The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
|The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie|
|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Produced by||Friz Freleng|
|Music by||Robert J. Walsh
Carl Stalling (classic cartoons)
Milt Franklyn (classic cartoons)
William Lava (classic cartoons)
Shorty Rogers (classic cartoons)
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie is a 1981 Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and animated bridging sequences produced by Friz Freleng, hosted by Bugs Bunny. The new footage was one of the final productions done by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (also known as Marvel Productions beginning the 1980s).
The film starts with a showing of the 1958 award winning cartoon Knighty Knight Bugs before going into its opening credits. This is followed up by Bugs narrating how Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies immediately replaced baggy-pants comedy before introducing us to "a warm-hearted humble little intrevoit called Yosemite Sam".
Act 1: Satan's Waitin'
Yosemite Sam courts Granny with evil intentions for the $50,000,000 she has inherited, but Bugs overhears his scheming and thwarts Sam under the guise of another suitor and later Granny herself. In the end, Sam dies after being crushed by a safe that Bugs drops on him and lands in Hell. Satan offers to give Sam another chance in life provided he sends someone in his place. Sam agrees to this and, as a Roman guard captain, a Saudi Arabian, and in his usual cowboy guise, attempts to kill Bugs. His attempts are unsuccessful, but when Satan offers him one more chance, Sam denies stating Satan should get the rabbit himself and decides to stay.
Act 2: The Unmentionables
Immediately after becoming a police detective (with the codename "Elegant Mess"), Bugs is captured by Rocky and his gang, who try to drown him. Bugs promptly escapes that and then infiltrates Rocky's birthday party that night, disguised as a showgirl. Rocky soon sees through Bugs' disguise and, accompanied by Mugsy, chases him into a cereal factory, where Bugs traps the pair on the cereal manufacturing machine. Afterwards, he brings Rocky to court, but thanks to a loophole in the law, the mobster is free to go.
Bugs has problems finding Rocky's new hideout until word breaks out of farmer Porky Pig's golden egg, which was apparently laid by Daffy Duck. Upon reading of this news, Rocky and his men capture Daffy and demand him to lay a golden egg. He eventually does after Rocky shoots him in the head, and is then ordered to lay more to fill up their collection of egg cartons. Bugs and the police suddenly bust in and arrest Rocky's troop. But another law loophole sets Rocky free again.
Rocky then captures Tweety Bird and holds him for ransom, and Bugs appoints Sylvester to find Tweety. Sure enough, the pussycat finds Tweety in Rocky's hideout. After several failed attempts by Sylvester to eat Tweety, the police show up and surround Rocky's hideout. Sylvester ends up being hailed as a hero for having seemingly rescued Tweety, and Bugs brings Rocky and Mugsy to justice, but is forced to go to jail with them because he lost the keys to his handcuffs.
Act 3: The Oswalds
Bugs introduces us to the Oswald Awards, an award ceremony created by Friz for cartoon characters. He then hosts the ceremony himself, announcing the nominees - the Wolf from Three Little Bops, Sylvester & Tweety, and himself. During all this, Daffy Duck continually gripes about the fact that he's not being nominated. When Bugs wins the award, Daffy becomes furious and challenges Bugs to a talent showdown (aka Show Biz Bugs). Bugs seems to have the audience's favor, but Daffy eventually wins their applause by blowing himself up. Bugs gives the now-ghostly Daffy the award, with the duck responding "It just goes to show you, you gotta kill yourself to win an Oswald in this town!"
The cartoons used to make the film include:
- Hare Trimmed (act 1)
- Devil's Feud Cake (act 1; note: Uses the same premise of that short, but features a different Satan design/voice and new animation and dialog)
- Roman Legion-Hare (act 1)
- Sahara Hare (act 1)
- Wild and Woolly Hare (act 1)
- The Unmentionables (act 2)
- Golden Yeggs (act 2)
- Catty Cornered (act 2)
- Three Little Bops (act 3)
- Birds Anonymous (act 3)
- High Diving Hare (act 3)
- Show Biz Bugs (act 3)
- Mel Blanc - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester, Tweety, Rocky, Mugsy, King Arthur, Sir Osis of Liver, Sir Loin of Beef, Yosemite Sam, Gerry the Idgit Dragon, Satan, Treasury Director, Judge, Clancy, O'Hara, Cops, Clarence (B.A. Bird)
- June Foray - Granny
- Bea Benaderet Granny (classic cartoons, uncredited)
- Stan Freberg - Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs
- Ralph James - Narrator
- Frank Nelson -
- Frank Welker - Reporter Dog, Lawyer