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  • Banned in China: "Bewitched Bunny" was banned by the National Film Board of Canada when it was released in 1954, for Bugs' line of "Ah sure, I know. But aren't they all witches inside?" when Hazel is turned into a female rabbit, but retains Hazel's laugh. The ban was rescinded three days later.
  • Black Sheep Hit: Knighty Knight Bugs, the only Bugs short to win an Oscar, is generally regarded as a solid Bugs entry but not really anything special.
  • Creator Backlash: Some directors such as Friz Freleng hated working on the Bugs vs Elmer series, claiming Elmer was so meek and minimal a threat it was difficult not to devolve Bugs' character more into that of an unheroic bully. Other more imposing antagonists such as Yosemite Sam and Marvin the Martian were created specifically to rectify this, though Sam would become just as ineffective as Elmer, if still more belligerent.
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    • Robert Mckimson complained this strategy itself started to backfire, with Jones and Freleng so insistent on making Bugs look heroic and affable he became a Flat Character by the end of the fifties. Freleng himself started to notice this as well, joking in an interview that they figured Bugs was "getting old" and no longer mischievous.
  • Life Imitates Art: Sort of. After Bugs appeared as a U.S. Marine in "Super-Rabbit", the real Marines made him one. He was officially inducted into the force as a private, complete with dogtags. The character was regularly promoted until Bugs was officially "discharged" at the end of World War II as a Master Sergeant.
  • The Other Darrin: Since Mel Blanc's death in 1989, other actors have provided the voice for the iconic rabbit, including Joe Alaskey, Greg Burson, Billy West, Eric Bauza, and most notably, Jeff Bergman.
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  • The Red Stapler: Inverted. According to an article in The New Yorker, Bugs' popularity has resulted in a decline of rabbit meat as an American food staple.
  • What Could Have Been: Tex Avery originally wanted to call him Jack E. Rabbit.
  • Write What You Know: "What's Up, Doc?" was a very popular Texan colloquialism that Fred "Tex" Avery, nicknamed for the state in which he grew up, often heard when he was in college.

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