Baby Looney Tunes
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Opening title
Genre
Based onLooney Tunes
Developed bySander Schwartz
Directed by
  • Jeffrey Gatrall (animation timing)
  • Michael Hack (voice director: USA)
  • Scott Heming (uncredited)
Voices of
Theme music composerLisa Silver
Patty Way
Opening theme
  • "The Baby Looney Tunes Way", performed by Lisa Silver and Patty Way
Ending theme"The Baby Looney Tunes Way" (Instrumental)
Composers
  • Steve Bernstein
  • Julie Bernstein
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes53 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Tom Minton
  • Gloria Yuh Jenkins (seasons 1-3)
  • Ron Myrick (season 4)
Editors
  • Mark McNally (season 1-3)
  • Julie Anne Lau (season 4)
Running time22 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Picture formatNTSC
HDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseSeptember 16, 2002 (2002-09-16) –
April 20, 2005 (2005-04-20)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (1995–2002)
Bugs 'n' Daffy (1995–1998)
Followed byDuck Dodgers (2003–2005)

Baby Looney Tunes is an American animated television series depicting toddler versions of Looney Tunes characters.[1] It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation.[2] The series focused on real world problems and morals that children may relate to, such as sharing, understanding emotions, and playing with others. The Looney Tunes babies first live with Granny, but starting in the fourth season, were cared for by babysitter Floyd, Granny's nephew.[3]

The show premiered as a full series on September 7, 2002, and ran on WB stations from 2002 to 2003. The show moved to Cartoon Network in 2002 (by following suit nine days later on September 16th) where it remained until ending on April 20, 2005. It aired in reruns on Cartoon Network from 2005 to 2009. Then it began airing on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the U.S. in 2015 but stopped Cartoon Network reruns in mid 2020. 53 episodes were produced.[4] The show is the first preschool animated series from Warner Bros. Animation.

In 2003, a series of direct-to-video puppet films were produced, aimed at infants and toddlers. Two films were released, Baby Looney Tunes: Musical Adventures and Baby Looney Tunes: Backyard Adventures, featuring the same voice cast as the TV series.[5] The films were never released on DVD. However, Baby Looney Tunes: Musical Adventures became available on HBO Max and Tubi later on.[6][7] Baby Looney Tunes: Backyard Adventures was formerly available on Binge in Australia.[8]

The series aired reruns again on the American version of Cartoonito on Cartoon Network on September 13, 2021, up until January 31, 2022, being the first show to air on that block. However, reruns still occasionally air.

History

It premiered as a series for little kids. Due to its target audience, it has a severe lack of the usual humor. It had some films, including 4 seasons. It went on hiatus for season 2. In season 4, it ended the series and moved to Cartoon Network, but aired reruns on that network from Monday, September 16, 2002, until Wednesday, April 1, 2009, on April Fool's Day, due to a "Cow & Chicken April Fool's Day Marathon", that had occurred on that day. It continued reruns on Monday, August 17, 2015, because of the "Uncle Grandpa Babies Special's Promotional Stunt", after not airing on either Cartoon Network nor Boomerang for six years and five months, and stopped reruns in 2016. However, it finally continued reruns once again on Monday, September 13, 2021, due to being globally rebranded as a Cartoonito show since 2006. The show even started airing on Boomerang in 2005 on Independence Day, and stayed on the network until April 2009. Then it returned to Boomerang about six and a half years later, starting on Monday, October 5, 2015, to this day.

Episodes

Main article: List of Baby Looney Tunes episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
113September 16, 2002 (2002-09-16)October 2, 2002 (2002-10-02)Kids' WB and Cartoon Network
213October 3, 2002 (2002-10-03)October 28, 2002 (2002-10-28)
312October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)December 31, 2002 (2002-12-31)
FilmFebruary 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)Direct-to-video
413April 4, 2005 (2005-04-04)April 20, 2005 (2005-04-20)Cartoon Network

Characters

Main

Others

Several other Looney Tunes characters have made cameos over the course of the show's run, mainly as guest spots or during songs. Baby Prissy, Baby Marc Antony, and Baby Penelope appear in the songs, “Down By The Cage” and “Paws and Feathers”, respectively. Baby Marvin (Sam Vincent), Baby Elmer (Brian Drummond), Baby Instant Martians, Baby Gossamer, and Baby Foghorn (Scott McNeil) appear in “War Of The Weirds”, “Bully For Bugs”, “A Mid-Autumn Night’s Scream”, “Stop and Smell Up the Flowers“, and "Cock A Doodle Do It!", respectively. Baby Wile E. and Baby Road Runner appear in multiple songs, as do Baby Pepé (Terry Klassen), Baby Porky, and Baby Sam.

Production

In 1997, Warner Bros. Animation announced the show as an upcoming series. In January 2001, they ended production and the pilot aired on June 3, 2001. They restarted production 5 days later and re-ended production; and the show started as a full series on July 28, 2001.

Music

Underscoring for the series was written by veteran animation composers Steven and Julie Bernstein. They were nominated for a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition) in 2006. They also composed the score for the Easter movie, Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-traordinary Adventure, writing the music and lyrics for the featured songs.

Home media

Warner Home Video[9] has released 15 of the 53 episodes of Baby Looney Tunes, including the DVD of the only Baby Looney Tunes movie: Eggs-traordinary Adventure.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Special Features
Eggs-traordinary Adventure 3 May 25, 2004
  • 2 bonus episodes
  • 2 music videos
  • Granny's Activity Day Challenge
4 Kid Favorites: Baby Looney Tunes 12 January 17, 2012
  • Menu Challenge: Baby Trivia
  • Menu Challenge: What's That Sound?

In the United Kingdom, 4 volumes were released on DVD from July 15, 2013. Each disc contains 4 half-hour episodes.

DVD Name Episodes listed Release Date
Baby Bugs Bunny
  • "Bruce Bunny / Leader of the Pack"
  • "Flower Power / Lightning Bugs Sylvester"
  • "By No, No, No! / I Strain"
  • "The Sandman Is Coming / Some Assembly Required"
July 15, 2013
Baby Taz
  • "The Creature from the Chocolate Chip / Card Bored Box"
  • "School Daze / Things That Go Bugs in the Night"
  • "Taz in Toyland / A Secret Tweet"
  • "Comfort Level / Like a Duck to Water"
July 15, 2013
Baby Sylvester
  • "Mr. McStuffles / Picture This!"
  • "Hair Cut-Ups / A Clean Sweep"
  • "Daffy Did It! / The Pig Who Cried Wolf"
  • "New Cat in Town / Magic of Spring"
July 15, 2013
Baby Tweety
  • "All Washed Up / Did Not! Did Too!"
  • "Tea and Basketball / Taz You Like It"
  • "Band Together / War of the Weirds"
  • "The Harder They Fall / Business as Unusual"
July 15, 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 54. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ "Baby Looney Toons- TV.com". Tv.com. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 105–106. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 58. ISBN 9781476672939.
  5. ^ "The Bugs Bunny Video Guide - the Looney Tunes Video History".
  6. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (June 7, 2020). "HBO Max: Every Movie & TV Show Confirmed for the Streaming Service". Collider. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Baby Looney Tunes: Musical Adventures (2003)" – via tubitv.com.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 6, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Warner Home Video". www.warnerbros.com. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.