Bugs Bunny animator Bob Givens has passed away.
Givens, who drew the first official design for the Looney Tunes icon, died at the age of 99 after an undisclosed illness. His daughter Mariana Givens informed family and friends of his health on Facebook, saying his condition had "changed" and that he was "resting peacefully on
Givens previously worked for Disney, specifically the Walt Disney classic Snow White
Givens then created what became the official design for Bugs Bunny in 1940, appearing first in the animated film A Wild Hare. That same film also included the iconic phrase "What's up, Doc? which
Givens would leave the company after being drafted in World War II, but would then return in the 1950s. He would also go on to work on Tom And Jerry, as well as a stint at Hanna-Barbera. Later he would join the reformed Warner Bros. Animation studio on projects like The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales, and more.
Outside of Looney Tunes Givens would also work on layouts for Garfield and Friends (Season 1 - Season 4) and Bobby's World (Season 1 - Season 5).
Colleague Tom Sito met Givens during their work on He-Man and posted some thoughts on his friend's passing.
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