This show debuted 3 May 2011 and ran until 31 August 2014. Tony Cervone stated that the show was cancelled to make room for a new Looney Tunes spin-off show called New Looney Tunes/Wabbit. A Looney Tunes Production, mostly because the show was not well-received with the executives at Warner Bros.
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. Topics that are explored include dating, love triangles, employment, and rooming.
This series is not to be confused with Cartoon Network's 2001 anthology series of the same name.
Bugs and Daffy are living in the suburbs of Los Angeles with "colorful neighbors" including Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Yosemite Sam and Speedy Gonzales. Classic characters such as Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian, Gossamer and many others also appear.
Bugs and Daffy live in the same house and they have to solve problems that arise.
Instead of rivals, Bugs and Daffy are roommates. However, Daffy still seems to retain his envious, greedy, egocentric personality he always had. Many of the characters who originally rivaled Bugs and/or Daffy, including Marvin the 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 is a news reporter who has little to no current connection to any of the other characters.
The show also features Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts (Season 1 only) as well as two-minute music videos showcasing classic characters singing original songs. These music videos are called Merrie Melodies in honor of the classic series of Merrie Melodies shorts.
Fifty-two episodes were produced over the show's two seasons. Each season had twenty-six episodes.
- Main article: The Looney Tunes Show Episode Guide and List
- Grilled Cheese (performed by Elmer J. Fudd)
- I'm a Martian (performed by Marvin the Martian)
- Blow My Stack (performed by Yosemite Sam)
- Chickenhawk (performed by Henery Hawk, and Foghorn Leghorn, ft. Barnyard Dawg)
- Cock of the Walk (performed by Foghorn Leghorn, with Pepé Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat making cameo appearances)
- Queso Bandito (performed by Speedy Gonzales)
- We Are in Love (performed by Lola and Bugs Bunny)
- Be Polite (performed by Mac and Tosh ft. Marvin the Martian)
- Yellow Bird (performed by Holland Greco)
- Tasmanian Meltdown (performed by Damon Jones)
- Skunk Funk (performed by Pepé Le Pew)
- Daffy Duck the Wizard (performed by Damon Jones ft. Daffy Duck)
- Pizzarriba (performed by Speedy Gonzales, Gustavo, and Porky Pig)
- Presidents' Day (performed by Lola Bunny)
- Giant Robot Love (performed by Daffy Duck and Porky Pig)
- You Like / I Like (performed by Mac and Tosh)
- Chintzy (performed by Daffy Duck and Porky Pig)
- Table for One (performed by Speedy Gonzales)
- Laser Beam (by Marvin the Martian)
- Moostache (by Yosemite Sam's Mustache)
- Drifting Apart (by Mac and Tosh ft. Pete Puma)
- Stick to My Guns (by Yosemite Sam)
- I Love to Sing-A (by Gossamer)
- Parade Float (by Daffy Duck)
- Daffy's Legacy (by Daffy Duck)
- Wonderful Bugs (by Walter Bunny)
- Long Eared Drifter (by Damon Jones ft. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck)
- Sit Down (by Pete Puma)
- Season of the Turtle (by Cecil Turtle)
Reaction to The Looney Tunes Show have been mixed. 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, personality changes and the "sitcom-styled" format that consists of the characters living in a suburban neighborhood.
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 wrote: "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."
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."
Awards and Nominations
The Looney Tunes Show has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.
|2011||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Bob Bergen
|2012||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Kristen Wiig
|2013||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Bob Bergen
- The CGI Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts were discontinued for Season 2 of the show. Wile E. and Road Runner however still appeared in cameos in the show in 2D animation. This was due to the cost of producing CGI shorts along with the show's 2D animation.
- The show went on hiatus many times during its run, often being pre-empted on Cartoon Network's schedule for Level Up.
- Since 2015, both the Merrie Melodies and Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner CGI shorts from this show sometimes air as interstitial filler on Boomerang for a program or movie that is running short in order to balance the network's schedule into even half-hours. They continue to air despite Boomerang removing The Looney Tunes Show from their schedule in 2016.
- The start of the opening sequence with the classic WB shield zooming in but overshooting its' mark and nearly crashing into the screen before settling back into its' usual position is based on the opening to the 1953 3D Bugs Bunny short Lumber Jack-Rabbit. This gimmick was also referenced at the start of all the 2003 Sander Schwartz/Larry Doyle-produced Looney Tunes shorts and the three CGI "Road Runner" theatrical shorts produced in 2010.
- The teaser promo's theme music was a remix version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", but it was changed to a fast-paced, jazzy rendition of the theme for the show.
- Toonzone: the looney-tunes show three critics one reaction.
- REVIEW: The Looney Lunes Show.
- "Ottawa animator bashed for Looney Tunes changes", CBC News.
- Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – 2011. Emmys.com.