Wabbit

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Extra-violent Looney Tunes shorts lack positive content.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

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.

Language

Rarely, "dumb."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Teen, 14 years old Written bySpacething7474 March 21, 2018

Started off okay, later became amazing.

This show is an example of something that got better over time. 1 of the things that made the 1st season just okay is because they barely gave any time to the f... Continue reading

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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