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The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie (originally entitled "The Great American Chase") is a 1979 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and animted wraparound, hosted by Bugs Bunny. These cartoons, which also feature Elmer J. Fudd, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Pepe Le Pew, Penelope Pussycat, and Marvin The Martian, include (in order):
- Rabbit Seasoning [only a brief clip is used in the beginning] Elmer Fudd shoots Bug's hole and asks him his catchphrase Eh, What's Up Doc ?.]
- Hare-Way To The Stars [ Bugs Bunny accidentally arrives in space by a rocket. He soon discovers that Marvin The Martian wants to blow up the earth with his illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator and he finds himself chased by instant martians.]
- Duck Dodgers In The 24½th Century [Daffy Duck as Duck Dodgers wants to find Planet X, with the help of Porky Pig as his minion Eager Young Space Cadet, unfortunately, his rival, Marvin The Martian, wants the same thing too, and a battle starts between Daffy/Dodgers and Marvin.]
- Robin Hood Daffy [Daffy Duck appears as Robin Hood and tries to persuade Porky Pig who is Friar Truck that he really is the hero. Daffy tries many things, but none of them works.]
- Duck Amuck [Daffy Duck gets himself painted, changed, embarrassed and annoyed by a mysterious drawer.]
- Bully For Bugs [Bugs Bunny takes the job of a matador and fights a gruesome bull, using his many tricks.]
- Ali Baba Bunny [Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck arrive in a cave with treasures and Daffy finds himself chased by the guard Hassan.]
- Rabbit Fire [Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny argue about if it is rabbit season or duck season, while Elmer Fudd is there. Bugs always tricks Daffy into being shot by Elmer.]
- For Scent-imental Reasons [Pepe Le Pew chases Penelope Pussycat into a perfume shop, until she turns the tables on him.]
- Long-Haired Hare [Bugs Bunny annoys his cruel neighbor Giovanni Jones by playing a banjo, a harp and a tuba. So he disguises himself as Leopold [Stokowski] to ruin Jones' concert and have revenge.]
- What's Opera, Doc? [Elmer Fudd appears as an ancient hunter who chases Bugs Bunny in this opera in order to 'kill the wabbit'. In one scene, Bugs disguises himself as Brunhilde.]
- Operation: Rabbit [Wile E. Coyote uses his inventions to eat Bugs Bunny for supper.]
- To Beep or Not to Beep [the lasso scene and the catapult scenes.]
- Zoom and Bored [The scene where Wile E. gets tricked off a cliff and uses a jack-hammer.]
- Hopalong Casualty [Earthquake pills scene.]
- Whoa, Be-Gone! [Teeter-Totter scene, the Trampoline Scene and the high wire structure and dons a wheel-head scene].
- There They Go-Go-Go! [Rock Avalanche scene.]
- Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z [[[ACME]] Bat-Man's outfit scene.]
- Going! Going! Gosh [Slingshot Scene and Wile E. Coyote disguising himself as a woman Scene.]
- Stop, Look and Hasten [The road wall scenes, ACME Bird Seed on Bridge Scene and the ACME Leg Muscle Vitamins Scene.]
- Beep Prepared [The final cartoon to have the ending scene where Wile E. uses an ACME Little-Giant-Do-It-Yourself Rocket Sled.]
- Fast and Furry-ous. [ACME super outfit scene.]
- Scrambled Aches. [Spring Coil Scene.]
- Hot-Rod and Reel!. [Trampoline Scene.]
- Guided Muscle. [Human Bow and Arrow Scene and the slingshot scene.]
- Zip 'n Snort. [Human Bow and Arrow Scene and the Giant Canon Scene.]
- Wild About Hurry. [ACME Giant Rubber Band Scene.]
- Zipping Along. [Human-canon Ball Scene and the Wrecking Ball scene.]
- Hip Hip- Hurry!. [Intro chase scene with mock-Latin names and the boulder attempt.]
The original cartoons and bridging scenes were directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The "Bugs at Home" bridging sequences were animated by Irv Anderson, Manuel Perez, Phil Monroe, Lloyd Vaughan, and Virgil Ross; and the backgrounds were supplied by Maurice Noble, Irv Wyner and Ray Aragon. A running gag is established at the film's beginning; Chuck Jones had put the "That's all folks!" card in the wrong place, which Bugs corrects as "That's NOT all Folks!". This happens again at the end; That's all Folks! was being written again, but Bugs stops it and makes it rewrite as "That's not quite all Folks" before the credits roll. Right at the end, just before the Warner Communications Company logo, the same catchphrase appears but written as "That's really all Folks!". On top of the logo is Bugs, and he says, "Eat your heart out, Burt Reynolds!"
- On the original early 80's VHS of the film at the start of the end credits, the original working title of the film "The Great American Chase" is presented unlike its 1997 VHS re-release which uses instead the movie's final title.
- When the film aired on The Family Channel in 1995, a number of edits were made:
- Part of Bugs Bunny's introduction to Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2th Century, including the beginning scene of the short.
- Scenes with Haussan in Ali Baba Bunny.
- Most of Rabbit Fire, cutting from when Daffy's beak spins around his head to the scene where Daffy dresses as a rabbit while Bugs dresses as a duck, and then the short ends after that scene.
- Wile E. Coyote introducing himself to Bugs in Operation: Rabbit.
- At least one broadcast on The Family Channel cut out Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century, Robin Hood Daffy, and Duck Amuck, as well as all introduction footage to those shorts. Other airings kept the shorts intact.
The film got a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, receiving 100% fresh.
|The Looney Tunes films|
|Adventures of the Road-Runner|
|Bugs Bunny: Superstar | Chuck Amuck: The Movie|
|Greatest Hits retrospectives|
|Centering on Bugs Bunny|
|The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie | The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie | Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales | The Looney Tunes Hall of Fame|
|Centering on Daffy Duck|
|Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island | Daffy Duck's Quackbusters|
|Original cinematic material|
|Space Jam | Looney Tunes: Back in Action | Speedy Gonzales (film) | Pepe Le Pew (film) | Marvin the Martian (film) | Bugs Bunny (film) | Space Jam 2|
|Tweety's High Flying Adventure | Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas | Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run|
|Two Guys from Texas | My Dream Is Yours | It's a Great Feeling | Animalympics | Who Framed Roger Rabbit? | Gremlins 2: The New Batch | Justice League: The New Frontier|