Warner Bros.' flagship character and, after Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, almost certainly the most internationally recognized star of animated shorts, although BB, like Tom & Jerry and Woody Woodpecker, has never become a cultural Icon in quite the same fashion as the other two. His first (anonymous) appearance was in Porky's Hare Hunt (1938), where he reprised a Daffy Duck role from the previous year's Porky's Duck Hunt (1937). This movie was a great hit, and a few shorts later BB was established as a star. (His name came from the nickname of his first director, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway.) Tex Avery, Chuck Jones and the great voice artist Mel Blanc (1908-1989) all played their parts in BB's early development, with Avery providing, in A Wild Hare (1940), the final definition of the character whom, at least 160 shorts later (not to mention compilation features), we know today: the wisecracking, inevitably superior Trickster bunny (Elmer Fudd often says to Bugs, "Oh, you Twickster."), ever ready with a disingenuous "What's up, Doc?" or a sympathy-squeezing faked-death scene.
BB had a small role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), being voiced by Mel Blanc – as in his very first short. [JG]
further reading: That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation (1988) by Steve Schneider; Bugs Bunny: Fifty Years and Only One Gray Hare (1990) by Joe Adamson.