BUGS BUNNY'S 75TH BIRTHDAY BASH (VARIOUS YEARS)

Dir. Various

The wascally wabbit takes center screen in this special presentation, courtesy of film critic and historian Leonard Maltin and author and animation historian Jerry Beck. From his official debut in Porky's Hare Hunt (1938) through his induction into the National Film Registry in Chuck Jones’ What’s Opera, Doc? (1957), Maltin and Beck present some of Bugs’ most distinctive, iconic and entertaining films. After developing through a series of shorts in the late 1930s, Bugs made his starring debut in A Wild Hare (1940), the first cartoon to use his official voice, as created by Mel Blanc, and one of the first to pit him against hapless hunter Elmer Fudd. As developed by Avery, Jones and Bob Clampett, he emerged as one of the screen’s most lovable troublemakers. Along with Fudd, his enemies have included Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, and rival Warner Bros. star Daffy Duck, featured in Jones’ Rabbit Seasoning (1952). Bugs even took a stab at the classics with the Aesop adaptation Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943). His popularity made him Warner’s official mascot and won him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In attendance: Leonard Maltin, Jerry Beck.

BUGS BUNNY'S 75TH BIRTHDAY BASH
TM and ©2012 TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES A TIME WARNER COMPANY ALL RIGHTS RESERVED