“The Looney Tunes Show” press release

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Animation’s most beloved characters are back in an all-new series, The Looney Tunes Show, premiering Tuesday, May 3, at 8 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network. Bugs and Daffy haven’t changed – but their living situation has. Bugs is as brazen, sarcastic and ahead-of-the-game as ever, and Daffy, despite his narcissistic, sociopathic and paranoid tendencies, is Bugs’ best friend and seemingly permanent houseguest. No longer confined to seven-minute shorts, their larger-than-life personalities (and egos) offer an irreverent, comical take on our modern world and introduce a whole new realm of possibilities. Now Bugs and Daffy can wreak as much havoc at the grocery store or the DMV as they once did in the forest.

The premiere episode, “Best Friends,” sets the scene for this unlikely pair’s dynamic. Daffy decides the duo can make a quick buck by going on the game show Besties, where best friends answer questions about one another. However, it becomes quite clear that self-absorbed Daffy knows absolutely nothing about Bugs. Daffy wants to make it up to him with a fabulous cruise, but cannot even do that right.

Throughout the series, familiar faces from the Looney Tunes universe join Bugs and Daffy. Rounding out the cast are the eternally optimistic Porky Pig, the quick and quick-witted Speedy Gonzales, the insane but lovable Lola, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, the Witch, Gossamer, Tosh and Mac Gopher, and the newest character of the bunch, Daffy’s no-nonsense girlfriend, Tina.

The series also features Merrie Melodies – animated music videos of original songs spotlighting everyone from Elmer Fudd to Pepe Le Pew, plus all-new adventures with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in stunning CG. All this together in one half-hour comedy, The Looney Tunes Show delivers fresh, sophisticated humor, heartwarming moments and something Looney for everyone.

The Looney Tunes Show will join fellow cartoon icons from the hit animated series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated on Tuesday nights. Scooby and the gang are back solving mysteries in the spooky town of Crystal Cove – including the overarching mystery of Mister E. and their Mystery Incorporated predecessors – when season two of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated premieres on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. (ET, PT).

The Looney Tunes Show and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated are produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer of both, and Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (Duck Dodgers, Back at the Barnyard, Space Jam, Tom and Jerry Tales) are supervising producers.


  • http://exclusive-cheese.deviantart.com Taco Wiz

    Some of the previews are actually funny, but I don’t like how they’re nothing like the original cartoons.

    ..I’ll be fine as long as they’re doing reruns of the original cartoons, and the same should go for everyone else. DVR them every morning if you’re not home.

  • Lala_Marin

    Animated…music…videos…ugh

  • http://www.imabloggerdottie.com Donnie

    I’d hardly call that Road Runner CG “stunning”

    • xevo

      “Stunning” could be parsed as “leaving the viewer stunned.”

  • http://www.damianosketchblog.com Damiano

    Ugh, that’s awful. Why are they trying to make a sitcom out of these characters?! Not only that, but it’s as unoriginal as a sitcom gets. Totally opposite best friends having trouble in mundane situations? Please! Oh and those “Merrie Melodies” music videos have all looked awful so far. So, so sad. Thanks for nothing I guess.

  • Rufus

    I’ll just say it…..

    …what a load of CRAP!

  • http://thedirtonmyneighbortotoro.blogspot.com/ Ju-osh

    I have this weird, rare, reading disease that causes me to skip over italics when reading…well, anything. (FACT: I don’t know what I just typed there.) So imagine my surprise when I started reading what I assumed to be a CB review of the new Looney Tunes show — a rave review, no less! I was busily YouTube-ing a bunch of bootleg clips to see what miracles I’d missed when my friendly neighborhood visiting doctor came by with my daily dose of italics-inducing medication. That’s when I saw it: “PRESS RELEASE“! Of course! Control-W that YouTube tab…

    Until scientists stop wasting their time and resources looking for cures to cancer and colds and the common AIDS, I — and billions of others like me — will continue to suffer such bouts of dashed hopes and dreams. As of today, there is still no ribbon color assigned to Italics-illiteracy. Only YOU can change this. Write your local scientist and DEMAND a color. (And a cure.) (And a better use of the Looney Tunes characters.)

  • uncle wayne

    It sounds exciting….and great. And the clips look great!

    I’ll ask this again (and again)….WHERE (on tv) can one view the REAL films!? And why (can someone answer this) are THESE films not aired. It’s the ones that WE know by heart….and can recite the lines to! Three and four decades later!!!

    • Conor

      They show classic Looney Tunes on Cartoon network in the middle of the day on weekdays, at 12:00 Eastern, 11:00 Central. Also, it’s closer to five, six, and even seven decades later.

    • cijfer

      You know you can just watch any Loony Tunes clip ever made on the internet, right?

      Why would you want a tv channel to randomly show some cartoon so you are forced to watch THAT cartoon at THAT time of THAT day?

      • Funkybat

        In response to cijfer’s query; there are a number of reasons one might prefer a regular “aired” segment of Looney Tunes (or anything) to what is on YouTube.

        For one thing, the video quality of most YouTube clips, especially ones that are not there by copyright owner’s permission, are often rather poor. Add in the fact that longer shows are often cut into pieces, necessitating the viewer to pause and click on “Looney Tunes Episode PART 2″, well, that just makes for a lousy viewing experience.

        Also, while this may be a foreign concept to “Gen Z” or whatever we’re up to these days, there is a different aspect to watching a show that comes on at a set time, different episodes airing each day, than there is having the glut of universal access. I can load up my iPod with pretty much any oldie I’d care to hear, and set it on “random” but it’s still not the same as having an oldies radio station that can surprise you in ways no shuffled playlist can.

        I have the entire Looney Tunes Golden Collection, but it would still be nice if these shorts were shown somewhere regularly. I never thought at the time that I was living in some kind of golden age, growing up with dozens of different cartoons airing regularly every weekday morning, afternoon, and Saturday morning. That;s just the way it was…

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Talk to those of us of the X-Gen persuasion who otherwise had to get these things through analog means as always.

  • http://hand-drawn-animation.blogspot.com David Nethery

    — “Now Bugs and Daffy can wreak as much havoc at the grocery store or the DMV as they once did in the forest.” —

    Did anyone involved ever actually WATCH the original Schlesinger/Warner Bros. cartoons featuring these characters ? They often appeared in contemporary , urban situations , not just “in the forest” .

  • Gobo

    Having seen several segments of this show, there’s something awkward and strange about watching the Looney Tunes settle down into suburbia. Although I got a giggle out of having Mac and Tosh (the original gay cartoon couple) run an antique store.

    • Alex J

      I KNEW I wasn’t the only one who thought those gophers were gay!

      all joking aside, I was sceptical at first, but after watching the promos I’m actually very excited. True, the animation is going to take some getting used to, but overall, I feel its something new that we could all enjoy if we just open our minds a little bit.

      except for maybe those “merrie melodies” segments. that Marvin the Martian song made me want to shoot myself.

    • Josh

      Yeah they aren’t gay their just english roommates…calling them gay is one hell if a reach just to try to make homosexuality more relevant in the past…gimme a break.

  • http://www.totalmediabridge.com Kevin Johnson

    “However, it becomes quite clear that self-absorbed Daffy knows absolutely nothing about Bugs.”

    Wouldn’t it be even funnier if Bugs knew nothing about Daffy as well? Why should he anyway? Sure, Bugs can be sarcastic about it (giving BS answers because he doesn’t care about winning), but the given set up leaves Bugs with nothing to do but mug and make expressions at the camera – which awkwardly enough, there seems to be a lot of.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I had higher expectations before watching the clips, but now that I know how it is I’m not furious or anything. This won’t be worse than Loonatics, Space Jam or Baby Looney Tunes. I kinda see what they are trying and even though it looks a little contrived I don’t think the concept is more heretic than the others shows I mentioned. This one seems to keep SOME of the original character personalities even though it is all mixed in a too mundane sitcom.

    I’m curious to see some episodes and I won’t be mad if it’s some sort of success, though I doubt it. But if kids like it and it becomes the next Spongebob or Phineas and Ferb, well, I guess that will be good for the classic Looney Tunes too.

    If Loonatics had became popular then it would be terrible cause that was poorly animated with horrible designs and zero humor. This may be a little different to the classics but it’s at least a comedy and the animation is watchable.

  • Pedro Nakama

    This new series has Bugs and Daffy texting “Rabbit Season” and “Duck Season” to each other. Just to update it for the kids.

  • Bobby

    “No longer confined to seven-minute shorts”

    Now its confined by sucking.

    “Now Bugs and Daffy can wreak as much havoc at the grocery store or the DMV as they once did in the forest.”

    Sounds like the only episode they saw was Rabbit Seasoning

    Sad just sad

  • Mick Collins

    Y’know, in contrast to the hatestorm obviously brewing over this, I just want to say: I’m actually planning to give this one a fair go. I don’t LOVE it – I’m not really sold on the premise, and I’m not thrilled with the character design – but it’s what we got, and as long as the WRITING is there, I think it’ll be far from the worst thing ever. I’m planning to watch, but my threshold for inane cartoons is extremely low, so here’s hoping…

  • Glowworm

    Well, on the plus side my boyfriend will be happy to know that that Scooby Doo show is still alive. (To be honest I’d like it better if there actually was a real monster)

  • Glowworm

    Well, on the plus side my boyfriend will be happy to know that that Scooby Doo show is still alive. (To be honest I’d like it better if there actually was a real monster)

  • http://animatedlane.com J.W.Lane

    Why is Bugs drawn to look like he’s a plastic robot – right. Can’t wait to see the maniacal looking toys.

    • Ryoku

      Updating the show isn’t a bad idea, but as opposed to just updating it I’d like to see some satire, some mockery, some jokes thrown at todays way of living, like how they did back in the day.

      I still have trouble accepting Bug’s new pink tint, maybe they’ll right it off as flea powder? They should simplfy the background objects as their details detract from the main characters, though the backgrounds are surprisingly well done, good color choice too.

      If the writers put their backs into this and get a feel for the characters we may have a real underdog here, so far it seems like they’re less considered with maintaining personalities and more about exposition.

  • snip2345

    I find it funny how the Brew covered this show several times, and repliers STILL react like it’s the first time they either heard of it, or the first time they read the Brew’s posts!

    • Iritscen

      Actually, most of the commenters are simply getting their second wind and complaining AGAIN about the show, thanks to the Brew’s helpful reminder that the show is still really going to happen.

  • Nik

    The Odd Couple?

  • Mike Hollingsworth

    “…confined to seven-minute shorts…”? The Looney Tunes never seemed very confined to me.

  • Alissa

    Did anyone else notice the blue armchair on left looks like it has giant poofy lips? I can’t help imagining it slurping Daffy up like pasta.

    Oh yeah, um, press release. It really doesn’t make the show sound more interesting. Quite the opposite really. The premiere sounds unbearably dull.

    It might be funny? Right?

  • Kellie

    Won’t pass judgement until I’ve seen the show (which everyone else should, really) but I will say that I’m glad they’re at least trying to do something new with these characters. So far it’s just been rehash after rehash of the original cartoons and it’s getting quite annoying.

    • papasmurf

      yeah because it wasn’t broke. why not try something new with NEW characters??

      • Kellie

        I’m not saying they should completely change the old formula but it should still feel new and fresh in the end. Watching both Tiny Toons or Back In Action was quite a chore for me because they tried way too hard to make it look like the old stuff by downright stealing old jokes and putting in a few hundred pointless cameos from characters characters you’d see in the old Golden Age cartoons.

        Besides, I don’t see the need to complain about change. Of course you can’t change it too much or else you’ll get, well, Loonatics Unleashed, but the Looney Tunes went through several changes when they were new, so why can’t we look past this or at least wait until we’ve watched the damn show first?

  • Rooniman

    Who the hell is Tina? I’ve never heard of her.

    • Keith

      You’ve never heard of her because she’s NEW… as the press release stated.

    • Inkan1969

      Wikipedia says she’s a variation of Melissa Duck, from “The Scarlet Pumpernickel” and “Baby Looney Tunes”.

  • Grayson Ponti

    Biggest artistic flop in animation since Home on the Range.

    • Funkybat

      Well, both may be storytelling/creative flops (I’ll reserve judgement on Looney Tunes till I see a few) but I would say both of them at least had interesting art design. Doesn’t mean it’s a good show/movie, after all, Hercules had some of my favorite designs in all of the modern Disney films. But I wouldn’t say the art in Home on the Range or this show are failures.

      • Keegan

        The art design is just the modern “hip” angular design, it’s about as appealing as 6teen and Total Drama Island.

      • Ryoku

        Weird thing is the original model sheets weren’t that angular, though I’m glad they fixed the eyes.

        I may not like this shows style but its not nearly as revolting as stuff like 6Teen and Total Drama Island, no cartoon should ever look as fowl as those.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I think the concept of the show would work better if it were somehow like Ricky Gervais’ Extras. The characters would be the Looney Tunes, cartoon stars, and they could live next to each other but not in the same urbanization, that is kind of contrived. Bugs’ house could have the hole in the ground, in an interior garden or maybe even in the floor of the living room. They would be filming their movies and living their own adventures in “real life” at the same time. That way they wouldn’t look so mundane and Looney Tunes have always been kind of “meta”, including gags that poinetd out the characters knew they were acting in a short feature.

    I mean, if they really want to make a sitcom with the Looney Tunes, they could make it more similar to the actual relationship and nature of the characters. I don’t think it’s a terrible idea to do a sitcom, and it doesn’t look totally horrible so far, but there seem to be some odd roles and characterisations. Bugs and Daffy being best friends is sort of odd, but I guess it could be ok. Taz acting like Bugs’ dog…that sounds really weird. Same thing with Gossamer being With Hazel’s or Lezah’s? son…unless they meant son cause she created him with some sort of spell.

    I guess we’ll just have to wait an see but so far it looks too labored, like they had been studying the kind of roles that would be more recognizable by the different targets of the audience who don’t know much about the Looney Tunes.

    Other Spike Brandt’s and Tony Cervone’s revivals are not so contrived. Duck Dodgers was just the character from the Chuck Jones shorts in extended adventures. Tom and Jerry tales is basically the same old Tom and Jerry in new stories. Maybe Looney Tunes’ popularity is a little low now and they need to try new things to take the attention of newer demographics, but I think even kids would find this set up a little artificial.

  • Mike Russo

    Bugs still looks NOTHING like Bugs.

    • Funkybat

      Well, not *nothing* like Bugs…

      If someone colored him differently, but drew him just like this & released him as “Zany Wabbit” or something and tried to claim he was an original character, people would bury that artist as a hack & a thief.

      It’s clearly *a* Bugs, just maybe not Bugs as he “should be” according to animation geeks…

      • Ryoku

        He’s a Bugs if the company says he is, though he’s just not a very good bugs. If anything he looks more like the Nesquick rabbit now.

    • http://hand-drawn-animation.blogspot.com David Nethery

      Yeah , and why is he so short and why is he lavender-tinted ? Not as garish as the old Tiny Toons used to be , but getting too close to it , imo.

  • Keegan

    All this show is missing is a laugh track.

    • Funkybat

      Do we know yet for sure that it doesn’t have one?

      • Keegan

        Oh god…

    • Steven M.

      Please don’t jinx it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/Mesterius1 Mesterius

    I’m surprised to see Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone as producers of something that seems to be this… well… mediocre. After all, they have done good work with classic cartoon characters earlier. Duck Dodgers was mostly a very entertaining show… and some of their Tom and Jerry films are arguably the best that has been done with the cat and mouse since the 1950s.

    I dunno… maybe this new show from them will surprise me. But my guess is that the major creative decisions were done by executives above them. Remember, the original pilot from 2009 (back when the show had the much better title Laff Riot) was what made executives demand changes. I really, really want to see that pilot now. I’m betting it’s heaps better than the finished show. C’mon, someone, get it out on the web!

  • Hepcat

    Bugs perfectly expresses my sentiments here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9K5L-UgKpc#t=4m14s

  • TURDtoon

    I think one of the main things that pisses me off about this show is that they Flanderized Chuck Jones’ Smugs Bunny up 50%. I know it’s for a new generation and all, but what do kids like about deadpan,snarky and sarcastic characters? Bugs should be playful and screwy, not sighing over doing a bed sheet ghost gag. :(

    I think they improved Daffy though. So far he’s not a complete asshole, and lives up to his given name again. Only problem is that they made him a flat out idiot, which he never was.

    All in all, I’ll give it a few episodes.

  • Ad

    Lola Bunny from Space Jam appears in this series?

    • Pepper

      I was going to ask why they had to label one of the only female characters as “insane”. Or why Tina has to be no-nonsense. Can’t these LOONEY Tunes date .. looney girls?

      I guess if they HAVE to include a girl, they might as well use the only one they made up previously.

  • Anthony D.

    I’ll be tuning into this. I really think this show will succeed. My only gripe: I wanted the show to be rated TV-Y7.

    • TURDtoon

      Why, exactly? On Cartoon Network, they’re pretty much the same thing.

  • Compn

    what we need are more FREAKAZOID tv series. scooby doo and looney tunes are pretty much played out and will never return to their former glory. i even liked tiny toon adventures. but i think it all went downhill during SPACE JAM.

    brick.

    • Funkybat

      I think I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve ever met who really liked Freakazoid, including myself. It seems like that show inspired fandom in 1 out of every 20 people, hatred in another 1 out of 20, and confused ambivalence in the other 18.

      I would love to see some kind of Freakazoid revival, but given that it was a miracle it stayed on for two seasons, I’m not counting on it…

  • http://iamallyniam.co.uk Allyn

    There’s so much wrong with the press release. 7 minutes isn’t a constraint, I’ve seen better looking and funnier animations than this turgid tripe that last under 5 minutes! Each time a 7 minute wonder was made by Bob Clampett/Chuck Jones(to name a few) they would have time to create a scenario, a plot, character and a mountain of gags! One tired set up, one tired scenario and a rubbish heap of lame jokes is all this series will produce. Plus that still irritates me, it’s so horribly cluttered Daffy is completely lost!

    • Ryoku

      What I find odd is how they have to explain so much for their gags in these new Looney Tunes, they almost never had to do this in earlier Looney Tunes.

  • Steven M.

    I’ll give it a watch, but the shows prospects don’t look good.

  • http://4eyedanimation.com Joe Corrao

    So Speedy G has a pizza parlor now?

  • Metallicfire

    Meh. The real cartoons will still be playing everyday, also on cartoon network. So watch those. And if anyone mentions this new show, just make that face the new Bugs seems to make in every picture.

    • http://www.oddballcomics.com Scott Shaw!

      “The real cartoons”…This reminds me of when that awful remake called THE REAL ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST aired. My young son, who I’d show the original series before, would sneer at the mention of the new series and say, “Daddy, the old ones are the REAL adventures of Jonny Quest!” (Kirby’s always had good taste; when he was five, he announced that he loved “the Fred Quimby” TOM & JERRYs but despised the T&Js directed by Chuck Jones!)

  • Spencer

    SCOOBY WHAT?

  • tgentry

    Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is actually a pretty good show. The only thing in this press release that gets my thumbs up is that mention of season 2. My kid loves it. They’ve kind of worked in some small on-going character arcs and I find the art direction and creature designs appealing. The stories can get a little far fetched, but that’s Scooby Doo. They’ve at least made it feel modern while still keeping the Scooby Doo formula and Fred’s ascot.

  • KC

    Seeing these characters in a modern setting makes me a bit unsettled. It just feels…wrong?

    • Kellie

      You do realize that most settings they were in in the originals cartoons were modern back in the 1940′s, right?

  • Maxwell Rose

    I’m loving what I saw. Sorry flamers.

  • Thomas Mettham

    I tried to put a comment about the coming Looney Tunes Show on this site but failed first time,I tried writting an e-mail to the WB customer service. Plus I tried to send an e-mail to famous film critic Leonard Maltin but recieved no reply so that filed too. So here’s my second go. I am a massive Looney Tunes fan and I was shocked with the classic mouth open thing (and not in a good way) I felt outraged when I saw Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner in CGI. I absolutely HATE the Looney Tunes Show and I want it off the television screens. It just seems that the beloved Warner Brothers Studios don’t care about them anymore. So I say “Warner Brothers if you really care alot about the Looney Tunes,SCRAP THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW.

  • Stephen Rhodes Treadwell

    Tom & Jerry has better animation than Looney Tunes.

  • Than

    I have to say this series is pretty good so far. Bugs and Daffy still play well of each other and the new setting makes them feel more like a sitcom duo than cartoon duo. Hope WB keeps this series and improve on it. My only complants are – ditch the shorts and music videos, those are just aweful. And the other cast of characters are great and need more screen time with Bugs and Daffy.

  • Stephen R Treadwell

    I don’t think any Looney Tunes character’s great!

  • adniyo

    What is up with you know this show is for mostly younger audiences so what with all the talk about it. As in come on its a cartoon why bother. And it is actually kind of nice accordind to my KID sister. So you should stop watchin cartoons. This message is for 13 and ABOVE

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.lafontaine.142 Danny Lafontaine

    this show is not for younger aduiences its geared towards older kids and teens because in the episode jailbird and jail bunny they made a joke about homosexuals this was how it went bugs and daffy chained to one another after breaking out of jail bugs then how do you explain this chain ploice officer youre personal lives are youre business