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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Teen, 13 years old Written byTimonBerkowitz June 16, 2013

Lots of fun!

My opinion: This is probably my favorite Looney Tunes movie. However, there are some butt jokes and stuff like that, that panders to the little ones, but annoys the heck out of me. There is also the fact that Bugs and Daffy are really the only classic LT characters to be in the entire film, while everybody else either has a scene to shine, or maybe even, just a cameo in the background. However, despite that, the things they do in their scene or cameo are played very well to their characters, and they all aren't just forced altogether in a scene. Unlike Space Jam, the characters actually do what they should do, rather than shoot hoops against aliens from outer space. Quality for Kids: Positive Messages: Daffy learns that he isn't just an always-loosing sucker compared to the all-great-and-powerful Bugs Bunny. He learns that he isn't just some wasted tool to make Looney Tunes complete, and it turns out the producers actually need him back. Violence: Just the classic cartoon violence from Looney Tunes, that everybody knows and loves. Although if you don't, GET A SENSE OF HUMOR! Consumerism: Keep in mind that Looney Tunes are some of the most popular cartoon characters, the universe has ever known. There definitely has GOT to be some LT merchandise, out there, somewhere. Also, there's lots of references to other famous films that may inspire some viewers to check out those ones, as well. Let's also not forget the fact that WALL-MART saves our main characters when they become stranded in the desert.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow December 12, 2012

Hilarious Looney Tunes movie

This is WAY better than Space Jam and serves up plenty of side-splitting laughs. The Looney Tunes are in good hands here!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2011

Great mix of plot and characters

This has been my favorite movie since I was 3 years old!!! And it still is. I love how they mix Loony tunes with actual people, it was really funny!!! Daffy and bugs are my favorite. It is a great movie for kids not only does it have a great plot there favorite cartoons are in it!!!


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