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Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales -- Bugs and Daffy Duck are at it again in a land ruled by "Sultan" Yosemite Sam and his son Prince Abadaba in this hilarious feature-length Arabian Nights satire.


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19 November 1982 (USA) See more »
The movie that leaves all other sequels behind!
Rival book salesmen Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are forced by Sultan Yosemite Sam to read fairy tales to his spoiled, selfish son, Prince Abba-Dabba. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Yosemite Sam / Sylvester / Sylvester, Jr. / Speedy Gonzales / Tweety / Genie / Hassan / Big Bad Wolf / Beanstalk Giant / Elvis Gorilla / Stork (voice)
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd (voice)

June Foray ... Granny / Goldimouse / Mrs. Sylvester / Mrs. Elvis Gorilla / Jack's Mother (voice)
Shepard Menken ... Old Storyteller (voice) (as Shep Menken)
Lennie Weinrib ... Prince Abadaba (voice)
Bill Roberts ... Michigan J. Frog (singing voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Friz Freleng (classic cartoons)
Chuck Jones (classic cartoons)
Robert McKimson (classic cartoons)
Writing credits
John W. Dunn (story) (as John Dunn) &
David Detiege (story) &
Friz Freleng (story)

John W. Dunn (stories: classic cartoons) (as John Dunn) and
Warren Foster (stories: classic cartoons) &
Chuck Jones (stories: classic cartoons) &
Michael Maltese (stories: classic cartoons) &
Tedd Pierce (stories: classic cartoons)

Produced by
Friz Freleng .... producer
Original Music by
Milt Franklyn 
William Lava  (as Bill Lava)
Carl W. Stalling  (as Carl Stalling)
Robert J. Walsh  (as Rob Walsh)
Film Editing by
Jim Champin 
Production Design by
Robert Givens  (as Bob Givens)
Tom Yakutis  (as Thomas M. Yakutis)
Sound Department
Jim Graziano .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Henley .... animation camera operator: Nick Vasu Inc. (uncredited)
Animation Department
Fred Abranz .... assistant animator: bridging sequences
Jackie Banks .... animation checker: bridging sequences (as Jacqueline Banks)
Warren Batchelder .... animator: bridging sequences
Warren Batchelder .... animator: classic cartoons
Ted Bonnicksen .... animator: classic cartoons
Bob Bransford .... animator: bridging sequences
Bob Bransford .... animator: classic cartoons
Pete Burness .... animator: classic cartoons
William Butler .... background artist: classic cartoons
Ken Champin .... animator: classic cartoons
Gerry Chiniquy .... animator: classic cartoons
Corny Cole .... layout artist: classic cartoons (as Cornelius Cole)
Keith Darling .... animator: classic cartoons
Arthur Davis .... animator: classic cartoons
Arthur Davis .... sequence director (as Art Davis)
Philip DeGuard .... background artist: classic cartoons (as Philip De Guard)
David Detiege .... sequence director
Bill Exter .... key assistant animator: bridging sequences (as William K. Exter)
Edward Faigin .... assistant animator: bridging sequences
Marcia Fertig .... animator: bridging sequences
Holly Forsyth .... assistant animator: bridging sequences
Robert Givens .... layout artist: bridging sequences (as Bob Givens)
George Grandpré .... animator: classic cartoons (as George Grandpre)
Robert Gribbroek .... background artist: classic cartoons
Robert Gribbroek .... layout artist: classic cartoons
Lee Halpern .... animator: classic cartoons
Ken Harris .... animator: classic cartoons
Paul Julian .... background artist: classic cartoons
Terry Lennon .... animator: bridging sequences (as Terrence Lennon)
Art Leonardi .... animator: classic cartoons
Abe Levitow .... animator: classic cartoons
Bob Matz .... animator: bridging sequences
Bob Matz .... animator: classic cartoons
Norm McCabe .... animator: bridging sequences
Maurice Noble .... layout artist: classic cartoons
Jane Nordin .... assistant animator: bridging sequences
Tom O'Loughlin .... background artist: classic cartoons
Bill Perez .... sequence director
Manuel Perez .... animator: classic cartoons
Hawley Pratt .... layout artist: classic cartoons
Tom Ray .... animator: bridging sequences
Tom Ray .... animator: classic cartoons
Virgil Ross .... animator: bridging sequences
Virgil Ross .... animator: classic cartoons
Sonja Ruta .... assistant animator: bridging sequences
Richard H. Thomas .... background artist: bridging sequences
Richard Thompson .... animator: classic cartoons
Lloyd Vaughan .... animator: classic cartoons
Allen Wade .... key assistant animator: bridging sequences
Ben Washam .... animator: classic cartoons
Irv Wyner .... background artist: classic cartoons
Dora Yakutis .... scene planner: bridging sequences
Tom Yakutis .... layout artist: bridging sequences (as Thomas M. Yakutis)
Woody Yocum .... assistant animator: bridging sequences (as Woody Yokum)
Editorial Department
Treg Brown .... editor: classic cartoons
Steve New .... negative cutter (as Steven New)
Other crew
Kathleen Helppie-Shipley .... assistant to producer (as Kathleen Helppie)
K. Ray Iwami .... assistant to producer
Chuck Jones .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bugs Bunny's 1001 Rabbit Tales" - USA (short title)
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74 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:G (No. 26788)

Did You Know?

This is the only Looney Tunes compilation feature to not credit a director for the new bridging animation. Friz Freleng is usually listed as director in unofficial writings about the movie (in books, etc.), but in actuality he is only credited on-screen and in advertising materials as the film's producer.See more »
Daffy Duck:Since when is Pismo Beach inside a cave?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
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I'll be honest. I actually liked this!, 16 July 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

At 18, I am a huge Looney Tunes fan. As a little girl, I loved watching them and laughing at the manic wit, marvelling at the colourful animation and admiring the playful and energetic music, not to mention loving the witty characters(especially Bugs and Daffy) and the fresh dialogue. Even if some cartoons were a little predictable in the story, I know some of the Speedy Gonzales cartoons were on the predictable side, I still loved them. And I still do, I've finished school now, and one of my guilty pleasures is watching Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo on Boomerang, I can't help it and I still love them.

So as a huge fan of Looney Tunes, I heard there were a few movies and compilation films and thought I would like to check them out. I had an inkling I had seen parts of 1001 Rabbit Tales before, as the parts in the palace struck a big bell with me, but I insisted on seeing the whole film. Overall, I enjoyed 1001 Rabbit Tales. I agree it is uneven, not a huge surprise for me as I have found in the past that compilation films have parts that work and parts that don't quite, but I liked it.

First of all, it was a delight seeing all those cartoons. I love a vast majority of the cartoons featured, especially One Froggy Evening, Bewitched Bunny, Ali Baba Bunny and Tweety and the Beanstalk, which have great animation, music, dialogue and sight gags. The ones that didn't strike me as quite as memorable was Mexican Boarders and Apes of Wrath(though Bugs and the drunken stork elevated it), Mexican Boarders because although it was an improvement over most Speedy cartoons it was my least favourite cartoon featured. I did like Goldimouse and the Three Cats too, it starts off slow but gets better as Sylvester falls victim to his own traps.

As for the film itself, it was pretty good, though it is the case where the shorts and characters are better than the story itself in my opinion. The animation on the whole is pretty good, admittedly better in the shorts than in the edited bits, which had a good "scratchy" style but the animation in the cartoons was much more fluid and colourful. The music was highly enjoyable throughout, very playful and energetic, and I loved the humour. The humour in the edited bits stuck to the style of the early cartoons, with the interplay between Bugs, Yosemite and the Prince standing out. Though when it comes to the cartoons themselves, I loved the dark humour of Bewitched Bunny, how Sylvester Jnr in Goldimouse and the Three Cats was named "spoiled brat", the running joke that Bugs ends up somewhere other than he wants due to a wrong turn and the hilarious ending of Red Riding Hoodwinked(not to mention the Big Bad Wolf's short-term memory).

It was a huge delight to see all the Looney Tunes characters, Bugs and Daffy of course are the stars of the show, Bugs having more to do, while Yosemite is a delight as the Sultan, they pretty nail what he was like in the earlier cartoons with the hot temper and the fact he is always up to no good. Porky and Elmer aren't given as much to do, but they are good enough, while Speedy is a lot less annoying in two of his better cartoons(The Pied Piper of Guadalupe being the other). The drunken stork and Witch Hazel also give delightful contributions. And all of these characters are brilliantly voiced, Mel Blanc deserving the most credit.

However what I didn't like so much was that the film is too short, for me anyway, and I think it should have been better finished than it was. The story is a good idea, contrary to what has been said already, however it takes a bit of a while to get going but when it does get going it is fine. The pacing is uneven here I think, not in the cartoons but parts at the beginning could have been better paced. Finally while I loved the characters, there was one character I didn't like and that was the Prince. I just found him irritating, not his dialogue(which was great actually) but how he was voiced and animated, too loud and abrasive and blocky when it comes to the animation. I understand he was meant to be irritating, but not that irritating.

Overall, despite its faults, I liked it. When it comes to the compilation films, I felt Daffy Duck's Quackbusters had the better story and it felt better paced, but the humour and a vast majority of the cartoons here work splendidly. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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