A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
This series uses absurdity and exaggeration for laughs. It's effective, but there's little value to what you're watching. Many of the stories cast people as dim and naïve to Bugs Bunny's tricks and fast talking. Some stereotyping.
Positive Role Models
Bugs poses as an innocent victim in the circumstances that befall him, but he never makes a meaningful effort to resolve them. Instead he delights in frustrating and bringing harm to the people he encounters while avoiding any responsibility for himself.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence includes characters using tranquilizer darts on each other, hitting and/or punching, and lots of explosions. People and animals are smashed by large objects; body parts crack and crumble into pieces; characters are hurled through the air by slingshot, crash into things, and are dazed (with stars encircling their heads, of course), and so on. No lasting injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mildly suggestive humor, as when a man tempts Bugs Bunny by stuffing carrots into his pants and challenging the rabbit to come and get them.
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The show centers on Bugs Bunny of Looney Tunes fame and casts other familiar faces such as Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote in some stories.
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.
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.
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