Bugs Bunny: Super Star is a Looney Tunes Documentary about the the history of the Looney Tunes, the documentary also played 9 full Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, the majority of these shorts starred Bugs Bunny hence the name of the film.
The main focus of the film is the documentary segment and while this is very interesting and is a deep look into the efforts and cost of making the Looney Tunes shorts the movie is very controversial because of some information that was provided by Bob Clampett one of the animators at Warner Bros.
In an audio commentary from 2012 the films Director Larry Jackson stated that in order for Bob Clampett to agree to be in the documentary and allow footage of his cartoons and memorabilia to be shown he had to agree via contract that Clampett would host the documentary, would choose all of the shown cartoons and would approve the final cut of the film. According to Jackson, Clampett was insecure and didn’t want to give much credit to other Looney Tunes animators and he would’t allow the cartoons made by his colleagues to have credits but his could, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt as its not evidenced but it made people very angry and if it is true then Bob Clampett should be ashamed of himself for trying take credit away from his fellow legendary animators.
The best part of the film is the cartoons and I will briefly go over my five favourites.
- A Wild Hare
A Wild Hare stars both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, in this cartoon Elmer has never met Bugs Bunny and unfortunately picks him to be the next target of his shotgun, in a typical Looney Tunes fashion Bugs takes advantage of the hunters stupidity and goes out of his way to humiliate him and slowly cause him to have a mental breakdown.
2. Walky Talky Hawky
A young Chicken Hawk is looking for his first chicken to eat, he stumbles across one of my favourite Loony Tunes characters Foghorn Leghorn, Foghorn being a chicken decides to trick the hawk into thinking that a dog is a chicken and the hawk tries many schemes to catch and eat the dog resulting in some very memorable and funny moments, this is one of my favourite cartoons with Foghorn Leghorn and I would recommend watching it you can.
3. I Taw a Putty Tat
In this cartoon a young lady phones a pet shop to get a new bird after her Canary “has gone missing” we later find out that her cat Sylvester has been eating them. The new bird arrives a young canary named Tweety Pie who Sylvester cant wait to sink his teeth into. Growing up I used to really enjoy the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons due to their slapstick nature and similarities to the Tom and Jerry Cartoons. I believe this was one of the first cartoons to star these characters and it did a great job of introducing them to audiences not too mention that it is also very funny.
4. Hair Raising Hare
An evil scientist tricks Bugs Bunny into coming to his castle in order to feed him to his pet monster. This is probably one of the most well known Bugs Bunny cartoons and its often used as reference in various Looney Tunes video games and other media.
This one does have a lot of the standard slapstick humour which is to be expected but it very clever in other-ways, its a homage to classic monster movies and cheesy old horror films, it also breaks the fourth wall a lot and addresses the audience of the cinema this is because many of these older cartoons would be played before movies.
I really love this one and to be honest it is the best cartoon in this movie but its not the one made me laugh the most so while it is still hilarious its not my favourite.
5. My Favourite Duck
My favourite duck is my favourite animated short in this movie, it focuses on Porky Pig who wants to enjoy a relaxed vacation camping in the woods but unfortunately he is noticed by Daffy Duck who does everything he can to ruin Porky’s vacation blackmailing him with a sign that says if he hurts a duck he will be hit with a hefty fine.
This is Daffy Duck at his absolute best, Chuck Jones was the director and he added much of the fantastic slapstick and witty humour that he is known to add to his cartoons. This one has me in laughing fits every time I see it and is in my opinion one of the funniest Looney Tunes shorts ever made.
Bugs Bunny: Superstar is a difficult film for me to say whether I like it or not, the cartoons are all great but the main meat of the film is the documentary that is so controversial that I don’t know whats true and whats not, personally I would say that unless you really want to watch all of the Looney Tunes media available then just watch the shorts provided here otherwise you could skip this one and go straight into the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner movie which I believe is a much better feature.
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