National Bugs Bunny Day

Young man dressed as Bugs Bunny, holding a carrot, standing in a whimsical garden setting with colorful flowers and butterflies..
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Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to crunch on your carrots! Because today, we take you on a trip down the rabbit hole to the fascinating history of National Bugs Bunny Day. You may ask 'What's up, doc?' Well, sit right back and we'll tell you.

When is Bugs Bunny Day?

It's national bugs bunny day on the 1st May.

A Brief Hop Into History

The origins of National Bugs Bunny Day are as wily as the cartoon rabbit himself. Ever since Bugs Bunny appeared on our TV screens in the late 1930s with his trademark carrot and Brooklyn-Bronx accent, he has had a major influence on American culture. His iconic line 'What's up, doc?' has been quizzically echoing in our ears for decades, leading many to unofficially dedicate a day in his honor.

The Internet and Bugs Bunny Day

So, how did this hit the world wide web? According to our data, National Bugs Bunny Day saw a huge spike of online mentions in 2017, particularly on May 1st. This confirms the 1st of May as the official (yet unofficial) date for the holiday. From social media shoutouts to blog posts dedicated to this mischievous rabbit, this day was documented everywhere on the digital sphere. You have to admit, the interwebs simply love our carrot-munching friend.

Celebrating National Bugs Bunny Day

So, how do people celebrate Bugs Bunny Day? It's all about revisiting your favorite Bugs Bunny cartoons, wearing bunny-related memorabilia, and saying 'what’s up, doc?' more than anyone would in regular circumstances. After all, what better way to pay homage to our favorite Looney Toon?

History behind the term 'Bugs Bunny'


Creation of Happy Rabbit

In 1938, the character of Bugs Bunny was initially created by animator Ben Hardaway. Originally known as "Happy Rabbit," this lovable character made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated short film "Porky's Hare Hunt." Although he was not yet called Bugs Bunny, this iconic rabbit displayed early hints of his distinctive personality and design.


Name Change to Bugs Bunny

Two years later, in 1940, Bugs Bunny underwent a significant transformation. Animator Tex Avery redesigned the character, giving him a more refined and recognizable appearance, complete with the iconic buck teeth and laid-back attitude. Additionally, his name was changed from Happy Rabbit to Bugs Bunny, inspired by the casual term "bugsbunny," commonly used in the 1940s to refer to someone who is eccentric or slightly unhinged.


Rise to Popularity

During the 1940s, Bugs Bunny rapidly rose to popularity, becoming one of America's most beloved animated characters. His witty one-liners, clever antics, and ability to outsmart his adversaries, such as Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam, endeared him to millions of fans. Bugs Bunny became a cultural icon, exemplifying the quick-witted and irreverent spirit of the era.


Expanding into Television

In the 1960s, Bugs Bunny made a successful transition to television. "The Bugs Bunny Show" premiered in 1960, featuring not only the classic Looney Tunes shorts but also new segments and compilations. The show introduced Bugs Bunny to an even wider audience and solidified his status as a timeless character.


Inducted into the National Film Registry

In 1996, Bugs Bunny's enduring influence on American culture was officially recognized. The original Bugs Bunny cartoon, "A Wild Hare" (1940), was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This prestigious honor highlighted the significance of Bugs Bunny as an important cultural milestone in the history of animation.


Bugs Bunny's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In 2015, Bugs Bunny received yet another accolade for his cultural impact. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining the ranks of esteemed entertainers. This recognition further solidified Bugs Bunny's status as an enduring and beloved icon in both the animation and entertainment industries.

Did you know?

Did you know? Mel Blanc, the man who voiced Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots in real life. Now, that's an ironic twist!


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First identified

30th April 2015

Most mentioned on

1st May 2017

Total mentions


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