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|The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones|
Phil Monroe (co-director - "Bugs at Home" segments)
|Produced by||Chuck Jones|
from classic cartoons:
the producers in the uncredited
|Written by||Chuck Jones|
Additional materials in the uncredited
|Starring||Mel Blanc (voice characterization)|
Additional voice characterizations in the uncredited
Paul Julian (uncredited)
|Music by||Dean Elliott|
from classic cartoons:
Milt Franklyn (music arranger, musical director, orchestra)
Carl Stalling (also musical director)
William Lava (additional musical director, uncredited)
John Seely Productions (music production, uncredited)
|Edited by||Treg Brown|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (original working title: The Great American Chase) is a 1979 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. Cartoons shorts and newly animated bridging sequences, hosted by Bugs Bunny. The bridging sequences, which had been produced in 1978, show Bugs at his home, which is cantilevered over a carrot-juice waterfall (modeled on Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater" house in Bear Run, Pennsylvania).
Early on, Bugs discusses the wild villains he had co-starred with in his cartoons, which is followed by a tongue-in-cheek sequence depicting the history of comedy and a scene in which Bugs discusses his "several fathers". The latter scene was written by Chuck Jones as a way to debunk fellow animation director Robert Clampett's claims throughout the 1970s that he alone created Bugs, and Clampett's name is notably missing from Bugs's list, as a result of the conflict between Jones and Clampett. The movie Bugs Bunny: Superstar featured Bob Clampett, and is another compilation of cartoon shorts, probably the first to examine the history of Warner cartoons, which under-played Bugs' other 'several fathers' and is part of the mentioned conflict.
All of the shorts featured were directed by Chuck Jones.
The combination of classic animated footage along with new animation would become the template for the theatrically released Looney Tunes movies for this film up until Daffy Duck's Quackbusters released in 1988.
Bugs Bunny, while giving a tour of his home, talks about some of the famous rivalries, battles, and chases from the Looney Tunes shorts, which serves as introductions to footage from the classic short subjects. The final segment of the film consists of an extended chase sequence between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
Warner Home Video released The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie on VHS and Betamax cassettes, and on CED in the 1980s. After its second home video release in 1986, the film was re-released on VHS and LaserDisc on February 3, 1998. From that point on, it was part of the four year-round catalog promotions from Warner Home Video, including the Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary Celebration in 1998, the Century Collection in 1999, Century 2000 in 2000, and Warner Spotlight in 2001. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie returns with Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982) on the Looney Tunes Movie Collection two-disc DVD set in 2005. It is also available for purchase or rent in the Apple iTunes Store.