Happy Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies to Bugs Bunny, who, if not for a twist of fate, might have been named “Happy”. Regardless, that wascally wabbit has turned 75!
If you were anything like me growing up, Saturday morning cartoons were an absolute must on the weekend schedule.
It was quite the task keeping up with Chuck Jones and the rest of the WB crew, mostly because I’d been up till the wee hours of Friday night taking in the regional creature feature, midnight madness and chiller thriller shows. Cartoons out my way started as early as 7 am on Saturday morning and if the midnight fare had gone with a double feature, I hadn’t fallen asleep any earlier than 4 am.
But it sure was worth it. Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Thunderbirds, Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairy Tales, Marvel’s Superheroes and – Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck. (Not to mention Atom Ant, Mighty Mouse, Underdog….)
Bugs Bunny is the perfect trickster. He’s unflappable, imperturbable, cool as a cucumber and as snappy as a fresh carrot.
Over the years Bugs had numerous adventures – putting in a stint to raise War Bonds and ridiculing Hitler and Tojo, always outwitting Elmer Fudd and always putting one over on Daffy.
He’s no stranger to science fiction, fantasy and horror either, as these clips will attest:
Bugs’ first appearance in A Wild Hare.
Hare-Way To The Stars