Bugs Bunny Day

Bugs Bunny Day is observed next on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 (59 days from today).

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Bugs Bunny Day on April 30th commemorates the day when the first famous bunny appeared in a short film in 1938.

National Bugs Bunny Day on April 30th every year celebrates this happy lucky rabbit first appeared in 1938. We are ready to enjoy National Bugs Bunny Day in a fun way by watching "Looney Tunes" all day long, eating carrots like Bugs Bunny and spreading the joy all over social media! Did you know Bugs Bunny's first appearance not on TV or any cartoon channel but on a short movie?

History of Bugs Bunny Day

On April 30th, 1938, a cartoon character called "Happy Rabbit" made his first appearance in a Warner Bros. Cartoon titled "Porky's Hare Hunt". He is the prototype for Bugs Bunny with a similar personality, however, there is also a bit different. On the anniversary of the release of this short, we celebrate Bugs Bunny Day.

Bugs Bunny is an anthropomorphized gray rabbit with a laid-back and passive personality - but it's also a trickster. He became a cultural icon and is best known for starring in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, short films produced by Warner Bros. performed from the 1930s to the 1960s. He appeared in many other formats, such as feature films, comic books and music CDs. He has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character and TV Guide has listed him as the greatest animated character of all time. In 1997, Bugs Bunny became the first cartoon character having been printed on a postage stamp. In addition, he also became a star on the Hollywood Walk.

The name "Bugs" or "Bugsy" means crazy or silly and was used as a nickname during the first half of the twentieth century. For example, bandit Benjamin Siegel is best known as Bugsy Siegel. Today the name persists in phrases like "You're bothering me" and in Bugs Bunny.

Although we celebrate Bugs Bunny Day today, he didn't make his official debut until July 27, 1940, when he appeared in "A Wild Hare." It was in this short film, also starring Elmer Fudd, where Bugs Bunny first used his catchphrase "Eh, What's Up?” By 1942, he was the top star of Merrie Melodies. He appeared in 167 short films from the 1940s to 1964, during his "Golden Age".

The Bugs Bunny Show first debuted in 1960. It has been edited over time but has been on television for forty years. Bugs Bunny also appeared in other animated network television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1988, he appeared in the animated/live-action Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Box Office Bunny, released in 1990, became the first Bugs Bunny cartoon to hit theaters since 1964. Bugs appeared in another animated film, named Space Jam, with the participants by Looney Tune and Michael Jordan. In 2003, he appeared in Looney Tunes: Back in Action on Cartoon Network for two seasons starting in 2011.

Some reasons for Bugs Bunny Day being loved

  • Belong to the cartoon world

Bugs Bunny has left an indelible mark on the world of animation. His character inspires every animator to improve themselves day by day and keep themselves fit. This day helps animators recall why they decided to choose this career path.

  • Talking like Bugs Bunny is fun

Bugs Bunny is one of the fastest and smoothest talkers we've ever seen in a cartoon. On National Bugs Bunny Day, you can talk like Bugs Bunny by using the catchphrase. Moreover, we can enjoy a lot of funny moments with our friends and colleagues.

  • Teach life lessons

Bugs Bunny has been chased by his enemies during all his life, however, it is lucky that he has never been caught. So you can imagine the amount of hard work and effort that Bugs Bunny has put in to last for almost 85 years. This is a significant lesson about never giving up and always chasing our dreams (or, in Bugs Bunny's case, running).

Some terrible facts about Bugs Bunny

  • His voice is designed to imitate Daffy Duck

Bugs Bunny's voice is designed to mimic Daffy Duck's personality.

  • World War II military propaganda cameos

Bugs Bunny's character was used in the United States during World War II for military propaganda about things like proper hygiene and not leaking American secrets.

  • He was used to study more about false memories

Scientists have shown people fake Disney World advertisements featuring Bugs Bunny in various psychological studies related to false beliefs.

  • The creator is worried he will be a bully

The show's producers made sure Bugs Bunny was provoked or else his character would turn out to be a total bully.

  • Bugs Bunny saved a creator's life

Voice artist Mel Blanc got into a serious car accident that left him in a coma and, in order to revive the unresponsive patient, the doctors started talking to him like Bugs Bunny and he started to respond "What's the matter, doc?"

How to celebrate Bugs Bunny Day

  • Organize a marathon running the cartoon "Bugs Bunny"

On April 30th, you can invite and meet your friends and then use your laptop or television to watch some popular Bugs Bunny shows and movies.

  • Eat carrots

On Bugs Bunny Day, do not forget carrots. Eat it raw or make curries with carrots. This will be a great way to remember the funny bunny and stay healthy as well.

  • Use Bugs Bunny's catchphrase

If you are too busy to watch shows with your friends, you can watch alone at least.


Bugs Bunny Day has been observed annually on April 30th.


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