Ben "Bugs" Hardaway - "Jean Blanchard" In-House Illustrati...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionBen "Bugs" Hardaway - "Jean Blanchard" In-House Illustration (Warner Brothers, c. 1930s). Animator Ben Hardaway will forever be known by animation fans as the man who gave Bugs Bunny his name. Hardaway co-directed Porky's Hare Hunt, the 1938 short that introduced a wisecracking rabbit that eventually evolved into Bugs Bunny. Written on his sketch of this unnamed rabbit was "Bugs' Bunny," and the rest is history. Here's a rare original in-house gag drawing by Hardaway of a rather stout-looking young woman, believed to be Jean Blanchard (one of Termite Terrace's only female animators, and the subject of many studio gag drawings), with the caption "Gee kids, thanks for those hot fudge sundaes" and signed as "Bugs!" in the lower right. The art is in graphite and color pencils on a sheet of 12 field 2-peghole paper, with a figure size of 10". There are fold creases and paper toning, with several tack holes. Overall condition is Good.
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