Kristin Seaver, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of the United States Postal Service, stated, "It is a special honor to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the most beloved and iconic characters in history. Bugs is both timeless and timely, a quick-witted artist who can outsmart any situation with his clever disguises and intelligence. He summons whatever talent, costume, or personality is needed to evade any perilous circumstance."
Pete Browngardt, executive producer of "Looney Tunes Cartoons," and Alex Kirwan, producer of "Looney Tunes Cartoons," attended the ceremony alongside Seaver. The virtual stamp event can be viewed on the Postal Service's Facebook and Twitter pages.
The stamp artwork was developed in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and showcases the work of Warner Bros. Animation artists. These stamps feature iconic moments from Bugs Bunny's career. Warner Bros. Animation artists also created sketches on the back of the stamp pane. Greg Breeding is the designer, and William J. Gicker serves as the art director of the Postal Service.
The Bugs Bunny pane of 20 stamps will be issued as Forever stamps, meaning their value will always be equivalent to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. Share the news of the stamps using the hashtags #BugsBunnyStamps and #BugsBunny80 on social media.
Since his first appearance in the animated short film "A Wild Hare" in 1940, Bugs Bunny has delighted generations of audiences with his cheerful enthusiasm, quick wit, and boundless cleverness. To outsmart his opponents, he can conjure up explosives, cherry pies, and mallets out of thin air; dance like a seasoned hoofed professional; play the piano; and conduct an orchestra. He rallies any talent—and any costume—to help him defeat his relentless enemies.
Bugs' name originated from a young group of animators who created Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Bros. "Bugs" and "Bugsy" were popular nicknames at the time, indicating a crazy or eccentric character. "Bugs Bunny" had a catchy alliteration that paired well with the names Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.
Bugs' first line, "What's up, Doc?"—an unusual slang phrase delivered in the accent and attitude of a street-smart New Yorker—elicited cheers from the audience and immediately became a catchphrase for the "wascally wabbit" due to his first antagonist, the unlucky hunter Elmer Fudd, calling him the "wascally wabbit."
With global star power, Bugs Bunny has appeared on screens of various sizes, from television and movies to smartphones and tablets. The new "Looney Tunes Cartoons" series consists of 80 episodes, each 11 minutes long, reintroducing Bugs Bunny and other beloved Looney Tunes characters in short films that adapt classic storylines for modern audiences. This Oscar-winning rabbit has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Issue: Bugs Bunny Stamps
Item Number: 478500
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (10 designs)
Issue Date & City: July 27, 2020, Burbank, CA 91505
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Artist: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Burbank, CA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 50,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 1.085 x 1.42 in./ 27.559 x 36.068 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.225 x 1.56 in./31.115 x 39.624 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.12 x 9.13 in./180.85 x 231.902 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 18.5 x 21.86 in./469.9 x 555.244 mm
Plate Size: 120 stamps per revolution
Plate Number: “B” followed by four (4) single digits in bottom two corners
Front: Header: Bugs Bunny • Plate number in bottom two corners
Back: 80 years of Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes™ logo • Line drawings • TM Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. proprietary information • ©2020 USPS • USPS logo • one barcode (478500) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text
Shipping Method: USPS First Class & USPS Priority Mail. Handling time: Usually around 1 business days.
Delivery time: Usually around 3-7 business days.
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