The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFriz Freleng
Story by
Produced byFriz Freleng
Narrated by
Edited byJim Champin
Music by
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 20, 1981 (1981-11-20)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (credited onscreen as Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie) is a 1981 American animated comedy package film with a compilation of classic Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and animated bridging sequences produced and directed by Friz Freleng, hosted by Bugs Bunny.[1] The new footage was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It was the first Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies film with a compilation of classic cartoon comedy shorts produced by Warner Bros. Animation.


The animated comedy film starts with a showing of the 1958 award-winning Warner Bros cartoon Knighty Knight Bugs before going into its film opening credits. This is followed up by Bugs Bunny narrating how cartoons like Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies immediately replaced baggy-pants comedy, as well as showing cartoons featuring Sylvester, before he introduces us to "a warm-hearted humble little introvert called Yosemite Sam".

Act 1: Satan's Waitin'

In a shot-for-shot remake of Devil's Feud Cake, Yosemite Sam courts Granny with evil intentions for the $50,000,000 she has inherited, but while they are discussing this, Bugs overhears his scheming and thwarts Sam under the guise of another suitor and later Granny herself. In the end, Sam dies after being crushed by a safe that Bugs drops on him and lands in Hell. Satan offers to give Sam another chance in life provided he sends someone in his place. Sam agrees to this and, as a Roman guard captain, an Arab, and in his usual cowboy guise, attempts to kill Bugs. His attempts are unsuccessful, but when Satan keeps offering him one more chance, Sam refuses, stating Satan should get the rabbit himself and decides to stay.

Act 2: The Unmentionables

Bugs Bunny explains about cops and robbers, as well as gangster films. In Act 2, there are three cartoons dedicated to the gangster characters, Rocky and Mugsy.

Immediately after becoming a police detective (with the codename "Elegant Mess"), Bugs is captured by Rocky and his gang, who try to drown him. Bugs promptly escapes that and then infiltrates Rocky's birthday party that night, disguised as a showgirl. Rocky soon sees through Bugs' disguise and, accompanied by Mugsy, chases him into a cereal factory, where Bugs traps the pair on the cereal manufacturing machine. Afterwards, he brings Rocky to court, but thanks to some manipulations and obfuscating legalese by Rocky's sleazy and unethical lawyer at his trial, the mobster is free to go.

Bugs has problems finding Rocky's new hideout until word breaks out of farmer Porky Pig's golden egg, which was apparently laid by Daffy Duck. Upon reading of this, Rocky and his men capture Daffy and demand him to lay a golden egg. He eventually does after Rocky shoots him in the head, and is then ordered to lay more to fill up their collection of egg cartons. Bugs and the police suddenly bust in and arrest Rocky's troop. But another law loophole sets Rocky free again.

Rocky then captures Tweety and holds him for ransom, and Bugs appoints Sylvester to find Tweety. Sure enough, the pussycat finds Tweety in Rocky's hideout. After several failed attempts by Sylvester to free Tweety, the police arrive and surround Rocky's hideout. When Sylvester ends up being hailed as a hero for having seemingly rescued Tweety, Bugs brings Rocky to justice, but is forced to go to jail with him and Mugsy (who was likely arrested too) because he lost the keys to his handcuffs.

Act 3: The Oswald Awards

In the third and final act, Bugs introduces the Oswald Awards, an award ceremony created by Friz for animated characters. He then hosts the ceremony himself, announcing the nominees - the Wolf from Three Little Bops, Sylvester & Tweety and himself. During Bugs' show, Daffy continually gripes about the fact that he has not been nominated. When Bugs wins the award, an infuriated Daffy challenges Bugs to a talent showdown. Bugs seems to have the audience's favor, but is puzzled when Daffy ultimately wins their applause by blowing himself up. Bugs gives the now-ghostly Daffy the award, with the duck responding, "It just goes to show you, you gotta kill yourself to win an Oswald in this town!" He then bows, but is shocked when the audience stops applauding, so he leaves in a huff. The only explanation is they only applauded because he is now dead.

Featured cartoons

The cartoons used to make the animated film include:

Also, clips from Little Red Rodent Hood, Speedy Gonzales, and A Pizza Tweety-Pie can be seen in the introduction.

Voice cast

Home media

The film was released on VHS in 1982 by WCI Home Video. The film was re-released on VHS on October 26, 1999 and on DVD in the USA on April 28, 2009 from Warner Home Video. Special features for the DVD release included three bonus animated shorts: Box-Office Bunny, From Hare to Eternity and Pullet Surprise.


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 179. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved June 6, 2020.


  1. ^ a b c (bridging sequences only)
  2. ^ (archive sound)
  3. ^ a b (musical director: classic cartoons)
  4. ^ (musical director/orchestrator: classic cartoons)
  5. ^ (song composer and trumpeter: classic cartoons)