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The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie
Film information
Genre: Comedy
Format: Animated
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Phil Monroe
Produced by: Chuck Jones
Written by: Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
Starring: Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Wile E. Coyote
The Road Runner
Elmer Fudd
Music by: Dean Elliott
Milt Franklyn
Carl Stalling
William Lava
John Seely
Edited by: Treg Brown
Distributed by:
Release-date: September 28th, 1979
Running time: 98 minutes
Gross revenue:

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.]

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

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.


The film got a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, receiving 100% fresh.


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The Looney Tunes films
Adventures of the Road-Runner
Behind-the-scenes documentaries
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
Direct-to-video releases
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

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