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The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (refered to on-screen as Friz Freleng's Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie) is the second Compilation Movie of classic Looney Tunes cartoons, released in 1981. Like its predecessor, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, this one focuses on the work of one Looney Tunes director, in this case, Friz Freleng, who also produced and directed the linking material.

The movie begins with "Knighty Knight Bugs", which won Freleng an Oscar (and Bugs just got a carrot). After a brief story of movie comedy, the rest of the film is divided into three acts, each expanding on the plot of a classic cartoon:

  1. Satan's Waitin': After an encounter with Bugs turns fatal, Yosemite Sam ends up in Fire and Brimstone Hell. The Devil offers him a chance to return to the living world if he can get a certain rabbit to take his place. Trivia 

  2. The Unmentionables: Bugs is police detective Elegant Mess trying to capture gangster Rocky, whose crimes include encounters with Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird.

  3. The Oswald Awards: Bugs hosts the Oswalds, an award for cartoon characters. When he ends up winning, an angry Daffy challenges him to see who is the better entertainer.

Cartoons: "Knighty Knight Bugs", "Hare Trimmed", "Satan's Waitin'" (brief clip), "Roman Legion-Hare", "Devils Feud Cake", "Sahara Hare", "Wild and Woolly Hare, "The Unmentionables", "Golden Yeggs", "Catty Cornered", "The Three Little Bops", "Birds Anonymous", "High Diving Hare", "Show Biz Bugs".

This film contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Each act expands on some of the featured cartoons. Specifically, "Satan's Waitin'" takes Hare Trimmed and then segues into a plot similar to Devil's Feud Cake; "The Unmentionables" expands on the story of the short of the same name; and "The Oswald Awards" eventually segues into the plot of "Show Biz Bugs".
  • Adaptational Context Change: In "Devil's Feud Cake", Satan offers to return Sam to Earth if he could get him Bugs, whom the Devil's trying to get for a long time; which explains Sam's line "if you want him, you'll get him yourself". In "Satan's Waitin'", the Devil would return him to Earth if Sam finds someone to take his place in exchange, and Sam chose Bugs.
    • Also the part where both uses "Sahara Hare". In Devil's Feud Cake, Sam was killed by the cannon. In "Satan's Waitin'", he's killed when he "open[ed] all those doors".
    Satan: You just had to open all those doors, didn't you?
  • Adaptational Heroism: Sylvester attempts to rescue Tweety rather than trying to eat him like in "Catty Cornered". Though he still does attempt to eat him at the end like in the short.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: Of sorts. The final segment reuses the premise of Show Biz Bugs. Here however, the audience's snubbing of Daffy (up to his death) feels much more provoked since he has spent the whole segment beforehand among them heckling them and acting like an Entitled Bastard (not to mention the audience consists of several Looney Tunes mainstays who have been routinely antagonised by Daffy otherwise). Even before he gets on stage, many are vocally clear they are sick of Daffy's Jerkass behaviour.
  • Advertised Extra: The poster (seen on this page) includes Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe le Pew, and Elmer Fudd, each of whom only makes a cameo, and Pepe is the only one who has dialogue.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: While it was more ambiguous in Show Biz Bugs, after Daffy literally kills himself to get a standing ovation, his ghost returns to take a bow. The crowd immediately turns silent again until he storms off in a huff, making perfectly clear what they were cheering for.
  • Animation Bump: The devil segments of Devil's Feud Cake are redone completely to befit Frank Nelson's performance as Satan. Given the short was one of the lower budget 60s era cartoons, it's a rare case of the compilation specials having better animation than the archived footage.
  • Big Red Devil: Satan is depicted in classic fashion in the first act.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In "Satan's Waitin'". When the devil gives Sam just one more chance, Sam decides he'd rather stay in Hell, and seems to be happy about it.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Both Granny and Sam try to force Daffy to stop jeering this way. It doesn't last long.
    Daffy: If you ask me, that rabbit's just making a fool of himself.
    Sam: I'm not asking, I'm telling... SHUT UP, DUCK!!
    Daffy: (lands on Granny's arms who glares at them both) Ima shuttin'. (zips his teeth)
  • Consolation Prize: Bugs complains that while Friz got an Academy Award for "Knighty Knight Bugs", all he got was a carrot. The Oswalds were created as an alternative to the Oscars for cartoon characters.
  • Deal with the Devil: If Sam can get Bugs to Hell, the Devil with let him live. After three failed attempts, Sam decides it's not worth it and chooses to stay in Hell.
  • Hellevator: Sam tries to escape Hell by elevator. But as the Devil points out, the elevator only goes one way: down.
  • Mood Whiplash: The light-hearted Hare Trimmed segment abruptly turns serious after a safe is dropped on Sam and he suddenly finds himself in Hell.
  • Off on a Technicality: After Bugs has Rocky arrested, Rocky's smarmy lawyer uses Courtroom Antics to get him off.
  • Offering Another in Your Stead: One of the new stories wrapping through the compilation involves Yosemite Sam being killed and winding up in Fire and Brimstone Hell. He makes a deal with Satan to go free as long as another soul takes his place. Sam, of course, attempts to send Bugs in his place. No points for guessing how that goes.
  • Officer O'Hara: The cops who appear in "The Unmentionables". Bugs briefly imitates one as well.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In "The Unmentionables", as Bugs and the police save Daffy Duck from Rocky's golden egg racket, Bugs asks the exhausted duck "Is there anything we can get for you, old chap?" Not only is it unusual for the rabbit to show any concern for Daffy, but "old chap" is not an expression the Flatbush-esque Bugs normally uses. (It's more of a Wile E. Coyote thing, on the rare occasions he speaks in his Ivy League manner.)
  • Take That!: In the first segment, when Sam is first in Hell:
    Sam: It's powerful hot in here. Is this Dallas?
    Satan: No, but you're close.
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: In "Satan's Waitin'", Satan gives Yosemite Sam one more chance to find a replacement, but after what he's gone through three times, Sam decides he's staying.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: The second act, like the cartoon it's named after, is a spoof of The Untouchables.