The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

  • Review Date: April 23, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1981

Common Sense Media says

Violent? Yep. Genius? Maybe. Funny? Definitely!
  • Review Date: April 23, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1981





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of name calling and silly slapstick humor that kids love to imitate.

Violence & scariness

Lots of cartoon violence. The ole' one-lump-or-two gag shows up more than once here. Guns are touted, used as weapons, and used as threatening devices. Lots of smacking, bonking, even shooting and exploding, in the name of comedy.

Sexy stuff

Yosemite Sam chases Granny, saying "I want you, baby...Come to Papa."


"Stupid" is a word commonly used as an insult. "Shut up," "I hate you," and "idiot" are also shouted. Satan is featured in the first act, and his domicile is referred to as "hell."


When Daffy Duck blows up after hitting the wrong note on a rigged xylophone, he says: "Good thing I've got Blue Cross." Academy Awards, Oscars, and Emmy Awards are all mentioned. The original tongue-in-cheek ACME brand is featured as a cereal. Characters arrive at the "Oswald" Awards in fancy cars and nice clothes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cigarettes are featured in a couple of shorts. Bugs Bunny himself has a cigarette dangling from his mouth in a scene as a cowboy. Rocky the mobster smokes and even lights a stick of dynamite with his cigarette. His fellow mobsters smoke cigars. In the preview short, Sir Osis of Liver is show drinking wine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there are many joys in revisiting these classic, laugh-out-loud cartoons, they should also be aware that there's lots of cartoon violence and name calling. Younger children might want to mimic some of the characters, which could get them in trouble! But parents will enjoy the gags aimed at adults, and mature kids will love the classic characters.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The Looney Toons gang (voiced by Mel Blanc) are back in rare form for this montage of classic cartoon clips. Staged in three acts, Bugs Bunny narrates the story of Yosemite Sam's quest to get that rabbit in "Satan's Waitin'." In Act Two, "The Unmentionables," Bugs himself stars as Elegant Mess, a take on FBI hero Eliot Ness, who chases after Rocky the gangster. Finally, in Act Three, "The Oswald Awards," all of the gang arrive at an award show to discover who wins the Best Actor category. The segues between the clips are meant to tie the show together, and what results is a great collection of classic Looney Toons clips.

Is it any good?


Not only is the quality of the writing very good, but the voice characterizations that Mel Blanc portrays border on genius. The artwork is amazing, considering that each cell of the animated piece was hand drawn and painted. The music -- violin plucks for footsteps, flute trills for birds in flight, oboes, clarinets, bass drums -- they simply don't make 'em like this anymore.

However, it must be noted that these cartoons are loose and fast with the violent turns of events. There are lots of lumps on the head, and feathers and fur lost because dynamite has exploded nearby. Punch-drunk voices and raucous verbal tirades can influence young viewers to act out in ways that might be pushing it. Parents may want to prescreen these cartoons to see if these rough-and-tumble aspects of slapstick are OK for their families. But they might just find themselves enjoying the show as much as their kids do!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of cartoons. How do old cartoons differ from new ones? Many of these cartoons were made in the 1940s and '50s. Can you tell? How is the music different? How is the humor different? Is there more violence? Are they still funny?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 28, 1981
DVD release date:April 28, 2009
Cast:Frank Nelson, June Foray, Mel Blanc
Director:Friz Freleng
Studio:Warner Home Video
Run time:80 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 August 30, 2010

So-so Looney Tunes movie

I usually like looney toons, but this one was okay. But, like with all things looney toons, there are inappropriate things in it. Like violence, for instance. Lots of guns, dynamite and other looney tune pratfalls (not that it's unfunny!) Language includes rude name calling, like usual, but this time they used h*ll (referring to the place, because someone is in H*ll. Some smoking. Not much sex. Overall an okay movie

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bymrgrimjaw August 10, 2012

the old days

this a cartoon classic from my child hood its good for 9 yearsold and up . its better then todays cartoon. and very funny they daunt have the TNT sticks or the wiping with the panle on the butt gags eneymore. the good old days. this cartoon is good for laughs and family fun.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bybradeblo March 14, 2013


Language: okay. but the looney toon show is too much swearing.
smoking: i saw the dog smoking but still okay.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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