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The character is often seen a hairy, red monster, although in The Looney Tunes Show, he was more of an orange tone in color. His rectangular body is perched on two giant tennis shoes, and his face is composed of only two oval-shaped eyes and a wide mouth, with two hulking arms ending in dirty, clawed fingers. The monster's main trait, however, is his orange hair. In fact, a gag in the 1980 short Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century lampoons this by revealing that Gossamer is, in fact, composed entirely of hair.
The director Chuck Jones introduced the monster character in the 1946 short Hair-Raising Hare. In it, Bugs Bunny is lured to the lair of Dr. Lorre who wants to use the rabbit for his experiments. The monster (here called "Rudolph") serves as the scientist's henchman, trying desperately to capture Bugs. This plot was then repeated in the 1952 Jones short Water, Water Every Hare. The monster would remain dormant for many decades until Jones used the character once more in Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century in 1980. This is the first cartoon where the character is called "Gossamer."
In recent years, Warner Bros. marketers seem to have seized upon the character. Gossamer's image is available on all sorts of Warners merchandise, from T-shirts to ballcaps to plush toys. This sort of marketing helped propel The Tasmanian Devil to newfound stardom, and it is seemingly helping Gossamer's popularity to some extent. It remains unclear whether Gossamer will become one of the more popular Looney Tunes characters.
A clip in the deleted scenes featurette on the Looney Tunes: Back In Action DVD features Gossamer being harassed by Kate Houghton, suggesting that Gossamer was planned to make an appearance in the film, but it was deleted. However, a full look at this scene is not shown in the full deleted scenes clips on the DVD-ROM.
- Hair-Raising Hare (debut) (1946)
- Water, Water Every Hare (1952)
- Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century (1980)
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1995)
- The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (1995)
- Space Jam (1996) (cameo)
- Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003) (appears in deleted scene)
- Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)
The Looney Tunes Show (2011-2014)
- S1E05. Monster Talent
- S1E14. Newspaper Thief
- S1E17. Sunday Night Slice (cameo)
- S1E25. Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder (cameo)
- S2E01. Bobcats on Three
- S2E02. You've Got Hate Mail (cameo)
- S2E03. Itsy Bitsy Gopher
- S2E08. The Stud, The Nerd, The Average Joe, & The Saint
- S2E09. It's a Handbag (cameo in photo)
- S2E10. A Christmas Carol
- S2E11. We're in Big Truffle
- S2E13. Daffy Duck, Esquire (only mentioned)
- S2E15. The Black Widow
- S2E17. Gribbler's Quest (cameo and Merrie Melodies)
- S2E22. Gossamer is Awesomer