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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The Origins of the Looney Tunes

Welcome the first official Looney Tunes month over the next few weeks I will be discussing the origins of Looney Tunes, the first three Looney Tunes Movies and three Looney Tunes videos games.

I will admit that is only scratching the surface of Looney Tunes media but in the future I might do more parts depending on how popular this one is, so with out further ado lets get into some of this rather complicated history.

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It all stared with Rudy Ising and Hugh Harman ex animators for Walt Disney in the 1920’s, when Disney’s animation studio moved to California Ising and Harman stayed behind in Kansas City where they attempted to start their own animation studio.

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Unfortunately this plan failed leaving them to work for Walt again on his Alice comedies and their biggest star at the time Oscar the Lucky Rabbit.

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Not long after this Disney’s Producer Charles Mintz (Pictured on the Right) left the studio and took Oscar the Lucky Rabbit With him, along with Ising and Harman who did a lot of work on the previous Oscar shorts, a few very successful shorts came from this decision but ultimately it all went down hill when Universal Pictures who owned the rights to Oscar the Lucky Rabbit started their own animation studio replacing Charles Mintz and leaving Ising and Harman unemployed.

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Ising and Harman in desperation to continue their dream of animating funded a live action- animation hybrid short about a black character named Bosco, this short paid off and got the animators working with Warner Bros.

Eventually Bosco starred in many of his own shorts under the name of Looney Tunes and as well as this the animators also made other various shorts with Warner Bros under the name of Merrie Melodies a name that was a parody of Disney’s popular shorts Silly Symphonies.

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After a disagreement on their contract Ising and Harman left Warner Bros and kept the rights to Bocso.

After losing Bosco Warner Bros made a new character to star in the Looney Tunes named Buddy.

Buddy was not as popular as Bosco was so Warner Bros hired new directors to help increase popularity in the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes  shorts.

Tex Avery, Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett where chosen and together they helped to make some very memorable shorts including what I consider to be one of the most important animated shorts of all time “I haven’t got a hat” this short introduced us to Beans the Cat and other animal friends including the first ever appearance of Porky Pig.

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Beans the Cat, Porky Pig and the other animal friends went on to star in their own shorts and while these were all very good, Porky Pig remained a fan favourite and the others were very soon forgotten about.

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In 1936 Mel Blanc was hired to voice some new Looney Tunes Characters that became popular between 1936 and 1944, these included Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck as well as others that became popular and beloved over the years. As the years went by more characters were added to the Looney Tunes family such as Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Pie, Wile Coyote, Road Runner and others.

These characters boosted the Looney Tunes to immense popularity making them a serious rival to Disney at the time, four of their shorts are now included in the national film registry which means that they will always be preserved and protected, these films are Porky in Wacky Land, Duck Amuck, One Froggy Evening and my personal favourite Looney Tunes short What’s Opera Doc.

While these characters kept up their popularity and went on to win many academy awards this is the brief history of how they originated and in the future I might discuss the more unique variations of Looney Tunes that came decades later but for now I will leave you some YouTube links to Looney Tunes compilations to check out and I will see you for the next part of Looney Tunes month where I will be tackling one of their many video games.

I hope you enjoyed this look into the origins of the Looney Tunes

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