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JULY 27, 1940: The cartoon character Bugs Bunny makes his debut in the Merrie Melodies episode A Wild Hare, where he first utters his famous catchphrase: “What’s Up, Doc?” Developed by a group of some of film animation’s early giants including Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, and Tex Avery, and voiced by Mel Blanc, the irreverent rabbit had first appeared in 1938’s Porky’s Hare Hunt with a different look and voice and was not actually named until the next short, Elmer’s Pet Rabbit. Bugs’s appearance went through many refinements in subsequent outings as he tangled with longtime adversaries Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck and evolved his distinctive wisecracking manner. Bugs’s immense popularity ensured he would live on long after Warner Bros. ceased production on its theatrical shorts.