Everyone’s favorite cartoon rabbit, Bugs Bunny, was first created by Warner Bros. back in the 1930’s, and he has remained an iconic staple of popular culture ever since. Having been featured in over 160 short films, there’s plenty of Bugs content out there to enjoy even to this day, even nearly a century later. The slick rabbit has been talking his way out of trouble for decades, but did you know that he’s got plenty of history and even some scandals under his belt? How many of these stories about Bugs Bunny do you already know? Let’s take a jump down the rabbit hole to find out.
A Different Look
When Bugs Bunny first appeared on TV screens, he had quite a different look from the Bugs we know and love today. His first appearance was in Porky’s Hate Hunt in April 1938. He looks totally unrecognizable here!
Looney Tunes animator Ben “Bugs” Hardaway created the beloved character, who was initially named Happy Rabbit. When he was working on the concept, his co-workers would refer to his animation as “Bugs’ Bunny,” and the name stuck. The rest is history!