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The Looney Tunes Show
General information
Genre: Sitcom
Created by: Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Starring:
No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 52
Running time: 22 minutes
Original run: May 3rd, 2011 - August 31st, 2014
Networks: Cartoon Network (US)
Boomerang (UK (premieres) and US (re-runs))

The Looney Tunes Show is a television series on Cartoon Network (and on Boomerang overseas). It debuted on May 3rd, 2011. It was created by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone, who both created the 2003 series Duck Dodgers.

Plot

The concept of the The Looney Tunes Show revolves around Bugs and Daffy living in the suburbs of Los Angeles with "colorful neighbors," including SylvesterTweetyGrannyYosemite Sam and Speedy Gonzales. Also other characters will appear such as Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, Elmer Fudd, Marvin The Martian and many other classical characters.

In the show, Bugs and Daffy are living in the same house and they would go out and have to solve the problems that they caused either by themselves or by each other. The show's plots contain less visual gags, and are more adult-oriented and dialogue-driven than has been seen in past Looney Tunes shows, such as dating, love triangles, employment, and rooming.

The show also features Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote shorts as well as Merrie Melodies, two-minute music videos showcasing classic characters singing original songs.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Looney Tunes Show episodes

Merrie Melodies

Season 1:

Season 2:

Characters

Cast
Bugs Bunny
Foghorn Leghorn
Daffy Duck
Sylvester The Cat
Tweety Bird
Jeff Bergman
Lola Bunny Kristen Wiig
Tina Russo Duck Jennifer Esposito
Annie Mumolo
Yosemite Sam Maurice LaMarche
Gossamer

Kwesi Boakye

Henery Hawk
Barnyard Dawg

Ben Falcone
Cecil Turtle Jim Rash
Pepé Le Pew Rene Auberjonois
Witch Hazel Roz Ryan
Wile E. Coyote Daran Norris (unc.)
The Road-Runner Frank Welker (unc.)

Tasmanian Devil
Hugo The Abominable Snowman
Beaky Buzzard

Jim Cummings
Slowpoke Rodriguez Hugh Davidson
Pete Puma John Kassir
Marvin The Martian Eric Bauza
Mac and Tosh Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell
Granny June Foray
All singing characters Damon Jones
Porky Pig Bob Bergen

Reception

The show received mixed reviews from critics. Though the voice acting has received praise, the series has been criticized for its infrequent use of slapstick, its lack of cartoon gags, character designs, and the "sitcom-styled" format that consists of the characters living in a suburban neighborhood. The show, however, remained consistently popular, garnering an average of 2 million viewers every episode.

In a 2010 interview with CBC News, series animator Jessica Borutski said in response to fan criticism of the series' new character designs, that the original designs were intended for adults and that "[it is] time for a new generation to meet the characters." Borutski said, "a fresh, new design is the only way to keep characters alive." Cartoon historian Chris Robinson noted also that the mark the original characters have on fans is indelible, and that fans are not receptive to change. "[Fans] just really become attached to these things," Robinson said. "It's just so strongly rooted in their childhood that they're unable to separate themselves."

Brian Lowry of Variety wrote: "The Looney Tunes Show certainly isn't dethpicable, but it has to go down as a disappointment — more for adults than kids who aren't as acquainted with the full-strength shorts. Because while puns and wordplay have always had a place in 'Tunes'-ville, building an animated show around sitcom-style one-liners is looney for all the wrong reasons."

Robert Lloyd of Los Angeles Times wrote: "Pity the poor cartoon character. Unable to speak for himself against those who would redraw or rewrite him, he is the slave and plaything of whomever owns the copyright. The human fan can only watch or not and note that in most cases the better work is not usually the latest, and that theatrical versions of old cartoons are almost invariably superior to their television revivals."

Matthew Hunter of Golden Age Cartoons written: "The Looney Tunes Show, Cartoon Network's current series featuring the iconic Warner Bros. characters, is a radical departure from the classic shorts we all know and love. The producers "updated" the characters a bit and placed them in a suburban sitcom setting. The show is popular, but many fans of the classics have been very vocal in their displeasure with it. While the original Looney Tunes are known for physical comedy, slapstick and gags, "The Looney Tunes Show" relies much more on wry, verbal humor and characters finding themselves in awkward situations. It's an interesting approach, but the results are very hit-or-miss."

Devin D. O'Leary of Alibi wrote: "Change is scary. So it's not surprising to see people scared, confused and downright rassafrassin' angry over the prospect of Warner Bros. applying a reboot to the ass of venerable cartoon series Looney Tunes. “The Looney Tunes Show” attempts to rebrand Bugs Bunny and pals for a new generation—by putting them in a standard TV sitcom format. It sounds downright sacrilegious. But it's probably not as bad as you're imagining. In fact, it may be the best thing to happen to these characters in a generation."

Nancy Basile, the animated TV Expert of about entertainment written: "The Looney Tunes Show is an attempt to re-imagine Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the other Looney Tunes characters, bringing classic cartoon characters into the modern world. However, the show falls short of capturing the wonderful humor and true nature of the original Looney Tunes cartoons. At times The Looney Tunes Show is funny, because even a blind Chip and Dale find an acorn sometimes, but overall The Looney Tunes Show is too slick for its own good."

Brandon Nowalk of A.V. Club reviewed the show and wrote: "The Looney Tunes Show is the most off-putting version of Looney Tunes I've ever seen. Instead of a universe where anything could happen, here the plots are standard sitcom tropes. Instead of a universe spanning eons and continents and galaxies, here all the characters live on the same cul-de-sac."

Trivia

  • In the original Looney Tunes, Bugs and Daffy are rivals, but are roommates in The Looney Tunes Show. However, Daffy still seems to retain his envious, greedy, ego-centeric personality he always had.
  • In The Looney Tunes Show, many of the characters who originally rivaled Bugs and/or Daffy, including Marvin Martian, Yosemite Sam, Witch Hazel, Gossamer, and Pete Puma now mingle with them. The Tasmanian Devil even serves as Bugs' "pet dog."
  • Elmer Fudd was a hunter and a farmer, but now he's a news reporter who has little to no current connection to any of the Looney Tunes Show characters.
  • The Looney Tunes Show is the third time Bugs and Porky interact. The first was Tiny Toons Adventures and the second was Space Jam.
  • The CGI Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts were discontinued for Season 2 of the show. Wile E. and Road however still appear in cameos in the show in 2D animation.
    • This was due to the cost of producing CGI shorts along with with the shows 2D animation.
The Looney Tunes Show Episodes
Season 1 Best FriendsMembers OnlyJailbird and JailbunnyFish and VisitorsMonster TalentReunionCasa De CalmaDevil DogThe Foghorn Leghorn StoryEligible BachelorsPeel Of FortuneDouble DateTo Bowl Or Not To BowlNewspaper ThiefBugs & Daffy Get A JobThat's My BabySunday Night SliceThe DMVOff Duty CopWorking DuckFrench FriesBeauty SchoolThe FloatThe ShelfThe Muh-Muh-Muh-MurderPoint, Laser Point
Season 2 Bobcats on Three!You've Got Hate MailItsy Bitsy GopherRebel Without a GloveSemper LieFather FiguresCustomer ServiceThe Stud, The Nerd, The Average Joe, and The SaintIt's a HandbagA Christmas CarolWe're in Big TruffleDear JohnDaffy Duck, EsquireSpread Those Wings and FlyThe Black WidowMrs. Porkbunny'sGribbler's QuestThe Grand Old Duck of YorkRidiculous JourneyThe Shell GameYear of the DuckGossamer is AwesomerHere Comes the PigMr. WeinerBest Friends ReduxSuperRabbit

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