Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales

Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales is a 1982 animated anthology film with a compilation of Warner Bros. cartoon shorts (many of which have been abridged) and animated bridging sequences, hosted by Bugs Bunny.[2]

Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales
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Theatrical poster
Directed byLinking Footage:
Friz Freleng
Classic Cartoons:
Friz Freleng
Chuck Jones
Robert McKimson
Written byFriz Freleng
Classic Cartoons:
Warren Foster
Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Produced byFriz Freleng
StarringMel Blanc
June Foray
Shep Menken
Lennie Weinrib
Archive Sound:
Bea Benaderet
Arthur Q. Bryan
Tom Holland
William "Bill" Roberts
CinematographyNick Vasu
Music byRob Walsh
Classic Cartoons:
Musical Directors:
Carl Stalling
Milt Franklyn
William Lava
Milt Franklyn
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 19, 1982 (1982-11-19)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$78,350 (domestic)[1]


Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck have to sell books for Rambling House. They go their separate ways and experience many wacky things. For instance, while flying through a winter storm, Daffy runs into a house owned by Porky Pig and briefly stays there while taking place of a stuffed duck which he merely destroyed. Meanwhile, Bugs burrows his way to a jungle where he pretends to be a baby ape to an ape couple. One half of the couple wants to do Bugs in, but manages to divert him after he accidentally drops a boulder on his wife's head.

After a little while, Bugs and Daffy reunite and burrow their way to a cave at a dry desert. Inside are treasures consisting of gold, jewels and stuff. The greedy duck tries to take the treasure, but he runs into Hassan the guard and makes a mad dash back to Bugs who tricks Hassan into climbing into the clouds. Daffy runs back into the cave in excitement.

Later, Bugs comes across Sultan Yosemite Sam's palace in the Arabian desert. Sam needs someone to read a series of stories to his spoiled brat son, Prince Abba-Dabba. When Bugs first meets the tyke and gets mocked, he objects to the idea of reading to him. Then, Sam threatens to make Bugs bathe in boiling oil, at which point Bugs agrees to read to Abba-Dabba, in which he reads him parodies of Jack & The Beanstalk, Goldilocks & The Three Bears, Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, & The Pied Piper Of Hamelin. At one point, he tells him the story of the singing frog. Bugs tries to escape in a variety of ways but to no avail. At one point, Bugs even escapes on a flying carpet from the palace, but Sam catches him.

Meanwhile, Daffy tries to make off with the treasure. As he finishes with it, he makes a quick check to see if he missed anything when he encounters a magic lamp. Initially he rubs the lamp thinking that with a little spit and polish, it would bring a few more bucks but it instead releases a genie whom Daffy pushes him back down thinking he was trying to steal the treasure. But the genie does not like what he is doing and chases him out of the cave by casting dangerous spells on him. Daffy then wanders through the desert in a desperate search for water.

Back at the palace, Bugs is fed up with reading stories to the prince, so he dumps his book in the fire. As he is being threatened to be dunked in boiling oil, Bugs warns Sam not to throw him in a nearby hole which Sam eventually does as a trick. Little do Sam and Abba-Dabba realize that this is Bugs' ticket to freedom. So Bugs luckily escapes and ran into Daffy. Daffy is pleased to see Bugs and soon sees the palace, hoping to sell books there. Bugs tries to warn Daffy about the palace, but he doesn't listen. He finds out the hard way and the two walk off into the sunset with Daffy missing all of his feathers as Daffy asks Bugs if he brought some suntan oil for him.

As the movie closes, the 1956 Merrie Melodies "That's all, Folks!" end title sequence appears with the 1955 Looney Tunes rendition of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", before seguing into the movie's closing credits on a red background.

Included shortsEdit


  • Most of the rest of the movie consists of the stories played out as classic cartoons. Some of the classic cartoon shorts were abridged. In the One Froggy Evening sequence, the ending where the construction worker from 2056 finds Michigan J. Frog and makes off with him was cut, making it seem as if the cartoon ended with the construction worker from 1955 getting rid of the frog and running off.
  • This was the first Looney Tunes compilation film to use a completely original story and treat the included cartoon shorts as part of the story, as opposed to having the characters introduce the cartoons.
  • The original 1983 VHS release and early television airings (like the Disney Channel in the 1990s) of the film had one sequence that was cut on its 2001 VHS and current television airings for time constraints. It took place after Bugs finished reading the story of Goldimouse and the Three Cats to Prince Abba-Dabba, when he told the next story to Abba-Dabba, the "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" which featured the 1962 Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog cartoon A Sheep in the Deep.

Voice castEdit


  • The main plot point, setting up Bugs and Daffy as Scheherazade-like figures, is in itself similar to the 1959 short Hare-Abian Nights, which itself used considerable stock footage and also featured Yosemite Sam as the sultan.
  • Another interesting aspect of this film is that many voice artists that were not credited in the original shorts are billed as "additional classic voices". For the first time, 23 years after his death, Arthur Q. Bryan finally receives credit on a Warner Bros. production, even if it does fail to credit him as the voice of Elmer Fudd.
  • The film marks the first time that a Warner cartoon compilation feature used classic cartoon footage from more than one director. One Froggy Evening, Bewitched Bunny and Ali Baba Bunny were directed by Chuck Jones, and Aqua Duck was directed by Robert McKimson, while all other classic shorts included were directed by Friz Freleng.


Carrie Rickey, reviewer for the Village Voice, remarked that Bugs and Daffy "used to be burrowers, explorers; now they're traveling salesmen imprisoned by the nuclear family."[3]

Home mediaEdit

The film is included on the 2005 Looney Tunes Movie Collection DVD from Warner Home Video.


  1. ^ "Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales".
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 170. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  3. ^ Beck, Jerry. The Animated Movie Guide (2005). Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press.

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