71 years ago today, Bugs Bunny burst onto screens across America in an animated short called A Wild Hare. Mr. Bunny has delighted audiences young and old ever since. Did you know that Bugs Bunny is named for his animator, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway? He originally went by "Bugs's Bunny". And I bet you didn't know that Bugs won an Academy Award in 1959 for Best Animated Short Film Knighty Knight Bugs. You can find this and all sorts of useful (and useless!) information in one of our most popular databases, Encyclopedia Britannica.
While you're at it, check out some books and video on Bugs and the other characters of Looney Tunes too.
Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare
Reading the rabbit : explorations in Warner Bros
The looney, looney, looney Bugs Bunny movie
Looney tunes golden collection. Vol. 2
Looney tunes golden collection. Vol. 3
But, in the meantime, watch an animated clip from the cartoon Fresh Hare, also downloaded from EB!