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The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie (1979)

Bugs Bunny reflects on his past cartoon exploits.

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... Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Marvin the Martian / Wile E. Coyote / Pepe le Pew / Dr. I.Q. High / Hassan (voice)
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd (voice) (archive footage)
Paul Julian ... Road Runner (archive sound)
Nicolai Shutorev ... Giovanni Jones (singing voice) (archive footage)
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The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie is basically a collection of Warner Bros. short cartoon features, "starring" the likes of Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Wile.E.Coyote. These animations are interspersed by Bugs Bunny reminiscing on past events and providing links between the individual animations which are otherwise unconnected. The Road Runner feature at the end consists of sketches from various RR separates (well it does in the 78-minute version anyway). Written by John Gibson

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It's classic encounters of the funniest kind!


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Trivia

The scene in which Bugs discusses his "several fathers" was written by Chuck Jones as a way to debunk fellow animation director Robert Clampett's claims throughout the 1970s that he alone created Bugs. Clampett's name is notably missing from Bugs's list. Also missing is Ben Hardaway, who created the earliest prototype of Bugs and was in fact the originator of the name "Bugs Bunny" (Bugs being Hardaway's own nickname), though in this case Jones later confirmed that the omission had simply been an oversight, and that he would have had no qualms about including Hardaway in the gallery. See more »

Goofs

During the space text-crawl, a space appeared in the word "ago" (i.e. a long [...] time a go). See more »

Quotes

Daffy Duck: Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.
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Crazy Credits

At the end, after the showing of the constellations of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, they show the traditional "That's All Folks!" card again. Bugs again appears but this time pushes the little quotation marks at the end back and the whole thing erases itself and the quotation marks scream. It rewrites itself saying "That's Not Quite All Folks!" Bugs Bunny pulls the card showing the credits. See more »

Connections

Edited from For Scent-imental Reasons (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Goblins in the Steeple
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Music by Leon Carr
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Probably the most entertaining of the Looney Tunes compilation films
9 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

I personally enjoy the Looney Tunes compilation films, coming from a huge fan of the Looney Tunes cartoons. I hadn't seen this in a while until just about two days ago, but thought could it be better than Daffy Duck's QuackBusters?. My overall conclusion is that while Daffy Duck's QuackBusters has the best storyline I think The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie despite the misleading title is the most entertaining of the compilation films.

I've often seen these compilation films criticised for cutting/shortening the original cartoons. I admit it, they do, however I don't personally see this as a problem as such. Besides, I was busy being delighted at how many cartoons and Looney Tunes characters there were to savour.

Bugs is the star of the cartoon, and a wonderful job is done to keep him true to the characterisation immortalised in the original cartoons. And fans of either Daffy and Porky, I am of the former and quite like the latter although he is often sidelined, will be delighted to know they have plenty of screen time. Elmer is a delight to watch in the cartoons he's featured in, and likewise with the Road-Runner and Wile E.Coyote.

Spotting the original cartoons are a sheer delight. A vast majority of them are masterpieces, Operation:Rabbit, Long-Haired Hare, What's Opera Doc, Duck Amuck and Duck Dodgers in the 24.5 Century to name a few, and there are some very, very good ones like Bully for Bugs, For Scent-imental Reasons(possibly my personal favourite of the Pepe Le Pew cartoons) and Ali Baba Bunny. The Road-Runner and Coyote cartoons as an overall series is uneven but when they are good they are really good, some of the ones featured are so to speak Zoom and Bored and Zip N Snort spring to mind. The highlight of the film though is the long but very energetic and spirited chase that thankfully does have the classic feel of the originals.

The story is fast-paced and entertaining with seldom a dull spot. The animation is spot on both in the original cartoons and the links, which is an achievement because I remember 1001 Rabbit Tales and Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie having animation that was somewhat inconsistent in comparison.

The music is full of energy and liveliness, the writing is witty, fresh and hilarious very often and the sight gags are inventive. Not to mention the voice work, Mel Blanc voicing all the Looney Tunes characters except for Elmer gives a truly bravura performance here. Overall, hugely entertaining. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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