The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981) Review

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Directed by Friz Freleng the Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie is a compilation film of Looney Tunes shorts, it is the third Looney Tunes Theatrical film but is different when compared to the two films that came before it.

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The film opens with a very funny short film from 1958 titled Knighty Knight Bugs, this was a great way to introduce us to the film and is in my opinion one of its biggest highlights.

The rest of the movie is split into 3 acts each with classics shorts that have been edited to work as one long cartoon when put together, because of this instead of talking about my favourite shorts from the film I’m going to discuss each segment.

ACT 1 Satan’s Waitin

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Using a premise from a short of the same name this act is about Yosemite Same trying to kill Bugs Bunny but constantly failing in many comedic ways each leaving him being sent back to hell. In my opinion this act stands out by showing a caring side to Bugs that we havent really seen in the past feature films. It begins with Bugs wanting to protect granny from Sam after she inherits 50 million dollars, each time Bugs manages to take out Sam, Sam is sent to a new time period by Satan to try again eventually leading to him giving up completely and accepting his fate.

I didnt really like this segment, at first it was great but the premise really dragged out longer than it needed too, it doesn’t help that I am a big fan of the original Sylvester and Tweety short that this is loosely based on and a short that I think is a lot funnier in comparison.

Act 2 The Unmentionables

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This Act is really great and is by far my favourite part of the movie, it includes three shorts starring the gangster Rocky, these shorts are each spliced together with clever narration and direction to make it work smoothly.

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This section does use one of the funniest Daffy Duck shorts Golden Yeggs, in this short the gangster Rocky steals Daffy Duck after he is expected to lay 24 carrot gold eggs, if you enjoy seeing Daffy Duck in an extremely uncomfortable situation and under serious stress then this is definitely the short for you.

Act 3 The Oswalds

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The final act of the film is an awards cermony hosted by Bugs Bunny, an Oswald is an award given to an animated character for their performance in a short, I actually think this concept is really cool and I wish something like this did exist as a fun award ceremony for children to enjoy although to be honest I would probably still watch it myself.

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This segment has four Looney Tunes shorts with the last one being worked into the plot of Act 3, my two favourites are Birds Anonymous where Sylvester tries to get help to overcome his addiction to eating birds. This short is really well directed and is extremely funny, it also gives a bit sympathy towards Sylvester who really wants to give up birds but he just does not have the will power to do it.

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The other short is Show Biz Bugs this is a very well known short where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck go head to head to out do each other on stage the joke being that Bugs always gets applauded but Daffy always gets booed eventually driving him to complete madness, in the end he does finally get an applause but it is what he had to do to gain that which what makes this short so cruelly hilarious.

The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie is not one that I could really recommend you watching for more than one viewing, while I did enjoy the shorts I did not enjoy the way they were stitched together, a lot of the sections seemed to drag on longer than necessary not to mention that having them edited and changed in places took away some of the charm of the originals. The best part of the movie was the Daffy Duck short from Act 2 and then the entirety of Act 3, I do not think this is a bad film I just wish it was a more similar to the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner Movie which had a really nice mix of shorts with only a few being edited.

Overall a pretty fun movie but not one that I look forward to revisiting in the future.

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