“Looney Tunes is a Warner Bros. animated cartoon series. It preceded the Merrie
Melodies series and was Warner Bros.'s first animated theatrical series. The series has become a
worldwide media franchise, spawning several television series, films, comics, music albums,
video games and amusement park rides.”(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looney_Tunes) “The
series features some of the most well-known and popular cartoon characters in history, including
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and Porky Pig. From 1942 until 1969, Looney Tunes was
the most popular short cartoon series in theaters, exceeding Disney and other popular
Bugs Bunny is an American animated character created in 1938, first at Leon Schlesinger
Productions, then to Warner Brothers Cartoons. Elmer Fudd or also known as Egghead is a
fictional cartoon character and one of the most famous Looney Tunes characters. His aim is to
hunt Bugs, but he usually ends up injuring himself and antagonizing other characters
Bugs Bunny first starred in a cartoon as an unnamed rabbit in ‘Porky’s Hare Hunt’ on
April 30, 1938. In 1939, He finally receives a name from Happy Bunny to Bugs Bunny. He also
obtains his well known voice in “A Wild Hare” from Mel Blanc, who voiced for many of the
Looney Tunes characters including “Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird,
Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy
Gonzales, the Tasmanian Devil.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Blanc)
A Wild Hare first aired on July 27, 1940; this is the first cartoon where together Elmer
Fudd and Bugs Bunny are shown as the well-known hunter and tormentor. In this cartoon
episode, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, uses his famous slogan, "What's up, Doc?" For
the first time. Bugs Bunny begins to show what a mischievous trickster he has become to be. He
has starred in Looney tunes and Merrie Melodies. Bugs Bunny has appeared in more films than
any other cartoon character and “is the ninth most portrayed film personality in the
Elmer was usually not a successful hunter because he was never able to catch that rabbit
that he despised so much. Bugs bunny was able to get out of any trap that Elmer threw at him.
Their friendship/ rivalry are what made the show possible. Elmer Fudd speaks with a lisp where
he replaces all of R’s and L’s with W’s. Because of this he has his famous catch phrase that
everyone knows him as. “Be vewy quiet I’m hunting wabbits” Elmer went through many
different characters until he became the Elmer we know him as today. These two characters were
a hit on television because Bugs bunny showed no fear when Elmer Fudd was waving a gun at
him and nonchalantly said, “What’s up, Doc?”
Elmer Fudd would be nothing without his arch nemesis Bugs Bunny. Elmer’s lifelong
goal is to hunt Bugs. There was a very short period in the beginning of his career where he
actually liked rabbits and he would take pictures of them. There was no real reason why he went
from taking pictures to shooting at them. It just happened. Bugs Bunny has gone through many
character changes like his appearance as a short jolly rabbit into a rabbit with much longer ears
and buck teeth. The way he talks was also altered throughout the years.
His first appearance on TV was in 1937 as a character named Egghead who was created
by Tex Avery in the cartoon short “Egghead rides again” Egghead initially was depicted as
having a bulbous nose, with funny and eccentric clothing. There was little difference between the
Egghead and Elmer’s character, in fact most of the people involved, whether they were making
the films or publicizing them, not only had trouble telling the characters apart but had no idea
why they should bother trying. The change from egghead to Elmer was a pretty simple he shifts
from having a Moe Howard haircut to being bald, and wears a brown derby, a baggy suit, and a
high-collared shirt. This is the image of Elmer Fudd that we know today
Bugs Bunny has appeared in over 175 movies and episodes. And in 1958, won an Oscar
after being nominated three times. In1960, a television show ‘The Bugs Bunny Show’ was first
aired during prime time then switched to Saturday mornings. He has grown to be the second
cartoon character to have received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star after Mickey Mouse in 1985.
Bugs Bunny received pressure to switch from carrots to celery or even broccoli because
he appealed to so many kids and families. “The Utah Celery Company of Salt Lake City offered
to keep all the studio’s staffers well supplied with their product if Bugs would only switch from
carrots to celery… [And] later, the Broccoli Institute of America strongly urged Bugs Bunny to
sample their product once in a while. But, carrots were Bugs’s trademark.”
(http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/08/a-brief-history-of-bugs-bunny/) Following the death of
Mel Blanc in 1989, the voice of Bugs Bunny was restored with Joe Alaskey and Billy West.
One person did not only voice Elmer, he had many different people voice him. Like Mel
Blanc who did the voice in The Scarlet Pumpernickel, Screaming "SMOG!" what's Opera, Doc?
And Pre-Hysterical Hare.
Also, Hal Smith and Jeff Bergman from 1989 to1993, Greg Burson from 1990 to1995,
Frank Welker in 1995 and in the Animaniacs, and Billy West. Elmer and Bugs appeared on
many shows together, the first show they showed up on was Elmer’s pet rabbit and a wild hare.
This is where their rivalry was ignited.
A youthful version of Bugs Bunny appeared as the main character of Baby Looney
Tunes, which aired on Cartoon Network in 2002. Bugs Bunny also starred in the movie Space
Jam which was first released in 1996 featuring Michael Jordan and the cast of the Looney Tunes.
This movie began as The Looney Tunes challenged the Nerdlucks to a basketball game because
of how short they were. The Nerdlucks use “stolen talent” to become the "Monstars"
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Jam), which are monstrous creatures that the Looney Tunes
team cannot defeat without the help of Michael Jordan. Elmer Fudd is a character to be
remembered for generations to come.