Maximizing Bugs Bunny

There are dozens of Looney Tunes DVDs and Blu-Rays for sale. What's the best way to acquire all of the Looney Tunes episodes available today?

2024 Update: Added Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, Porky Pig 101, Collector's Choice Volume 1, and Volume 2. Additionally, the shorts under consideration was expanded from the 1002 shorts produced before 1969 to include the 32 shorts released as Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes between 1979 and 2004.

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There are dozens of Looney Tunes DVDs and Blu-Rays for sale. Warner Bros has released five "Collections"; some are complete subsets of other sets and contain no new episodes. Unfortunately, Warner Bros hasn't provided a guide on how to maximize the Bugs Bunny for your buck. So, what's the best way to acquire all of the Looney Tunes episodes available on disc today?

Fortunately, Wikipedia editors have built episode lists! Episode lists for each DVD were scraped from Wikipedia and analyzed with Python. A CSV (tab-delimited) file containing the scraped content is available here with sample code at the end of this post.

The following were excluded from this review:

  • DVDs that were only TV specials containing mixes of clips and not full episodes (e.g. Cupid Capers)
  • DVD releases that were explicity subsets of larger collections ("and Friends", "Center Stage", "Showcase: Volume 1", "28 Cartoon Classics Premiere Edition", "All Stars", "Spotlight Collection", etc)
  • "New" episodes (Looney Tunes Reality Check, Taz-Mania, Webtoons, etc) not branded as Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes
  • TV Specials were excluded but are contained on many collections as bonus materials

Note: No attempt was made to catalog full vs wide screen episodes. Some, but not all, of the episodes in the Super Stars Collection were improperly cropped. Some, but not all, of the skewed episodes were fixed and rereleased in the Platinum Collection.


There are 672 unique episodes available on disc (and nearly 400 that are not). The Golden Collection and 7 of the 8 DVDs from the Super Stars Collection have a combined 477 unique episodes, or 71% coverage. Adding the Collector's Choice results in 522 uniques for 78% coverage.

The Best of Warner Bros[^2], Spotlight Collection, Academy Awards Collection, and Unleashed discs contain no unique episodes.

DVDs Included in this Analysis

Dohtem provides a comprehensive history of Warner Bros release of Looney Tunes DVDs (and has organized the #FinishTheWabbit campaign).

Release Years # Episodes # Unique Episodes % Unique
Golden Collection 2003 - 2008 377 177 47%
Spotlight Collection 2003 - 2014 206 0 0%
Academy Awards Collection[^1] 2008 17 0 0%
Super Stars Collection 2010 - 2013 140 81 58%
Platinum Collection 2011 - 2014 151 19 13%
Essential Bugs Bunny 2010 15 3 20%
Essential Daffy Duck 2011 20 4 40%
Mouse Chronicles 2012 30 24 80%
Unleashed 2012 3 0 0%
Best of Warner Bros 2013 50 0 0%
Porky Pig 101 2017 100 61 61%
Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection 2020 60 31 52%
Collector's Choice Collection 2022 - 45 43 96%

Collection Comparison

From the table it is apparent the fastest way to build up unique Looney Tunes episodes is to start with the Golden Collectoion. The Golden Collection was targeted at collectors with lots of bonus features. The Spotlight Collection was released in tandem with the Golden Collection but was cheaper, aimed at families, and does not include any shorts not already on the Golden Collection. The Spotlight Collection is not worth buying.

A Venn diagram of the first three collections (Golden, Platinum, and Super Stars) shows the overlap between the collections. The Platinum Collection has significant episode overlap with the Golden Collection; it only provides 32 new episodes. The Super Stars Collection, on the other hand, contains 102 episodes not in the Golden Collection.

Warner Bros included the following 15 episodes in all three collections:

  • Gorilla My Dreams
  • Birds Anonymous
  • Rabbit Fire
  • Tortoise Beats Hare
  • Canary Row
  • Broom-Stick Bunny
  • Tweetie Pie
  • Satan's Waitin'
  • For Scent-imental Reasons
  • Rabbit Seasoning
  • Rabbit of Seville
  • Long-Haired Hare
  • High Diving Hare
  • Gift Wrapped
  • Bully for Bugs

A Note On the Super Stars Collection: Not all of the discs in the Super Stars Collection introduce new material when compared to the Golden Collection; all of the episodes on Feline Fwenzy and Wascally Wabbit (Europe-only release) are repeated in the Golden Collection.

The Collector's Choice series adds 43 unique episodes to the mix of the Golden & Super Stars Collections while adding 44 if combined with the Platinum and Super Stars.

Standalone Disc Comparisons

Due to the nature of Venn diagrams, it is not easy to show how 11 releases interact. The Venn diagrams below have the Golden & Super Stars Collections or the Golden, Platinum, and Super Stars Collections grouped as one set to show how the standalone discs add to the unique episode count.

Adding the Essentials

What happens to the unique episode count if the Essential Bugs Bunny and the Essential Daffy Duck are added?

Golden Super Star Venn

Note that adding the Platinum Collection to this diagram does not affect how many episodes are added!

Golden Super Plat Venn

Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection

The Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection adds 31 unique episodes that all feature Bugs Bunny.

Recommended Purchasing Order

The fastest way to get the most Looney Tunes episodes is to purchase the Golden Collection.

1. Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vols 1-6

If there is only one spot on the shelf (or budget) for a Looney Tunes collection, it should be filled with the Golden Collection . The Golden Collection contains 377 of the available 672 episodes (56%) as well as numerous commentaries and bonus features.

2. Looney Tunes Super Stars Collection

After owning the Golden Collection, more unique episodes are added by the Super Stars Collection than any other set. However, Feline Fwenzy adds no new episodes and can be ignored. Owning both the Golden and Super Stars Collections results in 479 unique episodes (71%).

3a. Porky Pig 101

If you are a fan of black and white cartoons featuring Porky Pig, Porky Pig 101 is a great third purchase and will add 63 new episodes to the Golden and Super Stars Collections (80%).

3b. Looney Tunes Collector's Choice

The Collector's Choice volumes are largely comprised of shorts that have not been previously released on disc. Volumes 1 and 2 will add 43 new shorts to the Golden & Super Stars sets (78%).

4. Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection

Before the release of the Collector's Choice, the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection was the natural next purchase. The set adds 31 unique shorts all containing Bugs Bunny (82%).

5. Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection Vols 1-3

There are significant diminishing returns once the above discs are owned. The Platinum Collection features some full frame fixes from the Super Stars Collection and adds an additional 26 unique episodes to the queue (86%). The DVD variants of the Platinum Collection volumes are missing the third special features disc, but many of the special features overlap with the Golden Collection. Owning the Golden, Super Stars, and Platinum Collection provides a full superset of the Looney Tunes episodes on Academy Awards Collection.

6. The Essential Daffy Duck

Although Bugs is superior to Daffy, the Essential Daffy Duck adds nine unique episodes to Bugs Bunny's five. Adding this set to the collection increases the episode coverage to 87%.

7. The Essential Bugs Bunny

The Essential Bugs Bunny set adds 5 new episodes to the pool (87%).

8. Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection

The Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles contains 24 unique episodes (80% of the episodes in the set), but many of them don't feature the "usual gang", hence its lower ranking. Adding the Mouse Chronicles brings the episode coverage to a significant 91%.

9. Porky Pig 101

If not purchased earlier, Porky Pig 101 rounds out the episodes available on disc and will result in 100% ownership.

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Python Example
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib_venn import venn2, venn3

# Read in the raw data
raw = pd.read_csv('BugsBunny.csv',skiprows=1,delimiter='\t')

# Convert "Volume" Columns to Collection Sets
# Note: sets are used to gain set operators for comparisons

# Build up Set of Super Star Episodes
superstarsS = set(raw["Hare Extraodinaire"].dropna().append(
            [raw["Frustrated Fowl"].dropna(),
             raw["Barnyard Bigmouth"].dropna(),
             raw["Feline Fwenzy"].dropna(),
             raw["Wascally Wabbit"].dropna(),
             raw["Supergenius Hijinks"].dropna(),
             raw["Zee Best of Zee Best"].dropna(),
             raw["Hilarious Ham"].dropna(),
             raw["Marsupial Mayhem"].dropna()],

# Build up Set of Platinum Episodes
platinumS = set(raw["Platinum Volume 1"].dropna().append(
            [raw["Platinum Volume 2"].dropna(),
             raw["Platinum Volume 3"].dropna()],

# Build up Set of Golden Collection Episodes
goldenS = set(raw["Golden Volume 1"].dropna().append(
            [raw["Golden Volume 2"].dropna(),
             raw["Golden Volume 3"].dropna(),
             raw["Golden Volume 4"].dropna(),
             raw["Golden Volume 5"].dropna(),
             raw["Golden Volume 6"].dropna()],

# Build up Set of Spotlight Episodes
spotlightS = set(raw["Spotlight Volume 1"].dropna().append(
            [raw["Spotlight Volume 2"].dropna(),
             raw["Spotlight Volume 4"].dropna(),
             raw["Spotlight Volume 5"].dropna(),
             raw["Spotlight Volume 6"].dropna(),
             raw["Spotlight Volume 7"].dropna(),
             raw["Spotlight Volume 8"].dropna()],
# Make Standalone Sets

academyS = set(raw["Academy Awards Collection"].dropna())
essentialbugsS = set(raw["The Essential Bugs Bunny"].dropna())
essentialdaffyS = set(raw["The Essential Daffy Duck"].dropna())
mouseS = set(raw["Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles"].dropna())
showcaseS = set(raw["Showcase Volume 1"].dropna())
unleashedS = set(raw["Looney Tunes Unleashed"].dropna())
warnerS = set(raw["Best of Warner Brothers"].dropna())

# Make Comparisons!

# Find # uniques in Super Stars Series
print('Super Star Uniques')
print(len(superstarsS - platinumS - goldenS - spotlightS - academyS - essentialbugsS - essentialdaffyS - mouseS - showcaseS - unleashedS - warnerS))

# Find Unique Episode in Warner Bros Collection
warnerS - unleashedS - showcaseS - mouseS - essentialdaffyS - essentialbugsS - academyS - superstarsS - platinumS - goldenS - spotlightS

# Print the Episodes shared between the three collections
for s in superstarsS & goldenS & platinumS:
    print('* %s' % s)

# Make a Venn for the collections
venn3([goldenS, platinumS, superstarsS], set_labels=('Golden','Platinum','Super Stars'))

# Venn of the collections and the "Essentials"
venn3([platinumS | superstarsS | goldenS, essentialbugsS, essentialdaffyS], set_labels=('Golden, Platinum, & Super Stars','Bugs','Daffy'))