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Looney Tunes Honey Bunny

Updated on July 12, 2011

Honey Bunny

Honey bunny is a very little known member of the looney tunes cartoon characters from Warner brothers.

Created as the girlfriend of Bugs bunny her main purpose was for merchandising purposes and she never actually appeared in any of the looney tunes or merrie melodies cartoon shorts. Designed by Robert McKimson in the late 1950's Honey's character changed significantly as time passed and unfortunately today Honey seems to have faded into looney tunes history.

Here we take a look at the little known Honey bunny...

Image courtesy of shareapic

Bugs And Honey Bunny

Honey Bunny was designed to be Bugs Bunny's girlfriend by Robert McKimson, but only for use in merchandising during the last part of the 1950s. She was however part of the official Looney Tunes characters at Warner Brothers in spite of the fact that she was never in any of the shorts they made. Honey Bunny only ever appeared for promotional purposes or on merchandising items.

Honey also became a regular character in the comic books based on the Looney Tunes series, which Gold Key publishers, published during the 1960s and through the 1970s and when included in these comics, Honey, for the most part would co-star with Bugs Bunny

In these comics love was not always in the air between Honey and Bugs!

They would have their times when romance was mighty thin and Honey even had a song that said Honey Bunny, Please don't Go-ey

Honey's Appearance Changes

Honey Bunny's physical appearance changed quite a bit through the years. Early on her appearance was very much like Bugs, her clothing was about the only thing to make her look girlish, with a red bow placed in the middle of her head between the ears. The people at Gold Key dyed her hair in a few of the comic's issues, made her fur a pale shade of tan instead of medium grey like Bugs, so that the readers could tell it was Honey right off.

Finally Honey had a major makeover to make her look more feminine. With this makeover she had Bugs' basic colouring and style, but her muzzle, tail and mouth were drawn a tad smaller, this helped her look more delicate and feminine. The eyes were drawn larger and given very girly eyelashes, and her girlish curves were accentuated. This Honey model first showed up during the 1970s and was deemed the official version of Honey. She would often appear on many different merchandise items for Looney Tunes during the 1980s and first part of the 1990s.

Looney Tunes Golden Collection

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Looney Tunes Coloring Sheets

We are at a total loss for any images of Honey bunny so we thought you may like these colouring sheets of Looney tunes in general.

Coloring sheet images courtesy of rota83 at shareapic Simply click on a thumbnail which will take you to a larger image where you can save or copy into an application for you to print out

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection

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Lola And Honey Bunny

When Space Jam came out in 1996 it featured a new character, Lola Bunny, a new feminine rabbit. Lola pretty much overshadowed Honey in the merchandising department and in Bugs Bunny's heart as well, that was at least while the movie ran in the theatres and for a brief time afterwards.

Honey, at this point was almost forgotten and well out of the picture. Luckily for Honey though and down to Space Jam's limited popularity, Lola's fame waned as well. Honey started showing up again between 1998 and 1999, and for a limited time Honey and Lola both appeared on Looney tunes merchandise mainly available through Warner brothers stores.

When the Warner brothers stores closed however, in 2001, and the Looney Tunes merchandising was reduced, Honey faded from limelight once again and now seems to have become a part of Looney tunes history

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I can hardly believe I have seven rescue bunnies (I adore anything rabbit) and grew up watching tunes and I haven't ever heard of Honey Bunny. It just goes to show there is something new to learn every day :o)

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      Marijoyce 6 years ago

      This is an interesting lens. I remember seeing what I thought of as a female Bugs Bunny some years back but never knew who she was. Until now, of course.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      i love Bugs Bunny! he is so funny and cute!

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another very well done lens in this series...you're on a roll...keep going...5*s!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      I remember my brother laughing his head off over the Looney Tunes characters. 5*