A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wabbit is a Looney Tunes production that stars Bugs Bunny in the lead role. Familiar adversaries Wile E. Coyote and Yosemite Sam drop in to mix things up again with Bugs, and new villains cause trouble as well. There's a lot of violence at play here; even more than in the standard Looney Tunes canon, characters are smashed, cracked, crushed, and dropped, but they always return good as new for the next scene. As the show's hero, Bugs gets away with being mean and manipulative, while supporting characters are cast as dim, hot-tempered, and vindictive. Absurdity makes this series funny, but it's questionable fare for impressionable kids.
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What's the story?
WABBIT is a Looney Tunes series centered on Bugs Bunny (voiced by Jeff Bergman) and following his encounters with villains such as Wile E. Coyote (J.P. Karliak), Yosemite Sam (Maurice LaMarche), and nameless figures including ninjas, barbarians, and a menagerie of animals. Bugs' most faithful friends -- Squeaks the Squirrel (Dee Bradley Baker) and Bigfoot (Matthew Mercer) -- often are around to help him fend off the bad guys.
Is it any good?
These mischief-packed shorts are heavily reminiscent of classic Looney Tunes humor driven by absurdity -- and a lot of pain. Bugs subjects his adversaries to every imaginable kind of torture -- stretching, crushing, smashing, bashing, thumping, falling, hair-pulling, and so on -- but inexplicably they keep coming back for more. Avid fans of the anvil-style Looney Tunes laughs may like this offering, but if this isn't your brand of humor, its repetition quickly wears on the nerves. What's more, the lack of character variety makes for a tiresome watch.
For kids, Wabbit is a little trickier. No one could construe Bugs' escapades as reality, but the impact of the persistent violence is concerning since none of it has consequence. It's also worrisome that Bugs never fails to talk or manipulate his way out of every situation, even when he's in the wrong. With these kinds of mixed messages so prominent in Wabbit's content, this show is a mediocre pick for kids' entertainment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Bugs' actions. Is he justified in being so cruel to the villains? Is violence ever a good way to resolve a problem?
Were you surprised by the amount of violence on this show? What makes this kind of content funny? Would it be less funny if it better resembled reality (characters suffered injuries from the violence, for instance)?
Is Bugs a likable hero? Can a hero still be considered a hero when his methods seem less than heroic? Is it ever OK to break the rules for a good cause?
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