(July 29, 2002 - Burbank, CA) - Almost one-third of TV Guide’s “50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time” list comes from the Warner Bros. animation library, with the world renowned Bugs Bunny at the top of the list. Twenty-two other animated favorites from Warner Bros. classic and contemporary libraries join Bugs on this prestigious list. They are Fred Flintsone and Barney Rubble (#6), Daffy Duck (14), Topcat (18), Popeye (20), Scooby-Doo (22), Josie and the Pussycats (24), Tweety and Sylvester (33), Space Ghost (35), Yogi Bear and Boo Boo (36), Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner (38), Superman (39), Batman (40), Wonder Woman (42), Porky Pig (47) and Tom and Jerry (50). This list of legendary animated characters was compiled by TV Guide as a part of the continuing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the TV Guide brand. The list was published in the August 3 issue (on newsstands July 29). “Our characters’ prominence on this prestigious list is a reminder of their universal appeal and timelessness, and of how ingrained they have become in popular culture,” said Sander Schwartz, President, Warner Bros. Animation. “We are proud to be continuing Warner Bros.’ tradition of excellence and are truly honored to have had a hand in drawing so many all-time favorite characters.” “Bugs Bunny’s wit and wisdom has made him an icon for all ages and we are extremely proud to see him recognized as the greatest animated character of all time by TV Guide,” said Dan Romanelli, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products. Further attesting to the Academy Award-nominated Bugs Bunny’s popularity are the major feature film and television projects he’s got lined up. He and his Looney Tunes pals will star in their second feature “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” in fall 2003 (with Brendan Fraser), as well as in a series of theatrical shorts slated to debut the end of this year. On September 16, “Baby Looney Tunes”-a look at Bugs and the gang as small fries-debuts on Cartoon Network (which is also the exclusive home to the collection of Warner Bros. animated shorts featuring Bugs and his Looney Tunes cohorts) and select Kids’ WB! affiliates.
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