Animation Cel of Bugs Bunny from Warner Brothers cartoon

Animation Cel of Bugs Bunny from Warner Brothers cartoon

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Animation cel of Bugs Bunny saying "What's Up Doc?” Tex Avery created Bugs Bunny in an award-winning cartoon he produced for Warner Brothers in 1940 called The Wild Hare . Initially known as Jack E. Rabbit, "Bugs" later received his better-known name from another Warner Brothers director of the same name. Though the rabbit received his name from Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, he received his ornery personality from Tex Avery. Bugs received his distinct voice from Mel Blanc during the years 1938-1989. During the Second World War, Bugs Bunny became more popular than Disney or MGM short subjects. But Bugs received his widest audience through the medium of television, both through syndication and distribution of earlier cartoons and through The Bugs Bunny Show, appearing from 1960 to the late 1990s.
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Object Name
cel, animation
associated person
Blanc, Mel
Warner Brothers
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cartoon Characters
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Movie Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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