Bob Givens dead aged 99 – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tom and Jerry animator dies

THE cartoon animator who helped bring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd to life has died in the US aged 99.

Bob Givens' career spanned more than 60 years and he worked as an animator for the industry's biggest companies including Disney, Warner Bros, and Hanna-Barbera.

He also drew cartoon favourites including Tom & Jerry, Daffy Duck, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Popeye.

His daughter, Mariana Givens confirmed the news of his death on her Facebook page.

Givens' first role, in 1937, was at Disney where he worked on Donald Duck and Snow White cartoons.

He joined Warner Bros in 1940 where he became famous for his work on the Bugs Bunny character.

Previous drawings were said to be "too cute" for the cartoons the company wanted to produce.

Givens' redesign became the first official design for the lead character of the Looney Tunes franchise, making him a famous name in the industry.

He served in the US army during the World War Two, before returning to the animation industry.

His daughter revealed her father died Dec. 14 in Burbank, California from acute respiratory failure.

Givens also brought his skills to TV advertising, animating cartoon insects for Raid bug-killer commercials.” target=”_blank” title=”Click to share on Twitter

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