Life just got a little more animated! Screen icons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are back, starring in an all-new modern comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Bugs is as brazen, sarcastic and ahead-of-the-game as ever, and Daffy, despite his narcissistic and paranoid tendencies, is Bugs' best friend and seemingly permanent houseguest.]]>
The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Vol. 1
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The humor is really more for adults than kids, as it is sometimes quite subtle, for example Daffy Duck gets some "business" cards printed that simply say "Daffy Duck - Wizard" This new version of the show is more plot based than just the random silliness of the older cartoons and centers on situations like Daffy Duck's high school reunion or Bugs making a TV commercial for Speedy's pizza place. So I think this show is for sure made for grown-ups who enjoyed the old version growing up.
Each show also has a short musical part in the middle called "merrie melodies" which are always good and sometimes very hilarious and creative, like Foghorn Leghorn singing a "Cock of the Walk." Also, as with Seinfeld, there's a final short scene that acts as a coda for the entire episode.
As someone who grew up loving the original Looney Tunes, and as someone who enjoys other more edgy animation (Simpsons, Futurama, some older Adult Swim stuff, etc.) I would recommend this show.
As for The Looney Tunes Show. . . It's an animated sitcom with occasional diversions into the surreal and the absurd, in a similar mold as Family Guy or Rocko's Modern Life, one might say. The pace is relaxed, and there's a lot of humor based on witty dialog and character interactions, not much based on explosions or pratfalls. This show is aimed at an older audience, while still being viewable by kids. Incidentally, kids would probably find Tiny Toons Adventures a lot more engaging -- and that series too is gradually being released on DVD sets.
Of the four episodes on this disc, I think the first is the weakest -- although it does the job of introducing the series, and the Goofy Gophers are used to good effect. Episode two is one of my favorites, as it introduces the adorable-but-nutty Lola Bunny, an antagonist who Bugs's usual tricks just don't work against. Episodes three and four are good, with Bugs and Daffy going to prison together (for contempt of court!) and then trying to keep Yosemite Sam from moving in with them. The Merrie Melodies and the roadrunner shorts in each episode are fillers, but they provide a refreshing counterpoint to the dialog-oriented main stories.
Some viewers are awfully disappointed that THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW isn't an attempt to revive the characters in the style of the classic theatrical shorts we all know and love. First of all, Looney Tunes Back In Action tried to do that very thing, and failed miserably. Second, this show is a TV sitcom, but a sitcom so aware of six decades of television history that it comes to us with a sly, subversive panache worthy of Bugs himself. There are knowing winks at SEINFELD's great ensemble pieces and its comedy of escalating nuisances; THE ODD COUPLE's successful formula of oil-and-water roommates; THE REN & STIMPY SHOW's unholy marriage of kidvid and August Strindberg; and THE JACK BENNY SHOW's metafictional premise of comic actors playing warped versions of themselves (in this case, it's Bugs and Daffy playing new, downscaled characters called "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" -- and it works brilliantly).
Let's remember that the theatrical Looney Tunes shorts were made for adults as well as kids, and the new show takes that outlook and runs with it. It's disconcerting but somehow logical to see Bugs and Daffy cohabitating, though Daffy is a bum who crashed on Bugs's sofa five years ago and hasn't left since; they remind me of a divorced showbiz couple living only to torment each other, but who stay together because the act is too good to break up. Lola Bunny returns as a beautiful but completely crazy stalker obsessed with Bugs.Read more ›
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Great reintroduction of the Toons to a new generation. Has a horrible presentation with the way that the DVD boxset is put together. Read morePublished 7 months ago by HiDefHerm
As an adult, I find these absolutely hilarious, and I love watching them with my children. Bugs is witty and always smooth, and his girlfrind Lola , voiced by Kristen Wiig, is a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Icelandic wanderer
Love this updated show just as much as the classics. I really wish that it hadn't been cancelled. Lola is my favorite!Published 12 months ago by trippind27
This is the worst program I've ever seen. It should be a series of cartoon shorts, but instead, is structured like a poorly-written sitcom. Read morePublished 23 months ago by archlib
GREAT NEW SERIES. THE CONTENT IS GOOD FOR KIDS, AND HAS UNDERLYING ADULT HUMOR. GREAT FOR THE FAMILY. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDEDPublished on December 23, 2013 by CELINA VILCHOCK
Not as many episodes as expected or wished for- only about 4 episodes- but all in all the quality and originality of the program is there. Love the Lola Bunny episodes!Published on July 10, 2013 by birdie