The Looney Tunes Show

The Looney Tunes Show is an American animated sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation that ran from May 3, 2011 through August 31, 2014 on Cartoon Network. The series consists of two seasons each containing 26 episodes, and features characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon shorts updated for the 21st century.[1]

The Looney Tunes Show
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Created bySam Register
Based onLooney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
by Warner Bros.
Developed bySpike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Voices ofJeff Bergman
Kristen Wiig
Bob Bergen
Billy West
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
Fred Armisen
Rene Auberjonois
Theme music composerCliff Friend and Dave Franklin (adaptation by Andy Sturmer)
Opening theme"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"
Ending theme"What's Up, Doc?" by Carl W. Stalling (instrumental)
ComposerAndy Sturmer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerSam Register
ProducersSpike Brandt (supervising)
Tony Cervone (supervising)
Matt Danner (season 1)
Hugh Davidson (season 2)
Running time22 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Boomerang
Picture formatHDTV (1080i)
NTSC (480i)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) –
August 31, 2014 (2014-08-31)
Chronology
Preceded byLoonatics Unleashed (2005–07)
"Looney Tunes Laff Riot" (2009 Original Show Concept)
Followed byNew Looney Tunes (2015–20)

PremiseEdit

The series revolves around roommates Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck living in a suburb of Los Angeles with "colorful neighbors" and other characters including Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Gossamer, Yosemite Sam, Taz, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Pete Puma and more. The series contained less slapstick, and fewer visual gags but instead was more adult-oriented and dialogue-driven with love triangles, employment and rooming.[2]The show concludes with Daffy rewriting the timeline so that Porky may be his second best friend.

Wraparound segmentsEdit

The show also features two other segments which wrap around the main plot. These consist of:

  • Merrie Melodies – Approximately two-to four-minute music videos showcasing classic characters singing brand new original songs. They appear midway through most of the episodes in Season 1 and at the end of most episodes in Season 2 in place of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote shorts.
  • Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner – A series of CGI-animated shorts depicting Wile E. Coyote's attempts to catch the Road Runner. These segments were dropped after season one.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotSeptember 4, 2020 (2020-09-04)
126May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
226October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)August 31, 2014 (2014-08-31)
FilmAugust 4, 2015 (2015-08-04)

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Bugs Bunny (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is a grey and white male bunny who lives a life of upper-middle-class suburban leisure, based on income from a popular Carrot Peeler that Bugs invented. Bugs lives in a well-appointed house, drives a compact car, and provides room and board for his best friend, Daffy Duck. Bugs spends his time watching sports on TV, hanging out with his friends and neighbors, and dating Lola Bunny. Bugs generally plays the straight man to Daffy and Lola's various bouts of insanity, although Bugs is not without his own quirks. Bugs has exhibited somewhat compulsive/addictive tendencies, like having a high caffeine intake with coffee, becoming addicted to an energy drink that had dangerous chemicals in it, nearly leveled his own house in an increasingly deranged attempt to put up a shelf and getting hooked on foods that contain butter. Despite being intelligent, Bugs has shown some level of tomfoolery, such as when he found jail "a smart aleck's paradise" and mistook the Tasmanian Devil for a dog.
  • Daffy Duck (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is a male black duck who is the roommate and best friend of Bugs Bunny. Unlike Bugs and their neighbors, Daffy has no way of earning money and relies on Bugs for food and shelter. Daffy has tried on numerous occasions to get rich quick but ended up failing repeatedly. While Daffy's greed and jealousy of Bugs remains, it appears less antagonistic in the show. In the first episode, Bugs openly admits that Daffy is his best friend, despite his faults. Daffy has worked, and been fired from, numerous jobs due to negligence and/or incompetence. Despite this, however, Daffy has shown to be a very skilled hairdresser and successfully graduated beauty school. Daffy's three possessions that Daffy is proud of are his blue recliner, his white collar which Daffy always wears, and his Papier-mâché parade float, constructed on top of a pickup truck, which is his main means of transport. Daffy resembles Chuck Jones' version of Daffy in which this is the penultimate time of this version's use as later versions more closely resembles Tex Avery's original version of the character with the screwball personality.
  • Porky Pig (voiced by Bob Bergen) – is a male pig who is one of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's friends. Despite being bright and bookish, Porky has an innocent, naïve quality that Daffy frequently uses to his advantage, tricking Porky into parting with large sums of money or accompanying him in bizarre schemes. Porky originally worked a boring office job, but got fired following Bugs' example. Porky started his own catering company afterwards. In "Dear John", Porky was shown to have served on the city council. Porky starts a relationship with Petunia in the end of "Here Comes The Pig". In "Best Friends Redux", Daffy meets Porky's young self and ensures that Porky becomes good friends with Bugs & Rodney in their cabin, finally showing Porky an act of kindness.
  • Speedy Gonzales (voiced by Fred Armisen) – is an extremely fast male mouse who lives with Bugs and Daffy as their "mouse in the wall" and runs a pizza parlor called Pizzarriba. Speedy is occasionally shown to act as Daffy's conscience. The episode "Sunday Night Slice" showed that Bugs bought his favorite restaurant Girardi's to prevent it from being closed and hired Speedy to help him. When Bugs spoke to Speedy about the fact that he doesn't want to own a restaurant anymore, Bugs himself hands ownership of it to Speedy, renaming it "Pizzarriba" as a gift to Speedy.
  • Yosemite Sam (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) – is a male cowboy who is one of Bugs and Daffy's neighbors. Sam is a liar, a thief and a cheat, amongst other things. Coming from a lower-class background, Sam tends to steal Bugs' possessions, causing Bugs and Daffy to resent him. His full name was revealed as Samuel Rosenbaum.
  • Lola Bunny (voiced by Kristen Wiig) – is a brown female bunny who is Bugs' scatter-brained, bubbly and obsessive significant other, who has a habit of speaking rapidly, whether anyone else is listening or not. When they first meet, Bugs falls in love with her, but after learning how crazy and ditsy Lola is, Bugs loses interest and often tries to escape her company. Lola develops a huge obsession with Bugs Bunny that Daffy later finds creepy; Lola is never put off by Bugs' responses to behavior, that include taking photos of him in the shower, sneaking up on him late at night and often stalking him. Later in the series however, Bugs eventually falls in love with Lola again which started when they went to Paris in the episode "Eligible Bachelors" and Bugs manages to stop her talking for a while. Her parents are members of a country club and her father likes Bugs so much that Daffy considers him to be "The son Bugs never had." Lola was redesigned in both appearance and personality to match the series.
  • Tina Russo (voiced by Jennifer Esposito in season one, Annie Mumolo in season two) – is a new character original to the show who is a female yellow duck and Daffy's significant other. Tina works at a copy store called "Copy Place". Tina is another straight character of the show, with a no-nonsense personality. Tina first starts dating Daffy because "Tina likes a project"; Tina tolerates his selfish and arrogant behavior as Tina has a keen astuteness which allows her to read between the lines when they first meet; Tina works out that Daffy is actually insecure and jealous, and that his vain attitude is really a front. Daffy is amazed Tina works this out so quickly and later reveals Tina, through email, that Daffy can't believe someone "so kind, beautiful, generous, and intelligent" would ever want to be with someone like him. After reading this, Tina is touched, and tells Daffy that she loves him. Tina is based on Melissa Duck from the original theatrical shorts. The character was originally called Marisol Mallard in the Laff Riot pilot.[3]

RecurringEdit

  • Tasmanian Devil (voiced by Jim Cummings) – in this show, the Tasmanian Devil is portrayed as walking on four legs like a real male Tasmanian Devil and his eyes are bloodshot red. Initially, Bugs believed Taz to be a dog and kept him as a house pet named Poochie much to Daffy's discomfort. Eventually, Bugs learned the truth and tried to return him to his home in Tasmania only to find out that Taz would rather live with him. When Taz is not causing trouble for Daffy, Taz has occasionally tried to eat Sylvester. In the episode "Ridiculous Journey," Taz spoke for the first time in the series and had bonded with Sylvester and Tweety while they evaded Blacque Jacques Shellacque.
  • Mac (voiced by Rob Paulsen) and Tosh (voiced by Jess Harnell) – are two goofy male gophers who run an antique store.
  • Pete Puma (voiced by John Kassir) – is a dimwitted male puma who is one of Daffy Duck's friends and does various jobs around town.
  • Marvin the Martian (voiced by Eric Bauza) – is a male Martian who is one of Daffy Duck's friends.
  • Witch Lezah (voiced by Roz Ryan) – is a female witch who lives next door to Bugs Bunny and is often annoyed at the antics of Daffy Duck. Witch Lezah is also a female hypnotherapist by trade. The character is very similarly based on Witch Hazel, with 'Lezah' being 'Hazel' spelled completely backwards.
  • Gossamer (voiced by Kwesi Boakye) – is a large orange furry male monster who is Witch Lezah's son. In stark contrast to previous characterizations, Gossamer is portrayed as a timid and kind-hearted young boy with a voice to match.
  • Emma "Granny" Webster (voiced by June Foray as an adult, Stephanie Courtney as young Granny) – is an old lady who is one of Bugs Bunny's neighbors. Granny is revealed to have been a spy for the Allies in World War II. In "The Grand Old Duck of York," it is revealed that Granny also teaches piano lessons. This series marked the final time Foray provided the voice of Granny before her death in 2017.
    • Sylvester (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is Granny's male Tuxedo cat who is always trying to devour Tweety, but always fails when Granny catches him and spanks him hard enough to spit Tweety out.
    • Tweety (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is Granny's male Yellow canary who is frequently harassed by Sylvester. Tweety is revealed to have also been a spy for the Allies in World War II during Granny's youth.
  • Foghorn Leghorn (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – is a rich male rooster who has worked under various jobs. Foghorn and Daffy get on very well, and are often involved in various schemes.
  • Pepé Le Pew (voiced by René Auberjonois in season one, Jeff Bergman in season two) – is a French male skunk who's the local Casanova. In the episode "Members Only" Pepé works as a wedding planner when Pepé planned Bugs and Lola's wedding at the country club.
  • Elmer Fudd (voiced by Billy West) – is the resident male newsman.
  • Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner (Road Runner is voiced by Paul Julian via archive recordings, Wile E. is mute) – is a male coyote and a male roadrunner who are shown in short computer-animated segments in season one. They also make small cameos throughout the show.

OthersEdit

ProductionEdit

The Looney Tunes Show was originally envisioned as Looney Tunes Laff Riot, a "true-to-the-classics" show emulating the original run of Looney Tunes shorts announced in July 2009 by Warner Bros. Animation.[4] However, it was scrapped because the executives weren't impressed, lots of employees were laid off, and it was later retooled into the sitcom-inspired The Looney Tunes Show which premiered on May 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network.[5] The show features new character designs by Ottawa-based artist Jessica Borutski which were first created for Looney Tunes Laff Riot and also later retooled for the final series.[6][5] The Laff Riot pilot would surface on September 4, 2020.[7]

For most modern animated sitcoms like The Simpsons, this one doesn't have a laugh track.

The animation was produced by Yearim and Rough Draft Korea, along with Toon City Animation in the first season. The Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner CGI shorts were produced by Crew972.

On July 29, 2014, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a third season.[8] A direct-to-video spin-off film named Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run was released on August 4, 2015.[9][10]

BroadcastEdit

The Looney Tunes Show premiered in the United States on May 3, 2011 through May 14, 2014 on Cartoon Network. In Australia, the first two seasons of the series began airing on 9Go! and Foxtel channel on Cartoon Network.

The Looney Tunes Show in Africa on Boomerang Africa on May 17, 2011, in France on Boomerang France, in the UK on Boomerang UK and on different Boomerang feeds throughout Europe.

The Looney Tunes Show premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network. In Middle East, on Cartoon Network Arabic and MBC3.

Home mediaEdit

The Looney Tunes Show has received home video releases for Season 1. It is unknown when Season 2 will get home video releases

Season Title Episode
count
Disc(s) Release date
1 3-Pack Fun: The Looney Tunes Show 12 3 May 8, 2012[11]
This three-disc reissue for the first three volumes contained the first twelve episodes from the first season.
There Goes the Neighborhood 14 2 August 7, 2012[12]
This two-disc release contained the final fourteen episodes from the first season.

The first episode was also released on Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run as a special feature.

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Critical response to The Looney Tunes Show has been mixed. Though the voice acting has received praise, the series has been criticized for its direction and lack of slapstick, as well as the designs and personality changes of the characters.[13][14][15] The show, however, remained consistently popular, garnering an average of 2 million viewers every episode.[16][17]

In a 2010 interview with CBC News, series animator Jessica Borutski said in response to fan criticism of the series' new character designs, that the original designs were intended for adults and that "[it is] time for a new generation to meet the characters."[15] Borutski said, "a fresh, new design is the only way to keep characters alive."[15] Cartoon historian Chris Robinson noted also that the mark the original characters have on fans is indelible and that fans are not receptive to change. "[Fans] just really become attached to these things," Robinson said. "It's just so strongly rooted in their childhood that they're unable to separate themselves."[15]

Awards and nominationsEdit

The Looney Tunes Show has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.[18]

Year Award Category Nominee Outcome
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode: "Jailbird and Jailbunny"
Nominated
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Kristen Wiig
Won [19]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role June Foray
Nominated [19]
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Kristen Wiig
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
  • Episode: "Double Date"
Nominated
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical Kristen Wiig
Nominated [20]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode: "We're in Big Truffle"
Nominated
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Comedy/Musical Eric Bauza
Won [20]
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Comedy/Musical Eric Bauza
Won [20]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical June Foray
Won [20]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical Maurice LaMarche
Won [20]

MusicEdit

Two albums compiling songs from the show have been released digitally by WaterTower Music:

  • Songs from The Looney Tunes Show, Season One (2012)[21]
  • Songs from The Looney Tunes Show, Season Two (2013)[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 371–372. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ "The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1 Volume 1". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/MattyDanner/status/1302076897497550848
  4. ^ "TAG Blog: At the 'Toon Factory of the Brothers Warner". animationguildblog.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b https://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/layoffs-and-hirings.html
  6. ^ "Ottawa animator bashed for Looney Tunes changes". CBC News.
  7. ^ When Was the Last Time Elmer Fired His Gun? | Looney Tunes Critc Quckie (go to 17:42)
  8. ^ "Frantz on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Trailer Teases New Animated Movie". Collider. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  10. ^ King, Darryn (May 5, 2015). "Bugs Bunny to Return in Direct-to-Video 'Rabbits Run'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  11. ^ "Amazon.com: Looney Tunes Show 3 Pack Fun S1-V1,V2,V3: Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, Fred Armisen, Kristin Wiig, Jennifer Esposito, Maurice LaMarche, June Foray, Jim Cummings, Billy West, Roz Ryan, John Kassir, Eric Bauza, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Rene Auberjonis, Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Sam Register: Movies & TV". amazon.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  12. ^ "The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes The Neighborhood". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24.
  13. ^ "Toonzone: the looney-tunes show three critics one reaction". Archived from the original on 2012-02-02.
  14. ^ "REVIEW: The Looney Lunes Show".
  15. ^ a b c d "Ottawa animator bashed for Looney Tunes changes". CBC News.
  16. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: TNT Rides NBA Doubleheader". The Futon Critic.
  17. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: MLB Playoffs, BET Hip Hop Awards No Match for "Anarchy"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  18. ^ "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – 2011". Emmys.com.
  19. ^ a b "2011 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  20. ^ a b c d e "2013 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  21. ^ "Songs from the Looney Tunes Show - Season One".
  22. ^ "Songs From The Looney Tunes Show - Season Two". WaterTower Music. Archived from the original on 2013-08-05.

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