The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie
|The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones
|Produced by||Chuck Jones|
|Written by||Chuck Jones
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner
|Music by||Dean Elliott
Milt Franklyn (classic cartoons)
Carl Stalling (classic cartoons)
William Lava (classic cartoons)
John Seely (classic cartoons)
|Editing by||Treg Brown|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 28, 1979|
|Running time||98 minutes|
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner (Chase) Movie (originally was going to be titled The Great American Chase) is a 1979 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and animated bridging sequences, hosted by Bugs Bunny. The bridging sequences show Bugs at his home, which is cantilevered over a carrot-juice waterfall (modeled on Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater" house in Bear Run, Pennsylvania).
Early on, Bugs discusses the wild villans he had co-starred with in his cartoons, which is followed by a tongue-in-cheek sequence depicting the history of comedy, and a scene in which Bugs discusses his "several fathers". The latter scene was written by Chuck Jones as a way to debunk fellow animation director Robert Clampett's claims throughout the 1970s that he alone created Bugs, and Clampett's name is notably missing from Bugs's list, as a result of the conflict between Jones and Clampett.
The first half of the film consists of classic cartoons (some of which have been shortened with some scenes removed) featuring Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, and Pepé Le Pew. They include (in order):
- Hare-Way to the Stars
- Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
- Robin Hood Daffy
- Duck Amuck
- Bully for Bugs
- Ali Baba Bunny
- Rabbit Fire
- For Scent-imental Reasons
- Long-Haired Hare
- What's Opera, Doc?
- Operation: Rabbit
The cartoons are followed by a 15-minute compilation featuring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, with some 31 gags culled from 17 cartoons:
- To Beep or Not to Beep
- Zoom and Bored
- Hopalong Casualty
- Whoa, Be-Gone!
- Guided Muscle
- Scrambled Aches
- There They Go-Go-Go!
- Zipping Along
- Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z
- Going! Going! Gosh!
- Stop! Look! And Hasten!
- Beep Prepared
- Hot-Rod and Reel!
- Wild About Hurry
- Zip 'N Snort
- Hip Hip-Hurry!
- Fast and Furry-ous
A new gag was developed by Chuck Jones for the film. After the WB logo appears at the beginning, he put the "That's all, Folks!" card up being written in the wrong place. A frustrated Bugs Bunny sees it and pushes the ending iris away from the scene. He then pushes the words away and squeezes a giant, red, underlined "NOT" in the sentence, so that it reads "That's NOT all, Folks!". He then smiles and lets the iris push itself back in. The same thing happens at the end of the film, but right as the title is being written, a frustrated Bugs prevents it from finishing by putting his nose in while it was writing. He then causes it to back-write and the quotes, who look like they are characters as well, are stunned and Bugs says, "well". The title is then rewritten to say "That's not quite all, Folks!" with the "not quite" being red and underlined. The title disappears as Bugs lowers the credits down to be played. After the credits, Bugs appears on top of a Warner Bros. logo shield zooming in out of the ending iris of the "That's all, Folks!" card. He then says, "Eat your heart out, Burt Reynolds!" before he and the logo zoom back into the iris, followed by the text "That's all, Folks!" fading in, with the added underlined word "really" to make the sentence read "That's really all, Folks!"
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie was dedicated to Dorothy Jones, the wife of Chuck Jones, who died not long before the film was released.
- The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie at the Internet Movie Database
- The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie at AllRovi