If you’re a fan of the old cartoon character Bugs Bunny, chances are that you have come across the Big Chungus meme, which was parodied as a fake game for PlayStation 4.
The original image for these meme dates all the way back to the December 20th, 1941 episode of the cartoon “Wabbit Twouble.” In this episode, “Bugs is mocking Elmer Fudd, who in this cartoon was made much more portly than his previous and more iconic design” (Source). However, while this was a funny cartoon, it did not end up becoming a meme until much later, and is actually one of the more recent memes that we have covered.
For some who may not be aware, Bugs Bunny is a cartoon character that was created in the 1930s. He is a large gray rabbit that has a Brooklyn accent.
In all the episodes and shorts that he appears in, he is known for having a trickster and cunning personality.
He is most well-known for his catch phrase, “Eh, what’s up, doc?” Bugs Bunny is one of the most famous animated figures in American pop culture and eventually became “the official mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment” (Source).
Images of Bugs Bunny have appeared all over the Internet and he has been featured in many shows, songs, films, rides at amusement parks, commercials, and more. He appeared on the animated shows “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies.”
It is also important to discuss the origin and meaning of the word “chungus” in order to understand this meme. It seems obvious that the word “chungus” means something large or obese.
A lot of people agree that the first person to end up using this word was a freelance video game journalist named Jim Sterling, who used the term on a number of different occasions without any description of what the word’s definition was.
He used it quite frequently to describe a lot of different things. Most people agree that he started to use the word before the end of 2012. According to Urban Dictionary, the word is “said to mean anything and everything” in one definition, and “an overweight giant earthdestorying, god killing rabbit” in another.
The image first began to be used as a meme on May 27th, 2017. A user on 4chan who was anonymous posted the image of an oversized Bugs Bunny to a board called /lit/.
The next time that anyone had posted the image was on July 19th, 2017 on the same board. A lot of other people had continued to post on this board for some time throughout the year.
Then, on July 21st, 2017, a screenshot of the 4chan thread had been uploaded to Reddit by user hollerbravo. It had also been posted to Facebook several days later in the group “Eclectic Memes,” and despite having been deleted, the thread was uploaded onto websites such as Me.me.
The first time that anyone had used “Big Chungus” in conjuction with the image of an overweight Bugs Bunny was in 2018 by Reddit user GaryTheTaco.
The image was posted onto a Reddit thread calles /r/comedyheaven on December 1st, and GaryTheTaco proved that he was the one to have created the image in a separate thread on December 19th.
He claimed that he simply got bored and made the meme, and decided one day to make it public. Then, he realized how popular the meme was when “my friend sent me a post from Faceb
ook of a kid who asked his mom for Big Chungus” (Source). Since the meme also includes “PS4” at the top, a lot of parents ended up going to stores to look for such a game for their children to play on their PlayStations.
Several GameStop employees shared stories on social media of parents coming in to ask them if they had this game in stock, not realizing that it’s a joke. One such story even gained a lot of attention on Twitter.
More versions of the image were created by GaryTheTaco at the end of 2018 and they were subsequently published onto the same forum as the original, /r/comedyheaven on Reddit. Several other Reddit forums included the image and people began to take it and upload it onto other video game covers.
The original photo of the meme, which features an overweight Bugs Bunny along with the caption “Big Chungus” on a PS4 video game cover. This was created by Reddit user GaryTheTaco in 2018.
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