Bugs Bunny is celebrating a big birthday this month. The iconic cartoon character turns 80-years-old on July 27. (July 27)
BUGS BUNNY: What's up, Doc?
PETER BROWNGARDT: Bugs is the gold standard of cartoon characters and animated characters. There's none better in my opinion. I think what we just wanted to honor, and I think that's why we're talking about Bugs after 80 years, is that you don't need to change him. I mean, I think that that's the lesson learned here is that you don't need to change what he looks like, really. I mean, you can kind of, you know, futz with it a little bit, but I think that's a mistake to change something that's-- you know, when you strike gold, you don't want to change it.
You know, it's like, it's hard enough to make anything that can connect with people and people can sort of grasp on and be entertained by. I believe that there would be no Jim Carrey, there would be no Jerry Seinfeld, Conan O'Brien, The Simpsons. The Looney Tunes was the original satire of our culture. I mean, it was the original Mad Magazine, and then Mad came in and all that stuff, and they made fun of the world we live in, and they didn't take it seriously. And I feel like the world needs a little bit more of that right now.
ERIC BAUZA: What's funny is funny, always. You know, and I think that goes the same for Bugs Bunny. It's these timeless jokes that keep these characters alive and they really do bring you back, too. I feel like when you first experience cartoons and most of these characters, it's when you're a kid. And right now, especially in these times, the only thing keeping you afloat are your good memories.
BUGS BUNNY: Don't look much like Los Angeles to me. I know I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.