Bugs Bunny Showing Off His “One Carat”

Today is National Bugs Bunny Day!

National Bugs Bunny Day is celebrated each year on April 30.  Bugs Bunny is the famous cartoon character best remembered for his roles in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies produced by Warner Bros.  He is known  for his popular catch phrase ” What’s up, doc?”.


The first official cartoon of Bugs Bunny is considered to be the July 27, 1940 release of A Wild Hare.  This was the first short film where both Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny are shown in their fully developed forms and where Bugs Bunny first used his famous catch phrase.  This film received an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

National Bugs Bunny Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is celebrated on April 30 in conjunction with April 30, 1938′s first appearance of a rabbit  in the cartoon Porky’s Hare Hunt, co-directed by Ben “Bugs” Hardaway and Cal Dalton who was responsible for the initial design of the rabbit.