Bugs Bunny’s Third Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales Review

Welcome to the first Edition of Looney Tunes Month 2, throughout this month I will be looking at the next 3 Looney Tunes films, and 3 more video games.

If you missed the first Looney Tunes Month here are links to each review in their release order

Looney Tunes Month 1

Bugs Bunny’s Third Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales is a 1982 Looney Tunes Anthology film, the movie contained animated shorts which had been abridged with new scenes to help sell the narrative of an original story. It was directed by Friz Freleng who did the new scenes and added in cartoons by Himself, Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson.

The films main plot involves both Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck having been assigned a job selling Story Books for the Rambling House Book Company. Both Characters are sent to different locations but antics from the various animated shorts eventually has them meeting up more than once before they both wind up at the Palace of the Sadistic Yosemiti Sam and his Son Prince Abba Dabba where the Fairytale shorts playout.

The Main plot works well enough and is very cleverly written so that the shorts blend in extremely well, in fact before writing this I actually assumed that most of the film was an original movie.

As for the Animated shorts I will go over each of them briefly and give my thoughts.

Cracked Quack

This a great short from Friz Freleng, it stars Daffy Duck who replaces a stuffed Duck in posh house in order to get free room and board for the winter.

Of course the family dog begins to catch on and tries to kill Daffy but unfortunately his owner Porky Pig still thinks this is his prized Stuffed Duck

Over all this a very funny cartoon with some great gags and is one of the highlights of this movie.

Apes of Wrath

Another Friz Freleng short Apes of Wrath is included here, in this cartoon Bugs is delivered to gorillas in disguise of a baby. Bugs takes advantage of the situation and causes hell for the father who has caught onto him and keeps running to the mother who is none the wiser. Fun short but I didn’t like how this one was shortened here even though it makes sense the original ending is very funny and this doesn’t quite feel right without it.

Wise Quackers

I was bit gutted about this one because the original short about Daffy Duck becoming Elmer Fudd’s slave to avoid being eaten is hilarious and is a classic Looney Tunes short but because the entire middle part was cut out of this it makes this section the most forgettable part of the film which is a shame because I don’t understand why they cut it down so much.

Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny is considered one of the greatest animated shorts of all time so it is only fitting that it was included, in the short Bugs and Daffy accidently take a wrong turn and end up in the Cave of Ali Baba, a treasure room which holds many riches and the Genie of the Lamp, Daffy gets greedy and wants all of the treasure for himself and keeps getting himself in bad situations which Bugs has to help him get out of.

This is a great short but again a good chunk of it is missing and while this is not as bad the previous cuts the most memorable scene is gone and of course the ending had to be cut as well to fit the narrative of this movie. This one is still good though with the few parts they left in so this Chuck Jones Cartoon still has a lot of charm.

Tweety and the Beanstalk

This cartoon has a really unique take on Jack and the beanstalk, I liked that Tweety was the bigger character here and Sylvester small it was a nice change to the usual flow of these cartoons. Nothing much was changed here apart from the removal of a racist sterotype at the end and in my book that is a change I can support.

Goldimouse and the Three Cats

A retelling of the Goldilocks story with Sylvester and his family, Im not a fan of this one I found the child character annoying and none of the jokes really worked for me so I found this one a little boring and uninspired.

Bewitched Bunny

I adore this short so much, its one of my favourite Chuck Jones Cartoons, its based on Hansel and Gretel and has so many great gags that land flawlessly, the ending was cut out of this version which is a shame because the last line of the cartoon while a little dated had me in stiches.

Red Riding Hoodwinked

A wacky take on the Red Riding Hood story, the main difference here is while the Wolf is chasing down Red, Sylvester the Cat is after her pet Tweety Bird, so the cat and the wolf end up in competition which ultimately ends with a really fun chase sequence at the end, I like this one but it isnt very memorable to me and generally I didn’t find it that funny but it is far from a bad cartoon.

The Pied Piper of Guadalpe and Mexican Borders

This next cartoon is a combination of two Speedy Gonzales Cartoons that were cut up and stitched together creating a very unique telling of both of these, it works surprisingly well and to be honest I prefer watching both of these cartoons this way because while alone they are each excellent, this is another fun way to see some of their best parts without you even knowing they were edited or even separate stories.

One Froggy Evening

Easily one of the best Cartoons ever made, One Froggy Evening is the hilarious tale of a man who finds a singing and dancing frog which only sings when they are alone and remains normal among other people, this gets the man in all sorts of trouble including being sent a mental intuition, the short is very well made with good timing on the jokes, they did cut the ending but it hardly makes much difference and honestly I think this works a little better without it.

Aqua Duck

A very small clip was used from this Cartoon and the rest was not in the movie, I feel it worth mentioning this as it was included but was a such a small part that it doesn’t really count as part of the compilation.

1001 Rabbit Tales is a good movie but its not as good as the likes of the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner film, I think where this one falls short is all of the cuts it made to otherwise perfect cartoons but If you can appreciate how well Director Friz Freleng did to stitch this all of this together to make one long movie it is honestly quite impressive.

Is this one of my favourite Looney Tunes movies? I want to say no but I can see myself returning to this one again, I liked the majority of it and while I was little upset with the edits as long as you watch the original cartoons as well this movie is one I can definitely recommend.

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