Happy 70th Birthday, Bugs Bunny

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Seventy years ago today, a certain animated rabbit made his first real appearance in a cartoon short directed by Tex Avery. The short was called “A Wild Hare,” and we’re willing to bet you know which bunny it starred.

Bugs Bunny, a Brooklyn-born rabbit voiced by Mel Blanc, is an American icon who never seems to lose popularity. In 2002, for example, respondents to a TV Guide survey listed him as the greatest cartoon character of all time, above Mickey Mouse and Homer Simson.

We talk with Will Friedwald, co-author, along with Jerry Beck, of "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons," about why Bugs continues to win fans today, whether he's a racist, and why he's always dressing in drag.

Guests:

Will Friedwald

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Here's a link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/Looney-Tunes-Merrie-Melodies-Illustrated/dp/0805008942

Jul. 27 2010 12:47 PM

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