Bugs Bunny Animation Drawings (1940)

Bugs Bunny Elmer Fudd

Bugs Bunny 1940

The drawing above shows Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in their first Warner Brothers Cartoon. Animation drawings are done first before being transferred to cells in which they will be inked and painted. Prior to computer technology animation was done all by hand. Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Tex Avery cartoon “A Wild Hare.” It was released on July 27, 1940 and audiences fell in love with the carrot chomping cartoon character. It is disputed who was the creator of Bugs Bunny, but most of the credit goes to Tex Avery while he was an animation  director  at Warner Brothers. The drawings below are part of a model sheet. Model sheets are used so that all the animators draw the character the same way and that in each scene the character looks the same. Character design changes overtime and Bugs’ did as well. This was the golden age of Hollywood animation with Warner Brothers and Walt Disney being the two major competitors. However, by the 1940s Warner Brothers gained dominance with their popular creation.

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