02/14/2005: Trivia answers....
1) Apropos of the earlier mention of Lillie Langtry and Judge Roy Bean.... What is the connection between Judge Roy Bean and Bugs Bunny?
Tex Avery, the man who many credit as the "creator" of Bugs Bunny (in that Avery was the first director to give the wascally wabbit many of his signature lines and mannerisms), was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean.
2) Speaking of Bugs Bunny, how did he get his name?
He was named for Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, a Leon Schleshinger Studios animation director who came up with the idea of a "crazy rabbit antagonist" for Porky Pig. From just about the beginning, the character was known as "Bugs's bunny", and the name gradually morphed into the present name.
3) How many Academy Award nominations has Bugs Bunny recieved? How many Oscars™ has he won?
Two nominations (for "A Wild Hare", 1940, and "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt", 1943), and one Oscar (for "Knighty Knight Bugs", 1958) [UPDATE: Because I realize that there's some nit-picker who'll bring this up in the comments: Yes, I know that really you need to be nominated for an Academy Award in order to win it, so strictly speaking that should be three nominations (including the nomination for "Knighty Knight Bugs") and one win. So there.]
4) And how many Academy Award nominations have been received by Bugs' nemesis, Daffy Duck? And how many Oscars™ has Daffy won?
Trick question; Daffy has neither been nominated for nor won an Oscar
5) True or false: Bugs Bunny is the first cartoon star to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
False; Mickey Mouse was the first. Bugs was the second cartoon star to receive a star.
Len on 02.14.05 @ 09:44 PM CST