Looney Tunes: Back in Action

  • Review Date: May 4, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Live action/animated tale will amuse cartoon fans.
  • Review Date: May 4, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 90 minutes





What parents need to know

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 14, 2003
DVD release date:March 2, 2004
Cast:Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin
Director:Joe Dante
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild language and innuendo

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Kid, 10 years old July 22, 2010
OK movie but the Looney Tunes cartoons are way better than the movie. That's what I think.
Kid, 10 years old June 29, 2009
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old November 28, 2010

Awesome Movie

Love the movie. Very good!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex


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