Bugs Bunny in Drag

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Bugs Bunny Mad in Dress

Much has been made of the large number of times Bugs Bunny has appeared in women’s clothing in his cartoons. All sorts of outrageous assumptions and slanderous accusations have been leveled at Bugs, with dark hints made about his character. If anyone should be examined, it should be the Warner Brothers cartoonists, who were not above appearing in drag themselves, as shown in a gag reel made by the cartoonists, an excerpt of which is seen in the video of Chuck Amuck. Recent Warner Brothers cartoonists have also kept up this tradition.

In the following list of cartoons, Bugs appears in some form of ladies garb or does a female-like turn:

Bugs Bunny en Femme Gallery

Bugs Bunny in Southern Fried Rabbit Bugs Bunny in Long-Haired Hare Bugs Bunny in Bowery Bugs Bugs Bunny in Hare Trigger
Bugs Bunny in Herr Meets Hare Bugs Bunny in What’s Opera Doc? Bugs Bunny in Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid Bugs Bunny in Rabbit Rampage
Bugs Bunny in Rabbit of Seville Bugs Bunny in Mississippi Hare Bugs Bunny in Rabbit Seasoning Bugs Bunny in Nips The Nips
Bugs Bunny in Hillbilly Hare Bugs Bunny in Haredevil Hare Bugs Bunny in Napoleon Bunny-part Bugs Bunny in Mississippi Hare
Bugs Bunny in What’s Cookin’ Doc Bugs Bunny in The Unmentionables Bugs Bunny in Bedevilled Rabbit Bugs Bunny in The Windblown Hare
Bugs Bunny in Carrotblanca Bugs Bunny in Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare Bugs Bunny in Super-Rabbit Bugs Bunny in What's Up Doc?
Bugs Bunny in To Hare is Human Bugs Bunny in A Corny Concerto Bugs Bunny in Hare Conditioned Bugs Bunny in Rabbit Fire
Bugs Bunny in Hare Splitter Bugs Bunny in Easter Yeggs Bugs Bunny in The Heckling Hare Bugs Bunny in Hare Ribbin’
Bugs Bunny in Now, Hare This Bugs Bunny in Hare-Um Scare-Um Bugs Bunny in Bill of Hare Bugs Bunny in Now, Hare This
Bugs Bunny in Robot Rabbit Bugs Bunny in Elmer's Pet Rabbit Bugs Bunny in From Hare To Eternity Bugs Bunny in The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
Bugs Bunny in Frigid Hare Bugs Bunny in Frigid Hare Bugs Bunny in Stage Door Cartoon Bugs Bunny in Backwoods Bunny
Bugs Bunny in Hare Trimmed Bugs Bunny in Hair-Raising Hare Bugs Bunny in Water, Water, Every Hare and Hare-abian Nights Bugs Bunny in Hare Trimmed
Bugs Bunny in What’s Opera Doc? Bugs Bunny in Looney Tunes: Back in Action Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Bugs Bunny’s Crossdressing ‘Sisters’

Of course, other characters did their share of crossdressing as well. In The Wacky Wabbit (Clampett, 1942) Bugs cuts Elmer’s outer clothing exposing Elmer’s corset, and after a wolf whistle from Bugs, Elmer replies to the camera, “Don’t laugh… I bet plenty of you men wear one of these.” Bugs dresses Elmer in a snappy green number, wig, and lipstick in The Big Snooze (Clampett, 1946), which certainly gets the attention of some Hollywood wolves. Elmer poses as a female duck in What Makes Daffy Duck? (Davis, 1948) and also ends up as the bride in Rabbit of Seville (Jones, 1949). In Bugs’ Bonnets (Jones, 1956), where the characters take on the role of whatever hat falls upon them, Bugs helps Elmer (the lady) across the street, ending with Elmer wearing a wedding hat asking Bugs in a top hat “Will you marry me?” to which Bugs replies “Certainly my darling, sweetie. I’d be delighted to marry up with you.”

Elmer Fudd in The Wacky Wabbit Elmer Fudd in The Big Snooze Elmer Fudd in What Makes Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd in Rabbit of Seville Elmer Fudd in Bugs' Bonnets Elmer Fudd in Bugs' Bonnets

Daffy Duck does a striptease in The Wise Quacking Duck (Clampett, 1943), dresses up as Princess Gitchigoomie in The Daffy Duckeroo (McCabe, 1942), as a persistent agent to a talent scout (Porky) does a Carmen Miranda number in Yankee Doodle Daffy (Clampett, 1943), appears as a Pochahontas-type in Boobs in the Woods (McKimson, 1940) and does a can-can to Latin Quarter in Daffy Duck Hunt (McKimson, 1949). Daffy also does a can-can and appears as a woman restaurant patron in Daffy’s Inn Trouble (McKimson, 1961). He also appears as a witch, after a superhero costume change mistake in Stupor Duck (McKimson, 1956). And in the release Looney Tunes: Stranger than Fiction (Belfer, 2003), Episode 6 of the “Mysterious Phenomena of the Unexplained” Daffy appears as a woman with Taz in the Shakespeare Play “The Taming of a Screwball.”

Daffy Duck in Yankee Doodle Daffy Daffy Duck in Stupor Duck
Daffy Duck in Daffy Duck Hunt Daffy Duck in The Wise Quacking Duck Daffy Duck in Boobs in the Woods
Daffy Duck in Daffy's Inn Trouble Daffy Duck in Daffy's Inn Trouble Daffy Duck in Looney Tunes: Stranger than Fiction, Mysterious Phenomena of the Unexplained, Episode 6

Wile E. Coyote dresses up as a female Road Runner in Ready, Set, Zoom! (Jones, 1955), and along with the Road Runner, as a blonde hitch-hiker in Going! Going! Gosh! (Jones, 1952), and as a schoolgirl in Fast and Furry-ous (Jones, 1949).

Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in Fast and Furry-ous Wile E. Coyote in Ready, Set, Zoom!
Wile E. Coyote in Going! Going! Gosh! Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in Going! Going! Gosh!

In A Bird in a Guilty Cage (Freleng, 1952) Sylvester Cat appears in an after-hours department store. After woman mannequins crash down on him, he ends up wearing them, and while trying to find Tweety Bird in a group of hats, he stops to try on different hats admiring himself in the mirror. While we’d expect in the several Little Red Riding Hood cartoons the character playing the big bad wolf to dress as grandma, we also find Sylvester appearing as a fairy godmother in an effort to catch the mouse playing the part of Little Red Riding Hood in Little Red Rodent Hood (Freleng, 1952).

Sylvester in A Bird in a Guilty Cage Sylvester in A Bird in a Guilty Cage Sylvester in Little Red Rodent Hood

Other miscellaneous characters are not exempt from crossdressing either. In Awful Orphan (Jones, 1949) we find a homeless obnoxious mutt wanting adoption sneaking in Porky Pig’s high-rise apartment pretending to be a woman. And a similar adoption story is found in Porky’s Pooch (Clampett, 1941) where the dog Rover does a Carmen Miranda impression. The Goofy Gophers end up in a lumber yard in Lumber Jerks (Freleng, 1954), and when wood shavings from a tree fly on the head of a gopher, it appears a woman’s wig as he dances and sings “There was a little girl who had a little curl…” In Hollywood Steps Out (Tex Avery, 1941), Groucho Marx appears as a woman. In Hollywood Daffy (1946) Daffy pretends to be a movie director and puts lipstick on a studio cop he’s been avoiding.

Dog in Awful Orphan Dog in Porky's Pooch
Goofy Gophers in Lumber Jerks Groucho Marx in Hollywood Steps Out Studio Cop in Hollywood Daffy

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