Bugs Bunny Turns 75: Watch His Animated Debut in 'The Wild Hare'

You’ve got to hand it to Bugs Bunny — he looks pretty good for 75. (Then again, he has been gray from the very beginning.)

Monday marks the iconic Looney Tunes wisecracker’s animated debut — opposite Elmer Fudd, no less — in the 1940 Warner Bros. short “The Wild Hare.”

The 7-minute cartoon features so many monumental firsts: the first time Bugs locked lips with an adversary, the first time he faked his own death and, of course, the first time he uttered those immortal words: “What’s up, doc?”

Hit PLAY on the video above, then drop a comment below: Do you have a favorite Bugs Bunny memory?

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  1. Scott Johnston says:

    75 years old, and it’d flunk with today’s Parents Television Council. “The rabbit flipped him off!”, “the rabbit is a male and he kissed the male hunter!”, “Bugs Bunny shook is rear in the hunter’s face!”, etc

  2. AngelWasHere says:

    Still a classic after all these years. Happy birthday Bugs! :D

  3. Gail says:

    “Little Red Riding Rabbit” is probably my favorite.

  4. Gail says:

    Or ” The Big Snooze” when shown uncut.

  5. Scott Stephens says:

    So since Bugs is 75 years old, I’m guessing that Elmer Fudd is also 75 years old as well then? If so, then, as usual, no birthday celebration for the second banana. Poor Elmer…

  6. Gail says:

    I became familiar with the music from Warner Bros. pictures from the cartoons before I saw the films . Consequently when I saw the films they always reminded me of the cartoons. To me it was as though the films took the music from the cartoons instead of vice versa.