New Looney Tunes
New Looney Tunes (formerly known as Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production for its first season) is an American animated television series from Warner Bros. Animation based on the characters from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. The series premiered on September 21, 2015, on Cartoon Network, and later premiered on October 5, 2015, on Boomerang. The show, along with most other WBA shows, then later moved to Boomerang's SVOD service where episodes are released before airing on television.
|New Looney Tunes|
|Based on||Looney Tunes|
by Warner Bros.
|Developed by||Erik Kuska|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||156 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Sam Register|
|Running time||11 minutes (2 segments of 5½ minutes or 1 special segment)|
22 minutes (4 segments)
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||September 21, 2015 –|
|Preceded by||The Looney Tunes Show (2011–2014)|
|Followed by||Looney Tunes Cartoons (2019–present)|
On May 23, 2018, the Boomerang streaming service announced that New Looney Tunes would continue into the 2018–2019 animation season. The third season will be the final season, with another Looney Tunes revival called Looney Tunes Cartoons coming in 2019.
After The Looney Tunes Show ended production in 2013, concepts for a new show featuring the Looney Tunes led to the decision for a reboot of the characters. At the time, the idea of making a reboot of all of the Looney Tunes focused mainly on Bugs Bunny and in March 2014, it was announced that the reboot would be known as wabbit. (or bugs! in some regions), to coincide with other reboots of Warner Bros. classics, such as Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! and The Tom and Jerry Show. Sam Register, promoted to president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series a month prior, became supervising producer for the series. The animation was done by Yearim and Rough Draft Studios from South Korea and Snipple Animation from the Philippines.
The aim of the reboot was for its cartoons to match the tone of the Looney Tunes shorts in their earlier days. This led to the characters returning to their slapstick comedy roots, but with producers seeking to avoid their clichés, such as the anvil gag. The show's production team placed their emphasis on writing original stories, as well as devising "modern heavy objects to cause pain", according to producer Erik Kuska, with each episode featuring a few shorts in which one or a number of characters became caught up in a situation that they would handle in their own personal way. Despite that, some classic objects can occasionally be seen, such as boulders or safes. Similarly, some classic expressions can be heard, such as Bugs forgetting to "make that left turn at Albuquerque", or uttering "of course you know, this means war" (though "war" is usually replaced with other phrases invoking conflict of some sort). The characters themselves saw some alterations to their appearances, with some also reverting to personality traits they originally had in their earliest appearances - for example, Daffy Duck was reverted to his original screwball personality from his early shorts.
The first season of the show was known as Wabbit and focused primarily on Bugs Bunny as the main character, with recurring appearances by Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote, and minor appearances by the Tasmanian Devil, an accountant and Michigan J. Frog (is also portrayed as a villain). Like his early shorts, Bugs mostly finds himself outwitting opponents either because they seek to cause him trouble or have done something to wreck his peaceful life. The first season saw the introduction of a few new characters to the Looney Tunes franchise, many of them being new villains Bugs faces, but not without the help of his friends.
Among the new characters introduced in this show are:
- Squeaks the Squirrel - A red squirrel who is Bugs' closest friend and sidekick (whose speech initially consisted only of squeaking sounds, occasionally giving way to intelligible speech in season 3).
- Bigfoot - A childlike creature who tends to annoy Bugs, usually calling him "lady" (or occasionally "ma'am"), to Bugs' chagrin
- The Barbarian - An unnamed barbarian that runs afoul of Bugs.
- Krakos - The Barbarian's polar bear mount.
- Boyd - A lovesick bird.
- Cal - A strong man who considers himself the best at whatever he is doing.
- Carl the Grim Rabbit - A rabbit version of the Grim Reaper.
- Claudette Dupri - A fox spy.
- Dr. Clovenhoof - A sheep scientist.
- Elliot Sampson - A bobcat scoutmaster and businessman.
- Hazmats - A group of, as Bugs puts it, "highly trained government officials" in hazmat suits that often deal with or chase him, Squeaks and Bigfoot.
- Horace the Horse - A horse who often works with Porky.
- Ivana - A woman who often encroaches on Bugs' territory.
- Jack - A "jack of all trades" who does various work. This character was dropped after his first two appearances because his screaming trait was becoming similar to Yosemite Sam.
- King Thes - A royal lion who tries to eat anyone.
- Leslie P. Lilylegs - An obnoxious short man who tends to desire power while working for his different bosses.
- Pampreen and Paul Perdy - Two rich kids that are related to Leslie.
- Rhoda Roundhouse - A female wrestler.
- Shameless O’Scanty - A not-so-lucky leprechaun.
- Sir Littlechin - A knight who often targets mythical animals.
- Slugsworthy the First - A stuck-up elephant seal.
- Squint Eatswood - A discriminatory beaver.
- Tad Tucker - A reality television personality, with a strong preference for eating rabbits (especially a "whole/entire family")
- Trey Hugger - An activist.
- Winter Stag - A cryokinetic deer.
According to Kuska, the focus on newer antagonists for Bugs to deal with was described as allowing him to do his "best when he's up against a really good adversary". As a result of the inclusion of new villains, Kuska felt that Elmer Fudd might not be "the man" anymore, having often been a common antagonist that Bugs dealt with in many shorts, despite appearing later on in the series.
After the first season ended, the production team decided to focus on the other Looney Tunes stars besides Bugs, thus the show was retooled and renamed New Looney Tunes for the second season and featured a new intro, with music based on the late 1930's Looney Tunes theme. While Bugs and those featured in the first season returned, the second season saw the addition of the other classic characters including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Road Runner, Pepé Le Pew (usually portraying a James Bond-esque secret agent), Petunia Pig and Lola Bunny. Some episodes saw characters operating as a double act (a plot mechanic mainly used for Daffy and Porky, as had been done in the classic shorts). Other obscure figures from the classic Looney Tunes shorts such as the Goofy Gophers, Cecil Turtle, Hubie and Bertie, Count Blood Count, Marc Antony and Pussyfoot, Claude Cat, Pete Puma and Gabby Goat also made appearances.
- Jeff Bergman – Bugs Bunny
- Dee Bradley Baker – Daffy Duck, Squeaks the Squirrel
- Bob Bergen – Porky Pig
- Jeff Bergman – Elmer Fudd, Sylvester the Cat, Foghorn Leghorn, Michigan J. Frog, Mac, Boyd (season 2)
- Dee Bradley Baker – Tosh, Frisky Puppy, Carl the Grim Rabbit (1st voice), Krakos the Polar Bear, Shifty the Rat, Officer Enforski
- Bob Bergen – Tweety, Gabby Goat, Clyde Bunny
- Eric Bauza – Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Hubie, Bertie (season 3), Rock Hardcase, Cal
- Jeff Bennett – Hubie, Bertie (season 1), Dr. Clovenhoof, Horace the Horse, The Winter Stag
- Matt Craig – Cecil Turtle, Marc Anthony, Count Blood Count, Hazmats, Trey Hugger, Paul Perdy, Pacifico Mule, Minnesota Rats, Curt Martin
- Jim Cummings – Taz, Blacque Jacque Shellacque
- JP Karliak – Wile E. Coyote, King Nutininkommen
- Paul Julian (archive recordings) – Road Runner
- John Kassir - Pete Puma
- Maurice LaMarche – Yosemite Sam (season 1)
- Matthew Mercer – Bigfoot
- Candi Milo – Granny, Witch Hazel, Ivana, Bear Scout, Weasel Scout
- Kath Soucie – Lola Bunny, Sniffles, Claudette Dupri, Pampreen Perdy
- Fred Tatasciore – Yosemite Sam (season 2), Carl the Grim Rabbit (2nd voice)
- Tara Strong - Miss Cougar
- Carlos Alazraqui – Leslie P. Lilylegs, Shameless O. Scanty, Elliot Sampson Bobcat, Tad Tucker
- Steven Blum – Jack, Barbarian
- Yvette Nicole Brown – Rhoda Roundhouse
- Dino Andrade – Speedy Gonzales
- Jessica DiCicco – Petunia Pig
- John DiMaggio – Slugsworthy the First
- Keith Ferguson – Viktor
- Grey Griffin – Vera Vulture
- Richard Steven Horvitz – Impkin the Pumpkin King
- Mikey Kelley – Boyd (season 1)
- Matthew Yang King – Raccoon Scout
- Daran Norris – Sir Littlechin, Punkinhead Martin
- Kevin Michael Richardson – King Thes, Snorts
- Jim Ward – Squint Eatswood
- Cedric Yarbrough – Eagle Scoutmaster
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||52||September 21, 2015||February 8, 2018||Cartoon Network (episodes 1–22)|
Boomerang SVOD (episodes 23–52)
|2||52||February 8, 2018||January 31, 2019||Boomerang SVOD|
Wabbit premiered on September 21, 2015 on Cartoon Network and on Boomerang beginning October 5, 2015, then went on hiatus for over a year and return on April 7, 2017. The series premiered on November 2 on Boomerang in Australia and New Zealand and on Boomerang in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It premiered on November 6, 2015 on Teletoon in Canada and debuted on December 19 on Boomerang in the Middle East and Africa. In India, the series premiered on Pogo TV on 19 December 2015. The series premiered on January 10, 2016 on Cartoon Network Arabic in the Middle East.
New episodes began being broadcast on Boomerang, starting April 7, 2017.
Season 2 premiered on Boomerang UK on September 4, 2017.
The entire first season is available on Netflix in Canada.
The show streams exclusively on the Boomerang premium subscription service, available on Android, iOS, desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet, Roku and Chromecast.
|1 for Boomerang||
Monday 8:00 p.m. (episode 13-19)
Saturday 7:00 p.m. (episodes 20-22)
Friday 1:45 a.m. (episode 23)
Weeknights 2:15 a.m. (episode 24-present)
|1 for CN||
Thursday 5:00 p.m. (episode 13)
Thursday 2:00 p.m. (episode 14)
Thursday 8:45 a.m. (episode 15)
Saturday 10:00 a.m. (episodes 16-20)
Saturday 9:45 a.m. (episodes 21-present)
The first half of Season 1 of Wabbit was released onto DVD on April 26, 2016 in the United States. Despite being half of a season, the DVD is subtitled, Hare-Raising Tales. The DVD contains the first 26 episodes (52 segments) but is labeled on the side as Season 1 – Part 1. The DVD contains episodes 23–26 which did not air in the United States until April 7, 2017. Disregarding the show's European name, Wabbit: Season 1 – Part 1 was also released in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2016 and June 15, 2016 in Australia.
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