You know, most people would say that Bugs Bunny was a pretty smart rabbit. Even though his quasi original appearance and some characteristics can be found in 1938’s Porky’s Hare Hunt. It was a more zany as well as madcap rabbit on display – acting almost like Daffy Duck.
It wasn’t however until the 1940 theatrical short entitled A Wild Hare that Bugs Bunny really made the scene. Even then he wasn’t know as Bugs, but he was still voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, although he initially wasn’t credited.
So began Bugs Bunny’s meteoric rise to stardom. Over the past 77 years our favorite wisecracking hare has certainly changed. For example the character evolved into a role as sort of the straight man. Case in point when he was teamed up with Daffy Duck in 1956’s A Star is Bored!
Being a beloved icon for so many children and as well as their parents. It was of course only natural that Bugs Bunny be tapped as a spokesman for this public service announcement for the Shriners Hospital. In this 1982 PSA he warns children in addition to adults about ways to make the kitchen safer.
That is most certainly a fantastic looking kitchen.
While there are in fact a few bits that could be considered scary images as you see, none of them cross the line into truly frightening. The boiling pot I will have to admit does creep me out a little though.
The advice from 1982 is just as important today so take a minute and listen to Bugs Bunny!
Bugs Bunny wasn’t the only Looney Tunes character to help out with PSA ads. Check out this 1990 version featuring Tweety Bird!
I’m a big fan of Jerrod Maruyama artwork. When I’m not blogging on the Retroist, I can be found at my Pop Culture / Food Blog – Between the Pages. My blog’s mascot – Ace – was created by Jerrod.
Jerrod just released a wonderful print called Bugs and Friends for Dark Hall Mansion.
The detail on this print is amazing!
The silver carrot holder beside Bugs is engraved with his initials.
There is a framed picture of Playboy Penguin from ‘8 Ball Bunny’ over Bug’s TV.
In addition to his most famous foes like Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, & Elmer Fudd, this print also includes the Gremlin (from Falling Hare), Witch Hazel, Gossamer (the heart shaped monster), Pete Puma, “Babyface” Finster, and Rocky.
This print brings a smile to my face and makes me long for Saturday Morning Cartoons.
(Karen’s post and lament for the lost days of Saturday morning cartoons made think we need to watch Playboy Penguin. So for your viewing enjoyment we present 1950’s “8 Ball Bunny”! – Vic)
[Via] Alex Webb
I’d wager that most of you have at some point looked into which song or album was at Number 1 on the day you were born? Or which film was atop the box office chart? How many of you know what was on at the theatre as you were brought into the world? That question had never entered my mind, but a friend on Twitter recently posted the flyer above and, beyond its obvious awesomeness, one fact stood out – I was born during its three-week run! How exciting!!
Clearly I was too young to be taken to see this particular show, but what a line-up – Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweety, Roadrunner, Porky Pig AND Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman – I can’t imagine a more exciting prospect than seeing the Looney Tunes meet DC’s finest.
The Looney Tunes Wiki has a great page about this 1970’s stage show, including images like this one:
I’d also recommend reading the Noblemania blog which has a fantastic set of interviews with the stars of the show, some great cast photos and more about the show and its follow-up Bugs Bunny in Space.
“Character” Cake Pans were all the rage in the 1970s and 80s. I recently found these three hanging out at a local antique mall. What kid wouldn’t want to find their birthday candles stuck into a cake in the shape of of Bugs Bunny, Superman, or Tweety Bird for their birthday?
I know these were intended for kids, but I’ll turn 40 years old at the end of this summer and there’s nothing I would rather see on my table than this: