|The Looney Tunes Show|
|Based on||Looney Tunes|
by Warner Bros.
|Theme music composer||Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin (adaptation by Andy Sturmer)|
|Opening theme||"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"|
|Ending theme||"What's Up, Doc?"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Sam Register|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||May 3, 2011 –|
November 2, 2013[a]
|Preceded by||Loonatics Unleashed (2005–07)|
|Followed by||New Looney Tunes (2015–20)|
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 updated for the 21st century.
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.
The series revolves around roommates Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck living in a suburb with "colorful neighbors" 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.
The show also features two other segments which wrap around the main plot. These consist of:
Main article: List of The Looney Tunes Show episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||September 4, 2020|
|1||26||May 3, 2011||February 7, 2012|
|2||26||October 2, 2012||August 31, 2014|
|Film||August 4, 2015|
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. 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. 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. The Laff Riot pilot would surface on September 4, 2020.
As is 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.
On July 29, 2014, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a third season. A direct-to-video spin-off film named Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run was released on August 4, 2015.
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.
The Looney Tunes Show premiered in Canada on Teletoon on September 5, 2011.
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.
|1||3-Pack Fun: The Looney Tunes Show||12||3||May 8, 2012|
|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|
|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.
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.
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." Borutski said, "a fresh, new design is the only way to keep characters alive." 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."
The Looney Tunes Show was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.
|2011||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Bob Bergen
|BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award||Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role||Kristen Wiig
|BTVA Television Voice Acting Award||Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role||June Foray
|2012||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Kristen Wiig
|2013||BTVA Television Voice Acting Award||Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical||Kristen Wiig
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Bob Bergen
|BTVA Television Voice Acting Award||Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role – Comedy/Musical||Eric Bauza
|BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award||Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role – Comedy/Musical||Eric Bauza
|BTVA Television Voice Acting Award||Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical||June Foray
|BTVA Television Voice Acting Award||Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical||Maurice LaMarche
Main article: Songs from The Looney Tunes Show
Two albums compiling songs from the show have been released digitally by WaterTower Music: