The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Movie
Alternate Title: The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner MovieThe Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Movie (The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Movie) (1979) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film
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- Warner Bros., Inc.
- Animated Characters: Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Wile. E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, Marvin Martian, Daffy Duck.
- Originally Released in 1979.
- Running Time: 98 minutes.
Cartoon Production Information:
Marvin the Martian's name apparently debuted here in a wraparound scene. It appeared (as simply "Marvin Martian") under a picture of him in a portrait gallery at Bugs's place.
For anyone unlucky enough to be unfamiliar with his work, Chuck Jones created the characters Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and the amorous skunk Pepé Le Pew . He also took the characters of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to their zeniths in cartoons such as "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957, with Bugs and Elmer's chase taking place in a Wagnerian opera) and "Duck Amuck" (1953, with Daffy being tortured by an unseen animator). Both cartoons, and many other delightful gems, are featured here, and it's enough to make you a Jones convert on the spot.
The fast-forward button will be most handy at the movie's beginning, when Bugs gives us an unctuous lecture on the history of movie chases. The music of Dean Elliot, a Jones veteran, is most non-descript and particularly painful in this feature; after the glorious heights of Carl Stalling's music in the classic shorts, Elliott's work pales even more in comparison. But when the original cartoons begin, you know you're in the hands of a comedy master.
If you've ever wanted some of Warner Bros.' best cartoon work on a single tape, this is as good as it gets.
Review By: Steve Bailey
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