Arts & Entertainment

Bob Givens, Bugs Bunny animator, dead at 99

A statue of cartoon character Bugs Bunny, dressed as a fisherman, is displayed outside of a Warner Bros. Studio Store July 9, 2001 on Pier 39 in San Francisco, CA.
A statue of cartoon character Bugs Bunny, dressed as a fisherman, is displayed outside of a Warner Bros. Studio Store July 9, 2001 on Pier 39 in San Francisco, CA.
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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 from acute respiratory failure.

Animator Bob Givens and author Joe Adamson attend
Animator Bob Givens and author Joe Adamson attend "Putting Looney in the Toons," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to animators Tex Avery and Michael Maltese, on March 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
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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.