July 27: Bugs Bunny Debuts

BugsEh, what’s up, readers? What’s up is that 73 years ago today, America’s favorite “wascally wabbit” had his first starring role. Yes, it was on this day in 1940 that Bugs Bunny starred alongside Elmer Fudd in the Oscar nominated short A Wild Hare. An unnamed rabbit who bared some resemblance to Bugs in appearance and personality had appeared in previous Warner Brothers cartoons, but cartoon historians view A Wild Hare as Bugs’ official debut as the short featured the first use of the character’s Brooklyn-Bronx accent, his signature line, “What’s up, doc?” and his grey and white color scheme.

Since appearing alongside Elmer Fudd in A Wild Hare, Bugs has appeared in basically every form of media you can imagine and even been named, and this is true, an honorary Marine Master Sergeant. Now, I could go on and on about Bugs’ accomplishments, but it’s a Saturday, so instead let’s watch a cartoon. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the short, but you can watch it right here.

While you’re enjoying A Wild Hare, why not make a Bugs Bunny Cocktail? I’ll be honest and say that I personally have not had this drink, as I am not a fan of vegetable juices. However, if you don’t mind carrot juice, this drink will be right up your alley.

Bugs Bunny Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 4 ounces Carrot Juice

Shake the liquids with ice, strain in to a chilled old fashioned glass  and garnish with a celery stick.

Tomorrow: Paging Mr. Kaplan, Mr. George Kaplan.


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