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The Looney Tunes Show

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The Looney Tunes Show
GenreAnimated sitcom
Based onLooney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
by Warner Bros.
Developed by
Voices of
Theme music composerCliff Friend and Dave Franklin (adaptation by Andy Sturmer)
Opening theme"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"
Ending theme"What's Up, Doc?" by Carl W. Stalling (instrumental)
ComposerAndy Sturmer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerSam Register
Producers
Running time22 minutes
Animation
services
Production companyWarner Bros. Animation
Original release
NetworkCartoon Network
ReleaseMay 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) –
November 2, 2013 (2013-11-02)[a]
Related
Loonatics Unleashed (2005–2007)
New Looney Tunes (2015–2020)

The Looney Tunes Show is an American animated sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and aired on Cartoon Network for two seasons from May 3, 2011, to November 2, 2013. The series differed from others featuring characters from the Looney Tunes, by focusing on stories conformed around a sitcom format involving the characters of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, who live a surburban life together within a neighborhood of fellow cartoon neighbors, dealing with various issues in their own way. Both the characters from the Looney Tunes, as well as the Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon shorts, were given a 21st century update,[1] with episodes also including a musical short; the first series also included computer-animated shorts involving new antics between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

The series received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the visuals and voice acting, but criticized its departures from the Looney Tunes format, lack of ambition, as well as its redesigns and portrayals of the characters.[2][3]

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Premise

The Looney Tunes Show revolves around the lives of Bugs Bunny, who owns a surburban home after inventing carrot peelers that pay him royalties, and Daffy Duck, who is Bugs' roommate, as they deal with different issues and problems that they encounter, some of the time caused by Daffy's rather bad lifestyle. The pair reside within a neighbourhood inhabited by a number of notable Looney Tunes characters including Yosemite Sam, Granny, Gossamer, and Speedy Gonzales, with both Bugs and Daffy having girlfriends in the form of Lola Bunny and Tina Russo, and a regular friendship with Porky Pig. Other Looney Tunes characters, like Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn, and Sylvester and Tweety, have less prominent roles but still partake in stories in their own way.

Unlike other Looney Tunes productions, the series focused less on slapstick and fewer visual gags, in favor of more adult-oriented dialogue and significant sitcom elements including love triangles, employment and rooming.[4] Episodes often contained at least two stories featuring Bugs and Daffy, and sometimes led by others in the show.

Alongside the main plots of the episode, the story would often include a Merrie Melodies – a two-to-four-minute music videos showcasing classic characters singing brand new original songs. For the first season only, the show also included new computer-animated shorts involving Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, and a new spate of antics between them.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
226October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)November 2, 2013 (2013-11-02)

Characters

Main

  • Bugs Bunny (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – lives a life of upper-middle-class suburban leisure, based on income from a popular Carrot Peeler that he invented; instead of an underground borrow from the theatrical shorts, Bugs lives in a well-appointed house, drives a compact car, and provides room and board for his long time acquaintance and former arch-nemesis Daffy Duck. Bugs spends his time watching sports or sitcoms on TV, hanging out with his friends and neighbors, and dating Lola Bunny. Bugs generally plays the straight man to Daffy and Lola's various bouts of insanity, although Bugs is not without his own quirks. Bugs has exhibited somewhat compulsive/addictive tendencies, like having a high caffeine intake with coffee, becoming addicted to an energy drink that had dangerous chemicals in it, nearly leveling his own house in an increasingly deranged attempt to put up a shelf, playing "Gribbler's Quest", and getting hooked on foods that contain butter. Despite being intelligent, Bugs has shown some level of tomfoolery, such as when he found jail "a smart aleck's paradise" and mistook Taz for a dog. In the second season, the colour of his fur changed from purple to gray.
  • Daffy Duck (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is the best friend of Bugs Bunny. Unlike Bugs, Daffy is an incompetent, loud, unproductive leech and an ungrateful user that has no way of earning money and relies on Bugs for food and shelter. He also has a high maintenance streak as he demands far more from his friends than he deserves and takes high advantage of gullible Porky, his other "best friend". Like in the classic shorts, Daffy constantly hatches get-rich-quick schemes that end up failing repeatedly. While Daffy's greed and jealousy of Bugs remains, it appears less antagonistic in the show. In the first episode, Bugs openly admits that Daffy is his best friend, despite his faults. Daffy has worked, and been fired from, numerous jobs due to negligence and/or incompetence. Despite this, however, Daffy has shown to be a very skilled hairdresser and successfully graduated beauty school. Daffy's three possessions that he is proud of are his blue recliner, his white collar which he always wears, and his Papier-mâché parade float, constructed on top of a pickup truck, which is his main means of transport. Daffy resembles Chuck Jones' version of the character in which this is the penultimate time of this version's use as later versions more closely resembles Tex Avery's original version of the character with the screwball personality.
  • Porky Pig (voiced by Bob Bergen) – is Bugs and Daffy's second best friend. Despite being bright and bookish, Porky has an innocent, naïve quality that Daffy frequently uses to his advantage, tricking Porky into parting with large sums of money or accompanying him in bizarre schemes. Porky originally worked a boring office job as an accountant, but got fired following Bugs' example. Porky started his own catering company afterwards. In "Dear John", Porky was shown to have served on the city council. Towards the end of the series, Porky starts a relationship with Petunia in the end of the Season 2 episode "Here Comes The Pig". In "Best Friends Redux", Daffy meets Porky's young self and ensures that Porky becomes good friends with Bugs and Rodney in their cabin, finally showing Porky an act of kindness.
  • Speedy Gonzales (voiced by Fred Armisen) – is an extremely fast Mexican mouse who lives with Bugs and Daffy as their "mouse in the wall" and runs a pizza parlor called Pizzarriba. Speedy is one of the brighter, more level-headed characters as he is not afraid to speak his mind (even standing up to Bugs at times, despite living rent free in a mouse hole in Bugs house) and has occasionally shown to act as Daffy's conscience. The episode "Sunday Night Slice" showed that Bugs bought his favorite restaurant Girardi's to prevent it from being closed and hired Speedy to help him. When Bugs spoke to Speedy about the fact that he doesn't want to own a restaurant anymore, Bugs himself hands ownership of it to Speedy, renaming it "Pizzarriba" as a gift to Speedy.
  • Yosemite Sam (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) – a quick-tempered cowboy who is one of Bugs and Daffy's neighbors. Sam is a liar, a thief and a cheat, amongst other things. Coming from a lower-class background, Sam tends to steal Bugs' possessions, causing Bugs and Daffy to resent him. His full name was revealed as Samuel Rosenbaum.
  • Lola Bunny (voiced by Kristen Wiig) – is Bugs Bunny's obsessive girlfriend, who has a habit of speaking rapidly, whether anyone else is listening or not. When they first meet, Bugs falls in love with her, but after learning how crazy and ditsy Lola is, Bugs loses interest and often tries to escape her company. Lola develops a huge obsession with Bugs Bunny that Daffy initially finds creepy, however in later episodes Daffy and Lola become friends as neither one is very bright. Lola is never put off by Bugs Bunny's responses to behavior, that include taking photos of him in the shower, sneaking up on him late at night and often stalking him. Later in the show however, Bugs falls in love with Lola again which started when they went to Paris in the episode "Eligible Bachelors" and Bugs manages to stop her talking for a while. Her parents are members of a country club and her father likes Bugs so much that he considers him to be "The son I never had." Lola was redesigned in both appearance and personality to match the series.
  • Tina Russo (voiced by Jennifer Esposito in Season 1, Annie Mumolo in Season 2) – is a new character original to the show. She is a yellow duck and Daffy's girlfriend. Tina works at a copy store called "Copy Place". Tina is another straight character of the show, with a no-nonsense personality. Tina first starts dating Daffy because "Tina likes a project"; Tina tolerates his selfish and arrogant behavior as Tina has a keen astuteness which allows her to read between the lines when they first meet; Tina works out that Daffy is actually insecure and jealous, and that his vain attitude is really a front. Daffy is amazed Tina works this out so quickly and later reveals Tina, through email, that Daffy can't believe someone "so kind, beautiful, generous, and intelligent" would ever want to be with someone like him. After reading this, Tina is touched, and tells Daffy that she loves him. Tina is based on Melissa Duck from the original theatrical shorts. The character was originally called Marisol Mallard in the Laff Riot pilot.[5]

Recurring

  • Tasmanian Devil/Taz/Poochie (voiced by Jim Cummings) – is a Tasmanian devil who is Bugs' pet. In this show, Taz is portrayed as walking on four legs like a real Tasmanian devil and his eyes are bloodshot red (later turned back to yellow after Bugs uses a taming trick he learned from Speedy Gonzales). Initially, Bugs believed Taz to be a dog and kept him as a house pet named Poochie much to Daffy's discomfort. Eventually, Bugs learned the truth and tried to return him to his home in Tasmania only to find out that Taz would rather live with him. When Taz is not causing trouble for Daffy, Taz has occasionally tried to eat Sylvester. In the episode "Ridiculous Journey", Taz spoke for the first time in the series and had bonded with Sylvester and Tweety while they evaded Blacque Jacques Shellacque.
  • Mac (voiced by Rob Paulsen) and Tosh (voiced by Jess Harnell) – are two goofy gophers who run an antique store. They are shown to hate being away from each other.
  • Pete Puma (voiced by John Kassir) – is a dimwitted puma who is one of Daffy Duck's friends and does various jobs around town.
  • Marvin the Martian (voiced by Eric Bauza) – is a Martian who is one of Daffy Duck's friends.
  • Witch Lezah (voiced by Roz Ryan) – is a witch who is Gossamer's mother and lives next door to Bugs Bunny. She is often annoyed by Daffy Duck's antics. Witch Lezah is also a hypnotherapist by trade. The character is based on Witch Hazel, with 'Lezah' being 'Hazel' spelled backwards.
  • Gossamer (voiced by Kwesi Boakye) – is a large orange furry monster who is Witch Lezah's son. In stark contrast to previous characterizations, Gossamer is portrayed as a timid and kind-hearted young boy with a voice to match.
  • Emma "Granny" Webster (voiced by June Foray at her regular age, Stephanie Courtney as a young adult) – is a practical and old fashioned 90-year-old lady who is one of Bugs Bunny's neighbors. Granny is revealed to have been a spy for the Allies in World War II. In "The Grand Old Duck of York", it is revealed that Granny also teaches piano lessons. This series marks the final time Foray provided the voice of Granny before her death in 2017.
  • Sylvester (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is Granny's Tuxedo cat who is always trying to devour Tweety, but always fails when Granny catches him and spanks him hard enough to spit Tweety out.
  • Tweety (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is Granny's cute Yellow canary who is frequently targeted by Sylvester. Tweety is revealed to have also been a spy for the Allies in World War II during Granny's youth.
  • Foghorn Leghorn (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is a rich and gullible rooster who has worked under various jobs. Foghorn and Daffy get on very well, and are often involved in various schemes. He is a successful entrepreneur who never gets angry with Daffy and forgives him immediately, as he considers Daffy a son to him.
  • Pepé Le Pew (voiced by René Auberjonois in season one, Jeff Bergman in season two) – is a French striped skunk. He's the local Casanova. In the episode "Members Only", he works as a wedding planner when he planned Bugs and Lola's wedding at the country club.
  • Elmer Fudd (voiced by Billy West) – his role here isn't as prominent as it was in the Looney Tunes shorts, as he only makes occasional cameo appearances in this show.
  • Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner (Road Runner is voiced by Paul Julian via archive recordings, Wile E. is mute) – are shown in short computer-animated segments in season one. They also make cameos throughout the show, most notably in "Here Comes the Pig", when Bugs gets lost in the desert, he witnesses the Road Runner and Wile E.'s chases, then asks Wile E. for directions to the highway once he fails. Bugs then decides to use Wile E.'s catapult to get back.

Others

Production

The Looney Tunes Show was originally envisioned as Looney Tunes Laff Riot, a "true-to-the-classics" show emulating the original run of Looney Tunes shorts announced in July 2009 by Warner Bros. Animation.[6] However, it was scrapped because the executives were not impressed, and it was later retooled into the sitcom-inspired The Looney Tunes Show which premiered on May 3, 2011, on Cartoon Network.[7] The show features new character designs by Ottawa-based artist Jessica Borutski which were first created for Looney Tunes Laff Riot and also later retooled for the final series.[8][7] The Laff Riot pilot would surface on September 4, 2020.[9]

As is standard for most modern animated sitcoms like The Simpsons and Family Guy, the series does not use a laugh track.

The animation was produced by Yearim and Rough Draft Korea, along with Toon City Animation in the first season. The Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner shorts were produced by Crew972.

Cancelation and spin-off film

On July 29, 2014, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a third season.[10] A direct-to-video spin-off film named Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run was released on August 4, 2015.[11][12]

Broadcast

The Looney Tunes Show premiered in the United States on May 3, 2011, through August 31, 2014, on Cartoon Network. In Australia, the series began airing on 9Go! and Cartoon Network Australia.

The Looney Tunes Show premiered in Africa on Boomerang Africa on May 17, 2011, in France on Boomerang France, in the UK on Boomerang UK and on different Boomerang feeds throughout Europe.

The Looney Tunes Show premiered in Canada on Teletoon on September 5, 2011.

Home media

The Looney Tunes Show has received home video releases for Season 1. The season 2 episode "Super Rabbit" was released as part of the Looney Tunes: Parodies Collection on February 4, 2020.[13]

Season Title Episode
count
Disc(s) Release date
1 3-Pack Fun: The Looney Tunes Show 12 3 May 8, 2012[14]
This three-disc reissue for the first three volumes contained the first twelve episodes from the first season.
There Goes the Neighborhood 14 2 August 7, 2012[15]
This two-disc release contained the final fourteen episodes from the first season.

The first episode was also released on Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run as a special feature.

Reception

Critical response

The Looney Tunes Show received mixed reviews. Critics praised the voice acting and animation, but criticized its departures from the source material, lack of originality, and the characters' designs and personality changes.[2][16][3]

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."[3] Borutski said, "a fresh, new design is the only way to keep characters alive."[3] 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."[3]

Common Sense Media gave the series 4 out of 5 stars, saying: "Fun remake of classic toon has a more grown-up feel."[17] Ian Lueck of Toon Zone panned the series as "bland and recycled", and said: "Parents, if you want to start your kids on something good, show them the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts. They're better made, funnier, have more energy, and more of a personal touch than the assembly line The Looney Tunes Show."[18] Maxie Zeus of Toon Zone praised the visuals, but criticized the series for lacking the spirit and wit of its source material, saying: "Say what you will about Loonatics Unleashed, but at least it had the courage of its psychopathic convictions. The Looney Tunes Show is just bland" and "it's no worse than dull."[19]

Awards and nominations

The Looney Tunes Show was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.[20]

Year Award Category Nominee Outcome
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode: "Jailbird and Jailbunny"
Nominated
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Kristen Wiig
Won [21]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role June Foray
Nominated [21]
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Kristen Wiig
Nominated
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical Kristen Wiig
Nominated [22]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode: "We're in Big Truffle"
Nominated
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role – Comedy/Musical Eric Bauza
Won [22]
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role – Comedy/Musical Eric Bauza
Won [22]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical June Foray
Won [22]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical Maurice LaMarche
Won [22]

Music

Two albums compiling songs from the show have been released digitally by WaterTower Music:

  • Songs from The Looney Tunes Show, Season One (2012)[23]
  • Songs from The Looney Tunes Show, Season Two (2013)[24]

Notes

  1. ^ The final episode first aired in overseas territories. It did not air in the US until August 31, 2014.

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 371–372. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ a b "Toonzone: the looney-tunes show three critics one reaction". Archived from the original on February 2, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ottawa animator bashed for Looney Tunes changes". CBC News.
  4. ^ "The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1 Volume 1". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011.
  5. ^ @MattyDanner (September 5, 2020). "@ManiacalToast @ZakaZ96 That ain't Della, it's Marisol Mallard" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "TAG Blog: At the 'Toon Factory of the Brothers Warner". animationguildblog.blogspot.co.uk. July 7, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Layoffs and Hirings". November 6, 2009.
  8. ^ "Ottawa animator bashed for Looney Tunes changes". CBC News.
  9. ^ When Was the Last Time Elmer Fired His Gun? | Looney Tunes Critc Quckie (go to 17:42)
  10. ^ "Frantz on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on June 8, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  11. ^ "Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Trailer Teases New Animated Movie". Collider. April 30, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  12. ^ King, Darryn (May 5, 2015). "Bugs Bunny to Return in Direct-to-Video 'Rabbits Run'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Looney Tunes DVD News".
  14. ^ "Amazon.com: Looney Tunes Show 3 Pack Fun S1-V1, V2, V3: Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, Fred Armisen, Kristin Wiig, Jennifer Esposito, Maurice LaMarche, June Foray, Jim Cummings, Billy West, Roz Ryan, John Kassir, Eric Bauza, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Rene Auberjonis, Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Sam Register: Movies & TV". amazon.com. May 8, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes The Neighborhood". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012.
  16. ^ "REVIEW: The Looney Lunes Show". July 23, 2011.
  17. ^ "The Looney Tunes Show". Common Sense Media.
  18. ^ Lueck, Ian (May 3, 2011). ""The Looney Tunes Show": A Misleading Show Name". Toon Zone. Retrieved May 6, 2024.
  19. ^ Zeus, Maxie (May 3, 2011). ""The Looney Tunes Show": The Merry-Go-Round Is Still Broken Down". Toon Zone. Retrieved May 6, 2024.
  20. ^ "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – 2011". Emmys.com.
  21. ^ a b "2011 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  22. ^ a b c d e "2013 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  23. ^ "Songs from the Looney Tunes Show – Season One". Amazon.
  24. ^ "Songs From The Looney Tunes Show – Season Two". WaterTower Music. Archived from the original on August 5, 2013.

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