar to the earliest incarnations of Woody Woodpecker , who Ben Hardaway also helped write for.
He has become slightly taller and slimmer at this point. Bugs' trademark ability to have objects come out of nowhere is presented here for the first time, although in the context of him being a magician's rabbit. The prototype is silent here, save for his Annoying Laugh. He is still manic, but has now grown in size and sprouted apricot fur, looking closer to the Bugs we know.
His Hammerspace ability is revisited, now presented in a non-magical context. Bugs is almost fully realized as a character by this point, with his original Screwy Squirrel traits played down in favor of being more reserved and in control than before, but his character is still very underplayed.
With that said, he still has some of his unmotivated heckler self left in him, pestering poor Elmer who was just taking pictures to the point where he has a nervous breakdown.
Chuck Jones was not happy with this short, saying the rabbit was "Bugs with his umbilical cord in his hand looking for a place to plug it in.
Official debut of the fully realized Bugs Bunny. This short is a semi-remake of "Elmer's Candid Camera", but improves in what Tex Avery felt was flawed about "Camera"—such as only making Bugs a defensive character who reacts to a threat and plays off of villainous Elmer's stupidity.
One of The Greatest Looney Tunes. Patient Porky LT, Clampett : The prototype pops up for a gag in the first couple minutes, looking very close to Bugs' final design, but still having the manicness of the proto-Bugs. In this short he has an extremely foul temper and a nasty personality, both of which were hurriedly dropped afterwards.
Cecil" shorts. Chuck Jones, in his opinion, considered it a failure, feeling that Tex had swapped Bugs' in-control, defensive personality in favor of making him the loser ala Elmer Fudd while giving Cecil Turtle Bugs' personality but with all fairness, it did show us a whole different side of Bugs than before.
Here, he is presented as rather passive, at least in contrast with the previous shorts. With that said, Avery finally managed to nail Bugs' defensive personality again, capturing what made him such a hit in "A Wild Hare". Bob Clampett 's first Bugs Bunny.
It is rumored that this cartoon was started by Tex Avery but finished by Clampett, backed up by the fact that Tex and Bob planned it together early on. Here, Bugs goes right back to being a Villain Protagonist , pestering poor Elmer solely because he set up camp in Bugs' territory.
But wheras the earlier Bugs were fairly aggressive in their pestering, Clampett presents Bugs as going about it in a more playful, confident way, as if a nod to that Bugs knows exactly what he's doing, so in a sense, he's certainly not too Out of Character here.
Again, Bugs is more defensive here than usual, but his in-control persona still kicks up, manipulating Elmer into caring for him. Again, Bugs is a Villain Protagonist , but is still very playful. Hold the Lion, Please MM, Jones : A very bizarre take on the Bugs Bunny shorts, with Bugs having his vague personality, but little of what made him so popular in previous shorts, a clear testament to that Jones still didn't have a full grasp of his character.
Unlike Clampett's previous shorts, Bugs is back to being a defensive character again.