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After looking into TyrionLannister's answer, I found this on wikipedia: Bugs Bunny's nonchalant carrot-chewing standing position, as explained by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and Bob Clampett, originated in a scene in the film It Happened One Night, in which Clark Gable's character leans against a fence, eating carrots rapidly and talking with his mouth ...


The (co-)Creator of Bugs Bunny, Tex Avery, once said: We decided he was going to be a smart-aleck rabbit, but casual about it, and his opening line in the very first one was Eh, what's up, Doc? And, gee, it floored [the audience]! They expected the rabbit to scream, or anything but make a casual remark--here's a guy with a gun in his face! It got ...


The first time Bugs uses the phrase is in the cartoon Wild Hare 1940. The rabbit walks up to Elmer Fudd who is hunting for him with a large gun and casually asks, “What’s up Doc?” Its their original phrase. May be inspired from What's up Phrase Which appears previously The phrase appears in Jack London's The Sea Wolf (1904), chapter 25 (-- ...


The correct short is actually A Fox in a Fix, one of the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Robert McKimson (creator of Foghorn Leghorn and Speedy Gonzales among others). It can be found on YouTube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pFAdJPYmNk


So, this is just a guess mind you. In 1954, a stop motion movie was released, titled "Hansel and Gretel: an Opera Fantasy". You can watch it here. As I was watching it, the mother, father and sister all call the boy, Haahnzel, rhymes with gunsel. However, when the witch calls him by name, she calls him Hansel, rhymes with cancel. My gut tells me that ...


I'd guess it's a crack at the Germanic tongue, particularly considering Bugs' own odd accent. He's probably unaccustomed to it or otherwise finds it amusing or confusing. Think Robin Williams making fun of Indian accents.


At the beginning of the episode, Bugs was reading the fairy tale: in that story Hansel gets his feet chopped off so he cannot run away (Grimms' tale were quite dark, you know). I think that's why he repeats the name: Bugs remembers what happens to Hansel, in fact he then says "Run for you lifes. She wants to eat you for supper". Here the link to the ...


Actually, I think I found it: http://looneytunes.wikia.com/wiki/A_Fox_in_a_Fix

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