Lola Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon character portrayed as an anthropomorphic female rabbit who first appeared in the 1996 film Space Jam. She is Bugs Bunny's girlfriend, and was created as the "female merchandising counterpart" of the character.
|Looney Tunes character|
Lola Bunny as seen in Space Jam.
|First appearance||Space Jam (1996)|
|Created by||Herschel Weingrod|
|Voiced by||Kath Soucie (1996–2000, 2015-present)|
Britt McKillip (2002–2006)
Kristen Wiig (2011–2014)
Rachel Ramras (2015)
|Significant other||Bugs Bunny|
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 at her.[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 into the air and then crashes back down onto the floor. The scene is reminiscent of "Wolfie" from Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), a character defined by his lust for females. This effect serves to reduce Bugs and his fellow characters to stereotypical "guys".
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,". 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". 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.
Lola's personality is a combination of the Hawksian woman, tomboy and femme fatale archetypes. She is a tough talking, no-nonsense woman who is extremely independent and self-reliant. She is highly athletic and also incredibly seductive in her behavior, because she knows how beautiful she is and also because she knows how the male characters think of her.
The Looney Tunes ShowEdit
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." 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.
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.
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 New Looney Tunes segments "Hare to the Throne", "Lola Rider" and "Rhoda Derby". While she used virtually the same design as her appearance in The Looney Tunes Show (with the exception of her clothing and body shape), her personality combined that of her Looney Tunes Show counterpart with her Space Jam and comic book incarnations. She was once again voiced by her original voice actress, Kath Soucie.
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- The male characters involved in the scene are nearly the entire male cast of the Looney Tunes Filmography.
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