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The Looney Tunes Show

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Fun remake of classic toon has a more grown-up feel.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages take a backseat to comedy, but some episodes center on the characters’ efforts to improve their contentious relationships with their friends and neighbors. There’s some minor potty talk (“I have to pee,” for instance).

Positive role models

Some of the characters engage in mischief like sneaking into a posh country club and charging expensive items to a guest's membership account. While Bugs is a devoted friend to Daffy, the duck hardly returns the favor, usually coming across as self-absorbed. One female character is cast as superficial and boy-crazy. A Mexican-inspired character is fairly stereotypical in his language and mannerisms.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon-style roughness like slapping, punching, kicking, and exaggerated accident falls and crashes are commonplace, but there are no injuries to speak of.

Sexy stuff

Subtle innuendo (a girl tells a guy, “You’re a bad boy,” for instance) will go over kids’ head but will garner chuckles from older viewers. Some women are scantily clad and portrayed in a sexy manner or in suggestive poses. A recurring male character is always on the prowl for love and flirts heavily with every woman he meets.

Language

No cursing, but there's some name-calling ("dummy," "idiot," and the like).

Consumerism

The show is inspired by the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters, whose faces have graced everything from apparel to movies during their decades of popularity, so kids may take a fancy to their licensed products after tuning into this show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated series inspired by the classic Looney Tunes characters carries a TV-PG rating due to sexual innuendo, some racial and gender stereotyping, and cartoon-style violence. Most of the sexual content is mild enough (comments implying sexual attraction, women shown in skimpy attire) that it will sail over kids’ head and offer some chuckles for older ones who can put it into context, but it has enough presence throughout the show that parents might want to weigh their kids’ readiness for it. What violence is there reflects the classic series’ exaggerated style (anvils on the head and the like), so today’s kids probably won’t flinch. In the end, it’s probably passable for the tween set, but because there’s some occasional objectification of female characters, it might be worth a parental preview first.

What's the story?

THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW follows the escapades of Bugs Bunny (voiced by Jeff Bergman), Daffy Duck (Bergman again), Speedy Gonzales (Fred Armisen), and the rest of the gang as they leave their home in the woods and move to the suburbs. The stories center on the imperfect relationships within the group and the characters’ attempts to fit into their new society, as well as the new friendship between housemates Bugs and Daffy. Music videos starring the classic characters, as well as CGI shorts chronicling the longstanding tete-a-tete between Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, are interspersed throughout the show as well.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This updated series may rub Looney Tunes purists wrong because of the liberties it takes with the characters, whose move to the ‘burbs changes more than just their address. The classically contentious group now reflects the social demands of their more uptight surroundings, and much of the show's humor is drawn from their attempts to relate to each other and adapt to their new environment. In other words, laughs still abound and the characters are still a delight, but this isn’t just a touched-up version of the original.

None of this will bother kids, though, since they most likely aren’t loyal to a particular version of the characters. But parents might want to give the show at least a cursory glance before giving their kids the go-ahead, since it does have some sexual undertones (busty, scantily clad women and lovestruck characters on the prowl, for instance) that give it a grown-up appeal, and it’s impossible to not see sombrero-wearing Speedy Gonzales as a stereotype. Overall, though, the show is light-hearted fun that both parents and kids can enjoy together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stereotyping. What examples of stereotyping exist in this show? How extreme are they? Do you think they're offensive in any way? Can stereotyping ever be justified? 

  • How does this show portray female characters? Do any of them seem strong or independent? What messages do their relationships with male characters send about affection and love? How would this content’s impact be different if the characters were human rather than cartoon?

  • How does this take on the Looney Tunes compare to the original? What changes reflect a more modern time? Are any of the changes bad for the characters? In what way has time improved them? 

TV details

Cast:Fred Armisen, Jeff Bergman, Maurice LaMarche
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written byalbinofacepoop July 14, 2011

The Looney Tunes Show

In one episode, a character has a flash back during WW2, and many German soldiers hold and use a sub-machine gun called the MP40. They fire it at the younger version of granny, but they luckily miss. Also, a German general pushes a soldier off a blimp. He most likely falls to his death, but it is not seen. There are not many positive messages and when there are Daffy Duck usually comes says something like "violence is almost always the answer", or "what do you think this place is Soviet Russia".
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byTinyToya July 2, 2011

Can Anything Really Compare to the Original?

This show is quite funny, but I'm surprised to find that Daffy actually outshines the ever popular Bugs Bunny. Daffy fits more into this new age script because he can blubber and make any situation funny. Bugs on the other hand does better when he controls the pace (like outsmarting Elmer, or drawing against Yosemite, or even facing off against The Martian). Bug's sarcasm is weak if he is not besting a weaker, less able character. I hope the script warms up because seeing Bugs and Daffy sit around a house all day is not my idea of Looney Toons fun. Now that would be a stinker. UPDATE: As of watching this show I find that the women are portrayed in an overly sensual way (every woman seems to have a voluptuous hourglass figure and just watch Yosemite Sam's "Blow My Stack" number). Also there is a scene where one can see (if you're perceptive) Yosemite Sam hanging up his thong on a clothes line! That one shocked me. Be a bit weary of this show.
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Too much sex
Parent Written byhgwqhge03 September 21, 2013

Folks, nothing in media has made me want to commit physical harm to myself EVER but this Looney tunes was my favorite show ever

it's the "Looney Tunes" show it's that bad that I'd rather watch bugs bunny be shot on family guy than seen in this show, it isn't funny and it has NO HUMOR, it is also the most unoriginal television show in history of television and half the people that like this show are nostalgia critic fan boys it is not original and is a rip off of every darn sit-com since the 60s another thing I hate about this show are the merrie melodies Elmer singing about grilled cheese? "We are in love" does NOT EVEN RHYME, these songs are so bad that id rather listen to Rebecca black, it made the Looney tunes characters unlikeable bugs is boring daffy is a dim-wit, Sam goes green, Witch Hazel Is now witch Lezah has a sassy black woman accent and gossamer is her son, Lola (as well as every character) is retarded, Tina is not even an original but she is a main character and what is up with the TV-PG rating, if you want to know ONE CN show that deserves to be TV-PG I know one, it is Regular Show... even if this show were original it would STILL be one of the worst shows ever, the only good thing about this show is that it is very forgettable, in other words this is just as entertaining as watching paint dry, and like adventure time and regular show it has a mentally incapacitated fan base that attack people for their opinions, seriously how can you like something that is so BAD, it makes the new family guy episodes watchable. Since the creators put no effort into it I'd give it a MINUS 1/5

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