The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special

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The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special
Directed by Gerry Chiniquy
Friz Freleng
Chuck Jones
Starring Mel Blanc (voices)
Theme music composer Harper MacKay
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Hal Geer
Running time 24 min.
Original network CBS
Original release October 26, 1980

The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special is an animated television special that was broadcast on CBS October 26, 1980. Presented as an Alfred Hitchcock-style whodunit, the plot is modeled after those of North by Northwest and The Fugitive. Like most Looney Tunes specials of the time, this program consists of clips from classic cartoons with some new original animation holding them together.

Plot synopsis[edit]

A criminal known as the Tall, Dark Stranger robs a bank, and Inspector Elmer Fudd mistakenly arrests Bugs Bunny for the crime. Escaping from jail, Bugs sets out to prove his innocence while evading Elmer, who is searching for him, after his escape.

After some chases and a side story involving Sylvester and Tweety, Bugs ends up dangling from the beak of a Mount Rushmore-sized sculpture of Foghorn Leghorn; he’s rescued by the Tall, Dark Stranger, who turns out to be Porky Pig (he was trying to keep the story going). Porky concludes the special from inside his jail cell.



Directed by Gerry Chiniquy, Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones.

Cartoons featured[edit]


This special has been released on VHS videocassette, but not on DVD.

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