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The Essential Bugs Bunny

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Bugs Bunny, one of animation's most recognizable characters is celebrated through a set of 20 key classic shorts that define Bugs Bunny and showcase his interaction with other notable characters such as Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck. The Essential Bugs Bunny Collection is a comprehensive compilation that features some of the best of Bugs Bunny's body of work. It consists of theatrical shorts, television episodes, and specials. How Bugs Bunny Won The West, Bugs Bunny's Wild World Of Sports, and Hare and Loathing In Las Vegas are new to DVD.

Special Features

Ain't I a Stinker: This new featurette is a mini-documentary that details Bugs Bunny's vast career
Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers: Available for the first time in its original uncut form, this 1990 short was originally released on the Space Jam DVD in a cut version
Bugs Bunny Bustin' Out All Over: Emmy nominated TV special
The Carnival of the Animals: 1976 television special set against an orchestral backdrop which was directed by Chuck Jones

Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Blanc
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003U0AHGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a very good, concise collection of the best of the Bugs Bunny shorts. Unfortunately for those who have been collecting the Looney Tunes Golden Collection sets, there are a lot of repeats here. However, there are enough new items in this set that have never been released on DVD before, that it really is "essential" for fans.

Here's an updated list of the contents on each disc, along with the release year and director of each short:

Disc 1:
* Elmer's Candid Camera (1940, Jones)
* Excerpt from "My Dream is Yours" (1949)
* A Wild Hare (1940, Avery)
* How Bugs Bunny Won the West TV special (1978)
* The Old Grey Hare (1944, Clampett)
* Bugs Bunny Wild World of Sports TV special (1989)
* Baseball Bugs (1946, Freleng)
* Carrotblanca (1995, McCarthy)
* Hair Raising Hare (1946, Jones)
* Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (2003 [unreleased], Kopp/Shin)
* Haredevil Hare (1948, Jones)

Disc 2:
* 8 Ball Bunny (1950, Jones)
* Rabbit of Seville (1950, Jones)
* Ain't I A Stinker (2010 mini-documentary)
* Rabbit Fire (1951, Jones)
* Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992, Ford/Lennon)
* Show Biz Bugs (1957, Freleng)
* Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over (1980, Jones/Monroe)
* Knighty Knight Bugs (1958, Freleng)
* The Carnival of the Animals (1976, Jones/Klynn)
* What's Opera Doc? (1957, Jones)

All in all, a terrific anthology of Bugs Bunny's best. I just wish that Warner Bros. would either continue with the Looney Tunes Golden Collection sets or come up with another collectors' series that did not repeat so many of the same shorts.

Revised Note 8/25/2010: With the unfortunate cropping of the picture done by Warner Bros.
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First the good news, Warner did not mask any cartoons to make them look widescreen. Those cartoons that were masked in the theaters are shown in their original full screen here, retaining all of the animation. (Most likely because they are just re-issues of the Golden Collection transfers.)
The only cartoon in question is HARE AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, the main titles & end title are in widescreen, but the cartoon is full frame. The picture looks a little tight which makes me think this WAS a widescreen cartoon and "Center Cut" or cropped on the sides to make it full screen here.

For those with the Golden Collections (like me) Disc 2 will be the only disc of interest. It is too bad we have to re-buy all of the cartoons on disc 1 to get the new stuff on disc 2. Disc 2 seems like the "Bonus Material" that would have been in a Golden Collection if one were released this year. So add this to the Bugs, Daffy & Foghorn single discs released this year and you will get a 4-disc pseudo-golden collection.

The correct disc listing:

Disc 1: (all re-issues from the Golden Collections)
* Elmer's Candid Camera (1940, Jones)
* A Wild Hare (1940, Avery)
* The Old Grey Hare (1944, Clampett)
* Baseball Bugs (1946, Freleng)
* Hair Raising Hare (1946, Jones)
* Haredevil Hare (1948, Jones)
* 8 Ball Bunny (1950, Jones)
* Rabbit of Seville (1950, Jones)
* Rabbit Fire (1951, Jones)
* Show Biz Bugs (1957, Freleng)
* Knighty Knight Bugs (1958, Freleng)
* What's Opera Doc?
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Quick note for those who own all the LOONEY TOONS GOLDEN COLLECTION: all of the cartoons on the ESSENTIAL BUGS BUNNY collection that were made before 1978 are also to be found in one of the 6 LOONEY TOONS GOLDEN COLLECTIONs.

I have all 6 of those, and so am much less interested in this collection. However, for those just starting out with getting Bugs on DVD, this disc has a nice selection.
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I love Bugs Bunny - don't get me wrong. I love it so much that I wanted to share some of the classic episodes with my two little kids (5 and 3). So I bought this. I am still looking for classic episodes to share with my kids. The first disk has a few decent to classic Bugs cartoons. The second is some 70s era rehash that clips together some classic scenes but doesn't provide whole cartoons. I'm not sure what dull normal thought this was the compilation to make. As mentioned, the first disk has a few good ones. The second is just a teasing waste of plastic.
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If you are looking for the classic cartoons you watched growing up, keep looking. Disk one has a few of them and disk two is a total waste of time. I'll watch a few of the cartoons again on disk one, disk two's "modern" bugs will never get played again.
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There are definitely SOME essential Bugs toons in this collection but also a lot of filler. Carrotblanca? Bugs Bunny Bustin' Out All Over? Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas? Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers? Essential?!

Out of 21 selections only 13 are the original theatrical shorts and the rest are TV specials or later attempts to revive Bugs. The actual "essentials" could easily have fit on one disc with room to spare.

I don't quite understand why it would be so difficult to fill two discs with true classics. They've already been restored for the Golden Collection so it's not as if Warner would have to put any extra effort into it.
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