The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

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The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie
Bugs Bunny Roadrunner movie.jpg
Directed by Chuck Jones
Phil Monroe
Produced by Chuck Jones
Written by Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
Starring Mel Blanc (voice)
Music by Dean Elliott
Milt Franklyn (classic cartoons)
Carl Stalling (classic cartoons)
William Lava (classic cartoons)
John Seely (classic cartoons)
Edited by Treg Brown
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates September 28, 1979
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie 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).[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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):

The cartoons are followed by a 19-minute compilation featuring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, with some 31 gags used from 17 cartoons:

The film concludes as the viewers look into the night sky above Bugs' house, passing by various stars and planets. Then, we see the bow-holding Wile E. Coyote-shaped constellation (which is what resulted from the rocket-sled explosion at the end of Beep Prepared), as it then fires its arrow at a Road Runner-shaped constellation (which, predictably, jumps over the arrow). After a "beep-beep", the Coyote stars chase the Road Runner stars into the night.

The cartoons and bridging scenes were directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The backgrounds and animation were contributed by Maurice Noble and Ben Washam.

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 "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.

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