Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy birthday, you wascawwy wabbit!

Leave it to fromage enthusiast and esteemed blogging colleague Elisson to jog my memory about leaving off one of the most important personages in show bidness off today’s birthday list—that Oscar-winning rabbit, Bugs Bunny, turns seventy today. As “the Obi-Wan Kenobi of Georgia” so rightly points out, the official Bugs cartoon A Wild Hare (1940) premiered in theaters on this date back in 1940.

To say that Bugs Bunny is my favorite cartoon character would be a mild understatement. That “varmint” taught me a healthy disrespect for authority and that being a smartass would reap the benefit of appreciative laughter. My fondest Bugs memory is watching his cartoons on television as a child because if my grandfather came into the room when they were on he would sit down beside me and join in the merriment. To me, that was the coolest thing imaginable—that an adult would take the opportunity to want to share something in “my world” when most of the time they were busy concentrating on “grownup” stuff.

I’ll cut you a slice of cake today, Bugs old pal—it’s carrot cake, which I’m guessing is your favorite.

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5 comments:

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Bugs!

B. Goode said...

"a healthy disrespect for authority and being a smartass"

I've often wondered what happened to me. Thanks for letting me know the source of my personality!

Elisson said...

Ya know, not every rabbit likes carrot cake.

hobbyfan said...

Ivan,

Doesn't it seem odd that Time-Warner's family of cablers (i.e. TCM, Cartoon Network, Boomerang) have ignored this up to this point? You'd think there'd have been some mention yesterday on one of those three above-named channels especially.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Doesn't it seem odd that Time-Warner's family of cablers (i.e. TCM, Cartoon Network, Boomerang) have ignored this up to this point?

I enjoyed your piece on this point, hob--if I had to hazard a guess on the three cable networks' reticence, I'd say that maybe they didn't think it was worth the hoopla (waiting for Bugs' diamond anniversary, perhaps?). But since WHV has a couple of Bugs Bunny DVD collections coming out soon you would think someone might have jumped at the opportunity to hawk some product.

Fortunately, TDOY wasn't going to let this opportunity slip by -- just think...seventy years old and only one grey hare.

(crickets chirping)