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That Wascally Wabbit

Bugs Bunny first debuted in cartoons in 1940.

He doesn't look a day over . . . well, I'm not quite sure, but he certainly is spry for seventy.

A very happy birthday Bugs.

Elizabeth Periale


Happy Birthday, Bugs! 

Bugs Bunny's globe-hopper hare. Ashland, Ohio : Landoll's, c1996. Text and pop-up pictures follow Bugs Bunny's adventures all over the world.

Bugs Bunny : fifty years and only one grey hare by Joe Adamson; prefaces by Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones. 1st ed. New York : H. Holt, c1990.

Bugs Bunny, editor, Jerry Lazar. New York : Custom Publishing Division of Time Inc.,
"A special birthday tribute to America's favorite rabbit"

Favorite quotes:

What's up, doc?

Of course you realize, this means war

Ain't I a stinker?

Don't think it hasn't been a little slice of heaven…'cause it hasn't!

My, I'll bet you monsters lead innnnteresting lives.

Thems fightin' woids

I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque

Duck season…. FIRE!


  1. I’m afraid I have to quibble with your math there, doc.

  2. Elizabeth Periale

    What a maroon! I was thinking about the 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare book and figured that was about ten years old . . . Do the math? That’s for suckers!

  3. Lucas Neill

    Though a rabbit resembling Bugs appeared in cartoons as early as 1938, animation historians consider “A Wild Hare” to be the first “official” Bugs Bunny short…I love it Merrie Melodies…I only watched a part of it, but that was such a great video, thanks for sharing, you deserve congratulations for your work!

  4. Pest

    Am I the only one rooted for ole Elmer to get that Wascally Wabbit at least once!?

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