Ten of the Funniest Bugs Bunny Cartoons

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Bugs Bunny was perhaps the one cartoon character who understood just where he was, and just what kind of power he truly wielded. Bugs somehow knew that he was a cartoon, and it realizing that, knew that it gave him an advantage over everyone else around him. Bugs never flaunted his knowledge, but he did, often, use it to his advantage. He somehow understood that when cornered, or involved in a sticky situation, his innate ability to suddenly have what he needed at a moment’s notice was the one true thing that put him on a higher plane of existence than all of his toon cohorts.

Bugs was conniving, sly, wily, and sarcastic as you please, but never to his detriment. If his mouth got him into trouble -and it often did- Bugs had the means to worm his way out one way or the other. So, in honor of YouTube acquiring its own ‘Looney Tunes’ channel, and the proposition of new Bugs cartoons to come, here is the master at his craft in ten of his funniest shorts.


Bugs and Thugs – 1954

Rocky and Mugsy return, as does the classic oven gag.


Long Haired Hare – 1949

Giovanni Jones loves music, just not Bugs’ music.


Bugs Bunny Rides Again – 1948

Bit O’ Trivia! “In the original short released theatrically, Yosemite Sam’s introduction line was: “Yeah, Yosemite Sam. The roughest, toughest, he-man stuffest hombre whose ever crossed the Rio Grande…and I don’t mean Mahatma Ghandi!” For the re-release (which premiered around the time of Ghandi’s assassination), the last line was changed to “…and I ain’t no namby pamby!”


Operation: Rabbit – 1952

“Wile E. Coyote: Super Genius… I like how that rolls out, “Wile E. Coyote: Super Genius!”


Hillbilly Hare – 1950

Curt and Punkin’head Martin. Classic.


Falling Hare – 1943

The Gremlin holds the distinction, along with Cecil Turtle, the unnamed mouse from Rhapsody Rabbit and the fly from Baton Bunny, of being one of the very few antagonists to actually outsmart and rattle Bugs.


Hair-Raising Hare – 1946

Bugs Bunny: And don’t think it hasn’t been a little slice of heaven… ’cause it hasn’t.


Water, Water Every Hare – 1952

Bit O’ Trivia: “The sequence where Bugs impersonates a flamboyant hairdresser was re-used in Hare-Abian Nights in 1959. When that cartoon aired on ABC, the entire sequence was cut.”

Bugs Bunny-Water, water every hare


Knight-mare Hare – 1955

Sir O of K: Surrender, varlet. Thou art the prisoner of me lance.
Bugs Bunny: I art? And whomsoever art thou, in thy cast-iron tuxedo?
Sir O of K: I, knave, am Sir O of K, Earl of Watercress, Sir Osis of the Liver, Knight of the Garter, and Baron of Wooster-cester-shister-shyster-schuster-shuster-shister-shire… shire.
Bugs Bunny: My, he’s a big one! Hey, look, pressure cooker. I bet you know a lot of my friends. Ooh! Like, uh, Duke of Ellington, Count of Basie, Earl of Hines, Cab of Calloway, Satchmo of Armstrong.

Bugs Bunny-Knight-mare hare


Ali Baba Bunny – 1957

“Hassan CHOP!”