Lola Bunny

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Lola Bunny
Looney Tunes character
LolaBunnySpaceJam.png
Lola Bunny as seen in Space Jam.
First appearanceSpace Jam (1996)
Created byHerschel Weingrod
Timothy Harris
Leo Benvenutti
Steve Rudnick
Voiced byKath Soucie (1996–2000, 2015–present)
Britt McKillip (2002–2005)[1]
Kristen Wiig (2011–2014)
Rachel Ramras (2015)
In-universe information
SpeciesRabbit
GenderFemale
Significant otherBugs Bunny
RelativesWalter Bunny (father in The Looney Tunes Show), Patricia Bunny (mother in The Looney Tunes Show)

Lola Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon character portrayed as an anthropomorphic female rabbit created by the Warner Bros. Studios. Lead female character in the Looney Tunes universe, she is generally depicted as Bugs Bunny's girlfriend. She first appeared in the 1996 film Space Jam.[2]

History[edit]

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 and a slim hourglass figure. 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 her.[3] Lola demonstrates her basketball skills, and the film makes use of a "Tex Avery-style" gag concerning the male libido: Bugs floats up into the air before crashing back down to the floor. The scene is reminiscent of "Wolfie" from Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), a Tex Avery-created character defined by his exaggerated wolf whistle.

Throughout the film, there is a sub-plot of whether there will be a romance between Lola and Bugs. The sub-plot 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 female libido.[3]

Lola's personality is a combination of the Hawksian woman, tomboy, and femme fatale archetypes.[3] She is a tough talking, no-nonsense woman who is extremely independent and self-reliant. She is both highly athletic and extremely seductive in her behavior. Her catchphrase is "Don't ever call me 'Doll'."[3] As animation director Tony Cervone explained, Lola was originally intended to be more of a "tomboy", but the production team feared that she would appear "too masculine". So they chose to emphasize her "feminine attributes" as well.[3]

Following Space Jam, Lola has regularly appeared in solo stories in the monthly Looney Tunes comic published by DC Comics.

She will return in Space Jam: A New Legacy, with Soucie reprising her voice role.[4]

Tweety's High-Flying Adventure[edit]

Lola appears as a reporter in the direct-to-video film Tweety's High-Flying Adventure. She is voiced by Kath Soucie.

She was also a news reporter in the game Looney Tunes: Space Race also in 2000.

Baby Looney Tunes[edit]

In the series Baby Looney Tunes, she is like her older counterpart, having a tomboyish traits and an affinity for basketball.[5] She is voiced by Britt McKillip.

Loonatics Unleashed[edit]

In the action comedy Loonatics Unleashed, her descendant is Lexi Bunny.[6] Lexi has an affinity with sports, video games, and gives an important place to her appearance. She has various powers, such as superhuman strength, overdeveloped hearing, or the ability to project pink rays of energy. She is voiced by Jessica DiCicco.

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 an eccentric and cheerful young rabbit who tends to obsess over Bugs, whom she refers to as "Bun-Bun."[7] She is very dedicated to achieving goals, but oftentimes tends to forget what she was doing. Lola is mostly involved in bizarre situations, either created by herself or when accompanied by her friend Daffy.

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. Later in the series, Bugs and Lola are seen in multiple episodes spending time with each other.

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.

Lola is playable in the game Looney Tunes Mayhem released on iOS and Android in 2018.

Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run[edit]

Lola is one of the two lead characters in the straight-to-video movie Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, depicted with the same appearance from The Looney Tunes Show.[8] Although she and Bugs do not know each other, removing her obsession with him, she is still depicted as a cheerful and reckless young rabbit, having the same behavior from The Looney Tunes Show. Lola is voiced by Rachel Ramras.[9]

New Looney Tunes[edit]

The New Looney Tunes portrays Lola as a happy and friendly character. She appears in the segments "Hare to the Throne", "Lola Rider" and "Rhoda Derby". Her appearance is the same from The Looney Tunes Show, although she wears a different outfit. She always shows eccentricity and maintains her carefree attitude. Her intrepid and adventurous side appears within some episodes, where she performs various sports.

Tiny Toons Looniversity[edit]

Lola will appear in the upcoming series Tiny Toons Looniversity. Lola and Babs Bunny will get together on screen for the first time.

Voice actors[edit]

Since Lola Bunny’s first appearance in 1996, the cartoon character has been voiced by a variety of voice actors.

For the majority of the Looney Tunes series, Lola’s character was voiced by Kath Soucie, an American actress and voice actress. Soucie has voiced Lola in Space Jam (1996), Tweety's High-Flying Adventure (2000), Looney Tunes Racing (2000), Looney Tunes: Space Race (2000), the Looney Tunes webtoons (2001-2005), Looney Tunes Dance Off (2010) and New Looney Tunes (2015).[10]

Additionally, Britt McKillip was Lola’s voice actress in Baby Looney Tunes (2002) and Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-traordinary Adventure (2003).[11]

Jessica DiCicco voiced Lexi in Loonatics Unleashed.

In 2011, American actress, comedian, writer, and producer, Kristen Wiig, voiced Lola in The Looney Tunes Show. For her portrayal, Wiig received several nominations and won the People's Choice Voice Acting Award in 2011.[12]

Rachel Ramras voiced Lola in Scooby Doo & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure (2014) [13] and Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run (2015).[14]

Kath Soucie will voice Lola in Space Jam: A New Legacy.[15]

Appearances in cartoons and shorts[edit]

Movies appearances[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

Shorts appearances[edit]

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.

Appearances in video games[edit]

Lola appears in various video games, being the player character in Bugs Bunny & Lola Bunny: Operation Carrot Patch. She is voiced by Kath Soucie to Scooby-Doo! & Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe Adventure, where she is voiced by Rachel Ramras.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Since her first apparition, Lola quickly became a fan-favorite and an iconic character form the Looney Tunes franchise.[16][17][18] She has frequently been regarded as an animated sex symbol.[19][20] In 2020, she was named the "most attractive cartoon character across the world" based on global search volume per month.[21][22][23] Shannon Carlin of Bustle.com praised Lola from Space Jam, calling her "confident" and "talented".[24] PopDust.com called Lola "hot" and "attractive".[25]

Lola from The Looney Tunes Show was well received by critics. CBR.com ranked Lola and Bugs No. 2 in their 10 Best Romances From Childhood Cartoons, stating that she is more "lively and vapid" than in Space Jam, and is "pretty cute and funny to watch".[26] IGN.com praised the character, calling her a "crazy but charming character" with Kristen Wiig doing a "a phenomenal job".[27] WhatCulture.com calls Lola more "interesting" compared to her first apparition, stating that the "Lola of this show is scatter-brained, strange, and incredibly off-putting, making her leagues more interesting and funny as a result.".[28] Jonathan North of Rotoscopers.com complimented Lola from the same series, saying that it "brought out Lola’s character far better than her debut in Space Jam did."[29]

Lola and her Toon Squad teammates have also gained contemporary popularity in pop culture and streetwear. Lola and others now frequently appear in graphic designs on a wide plethora of merchandise. Her #10 TuneSquad uniform has also become an iconic symbol for aspiring basketball players.[citation needed] As a result, Lola has become a popular option for modern Halloween costumes, often paired with her partner Bugs Bunny. Furthermore, Toon Squad characters now make frequent appearances in urban style, often depicted wearing hip-hop apparel. This style was popularized by 1980s urban designers, The Shirt Kings. Streetwear continues to draw upon Looney Tunes for inspiration, with the 2017 Converse x Looney Tunes Sneaker collaboration providing a recent notable recent example.

Author Kevin Sandler has said that Lola Bunny was created as a female merchandising counterpart to Bugs Bunny.[30] Lola Bunny’s original merchandise now sells for far more than its original price on resale markets. For example, original dolls now sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay.[citation needed] However, Lola Bunny is not the only character to see a rise in contemporary popularity, as original Looney Tunes merchandise in general has gained nostalgic value.

Accolades[edit]

Kristen Wiig who portrayed Lola Bunny in The Looney Tunes Show received several nominations for her work and won 1 Behind the Voice Actors award.

Year Work Award Category Nominee Results
2011 The Looney Tunes Show BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Kristen Wiig
Won [12]
2012 The Looney Tunes Show Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Kristen Wiig
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
  • Episode: "Double Date"
Nominated [31]
2013 The Looney Tunes Show BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical Kristen Wiig
Nominated [32]
2016 Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-To-DvD Title Or Short Rachel Ramras
Nominated [33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d e Sandler (2001), p. 141-143
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  6. ^ Dallas Morning News (17 September 2005). "'Beep-beep' gives way to yawn-yawn" (subscription required)
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  16. ^ "Space Jam 2 Is Going to Be Gloriously Black as Hell". Retrieved 2020-10-12. Not to mention Lola Bunny is an icon, and we want her to get the glory she deserves.
  17. ^ "15 Slam-Dunk Facts About Space Jam". www.mentalfloss.com. 2018-09-20. Retrieved 2020-10-12. Lola Bunny sashayed onto the scene with blonde bangs, a feminist catchphrase (“Don’t call me doll”), and impressive game on the court. It’s no wonder that audiences fell in love with her even before Bugs.
  18. ^ EDT, Rocco Marrongelli On 7/27/20 at 4:07 PM (2020-07-27). "For Bugs Bunny's 80th birthday, here's a guide to all the "Looney Tunes" on HBO Max". Newsweek. Retrieved 2020-10-12. It's particularly notable that fan-favorite Lola Bunny (voiced here by Kristen Wiig) gets some time to shine in this series, after her breakout appearance in the movie Space Jam.
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  21. ^ "Revealed: The cartoon characters the world gets off to • Datingroo US". Datingroo US. Retrieved 2020-10-12. Lola Bunny is the world’s most searched for cartoon sex icon
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  23. ^ "Study Reveals What Cartoon Characters Aussies Are Grossly Horny For & Of Course Shrek's On It". Pedestrian TV. 2020-09-12. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  24. ^ "Defending 'Space Jam's Lola Bunny Because She Was A Flawed But Necessary Heroine". Bustle. Retrieved 2020-10-12. For everything wrong with Lola, there are good things that even now are worth noting: She is confident. She is talented. She is witty.
  25. ^ 10207037939562084 (2019-05-02). "The Fetishization of Space Jam: How Lola Bunny Led to Furries". Popdust. Retrieved 2020-10-12. Unlike many other "hot" cartoon characters, Lola didn't just have an attractive character design that would later become sexualized by fans. Rather, Lola Bunny was canonically hyper-sexualized and fully intended to be constantly ogled, both by in-world characters and viewers.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  26. ^ "10 Best Romances From Childhood Cartoons". CBR. 2020-02-11. Retrieved 2020-10-12. This would allow the two some heated banter that was at one end playful to the historic rabbit and at another a genuine, refreshing challenge. Such a romance would be reignited in The Looney Tunes Show, as the two would experience a new relationship with a much more lively and vapid Lola Bunny that was still pretty cute and funny to watch.
  27. ^ Goldman, Eric (8 May 2012). "The Looney Tunes Show: Bugs and Daffy's New Sitcom Life". Among the voice cast, you'll hear a couple of notable Saturday Night Live cast members. Kirsten Wiig plays Lola Bunny, a character first introduced in Space Jam, who gets a very different portrayal here. Said Cervone, "I like this Lola. I like this kind of Katherine Hepburn-esque, crazy but charming character. She's got a lot of layers to her and Kirsten does a phenomenal job."
  28. ^ Dapul, Motzie (2019-01-17). "10 Excellent Cartoon Reboots That Surprised Fans". WhatCulture.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12. One of the better character updates of this show was that of Lola Bunny, who had been introduced in the film Space Jam as little more than a sex object to give Bugs a love interest. As if in response to her first appearance, the Lola of this show is scatter-brained, strange, and incredibly off-putting, making her leagues more interesting and funny as a result.
  29. ^ "'Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run' DVD Review". Rotoscopers. 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
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