The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

  • Review Date: May 10, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1979
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Classic cartoon spills and gags
  • Review Date: May 10, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1979
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie gives us Daffy at his most greedy and egotistical. He attempts to get Bugs killed by Elmer in one segment, and tries to steal Arabian treasure in another.

Violence & scariness

Warner Bros. cartoons and violence go together like bacon and eggs. Characters are shot, blown up, dropped off cliffs -- but all live to be abused another day. The movie contains an infamous gag involving the rearrangement of Daffy's beak after he's blasted in the face with a shotgun.

Sexy stuff

Bugs dresses as a sexy woman to get the drop on Elmer Fudd in two cartoons. There's one Pepe Le Pew cartoon in which the skunk doggedly pursues a female cat, even when it's clear she wants nothing to do with him.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is part of the Warner Bro. cartoon juggernaut that includes videost-shirts, backpacks, and dolls, among others.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes some of the greatest cartoons of all time. Comic animation is matched with unusually literate dialogue. Scored by the great Carl Stalling. One segment features Bugs and Elmer Fudd in a spoof of Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung opera cycle, exposing kids to the potential joys of classical music. Grade-school kids will enjoy the adventures of these popular characters, but some parents may find aspects of the humor questionable, such as the over-the-top violence and some character's greediness and mean-spiritedness. Preteens will get a kick out of this feature compilation. Teens will get a similar kick, and adults will feel warmly nostalgic.

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What's the story?

This Looney Tunes feature begins with Bugs Bunny lounging at home, discussing his career, focusing on his collaborations with cartoon director Chuck Jones. From this point, the movie becomes a compilation of several classic Jones shorts, with introductions provided by Bugs. First off is \"Hare-way to the Stars,\" one of Bugs' many encounters with Marvin the Martian, followed by \"Duck Dodgers in the 24th½ Century,\" in which Daffy also battles the pint-sized alien. In \"Long Haired Hare,\" Bugs has an encounter with a pompous opera singer, and then makes his own opera appearance in the Wagner spoof, \"What's Opera Doc?\" Some of the other cartoon classics featured here are \"Duck Amuck,\" \"Bully for Bugs,\" and \"Rabbit Fire.\" In \"Operation: Rabbit,\" Bugs meets up with Wile E. Coyote, which leads into a series of highlights from various Road Runner cartoons.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE BUGS BUNNY / ROADRUNNER MOVIE was the first in a series of Warner Bros. cartoon features in which classic theatrical shorts -- many of the most highly regarded in animation history -- were compiled and linked together via newly animated segments. This one focuses on the work of the legendary Chuck Jones when he was at his very best. It's hard to go wrong with titles like "What's Opera Doc?" and "Ali Baba Bunny," with their precise comic timing and surprisingly literate dialogue. Great moments are abundant: Daffy's growing hysteria as his world is repeatedly obliterated by a malicious animator in "Duck Amuck;" Daffy's greedy meltdown in "Ali Baba Bunny;" Bugs and Elmer's ludicrous love duet in "What's Opera Doc?"

In cramming these shorts into a feature format, however, the opening titles to the cartoons have been eliminated; kids won't mind, but animation buffs will. Even worse, a few of them -- such as "Robin Hood Daffy" and "Long Haired Hare" -- have had major chunks edited out, dulling their impact. The Road Runner sequence is a hodgepodge of highlights from several cartoons, and while definitely entertaining, the material worked better in its original form. Still, many of these cartoons are currently unavailable anywhere but on this collection, and that alone makes The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie worth having.

Families can talk about...

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1979
DVD release date:July 25, 2000
Cast:Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc
Directors:Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Space and aliens
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Teen, 13 years old Written byyankee01 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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funny

the funniest movie i have ever seen in my lifetime. well beep beep.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 August 30, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Funny movie filled with classics

This movie includes some of the funniest Looney Tunes segments. But there's lots of violence. Classic looney tunes slapstick violence, likes shooting guns, throwing bombs, dynamite, etc. (but it's all very comical). As for sex, there's some cross-dressing (may go over kids' heads, though). It's not that bad, but by today's standards, it would be considered inappropriate (but funny!) and get a PG rating. This movie is good, but there's this one road runner cartoon that's really long and gets boring after awhile.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bymannymateo10isback January 24, 2011
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

best family movie!!

its good so far, daffy duck says he'd smack his clone right in the pu--, and also calls bugs bunny despicable, in one scene daffy duck steals lots of gold, diamonds inside an arabian treasure and starts to be a greedy and mad about elmer fudd not shooting bugs bunny and decides to shoot daffy duck cause daffy keeps on saying "duck! fire!" and also the skunk pursues a female cat and starts the chase, bugs bunny dresses up as a sexy woman in two cartoons which is defenitly funny to see and also wile e coyote tries to catch the road runner but all of his inventions kills him quickly and too many epic failures that the coyote made to kill the road runner and yes its too funny i loved it but i would recommend that this is for ages 4 and up =) a great family movie to see
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages

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