Given the current recommendation to stay home and practice social distancing, we at the Chicago International Film Festival are looking at past selections from each year of the Festival that you can stream now from home. Stream our past selections as we look forward to the 56th Chicago International Film Festival this October 14-25, 2020. Find the full 56 Films for 56 Years selections here.
In today’s #56Films entry, we head back to 1979 for a compilation of beloved animated Looney Tunes shorts for all ages that screened at the 15th Chicago International Film Festival.
Director: Chuck Jones
15th Chicago International Film Festival
What’s up, doc? Oh, so many things, Bugs, you beloved patron saint of all things “Groucho Marx-esque” who is so badly needed in our current moment. How can an opportunist compilation of the golden age of Looney Tunes save your day, the world and, well, comedy? Well, simply press “play” and rewatch (or discover with your kids) this ecclectic feature which is a beautiful place to fall in love with these Warner classics. Embrace the soul-warming blast of anarchic, happy, timeless and effervescent energy created by the Looney Tunes and their crucial storytellers (names like Chuck Jones, Fritz Feleng, Mel Blanc and many more celebrated by Bugs himself in the film). In just one movie, all the feel good sassiness of Bugs lands in the right place: that magnificent spot where happiness and savagery meets in our cinephile soul. You can say that’s all, folks, but, hey, these days it’s so so so much more. – Juan Manuel Domínguez, Film Critic