Bob Givens, veteran animator of Bugs Bunny, dead at 99

FILE - In this undated 1995 file photo, Michael Jordan is seen with cartoon character Bugs Bunny during a news conference for “Space Jam.” Fathom Events and Waner Bros. say the film that combines live action and animation will return to theaters on Nov. 13, 2016, to mark the 20th anniversary of its release. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 started working for Walt Disney Studios right out of high school and later joined what would become Warner Bros. His version of Bugs Bunny debuted in 1940. 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.

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