Loonatics Unleashed
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GenreAdventure
Science fantasy
Superhero
Post-apocalyptic
Comedy
Based onLooney Tunes created
by Warner Bros.
Developed byChristian Tremblay
Yvon Tremblay
StarringCharlie Schlatter
Jessica DiCicco
Jason Marsden
Rob Paulsen
Kevin Michael Richardson
Candi Milo
Narrated byCandi Milo
ComposerThomas Chase Jones
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producerSander Schwartz
ProducersRon Myrick
Miguel Gaban
Running time30 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkThe WB (2005–2006)
The CW (2006–2007)
Original releaseSeptember 17, 2005 (2005-09-17) –
May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
Chronology
Preceded byDuck Dodgers (2003-2005)
Followed byThe Looney Tunes Show (2011–2014)

Loonatics Unleashed is an American superhero animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that ran on Kids' WB for two seasons from 2005[1] to 2007 in the United States.

The series was based/inspired on the Looney Tunes cartoon characters, with the series described by Warner Bros. as an "action-comedy". Loonatics Unleashed is meant to be a mixture of the Looney Tunes shorts' irreverent style of humor and a modern action animated series, with the characters designed in a more action cartoon-inspired style. Unlike previous Looney Tunes-related shows, Loonatics Unleashed has a darker tone and takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting. It follows multiple minor story arcs.[2] The serial format was a great departure from the original source material.[3]

The initial concept designs were met with a huge wave of criticism among fans and there were petitions to have the designs changed. Sam Register, who became WB's executive vice president of creative affairs in 2008, considers the character designs "a reminder of what not to do".[4]

This serves as the final series of the Looney Tunes TV franchise to premiere in the 2000s decade. After Loonatics Unleashed ended, the franchise would go on hiatus until the release of The Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network, four years later.

Plot

"In the year 2772, a meteor strikes the city-planet of Acmetropolis, knocking it off its axis. This cosmic event releases supernatural forces unleashing a new kind of hero...The Loonatics!"

- Zadavia's opening monologue from season 1.

The events of Loonatics Unleashed occur in the year 2772, the year that a meteor strikes the city planet of Acmetropolis by crashing into one of its oceans, knocking it completely off its original axis. Instead of destroying the planet, the meteor crashes in a waterfront, releasing waves of supernatural energies causing some of the planet's citizens' genetic codes to be severely altered, granting them special abilities and strengths.

A mysterious and powerful woman named Zadavia calls upon six teenagers of the affected residents to form a team of superheroes. She becomes their commander, dispatching them for the purpose of combating any and all threats to Acmetropolis and its citizens. The newly formed team is known as the Loonatics and reside on the 134th floor of a large tower. These characters are the descendants of the classic Looney Tunes characters, according to multiple press releases and official sources. Descendants of other Looney Tunes are unverified, though they can be inferred in certain situations.

It is later revealed that Zadavia is in fact an alien and had used her powers to knock the meteor slightly off-course, preventing the total destruction of the planet. It is also revealed that a mysterious figure, later revealed to be Zadavia's older brother named Optimatus, caused the meteor to strike Acmetropolis in an attempt to destroy his sister.

In the second season, the show takes on a lighter tone and many more descendants of other Looney Tunes characters are introduced, the majority of which only appear once in the series. The super villain characters from the previous season are rarely mentioned or rarely appear. Zadavia becomes a less mysterious figure and regularly participates with the Loonatics in their adventures. Two more aliens from Zadavia's home planet are also introduced, Deuce and Keyboard Man. In the season's finale, the Loonatics are temporarily joined by Sylth Vester and Optimatus is replaced by Deuce as the series arch-villain.

Main characters

Further information: List of Loonatics Unleashed characters

Equipment

The weapons and gear used by the Loonatics are usually made by Tech E. Coyote. They are referred to as "the toys" by Ace, despite Tech's insistence that they are "hand-crafted precision alloy instruments."

Principal voice cast

Additional voice cast

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedSeason DVD release dates (Region 1)
First airedLast aired
113September 17, 2005 (2005-09-17)May 13, 2006 (2006-05-13)March 13, 2007
213September 23, 2006 (2006-09-23)May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)August 14, 2007

Season 1 (2005–06)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Loonatics on Ice"Dan FausettChris BrownSeptember 17, 2005 (2005-09-17)
In the Loonatics Unleashed series premiere, the citizens of Acmetropolis are living through a heat wave when suddenly, temperatures drastically drop and the planet is in the grip of a sudden cold snap. Zadavia summons the Loonatics to investigate, and they find a group of space Vikings are responsible for the deep freeze and must stop the Vikings from making the freeze permanent. The Loonatics are frozen by the Vikings but Slam Tasmanian frees them.
22"Attack of the Fuzz Balls"Curt WalsteadBrian SwenlinSeptember 24, 2005 (2005-09-24)
The planet is in the grip of Fuz-Z mania when a cute little creature becomes one of the most popular pets in Acmetropolis thanks to Professor Zane, who says that he found them shortly after the meteor strike. The pets become so popular that even Lexi gets one for herself. But when an attack occurs involving a mysterious creature, the team suddenly learns the truth that the Fuz-Zs are the attackers and are spurred on by eating chocolate, causing them to grow and attack. The Loonatics enact a two-step plan to get the creatures out of Acmetropolis while stopping Professor Zane.
33"The Cloak of Black Velvet"Kenny ThompkinsMark Hoffmeier and Vinny MontelloOctober 1, 2005 (2005-10-01)
A series of attacks on Acmetropolis is being perpetrated by felons who work in shadows. Zadavia dispatches the Loonatics and find the culprit is Black Velvet, a woman who was forced to live in darkness after her eyesight was nearly obliterated by the shock wave unleashed by the impact of the meteor. She steals the planet's Doppler weather radar system dish to create a device to shroud the entire planet in permanent darkness. Along with this, Tech is kidnapped and brainwashed by Black Velvet to help her complete her task. The remaining Loonatics must rescue their teammate and stop Black Velvet. Meanwhile, Duck is tired of technology and makes a bet with Tech that he cannot go for one week without technology.
44"Weathering Heights"Dan FausettChristopher PainterOctober 8, 2005 (2005-10-08)
After Paula Hayes, an up-and-coming weather girl and assistant to current (and incredibly mean) weather girl, Misty Breeze, is struck by lightning, she becomes Weathervane, a supervillain with control over all forms of weather. She launches wave after wave of cataclysmic storms and the Loonatics must stop her before Acmetropolis is destroyed.
55"Going Underground"Curt WalsteadJack MonacoOctober 29, 2005 (2005-10-29)
Lexi and Duck are out buying lunch when suddenly an earthquake occurs that sinks parts of Acmetropolis into the ground. The team finds that an evil genius named Dr. Dare plans to place the entire planet underground through a series of earthquakes with the help of the Jade Serpent Crystal. The Loonatics must stop him and return Acmetropolis to its original form.
66"The Comet Cometh"Kenny ThompkinsLen UhleyNovember 5, 2005 (2005-11-05)
The citizens of Acmetropolis are celebrating the Loonatics on the one-year anniversary of the meteor strike, when the sky is suddenly filled with pieces of rock falling from the stars. An investigation by Tech reveals that another meteor is headed straight for Acmetropolis, only this one is 500 times larger than the one that gave the Loonatics their powers one year prior. As the team prepares for the intercept mission, we soon learn about each Loonatics' life and what they were doing before the meteor struck: Ace was a martial arts stunt double, Lexi was a student at Acme University trying out for the cheerleading squad, Duck was a pool boy, Slam was a professional wrestler, Tech was a student at the Acme Tech Institute, and Rev was a delivery boy/inventor. When they fail to destroy the meteor, they land on it to plant explosive charges and destroy it from the inside. Though successful, an unknown figure declares that he will destroy Acmetropolis despite two failures of using meteors.
77"The World is My Circus"Dan FausettSteven KriozereNovember 12, 2005 (2005-11-12)
A popular intergalactic circus featuring unique creatures from across the galaxy comes to Acmetropolis to entertain the citizens. Unbeknownst to many of its inhabitants, the circus contains creatures that are combinations of human DNA and animal DNA and its host, the Ringmaster, is the one behind the odd creatures' existence. When a child disappears and an investigation shows that the last place he was seen was the circus, the Loonatics follow a strange monkey-cheetah hybrid (who is revealed to be Zadavia after falling victim to the Ringmaster off-screen) to the circus to see what they can dig up. However, when the team gets to the circus they find that they are on the list to join the Ringmaster's menagerie. The team is transformed by the Ringmaster and begin their quest to get back to normal and shut the Ringmaster down. After returning to their original forms, they learn that Otto, the Ringmaster's assistant, is really the one behind everything. And to make matters worse, Otto transforms the Ringmaster himself into a monstrous hybrid.
88"Stop the World, I Want to Get Off"Curt WalsteadChristopher PainterNovember 19, 2005 (2005-11-19)
A new villain named Massive uses his ability to control gravity (having the ability to make objects and people lighter-than-air or massively heavy) to commit several robberies all over Acmetropolis. His goal is to use the robberies to make as much money as he possibly can. Meanwhile, the citizens and the Loonatics are getting ready for the championship game of a futuristic sport known as "basherball" (which resembles the Harry Potter series' game of Quidditch) at the Acmetropolis World Dome. When Massive plots to steal the basherball championship trophy, the Loonatics head to the game to stop Massive's crime spree.
99"Sypher"Kenny ThompkinsWendell MorrisNovember 26, 2005 (2005-11-26)
Drake Sypher possesses the power to absorb the abilities of anyone who touches him, and decides he should be the one person getting the fame and glory of being a superhero. He first steals the abilities of a star "basherball" player and scores the winning shot, then steals Ace and Rev's abilities since the two were in attendance at the game. After Zadavia assigns Lexi as the team leader and sends the Loonatics to stop a dam from bursting, Sypher battles the team and adds Lexi and Slam's powers to his. Duck assigns himself as the team leader while Tech creates suits that give the powerless Loonatics simulations of their powers and make them resistant to Sypher. But in the ensuing confrontation, Sypher steals Tech and Duck's powers, resulting in a completely powerless Loonatics team forced to stop Sypher and get their powers back.
1010"Time After Time"Curt WalsteadSteve CudenFebruary 11, 2006 (2006-02-11)
The Loonatics must battle Time Skip, a villain who can control time, and stop him from stealing the Trolbot 9000. However, the Loonatics keep failing while the day resets.
1111"The Menace of Mastermind"Dan FausettVinny Montello and Mark HoffmeierFebruary 18, 2006 (2006-02-18)
Mallory Mastermind, formerly Mallory Casey, is a former university classmate of Tech E. Coyote. She breaks out of prison to get revenge on Tech for ruining her attempt to steal knowledge from the university professors. To make matters worse, Mastermind breaks into their HQ and turns all their technology against them. Tech and the Loonatics must stop Mastermind from inside their own base.
1212"Acmegeddon Part I"Kenny ThompkinsLen UhleyMay 6, 2006 (2006-05-06)
Massive, Mastermind, Sypher and Weathervane are broken out of prison by Optimatus and join forces to aid their mysterious benefactor in defeating the Loonatics.
1313"Acmegeddon Part II"Dan FausettStory by : Chris Brown
Teleplay by : Len Uhley
May 13, 2006 (2006-05-13)

Zadavia explains the history of herself and Optimatus to the Loonatics. Optimatus betrays Massive, Mastermind, Sypher, and Weathervane, sending them back to Acmetropolis as he activates a wormhole to suck the city-planet up whole. Now knowing the secret of his past and his relation to Zadavia, the Loonatics head for Optimatus' base of operations to defeat him and his "Optiforce(s)" once and for all!

  • Planet Freleng is named after Friz Freleng, who created many of the Looney Tunes characters.

Season 2 (2006–07)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Secrets of the Guardian Strike Sword"Andrew AustinStephen SustarsicSeptember 23, 2006 (2006-09-23)
Ace meets a mysterious young man, Deuce, who saves his life when Ophiuchus Sam attempts to rob an inter-dimensional train. Deuce is not whom he appears to be, however, and Ace learns the true origins of his sword.
152"A Creep in the Deep"Andrew AustinLen UhleySeptember 30, 2006 (2006-09-30)
The Loonatics encounter Adolpho, a mutated dolphin who uses psychic abilities to brainwash sea creatures and destroy any human-made object at sea. It is up to the Loonatics to stop Adolpho and his gang of killer dolphins from taking revenge on the "surface-dwellers" at their next target: Acmetropolis.
163"I Am Slamacus"Clint TaylorGordon BressackOctober 7, 2006 (2006-10-07)
Pierre Le Pew convinces Slam and Duck that Slam can become a champion fighter in his private tournament. However, he fails to tell them that the last match is to the death. It is up to the rest of the Loonatics to save Slam before it is too late.
174"The Heir Up There"Dan FausettCharles M. Howell IV and Stephen SustarsicNovember 4, 2006 (2006-11-04)

The Loonatics have to transport the Royal Tweetums, the heir to the throne, to his home planet of Blanc to end a war. Little do they know is that they are threatened by a force named Sylth Vester and an unknown figure. Both will stop at nothing to see that the Loonatics do not complete their mission.

185"The Family Business"Clint TaylorAlexx Van DyneNovember 11, 2006 (2006-11-11)
After the Loonatics' mission on stopping Toby the pizza boy possessed by a Bio-Tech Brain Parasite device, Rev Runner's family comes to visit when they want Rev to take over the family business. Rev begs Tech to help him make his father proud. Meanwhile, Rev's father shows so much attention to him that his younger brother Rip, the oddball of the family, shows extreme jealousy towards his brother for being the family favorite as well as a superhero. When Rip finds the confiscated Bio-Tech Brain Parasite, it takes control of him and acts on his dark feelings of rage and jealousy towards Rev, and the Loonatics must stop him.
196"Cape Duck"Dan FausettMark ZasloveNovember 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)
When one of Tech's weapons goes haywire causing Duck to take out the Sagittarius Stomper, he vows to get revenge on Duck. The citizens consider Duck as the one who did it which make the others jealous. Meanwhile, Dr. Dare is released from his statue prison after being hit by Tech's invention and steals the Shield of Perseus. When Tech is finally given credit, he, along with Duck, are made targets by the Stomper, who is somehow able to drop heavy objects on them while still in jail.
207"The Hunter"Andrew AustinSteve CudenFebruary 3, 2007 (2007-02-03)
During a fight against Massive who has escaped from prison, the Loonatics battle the high-tech hunter named Electro J. Fudd who is hunting Ace. However, Massive is actually a robot decoy and soon Electro becomes a target, along with Duck, to be added to someone's collection.
218"It Came From Outer Space"Clint TaylorKevin HoppsFebruary 10, 2007 (2007-02-10)
When Rev and Lexi tamper with Tech's X3000 Automated Weapon System mistaking it for a video game, Melvin the Martian comes to Acmetropolis to destroy it after his spacecraft was hit by a missile from Tech's invention. When Melvin threatens to shrink the planet, Lexi admits she tampered with Tech's invention and Melvin orders that Lexi be handed over to him in 24 hours. Can the Loonatics find a way to thwart Melvin before Acmetropolis becomes the only planetary location to be "hard to find on any map"?
229"Apocalypso"Andrew AustinChristopher PainterFebruary 17, 2007 (2007-02-17)
Landing on the island of Apocalypso, the Loonatics find a colony of beautiful, powerful women called the Apocazons led by Queen Athena. Queen Athena was impressed by Lexi's behavior towards Duck, and invites her to join them in a very special event. However, not all is as it really seems with the Apocazons.
2310"In the Pinkster"Dan FausettStephen SustarsicFebruary 24, 2007 (2007-02-24)
An old friend of Danger Duck, Officer Pinkster Pig, helps the Loonatics in their fight against gangsters Stoney the Stone and Bugsy the Bug. But ever since he has helped out, things have been going bad for the Loonatics.
2411"The Music Villain"Andrew AustinMark ZasloveMarch 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
During the New Year period, the Loonatics face off against Boötes Belinda, a villain and his band who use rock music to terrorize Acmetropolis. When Zadavia is captured, he orders Tech to build a high-tech guitar for him. Now the Loonatics must save Zadavia and defeat this evil band. It turns out that the band are robots led by Rupes Oberon, a man who wrote a national anthem for Zadavia on Freleng, but was shot down since there already was a national anthem: one that had words. He uses the guitar to steal all of Zadavia's powers.
2512"Planet Blanc: The Fall of Blanc (Part I)"Clint TaylorStephen SustarsicApril 28, 2007 (2007-04-28)
Now that Optimatus is free, he, alongside General Deuce and Rupes Oberon, plan to use the planet Blanc's wormhole generator to take over the universe. Blanc is said to be at the center of the universe, and that every point in the universe can be instantly traveled to with ease from it. The Royal Tweetums contacts the Loonatics for help. It turns out that the Tweetums evaded capture. The Loonatics must find him before Optimatus does, but not without help from an old enemy.
2613"Planet Blanc: In Search of Tweetums (Part II)"Dan FausettSteve CudenMay 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
After receiving a message containing clues on the Tweetums' whereabouts, the Loonatics and Sylth Vester seek out where the Tweetums is. Meanwhile, General Deuce and Optimatus begin their plans to conquer the universe. However, Deuce betrays Optimatus, who joins up with Zadavia and the Loonatics. During the final confrontation between Deuce and Ace, Ace banishes him to another universe. The episode ends with the Loonatics realizing they have graduated from merely protecting Acmetropolis, and are now protectors of the entire universe. The team decides to relocate their headquarters to Blanc, which will allow them to instantly reach any trouble-spot anywhere in space.

Crew

Home media

Loonatics Unleashed: The Complete First Season
Set details Special features
  • Villain Invasion! challenge
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
March 13, 2007[6] N/A N/A
Loonatics Unleashed: The Complete Second Season
Set details Special features

None

DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
August 14, 2007[7] N/A N/A

Reception

The series received negative reception from fans of the original shorts. In fact, the Looney Tunes franchise went on a 4-year hiatus when the show ended. It is the lowest rated Looney Tunes TV series, having a 5.6.

In other media

References

  1. ^ George Gene Gustines (2005-06-06). "It's 2772. Who Loves Ya, Tech E. Coyote?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 370–371. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ O'Melia, Gina (2019). Japanese Influence on American Children's Television: Transforming Saturday Morning. Palmgrave Macmillan. pp. 49–50. ISBN 978-3030174156. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  4. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2010-05-19). "For Looney Tunes, a Big Left Turn at Albuquerque". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  5. ^ a b c d e Loonatics Unleashed Episode 6: The Comet Cometh
  6. ^ "Loonatics Unleashed – The Complete First Season". Amazon.com. March 13, 2007.
  7. ^ "Loonatics Unleashed – The Complete Second Season". Amazon.com. August 14, 2007.