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This is Part Five of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Filmography, covering the franchise's appearances from 1970 to its modern incarnations.

A total of 32 Looney Tunes shorts have been released sporadically since the original series of theatrical shorts ended in 1969.

As The Bugs Bunny Show and other television packages began airing even before the theatrical shorts ended, they proved such a success in ratings that the networks commissioned prime-time specials from Warner Bros. that would group theatrical shorts (or excerpts thereof) by theme (often tied to a holiday like Christmas or Easter) and which included new bridging material tying them together. The animation for these bridging sequences was farmed out to either De Patie Freleng Enterprises or Chuck Jones Enterprises, both run by veterans of the theatrical shorts. Additionally, comics (from Gold Key and its successor Whitman) and merchandise featuring the charactes were popular to the point of ubiquity during the 70s and early 80s.

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Eventually their success resulted in two developments: one was the inclusion in the television specials of all-new segments beyond the bridging material that could be (and were) split out as self-contained shorts and run alongside the theatrical classics on the Saturday morning anthology blocks. The other was the theatrical release of similar anthologies, beginning with The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie in 1979 and running through Daffy Duck's Quackbusters in 1988, the latter of which included two new segments.

The popularity of these, plus the prominent appearances of Bugs and Daffy in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, also released in 1988, lead to a general increase in interest during the beginning of The Renaissance Age of Animation, which saw a theatrical revival in the form of occasional shorts usually attached to various Warner Bros. family films, while the characters also appeared in various television spin-offs during the period. The launch of a new Looney Tunes website in the early 2000s also saw the release of Looney Tunes Webtoons, which have their own page.

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However, a planned full-time revival of the theatrical shorts was called off when the 2003 feature film Looney Tunes: Back in Action turned into a box office dud; the handful of shorts originally completed for theatrical release were left as bonus features on the film's home video release. It wasn't until the next decade that new shorts would be made, this time as a set of CGI Road Runner cartoons (and one Tweety featuring an archive recording by Mel Blanc) directed by Matthew Callaghan. By that time the Looney Tunes characters had become fully television characters, and have remained such into the 2020s, even if the latest series, Looney Tunes Cartoons, is the most like the original shorts made-for-tv material has ever been.

This list does not cover individual episodes of the television spin-offs The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show, Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania, The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, Baby Looney Tunes, Duck Dodgers, Loonatics Unleashed, The Looney Tunes Show, Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production and Looney Tunes Cartoons or the feature films Space Jam, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and Space Jam: A New Legacy, all of which have their own pages.

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1979

1980

  • The Chocolate Chase (Freleng): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Daffy Flies North (Tony Benedict, Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Davis, David Detiege): Daffy.
  • The Yolk’s on You (Tony Benedict, Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Davis, David Detiege): Daffy, Sylvester, Foghorn, Miss Prissy.
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny (Jones): Bugs, Elmer.
  • Spaced-Out Bunny (Jones): Bugs, Marvin the Martian.
  • Soup or Sonic (Jones): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century (Jones): Daffy, Porky, Marvin the Martian.

1987

1988:

1989

  • Fifty Years of Bugs Bunny in 3½ Minutes: A clip compilation.

1990

  • Box Office Bunny (Darrell Van Citters): Bugs, Daffy, Elmer. Is the first WB cartoon to have Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck voiced by someone other than Mel Blanc (as Blanc died in 1989)

1991

  • (blooper) Bunny! (Ford, Lennon): Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Sam.
  • Daffy & Porky in the William Tell Overture (Dan Haskett): Daffy, Porky.

1992

1994

1995

  • Carrotblanca (Douglas McCarthy): Bugs, Daffy, Penelope, Tweety, Foghorn, Pepe, Sam, and many cameos.
  • Another Froggy Evening (Jones): Sequel to "One Froggy Evening".

1996

  • Superior Duck (Jones): Daffy. Foghorn, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Marvin the Martian, Porky, and Tasmanian Devil cameos.
  • Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension: A theme park attraction.

1997

  • Pullet Surprise (Citters): Foghorn, Pete Puma.
  • From Hare to Eternity (Jones): Bugs, Sam. Only Jones cartoon starring Yosemite Sam. Final cartoon directed by Jones.
  • Father Of The Bird (Stephen Fossatti): Sylvester. Final cartoon in which Chuck Jones had any involvement.

2000

  • Little Go Beep (Spike Brandt): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.

2003:

  • The Whizzard of Ow (Bret Haaland): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Museum Scream (Dan Povenmire): Sylvester, Tweety, Granny.

2004:

  • Daffy Duck for President (Brandt, Tony Cervone): Daffy, Bugs.
  • Attack Of The Drones (Rich Moore): Daffy.
  • Cock a Doodle Duel (Peter Shin): Foghorn, Barnyard Dawg.
  • Hare And Loathing In Las Vegas (Bill Kopp, Shin): Bugs, Sam.
  • My Generation G…G…Gap (Povenmire): Porky.

2010:

  • Coyote Falls (Matthew Callaghan): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Fur of Flying (Callaghan): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Rabid Rider (Callaghan): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.

2011:

  • Daffy's Rhapsody (Callaghan): Daffy, Elmer.
  • I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat (Callaghan): Sylvester, Tweety.

2014:

  • Flash in the Pain (Callaghan): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.

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