The Looney Tunes Show
GenreAnimated sitcom
Based onLooney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
by Warner Bros.
Developed bySam Register
Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Voices ofJeff Bergman
Bob Bergen
Maurice LaMarche
Jim Cummings
Fred Armisen
Kristen Wiig
Jennifer Esposito (season one)
Annie Mumolo (season two)
Billy West
Jeff Bennett
Grey DeLisle
Dee Bradley Baker
Frank Welker
Theme music composerCliff Friend and Dave Franklin (adaptation by Andy Sturmer)
Opening theme"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"
Ending theme"What's Up, Doc?" by Carl W. Stalling (instrumental)
ComposerAndy Sturmer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerSam Register
ProducersMatt Danner (season 1)
Hugh Davidson (season 2)
Rachel Ramras (season 2)
Spike Brandt (supervising)
Tony Cervone (supervising)
Running time22 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) –
November 2, 2013 (2013-11-02)
Chronology
Preceded byLoonatics Unleashed (2005–2007)
Looney Tunes Laff Riot (2009 original show concept)
Followed byNew Looney Tunes (2015–2020)

The Looney Tunes Show is an American animated sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation that ran from May 3, 2011, through November 2, 2013, on Cartoon Network. The series consists of two seasons, each containing 26 episodes, and features characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon shorts updated for the 21st century.[1]

Initially, the series received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the visual style, humor, portrayal of the characters, and voice acting, but criticized its direction, its divergences from its source material, its lack of slapstick, and its changes to the characters' designs and personalities.[2][3]

Premise

The series revolves around roommates Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck living in a suburb of Los Angeles with "colorful neighbors" and other characters including Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Gossamer, Yosemite Sam, Taz, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Pete Puma and more. The series contained less slapstick and fewer visual gags, but instead was more adult-oriented and dialogue-driven with love triangles, employment and rooming.[4]

Wraparound segments

The show also features two other segments which wrap around the main plot. These consist of:

Episodes

Main article: List of The Looney Tunes Show episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotSeptember 4, 2020 (2020-09-04)
126May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
226October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)November 2, 2013 (2013-11-02)
FilmAugust 4, 2015 (2015-08-04)

Characters

Main

Recurring

Others

Production

The Looney Tunes Show was originally envisioned as Looney Tunes Laff Riot, a "true-to-the-classics" show emulating the original run of Looney Tunes shorts announced in July 2009 by Warner Bros. Animation.[6] However, it was scrapped because the executives were not impressed, and it was later retooled into the sitcom-inspired The Looney Tunes Show which premiered on May 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network.[7] The show features new character designs by Ottawa-based artist Jessica Borutski which were first created for Looney Tunes Laff Riot and also later retooled for the final series.[8][7] The Laff Riot pilot would surface on September 4, 2020.[9]

As standard for most modern animated sitcoms like The Simpsons and Family Guy, the series does not use a laugh track.

The animation was produced by Yearim and Rough Draft Korea, along with Toon City Animation in the first season. The Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner CGI shorts were produced by Crew972.

Cancellation and Spin-off film

On July 29, 2014, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a third season.[10] A direct-to-video spin-off film named Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run was released on August 4, 2015.[11][12]

Broadcast

The Looney Tunes Show premiered in the United States on May 3, 2011 through August 31, 2014 on Cartoon Network. In Australia, the series began airing on 9Go! and Cartoon Network Australia.

The Looney Tunes Show premiered in Africa on Boomerang Africa on May 17, 2011, in France on Boomerang France, in the UK on Boomerang UK and on different Boomerang feeds throughout Europe.

Home media

The Looney Tunes Show has received home video releases for Season 1. The season 2 episode "Super Rabbit" was released as part of the Looney Tunes: Parodies Collection on February 4, 2020.[13]

Season Title Episode
count
Disc(s) Release date
1 3-Pack Fun: The Looney Tunes Show 12 3 May 8, 2012[14]
This three-disc reissue for the first three volumes contained the first twelve episodes from the first season.
There Goes the Neighborhood 14 2 August 7, 2012[15]
This two-disc release contained the final fourteen episodes from the first season.

The first episode was also released on Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run as a special feature.

Reception

Critical response

Critical reception to The Looney Tunes Show was mixed. The voice acting, humor, portrayal of the characters and style received praise, but the show was also criticized for its direction and lack of slapstick, as well as the designs and personality changes of the characters.[2][16][3]

In a 2010 interview with CBC News, series animator Jessica Borutski said in response to fan criticism of the series' new character designs, that the original designs were intended for adults and that "[it is] time for a new generation to meet the characters."[3] Borutski said, "a fresh, new design is the only way to keep characters alive."[3] Cartoon historian Chris Robinson noted also that the mark the original characters have on fans is indelible and that fans are not receptive to change. "[Fans] just really become attached to these things," Robinson said. "It's just so strongly rooted in their childhood that they're unable to separate themselves."[3]

Awards and nominations

The Looney Tunes Show was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.[17]

Year Award Category Nominee Outcome
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode: "Jailbird and Jailbunny"
Nominated
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Kristen Wiig
Won [18]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role June Foray
Nominated [18]
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Kristen Wiig
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
  • Episode: "Double Date"
Nominated
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical Kristen Wiig
Nominated [19]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode: "We're in Big Truffle"
Nominated
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Comedy/Musical Eric Bauza
Won [19]
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Comedy/Musical Eric Bauza
Won [19]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical June Foray
Won [19]
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical Maurice LaMarche
Won [19]

Music

Main article: Songs from The Looney Tunes Show

Two albums compiling songs from the show have been released digitally by WaterTower Music:

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 371–372. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ a b "Toonzone: the looney-tunes show three critics one reaction". Archived from the original on 2012-02-02.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ottawa animator bashed for Looney Tunes changes". CBC News.
  4. ^ "The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1 Volume 1". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.
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  6. ^ "TAG Blog: At the 'Toon Factory of the Brothers Warner". animationguildblog.blogspot.co.uk. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Layoffs and Hirings". 6 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Ottawa animator bashed for Looney Tunes changes". CBC News.
  9. ^ When Was the Last Time Elmer Fired His Gun? | Looney Tunes Critc Quckie (go to 17:42)
  10. ^ "Frantz on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Trailer Teases New Animated Movie". Collider. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  12. ^ King, Darryn (May 5, 2015). "Bugs Bunny to Return in Direct-to-Video 'Rabbits Run'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Looney Tunes DVD News".
  14. ^ "Amazon.com: Looney Tunes Show 3 Pack Fun S1-V1,V2,V3: Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, Fred Armisen, Kristin Wiig, Jennifer Esposito, Maurice LaMarche, June Foray, Jim Cummings, Billy West, Roz Ryan, John Kassir, Eric Bauza, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Rene Auberjonis, Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Sam Register: Movies & TV". amazon.com. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  15. ^ "The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes The Neighborhood". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24.
  16. ^ "REVIEW: The Looney Lunes Show". 23 July 2011.
  17. ^ "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – 2011". Emmys.com.
  18. ^ a b "2011 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  19. ^ a b c d e "2013 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  20. ^ "Songs from the Looney Tunes Show - Season One". Amazon.
  21. ^ "Songs From The Looney Tunes Show - Season Two". WaterTower Music. Archived from the original on 2013-08-05.