Lola Bunny

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Lola Bunny
Looney Tunes character
LolaBunnySpaceJam.png
Lola Bunny as seen in Space Jam.
First appearance Space Jam (1996)
Created by Herschel Weingrod
Timothy Harris
Leo Benvenutti
Steve Rudnick
Voiced by Kath Soucie (1996–2000; 2018-present)
Britt McKillip (2002–2006)
Kristen Wiig (2011–2014)
Rachel Ramras (2015)
Information
Species Rabbit
Gender Female
Significant other(s) Bugs Bunny

Lola Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon character portrayed as an anthropomorphic female rabbit who first appeared in the 1996 film Space Jam.[1] She is Bugs Bunny's girlfriend, and was created as the "female merchandising counterpart" of the character. She is labeled an animated sex-symbol.[2][3]

Space Jam[edit]

Lola first appeared in the 1996 film Space Jam. She is shown with tan fur, blonde bangs, and wears a purple rubber band on both ears like a ponytail. She has aqua colored eyes. Lola is voiced by Kath Soucie in the film.

Lola was created to serve as a romantic interest for Bugs. Lola has a "curvaceous body", wears tight clothes, and poses seductively when she first appears on screen. In response, Bugs is instantly smitten and several other male characters ogle at her.[4][note 1] Lola demonstrates her basketball skills and then the film makes use of a Tex Avery-style gag concerning the libido of males: Bugs floats up the air and then crashes to the floor. The scene is reminiscent of "Wolfie" from Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), a character defined by his lust for females. The effect serves to reduce Bugs and his fellow characters to stereotypical "guys".[4]

This adds to the film a sub-plot typical for the romantic comedy of whether there will be romance between Lola and Bugs. Lola does have a feminist catchphrase, "Don't ever call me doll", and her athleticism is not a typical feminine trait.[4] As Tony Cervone explained, the animators originally had in mind more "tomboyish" traits for her, but feared that she would appear "too masculine". So they ended up emphasizing her "feminine attributes".[4] The romantic sub-plot of the film concludes with a conventional resolution. Lola is nearly injured by one of the opponents in the basketball game, and Bugs rescues her. Bugs receives her grateful kiss during the game, and kisses her back following its end, with Lola reacting in her own Tex Avery-style gag on libido.[4]

Lola's personality is a combination of the Hawksian woman, tomboy and femme fatale archetypes.[4] She is a tough talking, no-nonsense woman who is extremely independent and self-reliant. She is highly athletic while also incredibly seductive in her behavior.

The Looney Tunes Show[edit]

Lola Bunny as seen in The Looney Tunes Show.

Lola also appears in The Looney Tunes Show, where she was voiced by Kristen Wiig. As opposed to her personality in Space Jam, she is portrayed as a scatterbrained, indecisive, gabby young rabbit who tends to obsess over Bugs, whom she refers to as "Bun-Bun."[5] She is very dedicated to achieving goals but oftentimes tends to forget what she was doing. She's unable to settle on a decision, even for something as simple as what she wants to drink. While she is overly talkative to the point of irritation, Bugs nevertheless appears to enjoy having her around, even surprising himself when declaring himself her boyfriend in "Double Date" where she helped Daffy get the courage to ask Tina Russo out on a date. Near the end of the episode, Lola became friends with Tina Russo. Later in the series Bugs and Lola are seen in multiple episodes spending time with each other. But noted that after going to Paris with Bugs Bunny he eventually falls in love with Lola again and even they kiss after dancing.

Lola's wealthy parents Walter (voiced by John O'Hurley) and Patricia (voiced by Grey DeLisle in season 1, Wendi McLendon-Covey in season 2) appear in the show as well.

This version of the character appeared in the straight-to-video movie Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run,[6] voiced by Rachel Ramras.

Other appearances[edit]

A toddler version of Lola, voiced by Britt McKillip, is among the regular characters of Baby Looney Tunes. Like her older counterpart, she has tomboyish traits and an affinity for basketball.[7]

Other appearances include her role as the reporter in the direct-to-video film Tweety's High-Flying Adventure. She also appeared as a playable character in the 1998 game Bugs Bunny & Lola Bunny: Operation Carrot Patch and the 2000 game Looney Tunes Racing. She was also a news reporter in the game Looney Tunes: Space Race also in 2000.

In the action comedy Loonatics Unleashed, her descendant is Lexi Bunny.[8]

Following Space Jam, Lola has regularly appeared in solo stories in the monthly Looney Tunes comic published by DC Comics. Lola Bunny was also featured in a webtoon on looneytunes.com, entitled "Dating Dos and Don'ts." During this webtoon, in the form of a fifties educational film, Bugs Bunny attempts to take Lola out on a date, but Elmer Fudd and Lola's disapproving dad (voiced by Tom Kenny) hinder him.

She appeared in the last episode of the second season of New Looney Tunes with her appearance and personality being inspired by her The Looney Tunes Show portrayal, though she is voiced by her original voice actress Kath Soucie as opposed to Kristen Wiig.

Sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The male characters involved in the scene are nearly the entire male cast of the Looney Tunes Filmography.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandler, Kevin (1998). Reading the Rabbit: Explorations in Warner Bros. Animation, p. 9. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0813525381
  2. ^ Atchison, Sean (September 11, 2017). "Drawn To You: 15 Classic Cartoon Stars (You Were Totally Attracted To)". Retrieved January 17, 2018. 
  3. ^ Wilding, Robin (May 1, 2012). "25 Sexiest Cartoon Babes". Animation Career Review. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Sandler (2001), p. 141-143
  5. ^ Vanguardia (Mexico) (15 August 2011). "Regresan a la tv Bugs y Lola Bunny" (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Chitwood, Adam (2015-04-30). "Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Trailer Teases New Animated Movie". Collider.com. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  7. ^ Erickson, Hal (ed.) (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003, 2nd edition, p. 105. McFarland & Co. ISBN 0786422556
  8. ^ Dallas Morning News (17 September 2005). "'Beep-beep' gives way to yawn-yawn" (subscription required)