The Looney Tunes Show

 
Fun remake of classic toon has a more grown-up feel.

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 byAl Jackson April 14, 2012
age 11+
 

Just as good as the classics!

This is a great show! It is really funny,and has great animation! It is one of the best CN shows of all time.It's up there with Ed-Edd-N-Eddy,Regular Show,Adventure Time,Gumball,and Codename:Kids Next Door.
Adult Written byalbinofacepoop July 14, 2011
age 12+
 

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".
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Too much violence
Teen, 17 years old Written byJesusLuvsYew May 13, 2011
age 5+
 

It's not that funny.

Honestly, I liked the classic version better. This is kinda funny, but not really. Miranda Cosgrove lover, this is nowhere near as good as Regular Show! Regular Show will always be #1!!!!! The Amazing World Of Gumball was way funnier. Than Looney Tunes Show, I mean. Not Regular Show.

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