Bugs Bunny is one of the most recognized bunnies in the world, as well as one of the most recognized cartoon characters ever created. Who can forget the phrase "eh, what's up doc?" or his continually clashes with his nemesis Elmer Fudd. His underdog spirit, and spirited comments make him very popular with people of all ages.
It is unclear who actually created Bugs Bunny. His first movie role was in a film directed by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway called Porky's Hare Hunt in the 1938. Of course the Bugs Bunny of that day looked quite a bit different than our Bugs of today, and also hadn't quite developed that personality that we love so much.
Tex Avery and Mel Blanc, director and voice, teamed up for the 1940 movie, "A Wild Hare" Blanc said that Bugs' voice was a perfect blend of the Bronx and Brooklyn. Avery patterned some of Bug's characteristics from Groucho Marx. Bugs' would often use the Marx phrase, "Of course you know, dis means war."
Bugs Bunny quickly became the face of Warner Brothers Cartoons. During World War II he started in several cartoon films, depicting him against such enemies as the Japanese in the film "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips." Since his creation, Bugs Bunny has appeared in over 150 cartoons.
Not only has Bugs Bunny appeared in cartoons, but he has also appeared in three feature films, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Space Jam, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
He was the first cartoon character to ever appear on a US postage stamp, beating out Mickey Mouse whom he met in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bugs has also appeared in several video games.
Because of his remarkable career, Bugs Bunny was named the top cartoon character of all time by TV Guide in 2002. The editor of TV Guide had this to say, "His stock...has never gone down...Bugs is the best example...of the smart-aleck American comic. He not only is a great cartoon character, he's a great comedian. He was written well. He was drawn beautifully. He has thrilled and made many generations laugh. He is tops."
Today there are a couple of Bugs Bunny spin offs. In Baby Looney Tunes a younger model of Bugs Bunny is the main character. In 2002, Warner Brothers released a series called Loonatics Unleashed, in which one of the main characters is Ace Bunny, a rather modernized superhero spin off of Bugs Bunny. Nearly 70 years after his creation many Bugs Bunny cartoons are still shown today.