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Warners Bros. Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection is a box-set of sixty remastered cartoons on Blu-ray discs that was released December 1, 2020. It includes three Blu-ray discs. A digital copy is included in the purchasing of the physical copy. Packaging includes a slip book, booklet, and a variety of figures, replicas, and memorabilia.[1]

The set was originally going to be a Bluray rerelease of an earlier DVD set, The Essential Bugs Bunny, with a Funko! POP as a way to "appeal" to collectors but Jerry Beck told the Warner executives that it wouldn't sell unless they put cartoons not released on home video.

It includes twenty cartoons that had been out before but are considered “essential”, as they are generally considered some of Bugs Bunny’s best cartoons. An additional forty cartoons that were either only on DVD, never remastered or not released in the proper academy aspect ratio are also in the collection, some of which were already leaked on HBO Max earlier that year. The collection spans from the great early cartoons to the very end of Bugs' tenure.

A handful of the cartoons on Disc 2 and 3 have had their titles poorly redone in photoshop, resulting in several errors with titles such as Bug's animation skipping or looping frames, fake fades, etc. This has caused a bit of controversy amongst fans.

The set is filled with special features and commentaries. Animation historian Jerry Beck teased that fans who own previous collections now own ninety percent of Bugs Bunny’s filmography, with the exception of a few cameo appearances that Bugs Bunny had in other projects.[2]

Disc 1

Key
(*) - Previously released on other DVD/Blu-Rays
(#) - Previously released on other DVD/Blu-Rays, but unrestored
(@) - Original titles newly restored for this release

Shorts

Bonus Features

  • Bugs Bunny's 80th What's Up, Doc-umentary!
  • "Hare Ribbin'" Director's Cut
  • Forever Befuddled
  • Bugs: A Rabbit for All Seasonings
  • Mars Attacks!: Life on the Red Planet with My Favorite Martian

Audio Commentaries

  • “Elmer’s Candid Camera” by Jerry Beck
  • “A Wild Hare” by Greg Ford
  • “Hold the Lion, Please” by Greg Ford
  • “Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid” by Michael Barrier
  • “Super Rabbit” by Paul Dini
  • “What’s Cookin’ Doc?” by Jerry Beck
  • “Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears” by Stan Freberg
  • “Hare Ribbin’” by Constantine Nasr
  • “The Old Grey Hare” by Greg Ford
  • “Baseball Bugs” by Eric Goldberg
  • “Hair-Raising Hare” by Greg Ford, Michael Barrier and Lloyd Turner
  • “Bugs Bunny Rides Again” by Greg Ford
  • “Haredevil Hare” by Michael Barrier and Pete Alvarado
  • “What’s Up Doc?” by Greg Ford
  • “8 Ball Bunny” by Jerry Beck

Disc 2

Key
(*) - Previously released on other DVD/Blu-Rays
(#) - Previously released on other DVD/Blu-Rays, but unrestored
(@) - Original titles newly restored for this release
(4:3) - Widescreen cropping issue corrected for this release

Shorts

Bonus Features

  • Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All Star 50th Anniversary
  • A-Hunting We Will Go: Chuck Jones’ Wabbit Season Twilogy
  • Bugs Bunny: Ain’t He a Stinker?
  • Wagnerian Wabbit: The Making of “What’s Opera, Doc?”

Audio Commentaries

  • “Rabbit of Seville” by Eric Goldberg
  • “Rabbit Every Monday” by Greg Ford
  • “The Fair-Haired Hare” by Constantine Nasr
  • “Rabbit Fire” by Greg Ford (with archive audio by Chuck Jones)
  • “Lumber Jack-Rabbit” by Jerry Beck
  • "Baby Buggy Bunny" by Constantine Nasr
  • “What’s Opera, Doc“ by Daniel Goldmark
  • “What’s Opera, Doc” by Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble and Michael Maltese

Alternate Audio Programs

  • Music Only Tracks for “Baby Buggy Bunny”, “Rabbit Fire” and “What’s Opera, Doc?”
  • Vocal Only Track for “What’s Opera, Doc?”

Disc 3

Key
(*) - Previously released on other DVD/Blu-Rays
(#) - Previously released on other DVD/Blu-Rays, but unrestored
(@) - Original titles newly restored for this release
(4:3) - Widescreen cropping issue corrected for this release

Shorts

Special Features

Audio Commentaries

  • “Show Biz Bugs” by Greg Ford (with pre-score music)
  • “Knighty Knight Bugs” by Jerry Beck
  • “Rabbit’s Feat” by Greg Ford
  • “From Hare to Heir” by Greg Ford
  • “False Hare” by Jerry Beck
  • “(Blooper) Bunny” by Greg Ford

Funko! POP Doll

The collection has an exclusive Diamond Collection Funko!POP doll of Bugs Bunny in a suit covered with glitter. The inclusion the doll has caused a small bit of controversy with collectors, saying the inclusion makes the price too high with some refusing to buy it all together.

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References



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