Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary (1986) Poster

(1986 TV Special)

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only good as a curiosity
movieman_kev30 October 2005
Made in the late 1980's to celebrate 50 years of Looney Tunes greatness, this special brings together a huge multitude of stars of that decade. Featuring interviews were the actors pretend that the Looney Tunes characters are real people that exist in this world interspersed with clips of old Tunes shorts, the best parts of this are the clips obviously and the interviews with George Burns, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, and David Bowie. The other interviews are extremely hit or miss and seem horribly scripted (especially Jeremy Irons) and as such it's somewhat hard to recommend this except perhaps as a curiosity. This special can be found in two parts on the first and third discs of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 2.

My Grade: D+
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Lots of fun
LJMJCollins7 November 2018
I guess we're in the minority, judging from the other comments here, but my family and I thought this was a lot of fun. The celebrities playing it straight in their remarks, input from behind-the-scenes Looney Tunes veterans, and the great old clips, combine to make this fun, clever, surprising viewing. :)
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The second half of this old "TV Special" is included as part of . . .
oscaralbert9 November 2016
Warning: Spoilers
. . . Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume 2, Disc 3 (as a Special Feature). Warner Bros. slips the words "Bugs Bunny" into the title for these 23 minutes plus, perhaps because this portion of the festivities begins with brief clips from many Looney Tunes featuring Bugs Bunny. LONG HAIRED HARE is followed by PORKY'S HARE HUNT, ELMER'S CANDID CAMERA, A WILD HARE, something not mentioned by name, FAIR-HAIRED HARE, BULLY FOR BUGS, MISSISSIPPI HARE, HIGH-DIVING HARE, BOND RALLY, HASTY HARE, RABBIT EVERY M0NDAY, and something else not named. These are punctuated by comments from various 1980s Celebrities (Putin Puppet-Elect Donald Trump did not make the cut). The fun concludes with more clips from a variety of Looney Tunes characters, including Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, Tweety Bird, Coyote, Road Runner, Pepi Le Pew, and Daffy Duck, before circling back to Bugs and his nemesis Elmer Fudd for a scene from RABBIT OF SEVILLE.
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they did omit a few of the characters
lee_eisenberg4 November 2007
I'd read in Steve Schneider's book "That's All Folks: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation" about the Looney Tunes' 50th anniversary celebration held in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Gary Weis's documentary "Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary" focuses partly on that, but mostly features interviews with famous people (among them Candice Bergen, Chevy Chase and Penny Marshall) describing Bugs, Daffy, Porky, etc., as though they were real people.

Sometimes, I get the feeling that by this point, the execs looked for any method of getting the characters on the screen. I always like seeing the characters, although I noticed that Mel Blanc's Bugs Bunny voice sounded a little different; maybe his advanced age had hindered his ability to create the voices. As it was, they didn't feature every character: absent are Marvin the Martian and the Tasmanian Devil (plus the lesser known Three Bears and Goofy Gophers) I get the feeling that some people might assert that it sounds brainless for a bunch of celebrities to discuss which Looney Tune was the best, especially when they make the characters sound like real people. Even if that's the case, and even though some of the individuals interviewed have since dropped from the public eye, this documentary should be of interest to Looney Tunes fans (though probably to no one else). OK, if nothing else.

PS: Gary Weis directed short films for "Saturday Night Live" during its early days.
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