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Cartoon Network's Upcoming Bugs Bunny Celebration Largest In Television History

On June 13, 2001, Cartoon Network will air the most complete retrospective ever offered of the wascally wabbit, Bugs Bunny, during the ninth annual JUNE BUGS marathon. Cartoon Network is now the exclusive TV home to Looney Tunes and celebrates by launching its biggest JUNE BUGS celebration ever, a 49-hour marathon which starts at 11 pm (ET/PT) on June 1, 2001 and runs through 12 midnight on Sunday, June 3, 2001. Overall, Cartoon Network will air 176 Bugs Bunny cartoons during JUNE BUGS, including 55 cartoons making their Cartoon Network debut. JUNE BUGS begins by airing cartoons in chronological order from Bugs first appearance in PORKYS HARE HUNT to his most recent cartoon, FROM HARE TO ETERNITY. Also included in the marathon will be a number of rarely seen cartoons, including black and white versions and World War II-era cartoons. Cartoon Network will complete JUNE BUGS by airing 55 Bugs Bunny cartoons newly acquired by Cartoon Network. All told, JUNE BUGS will be the most comprehensive Bugs Bunny showcase ever in television history. Bugs is a multi-talented superstar, said Mike Lazzo, senior vice president of programming and production. He can sing, he can dance, he can wear a skirt like nobodys business. And when it comes to pronoun switching, hes an absolute genius. That wascally wabbit will weasel his way onto CartoonNetwork.com as well. As part of JUNE BUGS, users will be able to participate in several activities, including a Bugs Bunny Twister game where users can interchange heads, bodies and feet of Bugs in various costumes. Additionally, the site will feature classic Bugs clips in the theater section of the site, interviews with Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones, a top ten list of Bugs episodes and promotion off the home page. The event will also help launch the Looney Tuner. Built in the style of an old-time radio, the Looney Tuner will allow users to easily move from one Looney Tunes characters activities and games to another. In conjunction with JUNE BUGS, Cartoon Network will also unveil the JUNE BUGS Special Delivery Sweepstakes. One thousand lucky winners will receive a Cartoon Network prize pack crammed with Bugs Bunny and Cartoon Network merchandise, such as plush toys, t-shirts and more. One grand prize winner will win the ultimate Bugs Bunny vacation -- not a trip to Albuquerque, but a vacation for four down under to the home of the Tazmanian Devil, Australia. Viewers can enter via a toll-free phone number that will be revealed on-air.

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