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By Michael Baadke

Born July 27: Bugs Bunny

July 27, 2015 03:30 AM

  • The 1997 commemorative stamp honoring cartoon favorite Bugs Bunny, who is celebrating his 75th year.

It was on July 27, 1940, that a character recognizable as Bugs Bunny first appeared on the big screen, in an animated Merrie Melodies short feature titled A Wild Hare.

And that makes Bugs Bunny 75 years old today.

Bugs, a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated character, was featured on a 32¢ stamp issued May 22, 1997 (Scott 3137).

Bugs was voiced by the great Mel Blanc in that early feature, and in the many features that followed for close to 50 years. Bugs' first spoken words in A Wild Hare, "What's up, Doc?," became his standard catchphrase.

There were a few earlier incarnations of a rabbit character in the late 1930s, including one named Happy Rabbit, but the release of A Wild Hare is considered Bugs' official debut.