Lola Bunny

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Lola Bunny
Looney Tunes character
Lola Bunny (SVG).png
First appearanceSpace Jam (1996)
Created byLeo Benvenuti
Steve Rudnick
Timothy Harris
Herschel Weingrod
[1]
Voiced byKath Soucie (1996–2005, 2010, 2015–present)
Britt McKillip (Baby Looney Tunes; 2001–2006)[2]
Kristen Wiig (2011–2014)
Rachel Ramras (2014–2015)
Carla Delaney (2016)[3][4]
Zendaya (2021)[5]
In-universe information
SpeciesRabbit/Hare
GenderFemale
Significant otherBugs Bunny
RelativesWalter & Patricia Bunny (father and mother in The Looney Tunes Show)
NationalityAmerican

Lola Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon character portrayed as an anthropomorphic female rabbit created by Warner Bros. Pictures. She is generally depicted as Bugs Bunny's girlfriend. She first appeared in the 1996 film Space Jam.[6]

Development[edit]

In the mid-1990s, Warner Bros. started working on Space Jam (1996). There were plans to feature Honey Bunny, Bugs Bunny's female counterpart in some comic books whose depiction had varied widely over the years. Some artists commented that Honey looked too much like Bugs, and eventually created Lola Bunny as a replacement.[1][7]

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 shapely figure. Lola is voiced by Kath Soucie in the film.

Lola was created to serve as a romantic interest for Bugs. As soon as she appears, Bugs is instantly smitten and several other male characters ogle her.[8][page needed] Throughout the film, there is a sub-plot of Bugs attempting to win her affection. Lola reciprocates Bugs feelings when she is nearly injured by one of the opponents in the basketball game, and Bugs saves her.

According to author Kevin Sandler, Lola's personality is a combination of the Hawksian woman, tomboy, and femme fatale archetypes.[8][page needed] She is a straight-talking, no-nonsense woman who is extremely independent and confident. She is both highly athletic and extremely seductive in her behavior. Her catchphrase is "Don't ever call me 'Doll'". 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" and chose emphasize her "feminine attributes" instead.

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

Lola returned in Space Jam: A New Legacy with an updated character design, voiced by Zendaya[5] although Soucie was initially announced to be reprising the role.[9]

The Looney Tunes Show[edit]

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, airheaded, endearing, and cheerful young rabbit who tends to obsess over Bugs, whom she refers to as "Bun-Bun".[10] 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 one of the two lead characters in the straight-to-video spin-off film Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run,[11] however here she is voiced by Rachel Ramras.[12]

Other appearances[edit]

Lola appears as a news reporter twice, both in the direct-to-video film Tweety's High-Flying Adventure and the game Looney Tunes: Space Race. Kath Soucie reprises her voice in both. In the series Baby Looney Tunes, she is like her older counterpart in Space Jam, having tomboyish traits and an affinity for basketball.[13] She is voiced by Britt McKillip. In the action-comedy Loonatics Unleashed, her descendant is Lexi Bunny.[14]

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 as in 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.

Lola will appear in the preschool series Bugs Bunny Builders.[15]

Voice actresses[edit]

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

For the majority of the Looney Tunes series, Lola's character was voiced by Kath Soucie, an American 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 (2015-2020).[16]

From 2011 to 2014, 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.[17]

Others[edit]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Since her first appearance, Lola quickly became a fan favorite and an iconic character in the Looney Tunes franchise.[21][22][23] She has frequently been regarded as an animated sex symbol.[24][25][26] In 2020, she was named the "most attractive cartoon character across the world" based on global search volume per month.[27][28][29] Shannon Carlin of Bustle.com praised Lola from Space Jam, calling her "confident" and "talented".[30] Dan Kahan of PopDust.com wrote that Lola was meant to be "ogled, both by in-world characters and viewers".[31]

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".[32] IGN.com praised the character, calling her a "crazy but charming character" with Kristen Wiig doing "a phenomenal job".[33] WhatCulture.com calls Lola more interesting compared to her first appearance, 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."[34] 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."[35]

In 2019, after watching the original Space Jam for the first time, Malcolm D. Lee, the director for Space Jam: A New Legacy, felt off-guard on how Lola was too sexualized and decided to turn her into a "strong woman" character, saying: "It's important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters." The new personality and look gained controversy, specifically among Twitter, as fans complained about her "nerfed" appearance that made her intentionally less physically appealing.[36][37][38]

Author Kevin Sandler has said that Lola Bunny was created as a female merchandising counterpart to Bugs Bunny.[39] The character'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 the 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
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
Won [17]
2012 The Looney Tunes Show Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Kristen Wiig
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
  • Episode: "Double Date"
Nominated [40]
2013 The Looney Tunes Show BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical Kristen Wiig
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
Nominated [41]
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
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
Nominated [42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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