Bugs Bunny Animator Dies at Age 99

A member of the team of animators who helped in designing Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny has died at the age of 99.

The said animator is Bob Givens or Robert Herman Givens. He was born on March 2. 1918.

The daughter of the animator, Mariana Givens, said that he had passed away on the 14th of December in Burbank, California due to acute respiratory failure.

The Associated Press said that Givens started working for Walt Disney Studios straight from high school. He was later employed at what would become Warner Bros. As such, Givens was an animator during the golden era of the industry.

Given’s version of Bugs Bunny debuted back in 1940. Other characters that he illustrated during his six-decade career included Daffy Duck, Tom & Jerry, Popeye, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Givens also brought his animating skills to TV advertising when he animated cartoon insects for commercials for the Raid bug-killer.

Over the weekend, Givens’ daughter said that she had always regarded her father to Popeye when she was growing up. She said that Givens was always resilient and energetic, and he even smoked a pipe.

Given served in the United States Army during the Second World War, before returning to the industry of animation. He passed away at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Centre that is located in Burbank.