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‘What’s up, Doc?’ World celebrates Bugs Bunny’s 75th birthday

Bugs Bunny first appeared in the Merrie Melodies short “A Wild Hare” in 1940

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“What’s up, Doc?” Those immortal words have made Warner Bros.’ Bugs Bunny a household name, and today the world celebrates the 75th birthday of the wisecracking grey “wabbit.”

Bugs Bunny first appeared in the Merrie Melodies short “A Wild Hare” in 1940 and was voiced by renowned voice actor Mel Blanc. In his first seven-minute appearance, Bugs was being chased down by hunter Elmer Fudd, a cat and mouse relationship the two would engage in for years to come.

The character and animation of Bugs Bunny was developed over the years by “Looney Tunes” animator Chuck Jones and director Tex Avery.