Bugs, Where art thou?

Feb. 17, 2005 at 2:06 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The WB television network plans to re-introduce Bugs Bunny this fall in the United States as a futuristic, slimmed-down superhero.

"Loonatics," set in the year 2772, also will features extreme makeovers for Daffy Duck, Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil and Wile E. Coyote, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

The move is a bid for young viewers, but older fans of Bugs and his pals are hopping mad and want to know what's up with the nip-and-tuck action on their childhood icon.

"It's just not Bugs Bunny," said New York's Andrea Diaz, 36, looking at images of the new Bugs. "If they're going to make him so different, why not just come up with a new character?"

Bugs was created in 1938 by Ben (Bugs) Hardaway, then fully developed by Tex Avery. The carrot-munching smart aleck was modeled after cigar-chomping Groucho Marx and featured in more than 150 cartoons.

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