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Bugs Bunny: Superstar is a 1975 Looney Tunes documentary film narrated by Orson Welles and produced and directed by Larry Jackson.


The film includes nine Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons which were previously released during the 1940s (thus, this can also be considered an anthology film) :

It also includes interviews with some legendary Warner Bros. animation directors of that period: Friz Freleng, Tex Avery and especially Bob Clampett, who has the most screen time. Some contemporary critics pointed out that Clampett's important role, as one of the primary developers of the early Warner cartoons, was slanted to some degree, due to his prominent presence in this film. The documentary infuriated many of the Warner Bros. artists as Clampett liberally took credit for much of the Warner creations.

Bugs Bunny: Superstar was the first of a series of Warner cartoon compilation movies released in the 1970s and 1980s. However, as a documentary, it does not fit the mould of the totally-animated Warner Bros. compilation movies that began with 1979's The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie. This film was not included because it was not produced by Warner Bros. (it was produced by Hare-Raising Films and released by MGM through its United Artists division) and the cartoons were controlled by United Artists at that time as part of the Associated Artists Productions library of pre-1950[1][2] Warner Bros. films.



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Bugs Bunny: Superstar was first released in theaters in late-1975. It was also available on VHS and LaserDisc format in 1988 as part of the Cartoon Moviestars series, but had been discontinued since 1999 when MGM/UA Home Video lost the distribution rights to MGM and a.a.p. titles owned by Turner Entertainment to Warner Home Video.

It was re-released 14 November 2006 on DVD, as a two-part special feature in the box set Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4. Most of the cartoons were previously released as separate, refurbished entries in the DVD collection. This film is presented pretty much "as is", unrestored with some age-wear apparent here and there on the film stock. On this release, the first half is presented in interlaced video, while the second half is in progressive scan. Most of the prints of the cartoons used were the Turner "dubbed versions", replacing the original prints from the 1975 release. "The Old Grey Hare" on the DVD used an original a.a.p. print (as part of the a.a.p. open soundtrack can be heard at the beginning of that cartoon) to preserve the final gag involving the "That's all, Folks" title card, which was lost in the Turner dubbed version of that cartoon (although a dubbed version with the original end gag preserved exists). "I Taw a Putty Tat" is the other that was sourced from an a.a.p. print as the Turner dubbed version contained an edit to remove a blackface gag, although both have been said to be dubbed versions.

On 15 November 2012, Warner Home Video released the documentary on DVD as part of the Warner Archive Collection. This release presents the full film in progressive scan, replaced the transfers for cartoons that have since been restored along with "What's Cookin' Doc?" and "I Taw a Putty Tat", which both had their previous transfers replaced with new, unrestored transfers.

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Cartoons restored on other DVD releases

Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1:

Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2:

Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3:

Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5:

Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection:

HBO Max streaming service/Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection:

  • What's Cookin' Doc? (1944) (also included in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection, albeit as a 1995 dubbed version)

Not Yet Restored


  1. You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008), p. 255.
  2. WB retained a pair of features from 1949 that they merely distributed, and all short subjects released on or after 1 September 1948; in addition to all cartoons released in August 1948.

The Looney Tunes films
Adventures of the Road-Runner
Behind-the-scenes documentaries
Bugs Bunny: Superstar | Chuck Amuck: The Movie
Greatest Hits retrospectives
Centering on Bugs Bunny
The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie | Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie | Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales | The Looney Tunes Hall of Fame
Centering on Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island | Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Original cinematic material
Space Jam | Looney Tunes Back in Action | Space Jam A New Legacy
Direct-to-video releases
Tweety's High-Flying Adventure | Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas | Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run
Two Guys from Texas | My Dream Is Yours | It's a Great Feeling | A Political Cartoon | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Gremlins 2: The New Batch | Justice League: The New Frontier