Happy 76th birthday, Bugs Bunny!
“Golden Rule. Bugs must always be provoked. In every film, someone must have designs upon his person: gastronomic, as a trophy, as a good-luck piece (rabbit’s foot, which makes as much sense as a rabbit carrying a human foot on a key chain), as an unwilling participant in a scientific experiment (laboratory rabbit or outer-space creature). Without such threats, Bugs is far too capable a rabbit to evoke the necessary sympathy.
“From Hair-Raising Hare (May 1946) on, I did not have to ask for whom the rabbit toiled, he toiled for me. I no longer drew pictures of Bugs; I drew Bugs. I timed Bugs. I knew Bugs, because what Bugs aspired to, I too aspired to. Aside from a few stumbles, Bugs and I were always at ease with one another.”
–Chuck Jones in “Chuck Amuck” pgs. 211, 212