27 July 2008

Celebrate 27 July

Theatergoers on this day in 1940 were introduced to Bugs Bunny for the first time, in the one-reel short "A Wild Hare." Elmer Fudd costars. Although Warner Bros. had been putting out shorts of a hunter and a rabbit for a year already, this was the first film in which Bugs looked more or less like Bugs, and Elmer looked like Elmer, and the two sounded like they sound. Bugs also greeted Elmer with "What's up, Doc?" for the first time in this short. A toast to the inimitable Bugs. I suggest carrot juice (or carrot wine, if you have it).

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