Bugs Bunny's 24 Carrot Holiday Special

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Christmas-themed slapstick violence in so-so 'toon reboot.

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Story focuses on characters trying to kill (or at least annoy) each other, with no redeeming lessons.

Positive Role Models

Characters are mean to each other throughout. Several characters' personal traits (like stuttering or speech impediments) are used for comedic effect.

Violence & Scariness

There's a scary, threatening Santa Claus in one of the bits. As you would expect from Looney Tunes, there's a bunch of fantasy violence using cartoon weapons like explosives, lots of physical injury (that magically heals), many verbal threats like "I'm gonna annihilate him."

Sexy Stuff

One scene where Sylvester tries to seduce Tweety under the mistletoe and vampy music is playing.

Language

Mild profanity like "heck," and "butt." Verbal putdowns like calling characters "dumb" or "buffoons" and saying "I hate you."

Consumerism

A few scenes focus on wanting Christmas presents or Black Friday consumption madness.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this modern Looney Tunes Christmas special is decidedly not for young kids. If you haven't watched Looney Tunes since childhood, the extent of the negative elements may surprise you. There's a bunch of cartoon violence using weapons like explosives, lots of physical injury (that magically heals), and many verbal threats like "I'm gonna annihilate him." It also features a mean and threatening Santa, so take care if watching with Santa-believers. There's language like "butt," and putdowns like "dumb," "buffoon," and "I hate you." The characters are all generally trying to kill each other, so there's no pro-social behavior or redeeming message. Some of the characters stutter or have speech impediments, and these are often used for comic effect. While the superb comedy of the vintage Looney Tunes episodes outweighed these negative factors, this modern take may not feel worth it to some parents.

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What's the story?

Bugs Bunny's 24 Carrot Holiday Special is a Christmas special from the 2020 Looney Tunes re-boot. It's made up of a bunch of shorts each featuring different characters from the Looney Tunes universe. In the first story, Daffy and Porky travel to the North Pole to save Christmas after Santa's elves go on strike. In another, Tweety and Granny go Black Friday shopping, and Sylvester follows them throughout the store and repeatedly tries to eat Tweety. Wile E. Coyote sets up a bunch of Christmas-themed death traps for Road Runner, and the Tasmanian Devil wreaks havoc as he goes caroling. The episode culminates in a snow clearing arms-race between Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

Is it any good?

The 24 Carrot Holiday Special has 5 different segments of varying quality. It gets off to a dark start, with Daffy and Porky becoming fill-in elves for a mean and threatening Santa. The Granny/Tweety/Sylvester and Tazmanian Devil bits fall flat, as their gags just rehash old material. As always, kids will love seeing Wile E. Coyote's elaborate Christmas traps and how the Road Runner turns them back on Wile. The very last story, where Bugs and Elmer Fudd get in an argument about snow clearing, brings some of the charm of old-timey Looney Tunes. Kids will be entertained by the one-upping back and forth between the rivals, and how Bugs cleverly beats Elmer Fudd at his own game.

There's a ton of slapstick violence and hostility between characters, which is not a surprise given the franchise. As Looney Tunes is the very definition of cartoon violence, it's true that it won't impact kids as strongly as realistic plots. But parents should keep in mind that without the stellar writing from the older 'toons, some of the action and dialogue feels just plain mean and aggressive. And things like having main characters' stutters and speech impediments used as comedy feels pretty dated 90 years after the cartoon's inception. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Looney Tunes funny. Would it be funny without the violence? Would it be funny if the characters were nice to each other? Write your own Looney Tunes story with your favorite characters.

  • What Looney Tunes characters do you like, or not like? Why?

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