Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Live action/animated tale will amuse cartoon fans.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A little potty humor.

Violence & Scariness

A great deal of comic violence, though of course no one is hurt. Comic peril, no one hurt, some scary-looking monsters.

Sexy Stuff

Mild references to cross-dressing and kissing.


A couple of mildly naughty words.


Walmart mentioned in scene.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mild drinking joke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a great deal of comic peril and violence, though of course no one is hurt. The film includes a little potty humor and a couple of mildly naughty words.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnetski November 27, 2018

Contains Striptease

Shocked that this wasn’t picked up as having inappropriate content as half way through Heather Locklear strips and talks about being a ‘bad girl’ hmmmmmm
Parent of a 6, 9, and 11-year-old Written byChE-Mama October 5, 2018

Surprised by Las Vegas Show

Typically I find that common sense media does a thorough job of recording details that might concern parents. I felt like they didn’t pick up on a scene that cr... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDivine_Munchie_99 July 7, 2009

Weird, NOT for young kids.

A little too weird. Should be PG-13. I know someone who got scared watching it when they were little. REALLY terrifying scenes with alien-like creatures.
Teen, 13 years old Written byCrab Tuesday November 9, 2020


This movie is awesome! Terrific! I highly recommend it! It has to be the 2nd-best looney toons movie, the best spy drama movie, the best in the early 2000’s, th... Continue reading

What's the story?

This live action/animated feature begins when Daffy Duck – jealous of Bugs Bunny's high-profile career -- is let go by the studio after he demands more money and attention. But Daffy soon gets caught up in a plot involving the kidnapping of secret agent Damien Drake (played by Timothy Dalton) by the evil chairman of the Acme Corporation (Steve Martin). With help from the Drake's son (Brendan Fraser), Daffy embarks on a mission to rescue the kidnapped spy. Meanwhile, Bugs and a Warner Brothers executive (Jenna Elfman) decide that Daffy is an integral part of the Looney Tunes gang.

Is it any good?

The subversive spirit of the Looney Tunes is in good hands in LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION. Director Joe Dante is clearly a fan and he keeps the jokes coming. There are movie parodies (Psycho, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), throwaway gags, and lots of all-out mayhem, especially a wildly surreal romp through the paintings at the Louvre. And though Wile E. Coyote is now ordering online from Acme.com, the goodies are just as outrageous and subject to Murphy's Law as ever.

Live-action performers Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Steve Martin, and Joan Cusack, all have fun, but they can't steal the movie from Bugs, Daffy, Foghorn Leghorn, Tweetie Pie, Marvin Martian, the Tasmanian Devil, Pepe LePew, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, and of course Mr. Coyote.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the original cartoons and which characters they like the best. How are the Looney Tunes different from other animated characters, such as those in the Disney movies?

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