The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie Reviews
The movie is actually a bunch of classic "Looney Tunes" shorts threaded together with three different plots for three different acts.
Before the start of the feature presentation, we are treated with the Acadamy Award-winning "Knighty Knight, Bugs" which features "Bugs Bunny" (voiced by Mel Blanc) as the court jester of the Knights of the Round Table, who is picked to face the devious "Black Knight", played by "Yosemite Sam" (voiced by Blanc) and his dragon.
Then we are treated with a small look at the early years of Hollywood in a segment with "Bugs" doing a voice-over, which at one point is hard to hear when his voice-over is placed over a clip from a "Speedy Gonzales" (voiced by Blanc) short. In "Act 1" we see three different "Looney Tunes" shorts featuring "Sam" chasing "Bugs" woven together with segments featuring "Sam" going to Hell, and getting three chances (the three shorts) to send "Bugs" to Hell in his place.
In "Act 2," which is titled "The Unmentionables," the three shorts are woven together with a parody of "The Untouchables," with "Bugs" as "Elegant Mess" chasing the dim witted mobsters "Rocky" (voiced by Blanc) and "Mugsy" (voiced by Blanc). One of the shorts features "Sylvester" (voiced by Blanc) and "Tweety Pie" (voiced by Blanc).
In the final Act, titled "The Oswald Awards," we see three more classic "Looney Tunes" woven together by a parody of an Oscars ceremony that ends with a battle between "Bugs" and one of his biggest rivals, "Daffy Duck" (voiced by Blanc).
The classic animation still holds up quite nicely after 27 years after the release of this movie. The characters move quite nicely, and the mouths move in synch with the voices, unlike the popular Anime that dominates cartoons today. There is comedic violence in this film, but no blood or deaths. And the humor is filled with great puns, jokes and sight gags that will make all ages laugh.
Blanc, who dominates the cast of zany characters, is simply wonderful. And thanks to movies like this, his talent will live on entertaining new audiences for years to come.
"Looney Tunes" fans will smile when all their favorite characters come on the screen screen, even if they are in a non-speaking cameo. Kids, and kids-at-heart, will also laugh at the same jokes over and over.
With Blanc's voice talents, and the fantastic comedy throughout the film, this would be a great addition to your collection.
What the "movie" tries to do is tie a bunch of classic Warner Brothers cartoons in with three eras of American history, in hopes of making some sort of connection. While the cartoons may tie in to the eras in question, the three acts themselves have absolutely nothing to do with each another. They're just three separate acts. Thus, there's no real story.
The "story" itself isn't the only problem with this "movie". The trio of added shorts to the bonus features offers very little to enhance the overall viewing expeience. The shorts are much more modern than the ones presented as part of any of the three acts. Much like how modern Disney movies are nothing like the classics, or the new Garfield Show is nothing like "Garfield and Friends", the modern Looney Tunes cartoons simply don't compare to the originals. Nor will they ever compare.
"The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie" isn't the worst venture that Warner Brothers has ever done with the Looney Tunes characters. that dishonor goes to the short lived "Loonatics" cartoon from the now defunct KidsWB network. And while the "movie" presents some great classic Looney tunes cartoons, anyone who owns any of the Looney Tunes Golden Collections--or other releases--will have little to no use for this poor excuse for a movie.
When I was a kid, the Looney Tunes characters were everywhere. I remember when Nickelodeon (a channel I don't so much watch anything on anymore, and that includes Nick at Nite) started playing a half hour block of them every night. This was something my family would actually sit down together and watch en masse. There weren't a lot of things that would get us to do that by then, and of course we all managed to disperse long enough to avoid the inevitable Bosco. Or Buddy, a distinction without a difference. But you still got an hour of Looney Tunes on Saturday mornings, I think on ABC. No, they hadn't made theatrical release ones in ages, but there were still places to watch them just on TV. Whereas the Cartoon Network (I don't watch anything on that channel anymore, either) didn't even do a New Year's marathon this year.
This is not a movie. This is an extended (79 minutes) clip show. It does start with the entire Oscar-winning "Knighty Knight Bugs," which leads into Bugs grousing about how Friz Freleng won an Oscar for it (not strictly true), while he got carrots. This segues badly into the first of three acts (explicitly labeled as such), which is about Yosemite Sam in Hell. Like you do. He is supposed to exchange his soul for Bugs Bunny's. Only of course Bugs always wins, and he eventually gives up. Act two is cartoons about the mob spliced together into a supposedly coherent storyline. Act three is the nominations for and presentation of the "Oswald," an award Friz supposedly gave for the best performance by a cartoon character. I think we get another whole cartoon here, "Three Little Bops." IMDB also says that we get all of "High Diving Hare" and "Birds Anonymous." It also says that we [i]don't[/i] get all of "Knighty Knight Bugs."
The problem is that, whether we do or don't, I'd rather just watch the cartoons. Even watching just a straight hour and a half of cartoons is preferable, and it's certainly something I've done before. Yes, okay, we used to watch [i]Mousterpiece Theatre[/i] when I was a child in which George Plimpton would talk at great length and with great pomposity (did he talk any other way?) about the psychosocial ramifications of Goofy cartoons or whatever. That was funny, or at least I remember that it was. However, for starters, they played the whole cartoon. They knew that was why we were there. They didn't even play it at a time when they expected little kids to be watching it, for all Disney now seems to assume that little kids are [i]always[/i] watching the Disney Channel. I've no real problem with making a full-length Looney Tunes movie, provided the person doing the voices gets it right, but this is not the way to go about it and never will be.
It may also be part of the problem that there is a greater importance in director than people realize, when it comes to Looney Tunes. You may note that, while we have Yosemite Sam, Pepé le Pew only gets a cameo. This is because the cartoons chosen here are Friz Freleng ones. Yosemite Sam, yes. Marvin the Martian, no. (Marvin, it should be noted, has been in more cartoons in about the last ten years, even counting the entire Duck Dodgers TV series as one thing, than he was during the entire Golden Age of Warner Bros. animation.) Bugs and Daffy are also slightly different in Freleng as opposed to Jones, creator of Pepé, Marvin, and Wile E. Coyote. And Bob McKimson is very different from the pair of them. Everyone, I think, gets the difference between Tex Avery cartoons and Chuck Jones cartoons, but I don't think people necessarily see that there's a difference between Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones. You have to really pay attention to see it, and most people don't.
As to why Friz did not technically win the Oscar, it's for the same reason Walt Disney, personally, had so many. Friz and Chuck did win Oscars eventually, and of course Chuck got a special honorary one. However, the award for Best Animated Short goes to [i]the producer[/i], or seems to have done until 1988. Which is why Walt managed to be nominated for four out of five nominees in 1938 (winning for "Ferdinand the Bull") and won every single year until 1940. The fact is, animation directors weren't considered very important by the studios until quite recently. Heck, writers for animated shows still aren't in the Screen Writers' Guild. After all, in this case, the Academy was created as appeasement. Even today, the awards don't necessarily go to the individual who deserves them. If you're listed as a producer, you get the Best Picture Oscar [i]even if[/i] all you do is find the money and give the director free rein. And while Bugs may have gotten carrots, since Friz Freleng worked at Termite Terrace, he got paid peanuts.
Any fan of Looney Tunes will love this.