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Bob Givens the veteran animator of Bugs Bunny has died at age 99

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The animator who helped design Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd has died. Bob Givens was 99 years old.

Daughter Mariana Givens says her father died Dec. 14 in Burbank, California from acute respiratory failure.

Bob Givens began his work in animation at Walt Disney Studios, which he joined right out of high school and where he worked with the team on the company’s first animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

He soon joined the animation house that would become Warner Bros., working with animation director Tex Avery on a new version of the studio’s cartoon rabbit who was renamed Bugs Bunny for his 1940 debut short, “A Wild Hare.”

Other characters he illustrated over his six-decade career included Tom & Jerry, Daffy Duck, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Popeye.

Givens also brought his skills to TV advertising, animating cartoon insects for Raid bug-killer commercials.

Mariana Givens said Saturday that she always likened her father to Popeye when she was growing up. He was always energetic and resilient, and even smoked a pipe.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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