Charles Thorson
Born Charles Gustav Thorson
(1890-08-29)August 29, 1890
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died 7 August 1966(1966-08-07) (aged 75)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd

Charles Gustav Thorson (29 August 1890 – 7 August 1966), born Karl Gustaf Stefanson, was a political cartoonist, character designer, children's book author and illustrator of Icelandic descent.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Thorson is best known as the man who designed and named Bugs Bunny,[1] but in a 10-year career (1935–45) in America's great animation studios he created hundreds of cartoon characters, including Snow White, Elmer Fudd, Little Hiawatha, Sniffles the Mouse, 'Inki and the Mynah', The Lady Known as Lou, and Twinkletoes.

The two children's books he wrote were Keeko and Chee-chee and Keeko, stories about the adventures of Keeko, the little Indian (Native American) boy.

He died in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1966.

Politician Joseph Thorson was his older brother.


  1. Barrier, Michael (2003-11-06). Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age. United States: Oxford University Press. p. 672. ISBN 978-0-19-516729-0. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 



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