It’s Model Sheet Monday again and this week we’re showing the biggest and the baddest. the master of disaster and the king of comedy, Bugs Bunny!
This particular model sheet was drawn by Bob Scott and cleaned up by Harry Sabin.
Who didn’t want to be Bugs Bunny? I mean come on! The guy didn’t run from guns, genies, lions, bears, hunters, wrestlers, rustlers, thieves, and opera singers. He had more guts that John McClain! Bugs Bunny was my hero as a kid and one of the my favorite characters in the Looney Tunes world and the few times I got to draw him were awesome. he was deceptively hard to draw and I often made his muzzle too big. That said, Bugs is pretty awesome!
There are many versions of Bugs Bunny design as you can see above and even one past this model sheet in the form of Jessica Borutski’s design for CN’s Looney Tunes show which I actually admire for it’s sheer appeal and draftsmanship (draftswomanship?).
We incidentallyÂ interviewed JessicaÂ some time ago.
Personally I prefer the old Chuck Jones design the best and then if I had to choose a second it would be the Bob McKimson design after that but as far as drawing Bugs, Chuck ruled in my book. There was an appeal he had in the heyday of films likeÂ Wackiki Wabbit,Â The Case of the Missing Hare, and Water, Water Every Hare, whichÂ were just the epitome of Bugs Bunny and to me no one did him better than Chuck back then. The design had an appeal that I think got lost in the later days, especially once Chuck decided to Grinch Bugs up a bit.
What was your favorite Bugs Bunny design?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyQ4EntAyhc
Sorry for the lack of quality on this last one.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW2URR3ESzg
By the time Chuck got to Barbary Coast Bunny, I wasn’t a fan anymore.http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcczyr_barbary-coast-bunny_shortfilms
Here’s some more info on Bugs Bunny via our friend Wikipedia:
Bugs BunnyÂ is aÂ funny animalÂ cartoonÂ character, best known for his starring roles in theÂ Looney TunesÂ andÂ Merrie MelodiesÂ series of theatricalÂ short filmsÂ produced byÂ Warner Bros.during theÂ Golden age of American animation.Â His popularity during this era led to his becoming aÂ cultural icon, as well as a corporateÂ mascotÂ ofÂ Warner Bros. Entertainment. Bugs is anÂ anthropomorphicÂ grayÂ hare or rabbitÂ who is famous for his flippant,Â insouciantÂ personality, a pronouncedÂ New York accent, his portrayal as aÂ trickster, and his catch phrase “Eh… What’s up, doc?” (usually said while chewing aÂ carrot). Bugs has appeared in more films (both short and feature-length) than any other cartoonÂ characterÂ and is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world.
According to his 1990 “biography”Â Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare, Bugs was born on July 27, 1940 inÂ Brooklyn, New YorkÂ in a warren underÂ Ebbets Field, home of theÂ Brooklyn Dodgers.Â In reality, he was brought to life by the animators and staff ofÂ Leon Schlesinger ProductionsÂ (laterÂ Warner Bros. Cartoons): includingÂ Tex Avery, who directed Bugs’ early definitive filmÂ A Wild HareÂ (1940);Â Robert McKimson, who created Bugs’ definitive character design; andÂ Mel Blanc, who originated theÂ voiceÂ of Bugs.