Lola Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon character depicted 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 character’s “female merchandising counterpart”.
The history of Lola in animation
The history of Lola in animation can be traced back to the appearance of her predecessor Honey Bunny in the cartoon Hold the Lion, Please, directed by Charles M. Jones and released in 1942. This cartoon features Bugs married to a female rabbit ( credited as Mrs. Bugs Bunny) who looks identical to him except for a bow in her hair and a yellow dress. She tells the audience that she wears the (literal) pants in the family. This character has not been seen since. Over the years, other female rabbits showed attraction to Bugs Bunny, including a beautiful female rabbit in a Hawaiian outfit in the cartoon Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips, a shapely female robot rabbit used as bait for Bugs by Gossamer’s creator in the cartoon Hair-. Raising Hare, Daisy Lou (who bears a strong resemblance to Honey Bunny’s later 1970s-1990s character design) in the aforementioned cartoon Hare Splitter, Witch Hazel (who transforms into an attractive female rabbit) in the cartoon Bewitched Bunny, and Millicent (an overweight bunny) in the cartoon Rabbit Romeo. Mama Bear, in Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears; Penelope Pussycat, in Carrotblanca; and Elmer Fudd in Bugs ‘ Bonnets and Rabbit of Seville (1950) have also been attracted to him.
Another friend of Bugs Bunny, Lula Belle Bunny, appeared in Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies Comics and Bugs Bunny Comics between 1947 and 1955.
In Bugs Bunny Comics #139 (1962), another girl appeared with whom Bugs Bunny fell in love. Bertha Bunny, except for blonde hair and feminine clothes, looked quite like Bugs in drag. She had a speech impediment, which caused her to pronounce the parrot farm as a carrot farm, which made Bugs think she owned a carrot farm.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lola
10. BunnyLola has had many voice actresses over the years.
Lola Bunny has gone through many iterations since her debut in Space Jam. While her physical appearance is usually pretty similar, her character has been voiced by a number of talented actresses.
Kath Soucie provided the original voice for the film as well as the show New Looney Tunes. Cartoon lovers may recognize her as the voice of Dexter’s mother in Dexter’s Laboratory and of Phil, Lil and their mother in Rugrats. Britt McKillip provided her voice for the Baby Looney Tunes.
9. Kristen Wiig also voiced her
For the popular reboot “The Looney Tunes Show,” producers grabbed comedy gold by getting Kristen Wiig to voice Lola Bunny. The show excels at changing the Looney Tunes formula and placing the classic characters in a modern city setting with realistic surroundings, as opposed to the random wackiness of the original cartoons. Wiig’s performance was well received and she was even nominated for several awards for her voice acting.
8. There’s more to Lola than meets the eye
While Lola is best known as the basketball star from Space Jam, she has more backstory in The Looney Tunes Show. Lola comes from a wealthy background, which shows when her country club parents visit her. She also has a big thing for Bugs Bunny in the show, as shown by some of her creepier mannerisms, such as taking pictures of him and following him around constantly.
7. Lola is very popular on the Internet
According to a study by Datingroo, Lola Bunny is the most attractive female cartoon character based on worldwide internet search results for various cartoon women. Lola beat out Marge Simpson, Zelda, Velma from Scooby-Doo and Kim Possible to win the title of best-looking cartoon character in this strange analysis. Hopefully, the high search volume was due to curious minds looking for basketball tips.
6. Lola’s first appearance was in Space Jam
Lola is one of the few characters in the Looney Tunes universe who made her first appearance in a spin-off film. Lola was created as a female counterpart and romantic interest for Bugs Bunny and remains popular with fans.
She is perhaps still best known for her on-court basketball moves alongside Michael Jordan, but Lola has since become a central figure in the Looney Tunes crew.
5. Her original Space Jam design was quite different
Lola Bunny’s original Space Jam design probably most closely aligns with fans’ views of what she looks like, given the character’s iconic basketball jerseys and athleticism. But she was almost a completely different bunny.
Originally, Honey Bunny, an early female counterpart of Bugs Bunny, was to be used for the role, but the idea was scrapped after artists pointed out that she looked too much like Bugs. The concept character was also drawn in an American flag-style jersey, a rather different design from the final product.
4. She has participated in countless spin-off series
Since her debut in Space Jam, Lola has appeared in numerous Looney Tunes shows, comics and video games. She is a central character in Baby Looney Tunes, Looney Tunes: Rabbit Run, New Looney Tunes, Tweety’s High-Flying Adventure, Looney Tunes: Space Race and Looney Tunes Racing.
While it may not have the acclaimed story and classic cartoon background of many of Tune’s other mainstays, Lola has made a name for herself.
3. She has her own pair of Air Jordans
Lola has made her mark on the basketball world in more ways than one. She has her own pair of Air Jordans, designed with a brown and pink colorway that reflects her appearance in Space Jam.
Their retro style exudes the goodness of the nineties and for that reason, they are a great collectible for the nostalgic.
2. There has been some controversy over the redesign of their sequel
While the long-awaited announcement of the sequel was enough to please the majority of Space Jam fans, not everyone cared about the changes made to Lola’s appearance. Minor controversy arose when it was revealed that the sequel’s Lola was less curvy and “physically appealing,” which led to a number of fans complaining about the changes. Although some changes were unavoidable, there was simply no way to satisfy every single Space Jam fan.
1. She will be voiced by another famous actress in the upcoming sequel
Lola Bunny will once again have a recognizable voice behind the character. Zendaya will voice her this time around, joining a large cast of renowned voice actors playing classic Looney Tunes characters primed for another basketball showdown. Fans may recognize her voice, as she has appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Greatest Showman and several Disney television shows.