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Bugs Bunny
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Bugs Bunny in "Falling Hare" (1943)
First appearance A Wild Hare (1940, official first appearance)
Created by Tex Avery (character)
Voiced by Mel Blanc (original)
See Voice actors

Bugs Bunny (short for George Washington Bunny[1], as given in an old comic) is a fictional character who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, which became Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1945. In 2002, he was named by TV Guide as the greatest cartoon character of all time, an honor he shares with Mickey Mouse.[2][3] Currently, he is the corporate mascot for Warner Brothers, especially its animated productions. Bugs starred in 163 shorts in the Golden Age of American animation, and made cameos in three others along with a few appearances in non-animated films.

According to Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare, he was "born" in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, created by Tex Avery (who directed A Wild Hare, Bugs Bunny's debut) and Robert McKimson (who created the definitive Bugs Bunny character design), among many others. According to Mel Blanc, the character's original voice actor, Bugs Bunny has a Flatbush accent, an equal blend of the Bronx and Brooklyn dialects (of the New York Accent). His catchphrase is a casual "Eh...what's up, doc?", usually said while chewing a carrot. His other popular phrases include "Of course you realize, this means war" and "Ain't I a stinker?".

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History

The unnamed, prototype Warner Bros. rabbit

An unnamed rabbit bearing some of the personality, if not physical characteristics of Bugs, first appeared in the cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt, released on April 30, 1938. Co-directed by Ben Hardaway and an uncredited Cal Dalton (who was responsible for the initial design of the rabbit), this short had a theme almost identical to that of the 1937 cartoon, Porky's Duck Hunt (directed by Tex Avery), which had introduced Daffy Duck. Porky Pig was again cast as a hunter tracking another silly prey who seemed less interested in escape than in driving his pursuer insane; this short replaced the black duck with a small white rabbit. The rabbit introduces himself with the odd expression "Jiggers, fellers", and Mel Blanc gave the rabbit nearly the voice and laugh that he would later use for Woody Woodpecker. This cartoon also features the famous Groucho Marx line that Bugs would use many times: "Of course you know, this means war!" The rabbit developed a following from the audience viewing this cartoon which inspired the Schlesinger staff to further develop the character.

First incarnation of the rabbit debuts in Porky's Hare Hunt (1938)

The rabbit's second appearance came in 1939's Prest-O Change-O, directed by Chuck Jones, where he is the pet rabbit of unseen character Sham-Fu the Magician. Two dogs, fleeing the local dogcatcher, enter his absent master's house. The rabbit harasses them, but is ultimately bested by the bigger of the two dogs.

His third appearance was in another 1939 cartoon, Hare-um Scare-um, directed by Dalton and Hardaway. This short, the first where he was depicted as a gray bunny instead of a white one, is also notable both for the rabbit's first singing role. Charlie Thorson, lead animator on the short, was the first to give the character a name. He had written "Bugs' Bunny" on the model sheet that he drew for Hardaway, implying that he considered the rabbit model sheet to be Hardaway's property.[4][5] In promotional material for the short (such as a surviving 1939 presskit), the name on the model sheet was altered to become the rabbit's own name: "Bugs" Bunny (quotation marks only used at the very beginning), evidently named in honor of "Bugs" Hardaway.[6]

In Chuck Jones' Elmer's Candid Camera the rabbit first encounters Elmer Fudd. This rabbit has more of a physical resemblance to the present-day Bugs, being taller and having a more similar face. The voice for this rabbit, however, was not similar to the well-known Brooklyn-Bronx accent, but spoke in a rural drawl. In Robert Clampett's 1940 Patient Porky, a similar rabbit appears to trick the audience into thinking that 750 rabbits have been born (however the design is of the earlier white rabbit).

In his later years, Mel Blanc stated that a proposed name was "Happy Rabbit".[7] Ironically, the only time the name "Happy" was used was in reference to Bugs Hardaway. In the cartoon Hare-um Scare-um, the newspaper headline reads, "Happy Hardaway".[8]

Bugs Bunny emerges

The official debut of Bugs Bunny in A Wild Hare (1940)

Bugs' appearance in A Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery and released on July 27, 1940, is considered the first appearance of both Elmer and Bugs in their fully developed forms. It was in this cartoon that he first emerged from his rabbit hole to ask Elmer Fudd, now a hunter rather than a photographer, "What's up, Doc?" Animation historian Joe Adamson counts A Wild Hare as the first "official" Bugs Bunny short.[9] It is also the first cartoon where Mel Blanc uses a recognizable version of the voice of Bugs that would eventually become the standard.

Bugs' second appearance in Jones' Elmer's Pet Rabbit finally introduced the audience to the name Bugs Bunny, which up until then had only been used among the Termite Terrace employees. However, the rabbit here is absolutely identical to the one in Jones' earlier Elmer's Candid Camera, both visually and vocally. It was also the first short where he received billing under his now-famous name, but the card, "featuring Bugs Bunny", was just slapped on the end of the completed short's opening titles when A Wild Hare proved an unexpected success. He would soon become the most prominent of the Looney Tunes characters as his calm, flippant insouciance endeared him to American audiences during and after World War II.

Bugs would appear in five more shorts during 1941: Tortoise Beats Hare, directed by Tex Avery and featuring the first appearance of Cecil Turtle; Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt, the first Bugs Bunny short to be directed by Friz Freleng; All This and Rabbit Stew, directed by Avery and featuring a young African-American hunter (based heavily on racial stereotypes) as Bugs' antagonist; The Heckling Hare, the final Bugs short Avery worked on before being fired and leaving for MGM; and Wabbit Twouble, the first Bugs short directed by Robert Clampett. Wabbit Twouble was also the first of five Bugs shorts to feature a chubbier remodel of Elmer Fudd, a short-lived attempt to have Fudd more closely resemble his voice actor, comedian Arthur Q. Bryan.

World War II

By 1942, Bugs had become the number one star of the Merrie Melodies series, which had originally been intended only for one-shot characters in shorts after several early attempts to introduce characters failed under Harman-Ising, but had started introducing newer characters in 1937 under Schlesinger. Bugs' 1942 shorts included Friz Freleng's The Wabbit Who Came to Supper, and the Robert Clampett shorts The Wacky Wabbit and Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (which introduced Beaky Buzzard). Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid also marks a slight redesign of Bugs, making his front teeth less prominent and his head rounder. The man responsible for this redesign was Robert McKimson, at the time working as an animator under Robert Clampett. The redesign at first was only used in the shorts created by Clampett's production team but in time, it would be adopted by the other directors, with Freleng and Frank Tashlin the first to adopt this design. Upon his own promotion to director, McKimson created yet another version with more slanted eyes, longer teeth and a much larger mouth, which he (and, for the one Bugs Bunny cartoon he directed, Art Davis) used until 1949, when he started using the version he had designed for Clampett. Jones would come up with his own slight modification, and the voice as well would vary mildly between the units.[4]

An alternate version of Bugs used by Robert McKimson and Art Davis between 1946 and 1949.

Other 1942 Bugs shorts included Chuck Jones' Hold the Lion, Please, Freleng's Fresh Hare and The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (which restored Elmer Fudd to his previous size), and Jones' Case of the Missing Hare. He also made cameo appearances in Tex Avery's final Warner Bros. short, Crazy Cruise, and starred in the two-minute United States war bonds commercial film Any Bonds Today.[10]

Bugs was popular during World War II because of his free and easy attitude, and began receiving special star billing in his cartoons by 1943. By that time, Warner Bros. was the most profitable cartoon studio in the United States. Like other cartoon studios, such as Disney and Famous Studios had been doing, Warners put Bugs in opposition to the period's biggest enemies: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and the Japanese. The 1944 short Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips features Bugs at odds with a group of Japanese soldiers. This cartoon has since been pulled from distribution due to its racial stereotypes.

Since Bugs' debut in A Wild Hare, he had appeared only in color Merrie Melodie cartoons (making him one of the few recurring characters created for that series in the Leon Schlesinger era prior to the full conversion to color, alongside Elmer's prototype Egghead, Inki, Sniffles, and Elmer himself - who was heard but not seen in the 1942 Looney Tunes cartoon Nutty News, and made his first formal appearance in that series in 1943's To Duck or Not To Duck). While he did make a cameo appearance in the 1943 Porky and Daffy cartoon Porky Pig's Feat marking his only appearance in a black-and-white Looney Tune cartoon, he did not star in a cartoon in the Looney Tunes series until that series made its complete conversion to only color cartoons beginning with 1944 releases. Buckaroo Bugs was Bugs' first cartoon in the Looney Tunes series, and was also the last WB cartoon to credit Leon Schlesinger.

Among his most notable civilian shorts during this period are Bob Clampett's Tortoise Wins by a Hare (the sequel to Tortoise Beats Hare from 1941), A Corny Concerto (a spoof of Disney's Fantasia), Falling Hare, and What's Cookin' Doc?; and Chuck Jones' Superman parody Super-Rabbit, and Freleng's Little Red Riding Rabbit. The 1944 short Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears introduced Jones' The Three Bears characters.

In the cartoon Super-Rabbit, Bugs was seen in the end wearing a USMC dress uniform. As a result, the United States Marine Corps made Bugs an honorary Marine Master Sergeant.[11]

A scene from George Pal's Jasper Goes Hunting (1944).

From 1943-1946, Bugs was the official "mascot" of Kingman Army Air Field, Kingman, Arizona, where thousands of aerial gunners were trained during World War II. Some notable trainees included Clark Gable and Charles Bronson. Bugs also served as the mascot for 530 Squadron of the 380th Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force, USAF, which was attached to the Royal Australian Air Force and operated out of Australia's Northern Territory from 1943 to 1945, flying B-24 Liberator bombers.[12]

In 1944, Bugs Bunny actually made a cameo appearance in Jasper Goes Hunting, a short produced by rival studio Paramount Pictures. In this cameo (animated by Robert McKimson, with Mel Blanc providing the voice), Bugs pops out of a rabbit hole, saying his usual catchphrase; Bugs then says, "I must be in the wrong picture" and then goes back in the hole.[13] He also appeared fleetingly in the 1947 Arthur Davis cartoon The Goofy Gophers.

The post-war era

A scene from Bewitched Bunny (1954)

A slight variation of how the character was drawn in the 1950s can be seen in the frame from Bewitched Bunny (1954). The inner pinkish parts of the ears have been reduced becoming more v-shaped at the top end and the ovalness of the eyes also replaced with a more top v shaped look. His cheeks protrude out more, and body is more compacted, when compared how he was drawn in the 1940s, arising to the distinct look of how he is drawn today.

Since then, Bugs has appeared in numerous cartoon shorts in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series, making his last appearance in the theatrical cartoons in 1964 with False Hare. He was directed by Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson, Arthur Davis and Chuck Jones and appeared in feature films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit (which featured the first-ever meeting between Bugs and his box-office rival Mickey Mouse), Space Jam (which co-starred Michael Jordan), and the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

The Bugs Bunny short Knighty Knight Bugs (1958), in which a medieval Bugs Bunny traded blows with Yosemite Sam and his fire-breathing dragon (which has a cold), won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons of 1958. Three of Chuck Jones' Bugs Bunny shorts--Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning, and Duck, Rabbit, Duck!--- comprise what is often referred to as the "Duck Season/Rabbit Season" trilogy, and are considered among the director's best works. Jones' 1957 classic, What's Opera, Doc?, features Bugs and Elmer parodying Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, and has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was the first cartoon short to receive this honor.

Bugs appeared in the 1957 short Show Biz Bugs with Daffy Duck, which features a controversial finish in which Daffy Duck, in an attempt to wow the (partisan) audience, did a dangerous magical act in which he (in sequence) drank gasoline, swallowed nitroglycerine, gunpowder, and uranium-238 (in a greenish solution), jumped up and down to "shake well", and finally swallowed a match that detonated the whole improbable mixture. That incident caused some TV stations, and in the 1990s the cable network TNT, to edit out the dangerous act, fearing that young kids might try to imitate it.

In the fall of 1960, The Bugs Bunny Show, a television program which packaged many of the post-1948 Warners shorts with newly animated wraparounds, debuted on ABC. The show was originally aired in prime-time. After two seasons, it was moved to reruns on Saturday mornings. The Bugs Bunny Show changed format and exact title frequently (the packaging was completely different, with each short simply presented on its own, title and all, though some clips from the new bridging material was used as filler), but it remained on network television for 40 years.

After the classic cartoon era

When Mel Blanc died in 1989, Jeff Bergman, Joe Alaskey and Billy West became the new voices to Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes, taking turns doing the voices at various times.

Bugs has also made appearances in animated specials for network television, mostly composed of classic cartoons with bridging material added, including How Bugs Bunny Won the West, and The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special. 1980's Bugs Bunny's Busting Out All Over, however, contained no vintage clips and featured the first new Bugs Bunny cartoons in 16 years. It opened with "Portrait Of The Artist As a Young Bunny", which features a flashback of Bugs as a child thwarting a young Elmer Fudd, while its third and closing short was "Spaced Out Bunny", with Bugs being kidnapped by Marvin the Martian to be a playmate for Hugo, an Abominable Snowman-like character (a new Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner short filled out the half hour). Also, there have been various compilation films, including the independently produced Bugs Bunny: Superstar (utilizing the vintage shorts then owned by United Artists), while Warner Bros. assembled The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island, Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales and Daffy Duck's Quackbusters. He also made guest appearances in episodes of the 1990s television program Tiny Toon Adventures as the principal of Acme Looniversity and the mentor of Babs and Buster Bunny, and would later make occasional guest cameos on spinoffs Taz-Mania, Animaniacs and Histeria!

He appears in the beginning of Gremlins 2: The New Batch, where he tries to ride the opening Warner Bros logo, but is interrupted by Daffy Duck.

Bugs has had several comic book series over the years. Western Publishing had the license for all the Warner Brothers cartoons, and produced Bugs Bunny comics first for Dell Comics, then later for their own Gold Key Comics. Dell published 58 issues and several specials from 1952 to 1962. Gold Key continued for another 133 issues. DC Comics, the sister/subsidiary company of Warner Bros., has published several comics titles since 1994 that Bugs has appeared in. Notable among these was the 2000 four-issue miniseries Superman & Bugs Bunny, written by Mark Evanier and drawn by Joe Staton. This depicted a crossover between DC's superheroes and the Warner cartoon characters.

Bugs Bunny's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Like Mickey Mouse for The Walt Disney Company, Bugs has served as the mascot for Warner Bros. Studios and its various divisions. He and Mickey are the first cartoon characters to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the 1988 animated/live action movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Bugs is shown as one of the inhabitants of Toontown. However, since the film was being produced by Disney, Warner Bros. would only allow the use of their biggest star if he got an equal amount of screen time as Disney's biggest star, Mickey Mouse. Because of this, both characters are always together in frame when onscreen. They appear in a scene where they are skydiving while Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) has no parachute, so Bugs offers him a "spare" which turns out to be a spare tire. They appear in the end as well, along with all the other toons. For the same reasons, Bugs never calls Mickey by his name, only referring to him as "Doc" (while Mickey calls him "Bugs").

Bugs Bunny came back to the silver screen in Box Office Bunny in 1990. This was the first Bugs Bunny cartoon short since 1964 to be released to theaters, and it was created for the Bugs Bunny 50th anniversary celebration. It was followed in 1991 by (Blooper) Bunny, a short that has gained a cult following among some animation fans for its edgy humor.

Bugs made an appearance in the 1990 drug prevention video Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. This special is notable for being the first time that somebody other than Mel Blanc voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck (they were voiced by Jeff Bergman.)

In 1997, Bugs appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, the first cartoon to be so honored, beating the iconic Mickey Mouse. The stamp is number seven on the list of the ten most popular U.S. stamps, as calculated by the number of stamps purchased but not used. The introduction of Bugs onto a stamp was controversial at the time, as it was seen as a step toward the 'commercialization' of stamp art. The postal service rejected many designs, and went with a postal-themed drawing. Avery Dennison printed the Bugs Bunny stamp sheet, which featured "a special ten-stamp design and was the first self-adhesive souvenir sheet issued by the U.S. Postal Service."[14]

A younger version of Bugs is the main character of Baby Looney Tunes, which debuted on Cartoon Network (United States) in 2002. In the action comedy Loonatics Unleashed, his definite descendant Ace Bunny is the leader of the Loonatics team and seems to have inherited his ancestor's Brooklyn accent and comic wit. Lexi Bunny who is Lola Bunny's confirmed descendant seems to be his second in command and likely love interest. Danger Duck, a descendant of Daffy, has a similar relation with him to that between Bugs and Daffy - envy (jealousy in the extreme case) mixed with a grudging respect.

Bugs has appeared in numerous video games, including the Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle series, Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout, Bugs Bunny: Rabbit Rampage and the similar Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble, Looney Tunes B-Ball, Space Jam, Looney Tunes Racing, Looney Tunes: Space Race, Bugs Bunny Lost in Time, and its sequel, Bugs Bunny and Taz Time Busters, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action and the new video game Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal.

Personality and catchphrases

Bugs has feuded with Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, Beaky Buzzard, Daffy Duck, Tasmanian Devil, Cecil Turtle, Witch Hazel, Rocky and Mugsy, Wile E. Coyote, Count Blood Count, and a host of others. Bugs almost always wins these conflicts, a plot pattern which recurs in Looney Tunes films directed by Chuck Jones. Concerned that viewers would lose sympathy for a protagonist who always won, Jones had the antagonist characters repeatedly attempt to bully, cheat or threaten Bugs who has been minding his own business. He's also been known to break the 4th wall by "communicating" with the audience, either by explaining the situation (ex. "Be with you in a minute folks!"), describing someone to the audience (ex. "Feisty, ain't they?"), etc.

Bugs will usually try to placate the antagonist and avoid conflict, but when an antagonist pushes him too far, Bugs may address the audience and invoke his catchphrase "Of course you realize, this means war!" before he retaliates, and the retaliation will be devastating. This line was taken from Groucho Marx and others in the 1933 film Duck Soup and was also used in the 1935 Marx film A Night at the Opera.[15] Bugs would pay homage to Groucho in other ways, such as occasionally adopting his stooped walk or leering eyebrow-raising (in Hair-Raising Hare, for example) or sometimes with a direct impersonation (as in Slick Hare). Sometimes in the beginning of a short, Bugs will pop up in the middle of a random place and say "I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albquerqe"

Other directors, such as Friz Freleng, characterized Bugs as altruistic. When Bugs meets other successful characters (such as Cecil Turtle in Tortoise Beats Hare, or, in World War II, the Gremlin of Falling Hare), his overconfidence becomes a disadvantage.

During the 1940s, Bugs was immature and wild, but starting in the 1950s his personality matured and his attitude was less frenetic. It's worth noting, however, that some feel this shift in Bugs's personality marked a significant decline in the quality of his cartoons. Though often shown as highly mischievous and violent, Bugs is never actually malicious, and only acts as such in self-defense against his aggressors; the only cartoon where Bugs ever served as a true villain was Buckaroo Bugs.

Bugs Bunny's nonchalant carrot-chewing standing position, as explained by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and Bob Clampett, originated in a scene in the film It Happened One Night, in which Clark Gable's character leans against a fence, eating carrots rapidly and talking with his mouth full to Claudette Colbert's character. This scene was well known while the film was popular, and viewers at the time likely recognized Bugs Bunny's behavior as satire.[16]

The carrot-chewing scenes are generally followed by Bugs Bunny's most well-known catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?", which was written by director Tex Avery for his first Bugs Bunny short, 1940's A Wild Hare. Avery explained later that it was a common expression in his native Texas and that he did not think much of the phrase. When the short was first screened in theaters, the "What's up, Doc?" scene generated a tremendously positive audience reaction.[17] As a result, the scene became a recurring element in subsequent films and cartoons. The phrase was sometimes modified for a situation. For example, Bugs says "What's up, dogs?" to the antagonists in A Hare Grows in Manhattan, "What's up, Duke?" to the knight in Knight-mare Hare and "What's up, prune-face?" to the aged Elmer in The Old Grey Hare. He might also greet Daffy with "What's up, Duck?" He used one variation, "What's all the hub-bub, bub?" only once, in Falling Hare. Another variation is used in Looney Tunes: Back In Action when he greets a lightsaber-wielding Marvin the Martian- "What's up, Darth?"

Several Chuck Jones shorts in the late 1940s and 1950s depict Bugs travelling via cross-country (and, in some cases, intercontinental) tunnel-digging, ending up in places as varied as Mexico (Bully For Bugs, 1953), the Himalayas (The Abominable Snow Rabbit, 1960) and Antarctica (Frigid Hare, 1949) all because he "shoulda taken that left toin at Albukoikee." He first utters that phrase in Herr Meets Hare (1945), when he emerges in the Black Forest, a cartoon seldom seen today due to its blatantly topical subject matter. When Hermann Göring says to Bugs, "There is no Las Vegas in 'Chermany'" and takes a potshot at Bugs, Bugs dives into his hole and says, "Joimany! Yipe!", as Bugs realizes he's behind enemy lines. The confused response to his "left toin" comment also followed a pattern. For example, when he tunnels into Scotland in 1948's My Bunny Lies Over The Sea, while thinking he's heading for the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California, it provides another chance for an ethnic stereotype: "Therrre's no La Brrrea Tarrr Pits in Scotland!" (to which Bugs responds, "Uh...what's up, Mac-doc?"). A couple of late-1950s shorts of this ilk also featured Daffy Duck travelling with Bugs ("Since when is Pismo Beach inside a cave?!").

Bugs Bunny has some similarities to figures from mythology and folklore, such as Br'er Rabbit, Nanabozho, or Anansi, and might be seen as a modern trickster (for example, he repeatedly uses cross-dressing mischievously). Unlike most cartoon characters, however, Bugs Bunny is rarely defeated in his own games of trickery. One exception to this is the short Hare Brush, in which Elmer Fudd ultimately carries the day at the end; however, critics note that in this short, Elmer and Bugs assume each other's personalities—through mental illness and hypnosis, respectively—and it is only by becoming Bugs that Elmer can win. However Bugs was beaten at his own game. In the short Duck Amuck he torments Daffy Duck as the unseen animator, ending with his line, "Ain't I a stinker?" Bugs feels the same wrath of an unseen animator in the short Rabbit Rampage where he is in turn tormented by Elmer Fudd. At the end of the clip Elmer gleefully exclaims, 'Well, I finally got even with that scwewy wabbit!"

Although it was usually Porky Pig who brought the WB cartoons to a close with his stuttering, "That's all, folks!", Bugs would occasionally appear, bursting through a drum just as Porky did, but munching a carrot and saying in his Bronx-Brooklyn accent, "And dat's de end!"

The name "Bugs" or "Bugsy" as an old-fashioned nickname means "crazy" (or "loopy"). Several famous people from the first half of the twentieth century had that nickname. It is now out of fashion as a nickname, but survives in 1950s-1960s expressions like "you're bugging me", as in "you're driving me crazy".

Bugs wears white gloves which he is only known to remove in Long-Haired Hare. In this episode, Bugs pretends to be the famed conductor Leopold Stokowski and instructs opera star "Giovanni Jones" to sing and to hold a high note. As Giovanni Jones is turning red with the strain, Bugs slips his left hand out of its glove, leaving the glove hovering in the air in order to command Jones to continue to hold the high note. Bugs then nips down to the mail drop to order, and then to receive, a pair of ear muffs. Bugs puts on the ear defenders and then zips back into the amphitheater and reinserts his hand into his glove as singer Jones is writhing on the stage, still holding that same high note.

Bugs Bunny is also a master of disguise: he can wear any disguise that he wants to confuse his enemies: in Bowery Bugs he uses 5 disguises: fakir, gentleman, women, Baker and finally policeman. This ability of disguise makes bugs famous because we can recognize him while at the same time realizing that his enemies are trapped. Bugs has a certain preference for the female disguise: Taz, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam were fooled by this sexy bunny (woman) and in Hare Trimmed, Sam discovers the real face of "Granny"(Bugs disguise) in the church where they attempt to get married.

Rabbit or hare?

The animators throughout Bugs' history have treated the terms rabbit and hare as synonymous. Taxonomically they are not synonymous, being somewhat similar but observably different types of lagomorphs. Hares have much longer ears than rabbits, so Bugs might seem to be of the hare family, and many more of the cartoon titles include the word "hare" rather than "rabbit." Within the cartoons, although the term "hare" comes up sometimes (for example, Bugs drinking "hare tonic" to "stop falling hare" and being doused with "hare restorer" to bring him back from invisibility), Bugs as well as his antagonists most often refer to the character as a "rabbit". The word "bunny" is of no help in answering this question, as it is a synonym for both young hares and young rabbits.

In Nike commercials with Michael Jordan, Bugs had been referred to as "Hare Jordan."

The opening and closing

In the opening of many of the Bugs Bunny cartoons, the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes rings contain Bugs Bunny's head after the Warner Bros. shield (generally from 1944 and 1949 onward). Others have Bugs Bunny relaxing on top of the Warner Bros. shield: He chews on his carrot, looks angrily at the camera and pulls down the next logo (Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes) like a window shade (generally on cartoons between 1945 until early 1949). Then he lifts it back up, to now be seen lying on his own name, which then fades into the title of the specific short. In some other cases, the title card sometimes fades to him, already on his name and chewing his carrot then fade to the name of the short. At the finish of some, Bugs breaks out of a drum (like Porky Pig) and says, "And that's the end". Also, at the end of Box Office Bunny, right after Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd run out through the Looney Tunes "That's All Folks!" sequence, Bugs later comes in through the rings and says, "And That's All Folks!"

Voice actors

The following are the many voice actors who have voiced the character Bugs Bunny over the last seventy years:

  • Mel Blanc voiced the character for 49 years, from Bugs' debut in A Wild Hare (1940) until Blanc's death in 1989. Blanc described the voice as a combination of Bronx and Brooklyn accents; however, Tex Avery claimed that he asked Blanc to give the character not a New York accent per se, but a voice like that of actor Frank McHugh, who frequently appeared in supporting roles in the 1930s and whose voice might be described as New York Irish.[4] In Bugs' second cartoon Elmer's Pet Rabbit, Blanc created a completely new voice for Bugs, which sounded like a Jimmy Stewart impression, but the directors decided the previous voice was better. Though his best-known character was the carrot-chomping rabbit, munching on the carrots interrupted the dialogue. Various substitutes, such as celery, were tried, but none of them sounded like a carrot. So for the sake of expedience, he would munch and then spit the carrot bits into a spittoon rather than swallowing them, and continue with the dialogue. One oft-repeated story, possibly originating from Bugs Bunny: Superstar, is that he was allergic to carrots and had to spit them out to minimize any allergic reaction — but his autobiography makes no such claim;[7] in fact, in a 1984 interview with Tim Lawson, co-author of The Magic Behind The Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors (University Press of Mississippi, 2004), Blanc emphatically denied being allergic to carrots.
  • Jeff Bergman was the first to have the honor of voicing Bugs (and several other Looney Tunes characters) after Mel Blanc died in 1989. He got the job by impressing Warner Bros. higher-ups with a tape of himself re-creating the voices of several of Blanc's characters, including Bugs Bunny. He had rigged the tape player so that he could use a switch to instantly toggle back and forth between the original recording of Blanc and Bergman's recording of the same lines. Upon doing this, it was almost impossible for the producers to tell which voice was Blanc's and which voice was Bergman; thus his vocal ability was established and his career launched.
Bergman first voiced Bugs during the 1990 Academy Awards and then in Box Office Bunny, a 4-minute Looney Tunes short released in 1990 to commemorate Bugs' fiftieth anniversary. Bergman would next voice Bugs Bunny in the 1991 short (Blooper) Bunny, a Greg Ford-directed cartoon also produced to coincide with Bugs Bunny's fiftieth anniversary. However, the short never received its intended theatrical release and was shelved for years, until Cartoon Network rediscovered it and broadcast it on their channel several years later.[18] (Blooper) Bunny has since garnered a cult following among animation fans for its use of edgy humor.[18] Other works for which Bergman provided Bugs' voice include Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (an obvious parody of the 1950s sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Tiny Toon Adventures (a popular television program of the early nineties that featured the classic Looney Tunes characters as mentors to their younger counterparts) in the first season, and Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (a television special exposing children to dangers of marijuana). Bergman would continue to do the voice of Bugs Bunny until 1993.
  • Billy West has been in television since the late 1980s. His first role was for the 1988 revived version of Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil. West's breakthrough role then came almost immediately, as the voice of Stimpy and later Ren in John Kricfalusi's Ren & Stimpy. West has since been the voice talent for close to 120 different characters, including some of the most iconic animated figures in television history. Perhaps West's most notable film work came in the 1996 movie Space Jam. Starring alongside Michael Jordan, West provided the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. West would go on to reprise the roles of Bugs in subsequent Looney Tunes productions, including his cameos on Histeria!, the Kids' WB! promotional spots, and the 2006 Christmas-themed special Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas and the DVD compilations "Reality Check" and "Stranger Than Fiction", along with several Looney Tunes-centric CDs, cartoons, and video games. Billy West is, along with fellow voice artist Joe Alaskey, credited as one of the current successors of Mel Blanc in impersonating the voice of Bugs Bunny.
  • Joe Alaskey, like Jeff Bergman, is well-known for his ability to successfully impersonate many Looney Tunes characters. In fact, Alaskey voiced Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, as original voice actor Mel Blanc had found it too hard on his vocal cords. (This makes Sam one of the few voices created by Blanc to be voiced by someone else during his lifetime.) Joe Alaskey's first performance as Bugs Bunny came in the 2003 feature film Looney Tunes: Back in Action, although he had tested performing the role in a few earlier projects, such as Tweety's High-Flying Adventure. While still best known for providing the voice of Daffy Duck, Alaskey has also gone on to do Bugs' voice in several subsequent productions, including Daffy Duck for President (which was released on The Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 and dedicated to then-just deceased Chuck Jones) and several recent video games. Joe Alaskey is, along with fellow voice actor Billy West, credited as one of the current successors of Mel Blanc in impersonating the voice of Bugs Bunny.
  • Noel Blanc, Mel Blanc's son, voiced Bugs for the Tiny Toons special It's a Wonderful Tiny Toon Christmas Special. The elder Blanc claimed in his later years that Noel substituted for Mel in various cartoon studios, including doing Bugs at Warner Bros., while he was recovering from a near-fatal car wreck. Noel can also be seen doing Bugs' voice with his father in the documentary on the making of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Noel voiced Elmer Fudd in a cut-away scene for the animated TV series Family Guy (in "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story").

Cameos

Bugs Bunny has had cameo appearances in several cartoons, including one Private SNAFU short. For his appearance in The Goofy Gophers his voice was sped up.

International

Bugs Bunny cartoons air in countries outside of the United States. In most cases, the original US cartoons are simply redubbed in the native language and the characters are usually given names more fitting for the country in which they are appearing. For example, in Finland, Bugs Bunny is called Väiski Vemmelsääri.[19]

Current popularity

In 2002, TV Guide compiled a list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time as part of the magazine's 50th anniversary. Bugs Bunny was given the honor of number 1.[2][20] In a CNN broadcast on July 31, 2002, a TV Guide editor talked about the group that created the list. The editor also explained why Bugs pulled top billing: "His stock...has never gone down...Bugs is the best example...of the smart-aleck American comic. He not only is a great cartoon character, he's a great comedian. He was written well. He was drawn beautifully. He has thrilled and made many generations laugh. He is tops."[21] Additionally, in Animal Planet's 50 Greatest Movie Animals (2004), Bugs was named #3, behind Mickey Mouse and Toto.

Bugs Bunny's enduring impact on comedic actors also cannot be overestimated. During an interview for Inside the Actors Studio, comedian Dave Chappelle cited Bugs Bunny as one of his earliest influences, praising voice actor Mel Blanc.

According to Time Warner, Bugs Bunny became the current official mascot for Six Flags theme parks beginning with their 45th anniversary.

Awards

Academy Awards

Academy Award nominations

See also

References

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  3. ^ Carragher, Sarah (2002-07-29). "Nearly One-Third of TV Guide's '50 Greatest Cartoon Characters Of All Time Come From Warner Bros.". TimeWarner.com. http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom/pr/0,20812,669402,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
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Contents

Bugs Bunny and Happy Rabbit

Bugs Bunny

  • What's up, doc?
  • Duck Season!
  • Hey, Laughing Boy!
  • I knew I shoulda make a left toin at albuquerque
  • I wish my brotha George was here! (as Liberace)
  • Well now I wouldn't say that!
  • [speaking in drag] I would just LOVE a duck dinner.
  • I'll do it, but I'll probably hate myself in the morning!
  • Mmm, rabbits. That sounds delicious. [Does a double-take.] Rabbits!
  • Of course you know (realize) this means war!
  • Poor little nimrod.
  • Well what didja expect in an opera, a HAPPY ending?
  • Hey, wait a cotton-pickin minute!
  • What a gulli-bull! What a nin-cow-poop!
  • Whatta maroon! Whatta ignoranimus!
  • Gee, ain't I a stinker?
  • [with Daffy Duck] Shhh! Be very, very quiet: we're hunting Elmers!
  • Now cut dat out!
  • What's all the hubbub, bub?
  • Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?
  • You know? Sometimes me conscience kinda bothers me... But not this time!
  • Poor little maroon. So trusting. So naive.
  • Carrots are devine...You get a dozen for a dime. It's maaaa-gic.
  • Eeeeeeh, watch me paste this pathetic palooka with a powerful, paralyzing, pointing, pachydermous, percussion pitch.
  • Don't think it hasn't been a little slice of heaven...'cause it hasn't!
  • Confidentially.........I AM A WABBIT!!!!
  • My, I'll bet you monsters lead interesting lives.
  • Look, out there in the audience...
  • Ah, me public!
  • Here I go with the timid little woodland creature bit again. It's shameful, but...ehhh, it's a living.
  • I bet you say that to all the wabbits.
  • Whaddya think you're doing?
  • My stars! Where did you ever get that awful hairdo?
  • For shame, doc. Hunting rabbits with an elephant gun. Why don't you shoot yourself an elephant?
  • Oh, someone's sending me a present. Better break out the party trimmings! I just love parties!
  • Oh, yeah? Well, I can prove a rabbit can be more obnoxious than anybody!!"
  • UNGA BUNGA BUNGA!!!
  • I know this defies the law of gravity, but I never studied law!
  • Only a big fat rat would shoot a guy in the back.
  • Eh, what's up, doc? Jumpin' without a parachute? Kinda dangerous, ain't it?
  • Stop steamin' up my tail! Whataya tryin' ta do, wrinkle it?
  • Promenade across the floor. Sashay right on out the door. Out the door and into the glade and everybody promenade. Step right up you're doing fine. I'll pull your beard you'll pull mine. Yank it again like you did before. Break it up with a tug of war. Now into the brook and fish for the trout. Dive right in and splash about. Trout! Trout! Pretty little trout! One more splash and come right out. Shake like a hound-dog. Shake again. Wallow around in the old pig pen. Wallow some more. Y'all know how. Roll around like an old fat sow. Alamand left with your right hand. Follow through with a great left band. Now lead your partner the dirty old thing. Follow through with an elbow swing. Grab a fence post. Hold it tight. Womp your partner with all your might. Hit him in the shin. Hit him in the head. Hit him again. The critter ain't dead. Womp him low and womp him high. Stick your finger in his eye. Pretty little ring. Pretty little sound. Bang your heads against the ground. Promenade all around the room. Promenade like a bride and groom. Open up the door and step right in. Close the door and into a spin. Whirl! Whirl! Twist and twirl! Jump all around like a flying squirrel. Now don't you fuss and don't you swear. Just come right out and form a square. Now right hand over and left hand under. Both join hands and run like thunder. Over the hill and over the dale. Duck your head and lift your tail. Don't you stray and don't you roam. Turn to your partner. Promenade home. Corn in the cornfield. Wheat in the sack. Turn to your partner. Promenade back. And now you're home. Bow to your partner. Bow to the gent across the hall. And that is all!
  • Bric-a-bracka, Firecracker! Sis, boom, bah! Bugs Bunny! Bugs Bunny! Rah! Rah! Rah!
  • And remember, 'mud' spelled backwards is 'dum'.
  • She may not be very pretty now, but she was somebody's baby once.
  • Ah, what a beautiful dream! It would be a traGEDy if someone were to disturb this Serene Scene!
  • Oh no! It's too gruesome! But I'll do it!
  • The rabbits are coming! Hooray! Hooray! The rabbits are coming! Hooray! Hooray!
  • I'm multiplyin', Doc! I'm multiplyin!
  • Ah, ha! Multiplying!
  • after Elmer Fudd shoots him in the back and calls himself "a dirty rat"
  • Yeah, have some cheese, rat! shoves cheese in Elmer's mouth
  • Ain't this monotonous?
  • Gurgle, gurgle! Why don't ya pay your water bill, doc?
  • Don't go up there! It's dark!
  • Turn off that light!
  • Didja ever get the feeling you was being watched?
  • And so having disposed of the monster, exits our hero, stage right through the front door-none the worse from his harrowing experience.
  • So long,Sammy! See you in Miami!
  • So long, Screwy! See you in St. Louie!
  • Run for the hills, folks! Or you'll be up to your armpits in martians!
  • Hey, wait a minute. Wait a minute! Look, the people out there in the audience - the lady there with the long ears. They're getting longer all the time. And the guy back there in the seventeenth row with the cute tomato - he's gettin' all fuzzy. Yeah, they've got it. Everybody out there's got rabbititus!
  • Why, if you had rabbititus, you'd see red and yellow spots before your eyes. [red and yellow spots appear on the screen -- possible reference to Visual Snow?] Yeah, that's right. And then they'd start swirling and swirling around.
  • What a tough audience! It ain't like Saint Joe... Saint Joe! They love me there!
  • The moral of this story is don't try to steal no eighteen carrots from no rabbit.
  • (singing) I dream of Genie, she's a light brown hare...
  • (to Happy Rabbit) Can I help you?
  • Eh, you'll be fine if you remember t'ree things. One, your adversaries have tapioca for brains. Two, always eat your carrots. And three, villains always fall for cheesy disguises.
  • Ah yes, Tiny Toon Adventures; a fine show. It all began quite a while ago, but I remember it as clearly as if it were... a flashback. It was late night at da Warner Bros. Studio. I was just hanging around, as usual, while de artists were comin' up with brilliant new TV ideas.
  • Buster and Babs were about ready to throw in the towel, so I decided to give 'em a bit of wabbit wisdom.
  • Ain't I a little Dickens, though?
  • Well, whaddaya know! I didn't think the little skinflint would ever change!
  • I'm sorry Mac, but da lady of da house ain't home, and besides, we already sent you people a check last week!
  • [in a Kids' WB! commercial bumper] Eh, you're back! Or am I back? Aah, who cares! [kisses the screen]
  • I'll tell ya one thing [about Judge Doom], doc - he weren't no rabbit!
  • Oooh, dat's far too hot for da little miser. He's liable to boil his money belt! Hehehehe! Dis'll probably cool off everything but his temper!
  • You don't have to be crazy to do this... But it sure helps!
  • Dat evil character's after that nice old lady's money! Looks like this boy scout's gonna do his deed for today.
  • If dis assignment doesn't toin out funny, Warner Bros. will disavow any knowledge of de episode and blame it on da writers.
  • I coulda swore I hoid somebody knockin'! Oh well.
  • [Old Elmer to bugs] Good bye old Buddy. [Old Bugs] So long, Methuselah!

Happy Rabbit

  • Put a net over a harmless little rabbit the SPCA shall hear about this
  • Eeek! Ooh! Ahh! (representing a monkey's sound)
  • (to Bugs) Hey got any carrots?
  • (to Egghead) Hello, sir?

Daffy Duck

  • (First ever line) Porky: Hey, th-th-th-that wasn't in the script!
    Daffy: Don't let it worry ya, Skipper. I'm just a crazy, darn fool duck. Hoo-hoo Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo...
  • You're deth-picable!
  • That's just plain silly!
  • Duck hunters is da cwaziest peoples!
  • I'm not crazy, I just dont' give a darn!
  • I'm so crazy I don't know this isn't possible.
  • You ain't just whistling dixie!
  • Watch out for that first step! It's a loo-loo!
  • Wabbit Season!
  • I'm rich, I'm a happy miser!
  • Hoo-Hoo, Hoo-Hoo!
  • (Dressed in snow gear) "What a trip! What a trip! Blizzard all the way... snow twenty feet deep! But we had to get that serum through! It was mush, mush, mush all night! Come on!! MUSH, MUSH, MUSH, MUSH, MUSH!!! Suddenly, the glacier cracks, then the roar, TONS OF ICE, NO ESCAPE, AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! (totally calm) So how's things been with you?" ("Daffy Duck Hunt")
  • I may be a craven little coward, but I'm a greedy craven little coward.
  • It's burning holes in me! Help! It's burning holes in me!
  • I can't stand pain, it hurts me!
  • Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.
  • That's Dis-dis-dis-disgusting
  • Shoot me again! I enjoy it! I love the smell of burnt feathers... and gun powder...and cordite. I'm an elk! Shoot me! Go on!! It's elk season! I'm a fiddler crab. Why don't you shoot me?! It's fiddler crab season!
  • Anyone for Tennis?
  • HO! HA-HA! GUARD! TURN! PARRY! DODGE! SPIN! HA! THRUST! (hits the ground with his quarterstaff which rebounds and hits him, bending his beak)
  • Avast, or I shall strike thee with my quarterstaff! (soto voce to audience) Actually, it's a buck-and-a-quarter quarterstaff, but I ain't tellin' him that.
  • Can you imagine anything so ridiculous as majority rule?
  • Yoicks, and Away! [crashes into a tree] Yoicks, and Away! [crash into another tree] Yoicks, and Away... [crash] Yoicks...and...Away...[crash] Yoicks and away [crash] Yoicks...[crash]...and away [crash]. Why You! [chops all the trees down] Now then, yoicks and away! [eventually crashes into a boulder]
  • And it hasn't been the same without you. Although it's been eerily similar.
  • Duck Dodgers, in the 24th and a half CENTURY!
  • This is a job for... STUPOR DUCK!
  • Don't blame me— the Martian gets one episode per season.
  • Farewell, my Queen! We will always have Paris...
  • Maybe if I stare at this piece of paper long enough, people will think I can read.
  • That Cadet buys the worst Christmas presents.
  • Well whataya know, she loves me! That's just the advantage I need.
  • Yahoo! The grand brassiere is back in business, baby!
  • This is the last time I work with someone with a sphpheech impediment!
  • Oh no. Not again.
  • You smug son of a...
  • Mine mine mine! its all mine!
  • Ooooooo-eeeee! Sorry to cut off the tunes, fellow vagrants, but I'm Patch Scartissue, and I want you all to see that I ain't afraid of nothin', not even paper cuts! [slits his finger with an envelope] Aaaaaaah!! [faints]
  • I'm not crazy I just don't give a darn hoo-hoo.
  • Pronoun trouble.
  • Cutesy wutesy sugar plum? No! Hideous, terrifying monster? Yes!
  • Will you knock it off!? Sheesh! A bird could develop a complex around here!
  • [The Warners'] first cartoon was the most bizarre thing I'd ever seen. If I remember it correctly, eh, they had flypaper stuck on their fannies. It was an okay cartoon for a short, but this thing went on for eight hours! Eight hours!
  • C'mon doc, EVOLVE ME!
  • Does anybody understand what this duck is saying?
  • Ooooh, that's DAFFY! DAFFY Duck! I can't believe you'd mistake a big star like me for that other duck who can't even talk straight!
  • We've got to get a new agent. We're getting screwed!
  • What a hypocrite! What a jip! Community service, eh? I'll give 'em community service! I'll see that ingrate ghosts get whiped off the face of the earth! I'll rid the world of disgusting echtoplasmic slime, like J.P. Cubish... [loud thunder] ...er, I mean, NICE echtoplasmic slime, like J.P. Cubish!
  • It just goes to show you, you gotta kill yourself to win an Oswald in this town!
  • [trying to lift Porky] I knew I should've cast Speedy Gonzales as my sidekick!
  • Even though you're kind of little, I'll teach you how to spray your spittle!
  • Porky: T-t-tell me, Holmes, at what sort of school did you learn to be a detective?
    Daffy: Elementary my dear Watson! Elementary!
  • Daffy: Plotz!!
    Mr. Plotz: Daffy, what can I do for you?
    Daffy: It's this Cat & Birdy show!
    Mr. Plotz: What about it?
    Daffy: I demand it be changed to The Duck & Daffy Duckeroonie Daffy Ducky Duck Cartoonie Show!
    Mr. Plotz: But--
    Daffy: No "but"s, Plotz! Change it or I'm walking!
    Yakko: I've got dibs on his parking space.
  • Stop teasin' the audience, ya stupid rabbit! Read my name!
  • Bugs: Now it's my toin to do an act.
    Daffy: Go ahead! I'd love to see the audience boo you off the stage!
  • This dressing room is so small I have to step outside to change my mind!
  • Daffy: Ah-ha, the studio's got this great show.
    Bugs: That's Warner Bros.!
    Daffy: Yes, but nobody told me its name!! Hey!
    Bugs: That's Warner Bros.!
    Daffy: Tell me the show's name!
    Bugs: It's called That's Warner Bros.! Catch it every weekday on Kids' WB!
  • [From The WB's launch spot]
    Bugs: Gee Daffy, I wonder who dey're gonna get to pull da switch.
    Daffy: Why, me, indubitably, as I possess all of the talent around here!

Porky Pig

  • Th-th-th-th-That's all, Folks!
    • Adapted from earlier use by Bosko, without the stutter.
  • L-l-l-lucky for him it IS a one horse town.
  • M-m-m-m-m-mee-men from Mars!!!
  • Happy b-b-birthday you thing from another world you.
  • T-t-t-tell me, Sylvester, i-i-is there any insanity in your family?
  • What ridiculous histrioni-ni-ni....... h-h-histrioni-ni............What ridiculous ACTING!!
  • P-p-p-pithey oh t-t-t-travelling clown. C-c-c-couldst thou directeth me to Robin Hood's h-h-h-hideout?
  • N-n-n-n-know how I'm g-g-g-g-going to g-g-g-g-g-get rid of these m-m-m-m-mice?
  • I'll bet Gene Autry's horse d-d-d-doesn't act like this.
  • Y-y-you can't fool me. I have a high I.Q.
  • Keep away from that masked d-d-d-desporad-d-d-d...... that masked stinker!
  • C-c-c-come gather m-m-m-m-mmy-my-my-my ch-children and y-y-you shall h-h-hear of the mi-of the mi-of the mi-of the midnight r-r-ri-r-ri-r-ride of P-pa-p-pa-paul R-r-revere.
  • O-o-o-okay, everyone. N-n-n-nothing more to see. Th-th-the-th-the-th-that's all, folks. Hey, I l-l-like the sound of that.
  • Hey, what am I sliding for? I-i'm not DiMaggio. My name is P-p-p-p- [SPLASH] -M-m-m-m-mud.
  • P-p-p-p-p-p-et-t-tunia, w-w-w-will you m-m-m-m-m-m-marry m-m-m-me?
  • B-b-b-benedict Arnold! T-t-t-traitor!!
  • H-h-h-help! I-i-i-i-i-indians are coming! I-i-i-i-indians! B-b-b-bows and arrows! T-t-t-tomah-h-hatchets! W-w-w-wigwams! All kinds of - all kinds of stuff like that there!
  • Oh, will y-y-y-you s-s-s-s-stop t-t-t-that r-r-r-r-r-racket!? Now get outta here, y-y-you r-r-r-r-r-roosters!!
  • I'm n-n-n-n-not so stupid.
  • Th-th-th-th-that's silly!
  • Here we g-g-go again!
  • Hey that-that's not in the script!
  • Ralph: Duh, good morning, Porky.
    Porky: Go-go-go-go-go-go-good mo-mo-mo-mo-[gets honked at by a car behind him] ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT!! Hello.
  • [after smacking his thumb with a hammer] Oh, son of a bi-bi-, son of a bi-bi-, son of a bi-bi-bi-...gun! [turns to the camera] Ha-ha-ha! You thought I was going to say 's-s-son of a bitch', didn't ya?!

Elmer Fudd and Egghead

  • Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits!, He-e-e-e-e!
  • Say your pwayers, wabbit!
  • Why, you wascally wabbit!
  • Kill da wabbit.
  • My name is Elmer J. Fudd. Miwwionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht.
  • West and wewaxation at wast!

Gwacious! Have any of you giwls evew had an expewience wike this?

  • Just wait till I get my hands on that scwewy wabbit and that scwewball duck!
  • You're no shewiff! You're that scwewy wabbit!
  • Wisten to the whythmic whythm of the woodwinds as it wowws awound and awound...and it comes out here!
  • WHAT?! A Buck Wogers Wightning Quick Wabbit Kiwwer!
  • Sywvester......the handwing of money is a gweat wesponsibiwity.
  • That weawwy was an awfuwwy good weg of wamb.
  • Your Uncwe Wouis has kicked the bucket. You now inhewit thwee miwwion dowwars
  • Hewwo! Acme Pest Contwol? Well I have a pest I want contwolled.
  • But I haven't got a wiscence to shoot a fwickaseein wabbit.
  • Wow! Wabbit Twacks!
  • Just cwick the shutter and you have a photogwaph of wild-wife suitable for fwaming.
  • Any time those two wittle nut cwackers think they can out-smart Ewmer J. Fudd they've got another thing coming.
  • Come on, Wover boy. Wet's go hunting.
  • I will do it with my spear and magic hewmet.
  • Gee, I hope it didn't hurt too much when I killed you, Mister Wabbit.
  • Whadda know? One bullet weft!
  • Thewe's something scwewy going on around hewe...
  • WAAAAAA HA HAAAAAA! I'm a disgwace to the wegiment!
  • It's a Futuwatic Push-Button Sawesman Ejector!
  • I hope you can hewp me mister game warden. I've been towd I can shoot wabbits, mongooses, pigeons, dirty skunks and ducks. Can you teww me what season it weawwy is??!!
  • Good evening, sportsmen evewywhere...'Fwesh-Fwied, Fwesh-Fwozen Wabbit Company' bwings you 'The Sportsman's Hour,' with handy hunting tips by yours twuwy, Ewmer Fudd!.......And today I have a WEAL surpwise for you: I will demonstwate the pwoper pwocedure for hunting, twacking down & bwasting to smitheweens a weal, wive wabbit!...Now, be vewy, vewy quiet...
  • KILL THE WABBIT! KILL THE WABBIT!
  • Wabbits wove cawwots.
  • At wast! The wong arm of the waw is cwosing in on you. You scwewy wabbit.
  • Geez awfully quiet dang I wonder if there anymore hunters out here this mornin'
  • That duck CRAZY!
  • Wabbits! Wabbits! [crying] Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho!
  • OK, wabbit, we'll see whose I.Q is P.U. !
  • I'm a baaaaaad boy!
  • Hewwo, Mr. Supper!
  • Not this weekend, you're not! You're the symbol of Thanksgiving! Huhuhuhuhu! And you're dinner!
  • Come back, my wittle birdy banquet!
  • Elmer: Oh, Mr. Game Wawden, I've been told to shoot wabbits and pigeons and mongooses and dirty skunks and elks and ducks. Can you tell me what season it weawy is?
    Bugs Bunny: (as Game Warden) Certainly, m'boy! It's baseball season!
  • Elmer: [as Gutzon Borglum] Hold the stwing wight dere and be vewy vewy quiet. Woud noises can stawt--
    Loud Kiddington: [as Lincoln Borglum] WHAJDA SAY, POP?!?
    Elmer: An avawanche!! Aaaahhh! [a boulder crushes him]
  • Elmer: Aah, finished! West and wewaxation at wast! And thanks to your help, it only took fouteen yeaws to compwete.
    Loud Kiddington: Aww, you're only saying that because I'm your son.
    Elmer: No, I'm saying that because working awone, I could've finished it in six yeaws!!
  • Elmer: In my day, we used to chase wabbits. But times have weawwy changed.
    Elmyra: Now we hug 'em and squeeze 'em to pieces!
    Elmer: That's wight!

Yosemite Sam

  • Ooooooooooooooooooh!!!
  • I hate rabbits.
  • [to Bugs Bunny] I hate you!
  • Come back here, ya varmint!
  • It's like you do varmint!
  • This town ain't a big enough fer the two of us!
  • Yeah, Yosemite Sam - the roughest, toughest he-man stuffest hombré that's ever crossed the Rio Grande. An' I ain't no namby-pamby.
  • All right! Don't rush me. I'm a-thinking... and my head hurts.
  • Why did you pour ink on my head?
  • You ornery fur-bearin' rebel, you'll pay for this!"
  • Ya better say yer prayers, ya flea-bitten varmint, I'm a-gonna blow ya to smithereenies!
  • Great horny-toadies! I think I dug all the way to Chinee!
  • I paid my four bits to see the high diving act and I'm-a gonna SEE the high diving act!"
  • Now, ya carrot-chewin' coyote!! Git a goin'!!
  • MAH BISCUITS ARE BURNIN'! FIRE IN THE HAT! GREAT HORNY TOADS, THAT SMARTS!!!
  • If you does that once more I aint-a goin' in after it.
  • I'm Riff Raff Sam, the riffiest riff that ever riffed to raff!"
  • OOOOOOhhh, I hate that rabbit!
  • Okay, rabbit, haul your carcass off'n my real estate!!
  • 10 dollars!! Why it's getting so a man an't earn a dishonest living no more!
  • Why I knows that ornery fur-bearin' critter from waaaaays back.
  • So long, sucker! Ah Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!
  • Say there, boy, how's about playin' something peppy on that skinbox?
  • This here's one of them train robbery hold ups.
  • Gotta burn ma boots! They touched Yankee soil!
  • AW, now you've gone and made me lose count!!
  • Prepare yourself, rabbit. I'm-a comin' over the wall.
  • I smell carrots a cookin'. And whar thar's carrots, there's rabbits.
  • I want you baby! Your eyes! Your lips! Come with me to the Casbaaaaaaaah! We'll make beautiful music together!
  • Say yer prayers, ya long eared galoot!
  • Twenty years trying and ya missed me again, ya no good smackerel! No-good bushwacking berracud-e!
  • So long, sucker! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! [noticed the police officers in the car he landed in] Woo...
  • [after having the front part of his body flattened against the wall] You'll pay for this, varmint! [in a really nasal voice]
  • NO FREE HAND-OUTS, VARMINT!!
  • Great hornytoads! I'd recognize them flat feet anywhere!
  • Get back there, rabbit! I'm-a gonna rob that train!

Foghorn Leghorn

  • I say, I say, What's that big chicken hawk!
  • That's a joke... I say, that's a joke, son.
  • Boy's got a mouth like a cannon, always shootin' off.
  • You gotta.. I say, you gotta keep it on your toes! Toes that is!
  • Now, pay attention, son.
  • Pay attention when I'm talking to ya, boy!
  • Boy's like a tattoo. Gets right under your skin.
  • Okay, I'll shut up. Some fellas have to keep their tongues flappin' but not me. I was brought up right. My pa used to tell me to shut up and I'd shut up. I wouldn't say nothin'. One time darn near starved to death. WOULDN'T TELL HIM I WAS HUNGRY!!
  • Boy's as sharp as a bowling ball.
  • I don't see no hula hula girls.
  • We have been flim-flammed.
  • Fortunately, I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency.
  • I say, I say, boy that's not how you make no airplane.
  • Boy's like a dead horse -- got no get-up-and-go.
  • That boy's as strong as an ox, and just about as smart.
  • This is gonna cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show!
  • Go away, boy, ya bother me!
  • Kid don't stop talking so much he'll get his tongue sun burned.
  • That girl's like that road between Fort Worth and Dallas ...No curves.
  • Don't you, I say don't you call ME a chicken -- you chicken!
  • I don't think this kid's got all his marbles. Shakes his head when he means yes and nods when he means no.
  • If I'm a roo - Ah say - if I'm a rooster, I hope to be struck by lightn [KAPOW] Well, let's put it another way. Way that is.
  • Some days it don't pay to get outta bed!
  • Did ya see that hawk after those hens? He scared 'em! That Rhode Island Red turned white, then blue. Rhode Island, red white and blue! That's a joke, son, a flag-waver! You're built too low. The fast ones go over your head. Ya got a hole in your glove. I keep pitchin' 'em and you keep missin' 'em! Ya gotta keep your eye on the ball! Eye. Ball. Eyeball! I almost had a gag, son--a joke, that is!
  • Well, woman, blink your eyes or something. Yeesh!
  • Say, boy, you cover about as much as a flapper skirt in a high wind.
  • You've gotta be a magician to keep a kid's attention more than two minutes nowadays.
  • Place your bet - Ah say - place your bets, gentlemen. Winnner plays, loser stays. Everyone's a winne - well, not everyone.
  • A sensitive mind won't stand being picked on.
  • The dawg's busier than a centipede at a toe-counting contest.
  • Hey Dawg! I've come to bury the hatchet! Ha, ha. Not in your pointed head, Boy. I come in peace! I brought you a peace-offerin'.
  • No no boy!! You're meant to hit the ball. No the bawl!!!
  • The snow's so deep, the farmers have to jack up the cows so they can milk 'em!
  • That dawg is strictly G.I. -- Gibbering Idiot!
  • Eh...any of this gettin' through that little ol' blue bonnet of yours?
  • OH that woman. Gotta mouth like an outboard motor. All the time! Putputputputputput-phut-phut-phut-putputputputputputputputphew!
  • I don't know what you're doing with that bowling ball, girly. But I'm not gonna stand by and let a lady do a man's job.
  • That boy's as timid as a canary at a cat-show.
  • I need, I say, I need a pointer, and that dog's got just the head for it. Pointed, that is.
  • Go away, boy! Or I'll spank you where the feathers are thinnest.
  • What'ya doin' with a pump, boy? Diggin' for oil? You're crazy, boy. There's no oil within 500 miles of here. Geology of the ground's all wrong. Even if there WAS oil you'd need a drill not a tire pump.
  • Nice girl but about as sharp as a sack 'a wet mice.
  • Adios you chicken-pluckin' little stinker!
  • Explain yourself! Yer tounge's flappin' but no noise is comin' outa yer big mouth!
  • Pay attention to me boy - I'm not just talkin' to hear my head roar!
  • That dawg's as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel 'a oatmeal.
  • 'Course, you know, this means war.
  • Hey, give me that! (takes the axe away from the cat) Who do you think you are, George Washington? (hits the cat over the head with the axe) Hm, there's no cherry trees around here.
  • THIS - ah say - THIS CALLS FOR RETALIATION!
  • Don't you wanna look at your cards first, son? Boy's about as sharp as a bowlin' ball.
  • Ah'm a rooster, son, not a chicken! Pay at-ah say, pay attention, boy! Ah'm talkin' to ya! Kid doesn't listen to a word Ah say.
  • First - ah say - first time in my life someone else shot my mouth off.
  • Boy's as sharp as a pound of wet liver!
  • I can, I say, I can run faster that in high heels *pause* I ain't saying I wear high heels

Sylvester the cat

  • Suffering succotash!
  • Son, you take care of all the little mice and I'll handle any BIG mice that come along.
  • Hello, breakfast!
  • They forgot to put out the cat....The cat?!?! I'M the cat!!!
  • First the wadding, then the shots, then the powder. Packit down good and....[BLAM!!] Wait! Wait! I know what I did wrong! First the shots, then the powder, then the wadding. Pack it down good and...[BLAM!!]
  • Okay, mouse, I'll fight you but I aint fightin' no dames.
  • Now, mouse, you do as I thay or... down the hatch.
  • Sayyy, wait a minute......Tomcats can't be mothers......Cats can't lay eggs!
  • Y'see, son, if you build a BETTER MOUSETRAP, the mice'll BEAT A PATH to your door!
  • It's a good thing I HAVE got nine lives......with THIS kind of an army, I'll NEED' EM!!
  • When that mouse comes thru this opening....WHAM!!! She won't know what hit her!!
  • Hold it, Sam, HOLD IT!! Isn't it silly to jeopardize our neighborly relations over this scrawny bird?!?
  • "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat!" Isn't it about time you saw something else? Sth-tupid bird....
  • I....I can't help it.....I'm a pussycat with NORMAL WEAKNESSES......OTHER pussycats eat birds!!........WHY pick on me?!? WHY?!??!?
  • Brother pussycats. We've been scooted out, backed out and booted out. But TONIGHT we were thhhhhhhhhcared out. It's inhothhhhpita-bitable!! And furthermore it's unnnnnnnnnnncatchhhhhhhhtitutional!!! Are we men or are we mithhhhhhhhhhhhe?!
  • No mouse is no match for no cat. And I'm a cat. I think. MEOW!! Yep, I'm a cat. So MUHA HAHA HA HA HA, mouse!!!
  • Granny-shmanny! You're my Christmas present, and I'm wrapping you up, kid!
  • Aw, come on! Stand still! How do you expect me to grasp you when you jump around like a flea on a hot brick?!
  • She's about as helpless as a porcupine in a nudist colony.
  • And just so YOU don't get out and that GOON don't get IN, I'm lockin' the door, and tossin' the key out the window! THERE!!...and now, for that Tweety-Bird Sandwich I've been dreaming of!...STOP SQUIRMING! I can't stand a sore loser! Let's see...there's cloves...tabasco sauce...[Tweety turns into Mr. Hyde] ...what, no KETCHUP?! Well, I guess I'll hafta have my Tweety-Bird Sandwich without KE-E-E-E-E-ETCH---
  • Awwww, son......can't we just chase one of those big, slow, LETH-TH-TH-THARGIC birds, hmmmmmmm?!
  • From now on, birds are off my list! There! [several birds land on his shoulder and head] Thufferin' thuccatash! What a fine time I picked to go on a diet.
  • Y'see, son? The wheels in your father's head are STILL CLICKING!!
  • Okay, okay, I'll GET you yer mouse!! Spoiled-brat cat!
  • You're just not whistling Dixie, brother!!
  • I haven't been watching the wrestling matches on TV for nothin' ya know.
  • Okay! I'll do it!! I might as well die than starve to death.
  • Where there's cheeses, there's bound to be mouses.
  • Oh brother, another mystery. Doesn't [Granny] ever get tired of these?
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: Okay, kitty, let's see if we can get to the root of your troubles with a little game. I say a vord, and you say the first thing that poops into your head. Bird.
    Sylvester: Tweety!
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Cantalope.
    Sylvester: Tweety!
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Dirigible.
    Sylvester: Tweety Tweety Tweety!
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Oh well, nothing to worry about. [writes "Sylvester's Diagnosis: INCURABLE" on note pad] He's hopeless!
  • Tweety: Oh, c'mon! You know you'll never catch me.
    Sylvester: Sez you!
    Tweety: Well, awl I know is that you can't eat me!
    Sylvester: Huh? And why do you sth-ay that?
    Tweety: 'Tuz, puddy, if you evew get wid of me, den we don't have a show!
    Sylvester: What?
    Tweety: Aftew all, I am de star!
    Sylvester: Oh yeah?! [eats Tweety] That thstar could've used thome thalt.
  • One thing I've learned while chasing the bird... Avoid the dog!!
  • Being a cat is easy if you remember these thsimple rulesth - cat chases bird, cat catches bird, cat eats bird.

Tweety Bird

  • I tawt I taw a puddy tat!
  • I did! I did see a puddy tat!
  • Ho ho, dat puddy tat has a pink skin under his fur coat!
  • Stick 'em up, Geronimo! I'm Hop-Awong Cattidy!
  • AAAAAAAAH! You cwushed my widdy head! AH HA HA HAAAAAAA! You mashed me widdle metatarsel!!
  • Oh, wook, piddies! This widdle piddy went to market, this widdle piddy stayed home, this widdle piddy had woast beef, and this little pitty had.......whadaya know, wan outa piddies!
  • You know, I lose more putty tats dat way.
  • I may be wong, but I just don't twust puddy tat's honor.
  • I calm him down. [hits Sylvester with mallet] I guess I calm him down too much.
  • Gee whiz, puddy tat. I didn't know you could fwy.
  • Where oh where has my puddy tat gone? Oh where oh where can he be?
  • I tawt I taw a puddy tat. I tawt I taw another puddy tat. I'm tawounded by puddy tats.
  • Wike I said before: Once a bad ol' putty tat, awways a bad ol' putty tat.
  • Gosh, I never wealized that being a wittle bird could be so compwicated.
  • HUMPH! How does a bird go about getting twansferred out of this outfit?!
  • BRRRR! I feel a dwaft on my fwagile wittle body.
  • You know dat puddy is going to hurt himself if he not more careful.
  • Ooohhh what a hypotwit!
  • Forgot my wittle hat again!
  • Poor Puddy Tat!
  • Come on, little pawty dog! Hewp me find the little putty tat!
  • Awww, the poor putty tat, stuck on the ceiling!
  • That a good putty tat! Play nice with the little pawty dog! Don't fight!
  • Awwww Bad ol' Puddy Tat...he fall down, go...BOOM!!!!!
  • [on Sylester's backfires] Weww, at weast he's consistent!

Granny

  • Who were you expecting, Pocahontas?
  • Thought you could out fox old Granny, huh?! Well I was hep to ya all the time.
  • There, just as snug as a bug in a rug, eh Sylvester?
  • Well, here we are at last, Tweety, in VENICE......with all its Venetian blinds!!
  • Ooh, hoo hoo hoo!! I haven't had THIS much fun since the boys got back from Gettysburg!!!
  • Yeah, that'll teach you. Next time I'll give you what fir!!
  • If there's one little feather, just ONE little feather harmed of this bird, I'm going to sell you to the violin string factory!
  • I'll teach you to molest helpless little birdies!
  • Oh, why even bother with cooking? It's pizza tonight!
  • That's it! We've been cancelled!
  • The schedule said this is where we'd find the commercials. Now where could they be?

Speedy Gonzales

  • Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba! Yii-hah!
  • Hello, uno pussy gato. You got uno tacks problemente?
  • Hello, Poosie-cats! You looking for a nice fat mouse for deenner?
  • I don't see that seelly pussy cats today. He must be asleep. I better wake heem up!
  • They don't make pussy cats like they used to.
  • Thees ees the only way to run!
  • Ah...A present from my loving Lupe. Such a sweet Lupe...I wonder which loving Lupe eet ees?
  • Excusa! Esta too mucho rapido for the eyes to follow? I'll show you in el slow motiono.
  • No mas tequila! Already mui loaded.
  • Thees pussy cats trying to lure me weeth thees cheese. HOKAY, PUSSY CATS, I AM LURING!
  • I don't why she don't like me. I'm so leetle. I don't take up much room. And don't eat much.
  • Gracias, Senorita Mi Amor! Adios! Hasta la vista! YEE-HEE!!!
  • Yee HA! Oh the funny theengs those fellows do to me!
  • Grab your sombraros, amigos. Here we go again.
  • You know, the pussy gato needs one of those psycholico... um... psycholica... um... you know, one of those head shreenking fellows.
  • I'm stirring, and I'm a mouse.
  • You know, I got the feeling like somebody is looking at me.
  • What's a matter, pussycats? You nervous?
  • You pooped? Hokay, I come back.
  • Buenos noches, senorita. You doing anythings tonight?
  • I don't know, but I theenk we are finally getting that duck's goat.
  • Deedn't your mother tell you to look both ways before crosseeng the railroad tracks? You could get hurt!
  • Oh, you have thee wrong house senor. Noone in here but us cheeckens!
  • Hey, why everybody vamoosa?
  • What's the matter, amigos? You meess me, ha?
  • Now that's what I call a brave poossy cat.
  • Hey, poossy cat, I have to pass your way again. I'll slow down so eet weell be fair.
  • You'd better put back all my friends where you got heem.
  • I turned that duck into sometheeng. I do not know what.
  • Carumba! You always hungry! Okay I get you a tortilla.
  • Oh oh! I theenk thees ees where I come een.
  • Hey, senor duck! I am running een there to get one of those chocolate canejos!
  • That's a job for the fastest mouse, which ees me. Not the slowest mouse, which ees you.
  • Here I come by you again, senor pussy cats.
  • Holy frijoles! That theeng runs faster than me.

Road Runner

  • Beep!, Beep!

Wile E Coyote

  • Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Wile E Coyote, Genius. I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college. And so let's get down to cases. You are a rabbit and I am going to eat you for supper. Now don't try to get away. I am more muscular, more cunning, faster and larger than you are and I'm a genius while you could hardly pass the entrance examinations to kindergarden. So I'll give you the customary 2 minutes to say your prayers.
  • You genius. You've done it again.
  • Well, back to the old drawing board.
  • Gad, I'm such a genius
  • Genius. That's what it is sheer genius
  • Being a genuis certainly has it's advantages.
  • Brilliance. That's all I can say, sheer unadulterated brilliance.
  • Wile E Coyote Super Genius. I like the way that rolls out Wile E Coyote Super Genuis.
  • (groggily) Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mud.
  • Ouch.
  • Why do they always want to do it the hard way?

Marvin the Martian

  • Oh dear, now I shall have to create more Martians.
  • Being disintegrated makes me very angry! Very angry, indeed!
  • At last, after 2,000 years of work, the illudium pu36 explosive space modulator. At long last, my dream come true.
  • The Earth? Oh, the Earth will be gone in just a few seconds.
  • Oh, I'm going to blow it up, it obstructs my view of Venus.
  • Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!
  • The illudium pu36 explosive space modulator! That creature has stolen the space modulator!
  • Delays, delays.
  • Oh dear, this is most inconvenient, now I'll have to call out the reserves.
  • we must capture a live earth creature K-9, and take it back with us to Mars. Isn't that a nice assignment, mmm?
  • Oh, that wasn't a bit nice...You have made me very angry... very angry indeed!
  • Please sir, do not interrupt my chain of thought, I'm a busy martian.
  • Are you from the earth? How interesting. I'm just about to solve the Earth's fuel problem.
  • I'm not angry, just terribly, terribly hurt.
  • Daffy: I claim this planet in the name of the Earth!

Marvin:I claim this planet in the name of Mars! Hmmm, isn't that lovely?

  • This insignificant planetoid has been found guilty of crimes against the universe.
  • Oh drat these computers, they're so naughty and so complex, I could pinch them."
  • Earthlings have the worst sense of direction!
  • A mission? I'm all a-tingle!
  • There's nothing I enjoy more than frolicking in a room filled with empty plastic balls.
  • Wakey-wakey, friends. Time to wreak mayhem in the cause of evil.
  • Ugh, another delusional fan trying to emulate the famous trench scene. How many lives must that accursed film claim?!
  • Daffy: [as Duck Dodgers] So, what do you think? Could today end our mutual hatred?
    Marvin: Unlikely, Dodgers. Whether at war or peace, I shall always loathe you.
    Daffy: You shall always love me?! Eeeew!
    Marvin: I said loathe, you idiot!
  • "Oh, no, Your Majesty. I like [General Z-9] in a way. In an 'I can't wait to go to his funeral' way!"
  • Queen Tyrani: Need mouth to mouth resuscitation...
    Marvin: YES, YOUR HIGHNESS!

Pepe Le Pew

  • 'Ello, baby.
  • I am ze locksmith of love, no?
  • Come on darling, we must be grown up about zis thing; do not run away from ze love!
  • Hey, a gift from 'eaven!
  • 'Ow impetuous can you get?
  • Look darling, per'aps I am old fashioned, but shouldn't we be introduced first? I am Pepe Le Pew. Zis is my first affair so, please, be kind. I'm shy but, uh, I'm willing.. [She runs away] I am playing it too cool, no?
  • Where are you, my little Lona Misa? I am looking to find you!
  • You are my peanut. I am your brittle.
  • Ah, my little darling, it is love at first sight, is it not, no?
  • Zee cabbage does not run away from zee corn-beef.
  • I am stupid. No?
  • Where are you, my little object of art? I am going to collect you!
  • Don't move, darling. I want to remember you just as you are.
  • Oh well, war is fine, but love is better. Right?
  • You found an interesting place for us, you clever you!
  • You know, zis bump gives me an 'eadache, but VIVE L'AMOUR!
  • Did you know zat when you are in love it is impossible to get insurance? But zen, security isn't everything.
  • One nice thing is, ze game of love is never called on account of darkness.
  • Zee stripe! It is gone! She is not a skunk at all!
  • Permit me to introduce myself. I am Pepe Le Pew, your lover.
  • Ahhh, zis little one wishes to commit suicide to prove 'er love for me. What a sweet gesture. Nevertheless, I must prevent it!
  • Saved!!! [Penelope slips from his arms and falls] VIVE L'AMOUR! We die togezzer! [Jumps after her]
  • When you are a skunk, you learn 'ow to 'old your breath for a long time.
  • A colleague of mine once noted, zere is very little difference between men and women. But, VIVE LE DIFFERENCE!!
  • Pretty good, eh? For a growing boy, zat is. Because, my darling, I am a boy and I am growing fonder of you every day!
  • Everyone should 'ave a 'obby, don't you think? Mine is making love.
  • Ah, my darling, I love you. Where 'ave I been all your life?
  • Ah, zis tempestous one. She is overcome by her emotions at seeing me again.
  • You know, most men would get discouraged about now... fortunately for 'er, I am not most men.
  • Darling, you found me! 'Ow sweet! *kiss, kiss* 'Ow clever! *kiss, kiss* We will never part again!
  • Eh! I'm ze abdominal snowman, no?
  • Eenie, meenie, miney mo, catch a lover by ze toe, if she 'oller, 'old her closer; eenie, meenie, miney mosa.
  • Come to me, my melon baby collie.
  • Le hiiissssssssss! I am a snake and you 'ave charmed me, no?
  • You know, it is not just a case of physical attraction. I admire 'er mind too.
  • Zere are plenty of fish in ze ocean... if you like fish. Personally, I prefer girls. Hmmmm, call it a weakness.
  • You know, it may be possible to be TOO attractive.
  • I tell you what. You stop resisting me, and I, I will stop resisting you. When 'ave you 'ad a better offer zan zat?
  • I must find out what zis 'pew' means every time I appear.
  • Turn out zee lights, darling. I know where everything is.
  • She want to play it zee lover's chase. It is ze little girl in 'er. C'est l'amour.
  • Where are you, pigeon?
  • I am ze broken heart of love. I am ze disillusioned and wish to enlist in ze foreign legion so I may forget. Take me!
  • A pitiful case, am I not?
  • No matter 'ow I disguise myself, you smell me out.
  • Come, pink pigeon, we are wasting valuable time!
  • For some strange reason zis little orchid is shy.
  • Vive la republique!
  • Dashing, no?
  • Quel es? Ahhh, la petite femme skunk fatale! The post of 'onour can wait, no? Tch - tch!
  • Ah, ma cherie, zis is an affaire d'amour, is it not? It is an affair of we love each ozzer madly!
  • Huh? What is this? Oh, but of course! Zis small one, she is wish to put on 'er face before we continue ze wooing!
  • Are you lipsticked and mascared, little one?
  • But darling, tomorrow I may be shipped overseas!
  • You know, one of the mysteries of my life is, why a woman run away when all she really wish is to be captured.
  • Almost like shooting fish in a barrel.
  • Flirt!
  • I am ze sheikh, no?
  • But madame!
  • Madame, control yourself! Your conduct is untimely, control yourself! Madame!
  • Why is it when a man is captured by a woman, all 'ee wish to do is get away?
  • Quel es? Ahhh, la belle femme skunk fatale! Tch - tch!
  • Do not come with me to ze casbah, we shall make beautiful musics togezzer right 'ere!
  • I missed, fortunately for you. So now ma cherie, we can begin life anew!
  • C'est la guerre.
  • Who is it? [Sees soaking wet Penelope] Oh, it is you again.. [She locks the door and hides the key] What can I do.. to.. 'elp.. you? Why do you lock zee..? Oh no! [She starts to move towards him] Control yourself, madame! [He begins to walk backwards] You cannot be in earnest! Joke, yes? No! [He runs away]
  • Eh, wait a just minute! Quel es? Oh, a female lady skunk of ze fair sex! You know, I think I deserve a vacation! [Runs away]
  • You know, I suddenly realize, I never learned 'ow to swim! Ho ho, silly me!
  • All right cherie, ze courtship is over!
  • Eh, I am a creamy puff, no?
  • Now zen cherie, en guarde!
  • 'Ello, cherie.
  • All is fair in love and war, eh darling?
  • All right buttercup, you 'ave done all zat could be expected. You 'ave resisted your natural impulses and run away from me.
  • You little flirt!
  • Charming situation, is it not?
  • I am your guide to love, no?
  • Navigator to pilot: pretty girl at three o'clock, over! Pilot to Navigator: wow wow!!! Over!
  • I pierce you with the eck - eck of love, flower pot!
  • I always got A's in gym.
  • Darling, 'ow good of you to wait for me.
  • A true gentleman must be prepared for anything.
  • She look everywhere for me, she find me, zen she run away. Why??
  • Strong will, am I not?
  • Come back darling, golden violet! I will unshy you! You are just insecure. All you need is a little occupational therapy, like making love!
  • Ze best things of life are worth waiting for.
  • Baby doll!
  • I am se peanut butter. Yuo are ze jelly. Come, let us make a sandwich of love.

Other Characters

  • Castaways: We're gonna have roast rabbit!
  • Henery Hawk: I'm a chicken hawk and you're a chicken!

Dialogue

From Buckaroo Bugs

  • Red Hot Ryder: (reading letter) "Roses are red. Violets are pink. Flowers smell good, but you sure... (last word is censored) I sure what?
  • Bugs Bunny: STINK YOU FOOL! STINK!
  • Red Hot Ryder: I'ma lookin' for the Masked Marauder. Have you seen him?

From Rabbit Fire

  • Daffy Duck: (disguised as Bugs) Eh... what's up, doc? Havin' any luck with those ducks? It's duck season, y'know!
  • Bugs Bunny: (disguised as Daffy) Just a darn minute! Where do you get that duck season stuff?!
  • Daffy Duck: Says so over there on that sign, you're so smart.
  • (Sign reads "Rabbit Season")
  • Daffy Duck: [to Elmer] You know what to do with that gun, doc.
  • (Elmer points the shotgun at Daffy and shoots him)

From The Unruly Hare

  • Elmer Fudd: (after shooting Bugs Bunny in the back) So, I'm a big, fat wat!
  • Bugs Bunny: Yeah, have some cheese, rat! (shoves a wedge of cheese in Elmer's mouth)


From The Wabbit Who Came to Supper

  • Bugs Bunny: Ya don't get the dough ay butterball?
  • Elmer Fudd: No, but I'm gonna get you!
  • Elmer Fudd: Good widdance to bad wubbish!


From Fresh Hare (After Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny have engaged in a snow chase in which Elmer crashed into a snow-covered tree which gave him a Santa hat and beard)

  • Bugs Bunny: Merry Christmas, Santy!
  • Elmer Fudd: (crying) I'm a disgwace to the wegimen!


From Bugs and Thugs

[Bugs makes sounds like a police car stopping]

  • Bugs Bunny: [Irish accent] All right, Clancey, take the boys and surround the house.

[Runs through the door]

  • Bugs Bunny: Jiggers, the cops!
  • Rocky: Hide me! Quick, hide me!
  • Bugs Bunny: Here. hide in here, quick.

[Puts Rocky inside the stove]

  • Mugsy: Hide me too! Hide me! Wah-hah-hah! It's not fair! You've gotta hide me, too!
  • Bugs Bunny: I must be dreaming. It couldn't be this easy. Okay, quick. Hide in here.

[Hides Mugsy in stove]

  • Bugs Bunny: Now don't move until I tell you too.
  • Bugs Bunny: [Knocking on door] All right, open up! This is the police!

[Forces door open]

  • Bugs Bunny: All right, where's Rocky? Where's he hiding?
  • Bugs Bunny: [Normal] He's not in this stove.
  • Bugs Bunny: [as policeman] Oho! He's hiding in the stove, eh?
  • Bugs Bunny: Now look, would I turn on this gas if my friend Rocky was in there?
  • Bugs Bunny: [as policeman] Um, you might, rabbit. You might.
  • Bugs Bunny: Well, would I throw a lighed match in there if my friend was in there?

[Throws match in stove; it explodes]

  • Bugs Bunny: [as policeman] All right, rabbit, you've convinced me. I'll look for Rocky in the city.

[Closes door]

  • Bugs Bunny: The coast is clear, fellas. They've gone.

[Rocky and Mugsy come out of the oven, all burned and groggy; just then the real police arrives]

  • Policeman: Okay, Clancey. Take the boys and surround the house.
  • Bugs Bunny: Jiggers, fellas! The cops!

[Rocky and Mugsy hide back in the oven]

  • Policeman: [Knocking on door] Open up! This is the police!

[Bursts through door ]

  • Policeman: All right, Rabbit. Where's Rocky? Where's he hiding?
  • Bugs Bunny: He's not in this stove.
  • Policeman: Oho! He's hiding in the stove, eh?
  • Bugs Bunny: Would I turn on this gas if he was in there?
  • Policeman: Um, you might, rabbit. You might.
  • Bugs Bunny: Well, would I throw a lighed match in there if he was in there?
  • Rocky: Oh no, you don't!

[He and Mugsy burst out of stove and grovel at the policeman's feet]

  • Rocky: Take me with you! Don't leave me with that crazy rabbit! I confess! I did it! Arrest me! Arrest me!


From French Rarebit

  • Bugs Bunny: Something tells me this grey hare is in the middle again.
  • Bugs Bunny: Of course, if you really want to make something good, nothing beats a good old Louisiana Back-bay Bayou Bunny Bordelaise, a la Antoine.
  • Francois: A la Antoine? This Antoine of New Orleans?
  • Bugs Bunny: I don't mean Antoine of Flatbush.
  • Bugs Bunny: And now, for Antoine's recipe. First, immerse the rabbit thoroughly in wine.

[he dips Francois in wine]

  • Bugs Bunny: Then pickle.
  • Francois: Already I am ze [Hiccup] pickled.
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Bugs Bunny

  1. A fictional cartoon rabbit.

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Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who starred in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series created by Warner Bros. He made the phrase "What's up, Doc?" popular as early as 1940. Other things he says are "I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque", "Of course you realize, this means war", and "Ain't I a stinker?". He is often seen as a very studious character, with a carrot in his mouth. His counterpart is commonly Daffy Duck, with whom he is usually arguing. In other movies, he comes up against Wil E. Coyote or Yosemite Sam. Bugs speaks with a Brooklyn accent (and usually a mouthful of carrots), causing him to drop his "Rs". Bugs is somewhat based on the comedian Groucho Marx. Bugs is one of a dozen cartoon characters to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; he was the second after Mickey Mouse.

Further reading

  • Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare, by Joe Adamson (1990), Henry Holt, ISBN 0-8050-1855-7
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald (1989), Henry Holt, ISBN 0-8050-0894-2
  • Chuck Amuck : The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist by Chuck Jones, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, ISBN 0-374-12348-9
  • That's Not All, Folks! by Mel Blanc, Philip Bashe. Warner Books, ISBN 0-446-39089-5 (Softcover) ISBN 0-446-51244-3 (Hardcover)
  • Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, Leonard Maltin, Revised Edition 1987, Plume ISBN 0-452-25993-2 (Softcover) ISBN 0-613-64753-X (Hardcover)

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