This is the second feature-length film containing classic Warner Brothers cartoons linked together by newly animated footage. It is divided into three parts, all of which are being shown in a theater as part of a film ceremony honoring the classic Looney Tunes characters. Part 1 involves Yosemite Sam's pact with the Devil to exchange his place in Hell with Bugs Bunny, provided that Sam can lure Bugs into sin and then kill him. Part 2 is a parody of TV crime-fighting dramas as Bugs is selected by law-enforcement to find and apprehend gangster Rocky, who has kidnaped Tweety Bird for a ransom. Part 3 is an Academy Awards-like contest in which various classic cartoon shorts are showcased.Written by
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In Act I, "Satan's Waitin'", Yosemite Sam is reading a newspaper on a billboard with the headline: "Local Widow Inherits $50 Million Dollars." However, the text of the article describes the making of the movie "RETREAT? HELL!" (1952). Here is what it says: Camp Pendleton October 12, 1951 "Yes, it was a bit tough." That was the general, if somewhat conservative, opinion of those who had a hand in the messy business of "snowing in" the little curved valley here at camp Pendleton for "RETREAT? HELL!" When the last tubful of the salt and lime mix had been sprayed onto the hillside. We could finally stand back and view the effect created by our many days of hard labor, and it's doubtful if there was one among us who regretted those seemingly endless days of hauling, mixing and spraying, and the resulting bloodshot eyes, aching backs and lime-filled pores. Thanks be for ol' "Doc" Stufflebeam and his little black bag during those [Text continues below screen]... ... was a little more than a narrow, bumpy trail. In a few days our "cat" drivers, Gil Richardson and Walt Tucker, had leveled off a five-acre area for our base camp and over 3 miles of wide, well-graded roads. From then on the water trucks manned by Ray Dunlap and Bill Miller and the dump trucks by Paul Edgerly and Bill Dawson made good use of them hauling salt, lime and gypsum to the "snowbirds." As work progressed, trucks of all sizes and descriptions arrived by twos and threes bringing the material for the little Korean hut and huge artificial rock to be built on the breakwater on the beach at Camp Del Mar across the highway. From as far away is San Francisco came salt, lime and "gyp." [Text continues below screen.] See more »
Bugs Bunny say that Friz Freleng won 5 Academy Awards and 2 Emmy Awards. He didn't won 5 Academy Awards and 2 Emmy Awards. He won an Academy Award and 3 Emmy Awards. See more »
[Porky has been beaten by gangsters who are after Tweety]
You talked me in to it.
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Before the end credits, Bugs Bunny chomps on a carrot and appears in the little hole and says, "Eh, dat's all, folks!" Then Porky Pig appears and says, "Hey! *I'm* supposed to sa-e-sa-sa-I'm s'posed-ta that's *my* line!" Bugs says, "Well, say it den!" Porky starts stuttering, "Eh, th-th-th, eh, th-th-th..." The hole closes on him like a door and Porky says, "Dirty guys!" See more »
CBS edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »
This is a decent, at times uproarious Warner Bros. cartoon compilation, with all the beloved characters delivering the expected laughs. It showcases some classic moments for legendary animator Friz Freleng, while linking it all together with new material.
Bugs kicks off the proceedings by introducing the short that won Freleng an Oscar, "Knighty Knight Bugs", in which the unflappable rabbit sets out to steal back the wondrous "Singing Sword" from the dastardly Black Knight (a.k.a. Yosemite Sam).
From there the action is divided into three acts: "Satan's Waiting", in which great Bugs vs. Sam moments are interwoven into a tale of Sam desperately trying to weasel his way out of Hell by offering Satan a replacement. Sam was always my favorite Looney Tune character, and watching him stew and rant and persistently try to get back at Bugs is hilarious stuff.
"The Unmentionables" prominently features gangster character Rocky, as Bugs plays Eliot Ness parody Elegant Mess, crack Federal agent assigned to bring him down. Warner Bros. had had such success with gangster classics like "Little Caesar" and "The Public Enemy", so it was only natural for them to use the Looney Tunes to make fun of this particular genre. This is fun stuff, but this viewers' least favorite segment of the movie.
Finally, we get to a cracking conclusion, "The Oswald Awards", a spot on skewering of Hollywood awards shows. The rivalry between Bugs and foul tempered Daffy Duck reaches a real fever pitch here. There's some good material with Sylvester and Tweety, and viewers are treated to an especially amusing short, "The Three Little Bops", which offers up a catchy ditty / spin on the old Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf tale.
It's still a treat to revisit these cartoon characters years later as an adult. Of course, with age and experience, one does appreciate more than just the priceless visual gags. There's some good material for adults, too, ex. a knight named "Sir Osis of the Liver".
Overall, a reasonably sharp and pretty funny collection of Looney Tunes insanity.
Seven out of 10.
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