July 27: Bugs Bunny

BugsEh, what’s up, readers? What’s up is that 74 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 had a similar appearance and personality to Bugs 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. Bugs received that title for his “performance” in the 1943 cartoon Super Rabbit which ended with becoming a Marine. The U.S. Marine Corps was thrilled that Bugs decided to join the Corps and he was given the rank of private. As World War II went on, Bugs continued to receive promotions eventually reaching Master Sergeant. When the war came to an end, he received an honorary discharge from the service. Not bad for a cartoon rabbit.

I’ll be honest and say that I personally have not had tried the Bugs Bunny Cocktail, 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.

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

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