In Memoriam: Bob Givens, veteran animator of Bugs Bunny, 99

 

Bob Givens Bugs Bunny

Bugs (standing in for Porky Pig) in the closing to Hare Tonic (1945) and Baseball Bugs (1946). Fair use of low-resolution Warner Bros. copyrighted image, no other alternative available.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The animator who helped design Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd has died. Bob Givens was 99 years old.

Daughter Mariana Givens says her father died Dec. 14 in Burbank, California from acute respiratory failure.

Bob Givens started working for Walt Disney Studios right out of high school and later joined what would become Warner Bros. His version of Bugs Bunny debuted in 1940. Other characters he illustrated over his six-decade career included Tom & Jerry, Daffy Duck, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Popeye.

Givens also brought his skills to TV advertising, animating cartoon insects for Raid bug-killer commercials.

Mariana Givens said Saturday that she always likened her father to Popeye when she was growing up. He was always energetic and resilient, and even smoked a pipe.

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