|Looney Tunes Cartoons|
|Based on||Looney Tunes|
|Developed by||Peter Browngardt|
|Opening theme||Merry Go Round Broke Down by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin|
Merrily We Roll Along by Charles Tobias, Murray Mencher and Eddie Cantor
|Ending theme||What's Up, Doc? by Carl W. Stalling|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||51 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||9-29 minutes|
|Production company||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Original network||HBO Max|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||May 27, 2020 –|
|Preceded by||New Looney Tunes (2015–2020)|
Looney Tunes Cartoons is an American animated television series developed by Peter Browngardt and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on the characters from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. The series made its worldwide debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2019, and premiered on HBO Max on May 27, 2020.
In 2017, after Browngardt finished Uncle Grandpa, he met with Audrey Diehl, the creative executive at Warner Bros., at a lunch meeting. They discussed a project in which he was not interested, and as they wrapped up lunch, Pete said, "You know, what I really want to do is to direct a Looney Tunes short". She was surprised that he was a fan of Looney Tunes and booked him a meeting with studio president, Sam Register. Browngardt expressed that he wanted to direct it in the spirit of the classic 1940s cartoons. He then began casting, hiring Eric Bauza, and as an admirer of Jim Soper's art on Instagram, hired him as a character designer.
Warner Bros. Animation announced a new series in June 2018, to "consist of 1,000 minutes spread across 1–6 minute shorts each season" (despite that claim being retconned via splitting those minutes into more seasons), be released in 2019 and featuring "the brand's marquee characters voiced by their current voice actors in simple gag-driven and visually vibrant stories". The style of the series is reminiscent of the classic Looney Tunes shorts made by Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson and others. Register and Browngardt serve as executive producers for the series. The characters are designed by Jim Soper, with the model sheets copyright dating back to 2018. The initial designs for Looney Tunes Cartoons were previewed in the Warner Bros. Animation logo that was first shown before Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. The animation was directed by Joey Capps, who also did animation work on Adult Swim's Superjail!.
The series brings all of the Looney Tunes together under one roof, having already reintroduced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester, Porky Pig, The Gremlin, Elmer Fudd, The Gashouse Gorillas, Yosemite Sam, Granny, Beaky Buzzard, Mama Buzzard, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Cecil Turtle, Sam Sheepdog, Ralph Wolf, Cicero Pig, Taz, Gossamer, Dr. Frankenbeans, Petunia Pig, the French Horse, Rocky, Mugsy, the Irish Policeman, the Russian Dog, the Rich Lady, Foghorn Leghorn, Barnyard Dawg, The Weasel, Hector the Bulldog, Marvin the Martian, the Dead End Kid, the Judge, Pete Puma, Hubie, Bertie, Claude Cat, Fred Sheepdog, George Wolf, Charlie Dog and the Instant Martians as more original characters have been confirmed to appear along the way.
The animation for the series was outsourced to different studios, including Yowza! Animation, Yearim Productions, Snipple Animation and Tonic DNA. A trailer for the series was released on April 21, 2020. The short Pest Coaster was released on May 5 on the WB Kids YouTube channel as a sneak preview ahead of the release date.
Producers included copious amounts of cartoon violence and Acme Corporation weaponry, but excluded any depictions of firearms in the first season; Elmer Fudd, for example, used different non-firearm weapons (e.i. a scythe or an axe) to hunt Bugs Bunny instead of his shotgun. With the release of the second season and the film Space Jam: A New Legacy, the restriction has been removed.
Browngardt confirmed production had resumed on more episodes in 2020. Five new segments were released under the umbrella title Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special on December 3, 2020.
Jim Soper stated in May 2021 that the series had wrapped up its first 1000 minutes worth of content, with the remaining episodes to be released on HBO Max at later dates.
A back-to-school special, titled Looney Tunes Cartoons Back to School Special, was released on August 19, 2021.
The third season premiered on November 25, 2021.
The fourth season will premiere on January 20, 2022.
Several archival recordings of Mel Blanc are used for numerous characters, such as the tiny Daffys in "Bubble Dum". Wile E. Coyote appears, but does not talk.
Main article: List of Looney Tunes Cartoons episodes
|1||31||10||May 27, 2020|
|1||December 3, 2020|
|10||January 21, 2021|
|10||April 29, 2021|
|2||11||10||July 8, 2021|
|1||August 19, 2021|
|3||9||November 25, 2021|
Ten episodes of the show (all centering around Bugs) were released as bonus features for the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set on December 1, 2020. The complete first season became available to iTunes on August 29, 2021.
Following its Annecy premiere, the series' first 10 episodes was released on HBO Max on May 27, 2020, with the next 20 episodes of the first season releasing through April 29, 2021. The series also premiered on Cartoon Network on July 5, 2021, to promote Space Jam: A New Legacy.
In Canada, the series premiered on Teletoon on October 11, 2020. In Australia and New Zealand, the series premiered on Cartoon Network on April 23, 2021. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series premiered on Boomerang on June 7, 2021. In Japan, the series premiered on Cartoon Network on August 15, 2021.
The first ten shorts debuted at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2019 and were met with very positive reactions, being described as true to the spirit of the original Looney Tunes shorts. Film reviewing site Oneofus.net noted: "While only time will tell if these shorts will become classics, they decidedly will be seen as a noble attempt to bring the "Looney" back into Looney Tunes. The cartoons are manic, beautifully animated, and feature amazing voice acting. Even the music tries to recapture the spirit of the originals. Even the characters are doing like what they did in old 30s and 40s shorts".
The official launch of the first ten episodes with HBO Max was also met with positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 88% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 8.00/10. The critics consensus reads: "A vibrantly goofy return to form, Looney Tunes Cartoons is perfectly calibrated cartoon comedy". Metacritic gave the series a weighted score of 71 out of 100 based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|2021||Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production||Big League Beast / Firehouse Frenzy||Andrew Dickman||Won|||
|2021||48th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck||Eric Bauza||Nominated|||
A TV movie based on the series is currently in the works and is set to be written by Tom & Jerry screenwriter Kevin Costello, centering on Daffy Duck and Porky Pig trying to stop an alien invasion. The film will air on Cartoon Network's ACME Night block.