Bubba was introduced in the five-part episode, "Time is Money". Encountered during an accidental trip into Duckburg's prehistoric past, Bubba latched onto Scrooge McDuck after Scrooge accidentally saved him from a ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex. Bubba and his pet Triceratops Tootsie stowed away on Gyro Gearloose's time-ship, the Millennium Shortcut, which ran on a form of unstable energy called "bombastium", returning with Scrooge and crew to the present day.
In one episode Bubba was made smart, at first Scrooge was elated but he came to miss the old Bubba as he found the new Bubba to be cold and heartless.
Bubba reappears in the 2017 reboot along with Tootsie the Triceratops. In the episode "Timephoon!", he is unintentionally pulled into the present by Louie Duck in an effort to collect treasures from the past to get rich. He spends the whole episode running amok throughout the house with Huey Duck angrily pointing out a variety of anachronistic characteristics he displays (such as riding a skateboard, being interested in chili dogs, using a club and riding Tootsie who was pulled from a different time period). He aids the McDuck family in sending everyone back to their proper times, including himself. Huey, Dewey, and Webby deduce, but then deny, that Bubba is actually their ancestor; explaining his unusual talents. Back in the past, he carves himself a familiar top hat out of stone and uses his new club as a cane.
- When a Donald Duck meet and greet was added to the Cretaceous Trail at DinoLand U.S.A. at the Animal Kingdom, a drawing of Bubba was included on a bulletin board's timeline of prehistory.
- "DuckTales - Season 2 Characters First Look SDCC 2018". YouTube (July 20, 2018).