Bugs Bunny Characters

Bugs Bunny is a famous American cartoon character of the Looney Tunes. There are many other supporting Bugs Bunny characters that give their appearance in this comedy cartoon series often. Besides Bugs Bunny himself, the other supporting animated Bugs Bunny characters have their own importance for making the show even jollier.

Bugs Bunny Characters

Appearance and the Characteristics of the Bugs Bunny

This character of a male Bugs Bunny has a resemblance with Rabbit but having the characteristics more of the Hare. He is painted in grey and white in colour. He is immensely naughty but has a great sense of humor with a peculiar wit. He is often shown eating a carrot.

The Bugs Bunny Cartoon

Bugs Bunny is a famous animated cartoon character of the Looney Tunes. This animated cartoon was created for the first time in the 1930s. Leon Schlesinger Productions which later named as Warner Bros are the creators of this character.

Debut Cartoon of the Bugs Bunny

The Bugs Bunny appeared for the first time in the Warner Bros cartoon ‘Porky’s Hare Hunt’ that was aired in 1938, while the second appearance was in ‘A Wild Hare’ that was broadcasted back in 1940.

How was the Bugs Bunny’s Character Development and Evolved?

Chase Craig, who was a member of the creative unit of this cartoon character says that this cartoon character is not a creation of a single person, instead, this character is an outcome of the handwork of some five to six directors and so many other cartoon writers. Because this was the style of work in those days, as a team of creative workers was usually involved in the creation of such characters.

  • As mentioned earlier that this character gave its first appearance as a Happy Rabbit, the Porky’s Hare Hunt back in 1938. In this character, he was more like a Hare but was having few of the features of the Bugs. This was almost the same as the Porky’s Duck Hunt, but here in Porky’s Hare Hunt, the little black duck was replaced with a small white rabbit. For this Happy Rabbit, Mel Blanc provided his services for the voice over. This Happy Rabbit was more like a duck instead; he had a shapeless body while the head was nearly oval. He uses to laugh like a woody woodpecker.

  • People were seen in love with the character of the rabbit. So The Happy Rabbit gave his appearance once again in the Prest-O Change-O. This show was directed by Chuck Jones. In this show, the happy rabbit is a pet of a magician. In this cartoon, the happy rabbit sees that two dogs enter in his master’s house. For this he encounters them but he gets beaten by the dogs.

  • The Happy Rabbit gave his third appearance in Hare-um Scare-um. Here when Charlie Thorson who was the leading animator, drew the animated sheet for the director, he wrote the name of this character as Bugs Bunny. Later during the promotional campaigns of this show, the same name was used for this rabbit.

  • The Happy rabbit appeared next in Elmer’s Candid Camera. With more or less the same resemblance like the present-day Bugs Bunny to whom we all know well. They designed him much better in this show than his previous resemblances. He was created taller with a sophisticated sized head.

Bugs Bunny Characters

In the cartoon Bugs Bunny, the main character is that of a Bugs Bunny himself. Though is also the other supporting cast that is added in this cartoon on and off. Following is the list of the other cartoon characters along with their names that are part of the Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Elmer Fudd

This is a cartoon character of a human appearance. He is always remaining engaged in defeating and teasing Bugs Bunny. But there is no doubt that he always is on the hit list of the bugs Bunny too. He is always shown wearing a hunter dress, with a gun in his hand. He is shown bald, always wearing a cap on his head. The funniest thing about him is his voice and the way he speaks. Mel Blanc was the first voice over artist of Elmer Fudd.

Yosemite Sam

Yosemite Sam is also one of the adversaries of the Bugs Bunny. The full name of this cartoon character is Samuel Michelangelo Rosenbaum. Like Elmer Fudd he also is an aggressive guy. He is so much annoyed of the rabbits. He simply does not like rabbit. He has a long moustache so long that it almost hides the face of Yosemite, and just the ears left visible. His eyebrows are also much thicker. His hairs are of red colour. There is a large hat he is wearing. He is always wearing blue trouser with cowboy shoes.

A yellow scarf around his neck is also a part of his costume. Yosemite Sam was created by Friz Freleng. Mel Blanc gave his voice to Yosemite Sam in 1945. Presently Fred Tatasciore is the voice-over artist for the Yosemite Sam. As far as his caution is concerned, he can be seen some times as a cowboy, a knight, gunslinger, a sailor and many others. He also uses to ride on a mini horse some times.

Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian devil also well known as Taz, is also one of the animated cartoon characters by the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. He has given his appearances in the Bugs Bunny’s cartoon as well. He was first appeared in ‘Devil May Hare’ broadcasted in 1954. Tasmanian devil is created by Robert Mckimson and Sid Marcus. Tasmanian devil is voiced by Mel Blanc from 1954 to 1983. While Fred Tatasciore is giving his voice since 2019 for Tasmanian devil till now. As far as the personality of the Tasmanian devil is concerned, he is shown impatient and also short-tempered.

Although he is a devil, he sometimes shows a soft side of his nature as well. His eating routine is so strange, as he cannot stop eating anything that he looks at. The only thing that can turn him soft is the music. When he hears any music he changes totally and become friendly, and so this it becomes easy to deal with him.

Marvin the Martian

Marvin the Martian is also one of the animated cartoon characters by the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. This is a cartoon character that is actually an extraterrestrial male character. His is often seen in the Bugs Bunny cartoon as well in which Marvin the Martian is shown a villain. The first appearance was in Haredevil Hare that was broadcasted in 1948. Marvin the Martian is created by Chuck Jones.

Mel Blanc gave his voice to Marvin the Martian till 1989. Eric Bauza is the present voice-over artist of the Marvin the Martian. In the costume, he wears a red shirt with its green frills. His feet are larger than his body size in proportion. All the face is jet black no other feature on the face is visible other than eyes. He uses to wear a helmet on the head that is also green in the color.

Wile E.Coyote

Wile E. Coyote is also one of the animated cartoon characters by the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. This character is created from the specie of Canine a kind of wolf from North America. Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese are the creators of Wile E. Coyote. Wile E. Coyote is a wolf that is always shown hungry and he is so desperate in the search of food most of the times.

He always is seen engaged in trapping his prey. But in all the cases he fails to succeed. Thus he seems much silly too. Wile E. Coyote in the Bugs Bunny gave his appearances as a rival from 1952 to 1963. The shows that he appeared in are;

  • Operation: Rabbit in this cartoon Wile E. Coyote is introduced as Genius.

  • To Hare is Human

  • Rabbit’s Feat

  • Compressed Hare

  • Hare Breadth Hurry

Road Runner

Road Runner is one of the animated cartoon characters by the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Road Runner is the jolliest character. He is a male bird. This is a bird character that has the ability to run so much fast on the ground. That no one is ever able to catch him. He is appeared first time in ‘Fast and Furry-ous’ in 1949. This character is inspired by the Greater Roadrunner, a bird from the G.Californianus specie.

He is mostly available in the southwestern United States and Mexico. This bird has long legs. Similarly, Road Runner is created with his long red-coloured legs. He uses to create a sound ‘beep beep’ especially when he is running. Roadrunner also kept appearing in the Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Gossamer

Gossamer is one of the animated cartoon characters by the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. This character of a red hairy monster. The worldly mean of Gossamer something that is super fine or is super delicate. For example a spider web. All of his body is covered with red hairs. Gossamer gave his first appearance in ‘Hair-Raising Hare’ that was broadcasted in 1946. In this cartoon, Gossamer is shown the assistant of a mad scientist. This monster has a heart-shaped face with two big eyes on it. He has long black and yellow hand nails. While he can be seen, wearing tennis shoes.

Witch Hazel

The witch Hazel is another animated cartoon character of the Looney tunes in the Warner Bros. While it was created by Chuck Jones. The witch is a human character. She is a fat lady with his skin tone in light green colour. She also wears black long hat and a long blue tunic. The first appearance of this character was in ‘Bewitched Bunny’ in 1954.

She also was seen in;

  • Broom-stick Bunny.

  • A Witch’s Tangled Hare

  • A- Hunting We Will Go.

Rocky and Mugsy

They are also animated cartoon characters of the Looney tunes. They have their first appearance in the ‘Racketeer Rabbit’ in 1946, and ‘Bugs and Thugs’ in 1954. They are the creation of Friz Freleng. These are the human characters and both are male by gender.

Beaky Buzzard

Beaky Buzzard is an animated cartoon character of the loony tones. He got his first appearance in ‘Bugs Bunny Gets the Bold’ in 1942. Beaky Buzzard is created by Bob Clampett. Beaky Buzzard is a young male Turkey vulture. He is also known as buzzard. He is a black vulture with a white tuft on his neck. He has a long neck (that has no hairs on it) with an Adam apple. He has a long yellow beak with the large yellow foot. He has just two or three hair on his head.

Willoughby

Willoughby is a cartoon character of the Warner Bros. This is a male dog character. This is a creation of Tex Avery. His first appearance was in ‘Of Fox and Hounds’ in 1940. He was seen with the Bugs Bunny in ‘The Heckling Hare’.

Daffy Duck

This also is a cartoon character produced by the Warner Bros. it is a depiction of a male American black duck. He appeared for the first time in ‘Porky’s Duck Hunt’ in 1937. This cartoon is co-created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett. He is also part of the Bugs Bunny cartoon often. He speaks in a cute voice.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Following are the frequently asked questions regarding the cartoon of the Bugs Bunny characters.

1. What Network is Bugs Bunny on?

The world-famous cartoon of Bugs Bunny can be seen on the Cartoon Network as well as on the Boomerang.

2. Who is Bugs Bunny’s best friend?

Daffy Duck is the best friend of Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck is a black duck and is male. He is often shown as a roommate and the best friend of the Bugs Bunny.

3. How old is Bugs Bunny today?

On the 27th of July 2020, the 80th birthday of the Bugs Bunny was celebrated.

Conclusion

The name Bug or Bugsy that was adopted for this cartoon character of this rabbit Bugs Bunny was in vogue in the 1950s and ’60s. The meaning of the Bugs is “Crazy”. In this time period, there were many folks that were having their nickname as Bug or Bugsy. There was a common slang “you are bugging me’ which actually meant that ‘you are driving me crazy’. Bugs Bunny is quite famous all around the world that is the reason that the old logo of the Warner Bros also was of a Bugs Bunny.