The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

Directed by Chuck Jones
Phil Monroe
Produced by Chuck Jones
Written by Chuck Jones
Michael Maltese
Starring Mel Blanc (voice)
Music by Dean Elliott
from classic cartoons: Milt Franklyn
Carl Stalling
William Lava
John Seely
Edited by Treg Brown
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • September 28, 1979 (1979-09-28)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, originally released under the title The Great American Chase, is a 1979 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and newly animated bridging sequences, hosted by Bugs Bunny. The bridging sequences, which had been filmed 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 was 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.


Cartoons with Bugs Bunny and others

Cartoons with Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote

DVD release

This movie is on the Looney Tunes Movie Collection DVD from Warner Home Video.

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