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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Bugs Bunny Superstar DVD Review

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Bugs Bunny Superstar DVD Review

Synopsis: Orson Welles narrates this documentary feature on Looney Tunes and the animators behind the toons. With Friz Freleng and Tex Avery. Hosted by Bob Clampett. What was it like to work in Termite Terrace, birthplace of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and a veritable horde of cartoon icons? Get a taste of that crazy and creative fun factory in this loving and droll documentary, hosted by ace animator Bob Clampett. Featuring interviews with fellow Termite Terrace residents Friz Freleng and Tex Avery and narrated by Orson Welles, Bugs Bunny Superstar includes nine complete cartoons that are prime examples of the collaborative efforts of Warner cartoonists, ink-and-painters, effects artists and others. "No idea was too outrageous," Clampett says. Seeing rare home movies of the animators as they act out ideas adds to that sense of unrestrained creativity.

 INCLUDES: What's Cookin' Doc? • A Wild Hare • I Taw a Putty Tat • Rhapsody Rabbit • A Corny Concerto • Walky Talky Hawky • The Old Grey Hare • My Favorite Duck • Hair-Raising Hare

Review: Who doesn't love Looney Tunes and of course Bugs Bunny?!  I remember seeing a re-run of this 1975 documentary back in the 80s.   Warner Archive is releasing this one to DVD for the very first time in an online exclusive.  The documentary features vintage file footage from the 1930s and 40s of Termite Terrace, the legendary home of the Looney Tunes cartoon staff on the Warner lot.  The documentary is broken up with several classic Merry Melody cartoons, which is an absolute joy.  I learned a ton about the early days of Looney Tunes and the origins of many of the characters directly from the mouths of the legends, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery..Friz Freleng...they were all still alive back then, so this one is star-studded!  This one is a must have for any serious animation fan.

Interest Range: Animation, Documentary