The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special is an animated television special that was broadcast on CBS October 26, 1980. Presented as an Alfred Hitchcock-style whodunit, the plot is modeled after those of North by Northwest and The Fugitive. Like most Looney Tunes specials of the time, this program consists of clips from classic cartoons with some original animation linking them together.
A criminal known as the Tall, Dark Stranger robs a bank, and Inspector Elmer Fudd mistakenly arrests Bugs Bunny for the crime. Escaping from jail, after driving jail guard Yosemite Sam crazy, Bugs sets out to prove his innocence while evading Elmer, who is searching for him, after his escape.
After some chases and a side story involving Sylvester and Tweety Bird, Bugs ends up dangling from the beak of a Mount Rushmore-sized sculpture of Foghorn Leghorn; he’s rescued by the Tall, Dark Stranger, who turns out to be Porky Pig (he was trying to keep the story going). Porky concludes the special from inside his jail cell.
- "Bugs and Thugs"
- "Baby Buggy Bunny"
- "Big House Bunny"
- "Operation: Rabbit"
- "Compressed Hare"
- "All a Bir-r-r-d"
- "Catty Cornered"
- "Hare Lift"
- See Big House Bunny for information on cut scenes.
This special has been released on VHS, videocassette, but not on DVD.