Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004
As in “What’s all the hubbub, bub?”. Spoken by The Little Man From the Draft Board in Draftee Daffy (Clampett, 1945), and by Bugs to the Gremlin in Falling Hare (Clampett, 1943).
This expression probably derives from the Titus Moody character played by Parker Fennelly on Fred Allen’s radio show. Moody was a rustic New Englander, who often would greet Allen with a “Howdy, bub.” Incidentally, Fennelly also played the rustic country store proprietor in Pepperidge Farm commercials clear into the 1970s.