The Looney Tunes Show
|The Looney Tunes Show|
|Created by||Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone
|Developed by||Spike Brandt
|Voices of||Jeff Bergman
|Theme music composer||Cliff Friend & 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(s)||Sam Register|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||May 3, 2011 – present|
|Preceded by||Looney Tunes (1930–1969) Merrie Melodies (1931–1969)|
The Looney Tunes Show is an American animated sitcom which premiered May 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network. The show features characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons updated for the 21st century. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
The concept of the show revolves around roommates Bugs and Daffy 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, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner, Marvin the Martian, Pete Puma, and more. The show's plots contain less visual gags, and are more adult-oriented and dialogue-driven than has been seen in past Looney Tunes shows, such as dating, love triangles, employment, and rooming.
The show also features two other segments which wrap around the main plot. These consist of:
- Merrie Melodies – Two-minute music videos (with the exception of "Daffy Duck the Wizard", which runs for four minutes) showcasing classic characters singing brand-new original songs.
- Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote – A series of CGI shorts depicting Wile E. Coyote's attempts to catch the Road Runner. These segments have stopped production after Season One.
- Bugs Bunny (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – Bugs Bunny lives a life of upper-middle-class suburban leisure, based off income from a popular Carrot Peeler that he invented. He lives in a well-appointed house, drives a compact car, and provides room and board for his friend, Daffy Duck. He spends his time watching sports on TV, hanging out with his friends and neighbors (mostly drawn from the classic Looney Tunes roster), and dating Lola Bunny (the latter under some protest). He generally plays the straight man to Daffy and Lola's various bouts of insanity, although he is not without his own quirks. He has exhibited somewhat compulsive/addictive tendencies, like having a high caffeine intake with coffee, becoming addicted to an energy drink that had dangerous chemicals in it, nearly leveled his own house in an increasingly deranged attempt to put up a shelf, and getting hooked on foods that contain butter.
- Daffy Duck (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – Daffy Duck is the roommate of Bugs Bunny. Unlike Bugs and their neighbors, Daffy has no way of earning money and relies on Bugs for food and shelter. He has tried on numerous occasions to get rich quick, but ended up failing repeatedly. While Daffy's greed and jealousy of Bugs remains, it appears less antagonistic in the show. In the first episode, Bugs openly admits that Daffy is his best friend, despite his faults. Daffy has worked, and been fired from, numerous jobs due to negligence and/or incompetence. Despite this, however, Daffy has shown to be a very skilled hair dresser and successfully graduated beauty school. Daffy's two possessions that he is proud of are this blue recliner and his Papier-mâché parade float, constructed on top of a pickup truck, which is his main means of transport. In the episode "The Float", it was destroyed by a car wash incident and Daffy sought to replace it with a yacht by tricking Porky into giving him an expensive loan for a kidney transplant. But his less-than-stellar boating skills and a fight with Porky ended that ambition. He is rushed to the hospital and revealed that he actually needed a kidney transplant. Bugs pays the money, and Porky donates a kidney to Daffy. His parade float is repaired shortly after by Porky. "Best Friends Redux" sees him becoming jealous of Bugs' new friends Rodney based upon how they met, (Daffy simply met Bugs in a post office) and how they get along, causing him to use Witch Lezah's time portal and prevent their meeting, only to fix it when he discovers doing so prevents him and Bugs from becoming friends.
- Porky Pig (voiced by Bob Bergen) – Porky Pig is one of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's friends. Despite being extremely bright and bookish, Porky has an innocent, naive quality that Daffy frequently uses to his advantage, tricking Porky into parting with large sums of money or accompanying him in bizarre schemes. Porky originally worked a boring office job, but got fired following Bugs' example. He started his own catering company afterwards. In "Dear John," Porky was shown to have served on the city council. He starts a relationship with Petunia in the end of "Here Comes The Pig". In "Best Friends Redux", Daffy meets Porky's young self and ensures that he becomes good friends with Bugs & Rodney in their cabin, finally showing Porky an act of kindness.
- Speedy Gonzales (voiced by Fred Armisen) – Speedy Gonzales is an extremely fast mouse who lives with Bugs and Daffy as their "mouse in the wall" and runs a pizza parlor called Pizzarriba. He is occasionally shown to act as Daffy's conscience. The episode "Sunday Night Slice" showed that Bugs bought his favorite restaurant Girardi's to prevent it from being closed and hired Speedy to help him. When Bugs decides he doesn't want to own a restaurant anymore, he hands ownership of it to Speedy, who renames it "Pizzarriba".
- Yosemite Sam (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) – Yosemite Sam is one of Bugs and Daffy's neighbors. He is a liar, a thief, and a cheat, amongst other things. He tends to annoy Bugs and Daffy.
- Lola Bunny (voiced by Kristen Wiig) – Lola is Bugs' scatter-brained, bubbly, obsessive girlfriend, who has a habit of speaking rapidly, whether anyone else is listening or not. When they first meet, Bugs falls in love with her, but after learning how crazy and ditsy she is, he loses interest and often tries to escape her company. Lola develops a huge obsession with Bugs Bunny that the latter finds creepy; Lola is never put off by Bugs' responses to behaviour, that include taking photos of him in the shower, spying on him late at night, and often stalking him. Later in the series, however, Bugs eventually falls in love with Lola again which started when they went to Paris in the episode "Eligble Bachelors" and Bugs manages to stop her talking for a while.
- Tina Russo (voiced by Jennifer Esposito in Season One, Annie Mumolo in Season Two) – A new character original to the show, Tina Russo is a female duck who is Daffy's girlfriend. She works at a copy store called "Copy Place". Tina is another straight character of the show, with a no-nonsense personality. She first starts dating Daffy because "she likes a project"; she tolerates his selfish and arrogant behaviour as she has a keen astuteness which allows her to read between the lines when they first meet; she works out that Daffy he is actually insecure and jealous, and that his vain attitude is really a front. Daffy is amazed she works this out so quickly, and later reveals Tina, through email, that he can't believe someone "so kind, beautiful, generous, and intelligent" would ever want to be with someone like him. After reading this, Tina is touched, and tells Daffy she loves him.
- Tasmanian Devil (voiced by Jim Cummings) – In this show, the Tasmanian Devil is portrayed as walking on four legs like a real Tasmanian Devil and his eyes are bloodshot red (later turned yellow when Bugs uses a taming trick that Speedy Gonzales taught him). Initially, Bugs believed Taz to be a dog and kept him as a house pet much to Daffy's discomfort. Eventually, Bugs learned the truth and tried to return him to his home in Tasmania only to find out that Taz would rather live with him. When Taz is not causing trouble for Daffy, he has occasionally tried to eat Sylvester. In the episode 'Ridiculous Journey' Taz spoke for the first time in the series, and had bonded with Sylvester and Tweety.
- Pete Puma (voiced by John Kassir) – A dimwitted puma who is one of Daffy Duck's friends and does various jobs around town.
- Witch Lezah (voiced by Roz Ryan) – A witch who lives next door to Bugs Bunny and is often annoyed at the antics of Daffy Duck. Witch Lezah is also a hypnotherapist by trade. The character is based on Witch Hazel with 'Lezah' being 'Hazel' spelled backwards.
- Granny (voiced by June Foray) – An old lady who is one of Bugs Bunny's neighbors. Granny is revealed to have fought in WWII. In "The Grand Old Duck of York," it is revealed that Granny teaches piano lessons.
- Foghorn Leghorn (voiced by Jeff Bergman) – Foghorn Leghorn is a rich rooster who has worked under various jobs. He and Daffy often get involved in various schemes.
- Pepé Le Pew (voiced by René Auberjonois Season 1, Jeff Bergman Season 2) – Pepé Le Pew is a skunk who is the local Casanova.
- Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner – Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are shown in short computer-animated segments in Season 1. They now only appear occasionally on the main show.
- Dr. Weisberg (voiced by Garry Marshall) – Dr. Weisberg is a physician who Bugs and the other characters often visit.
- Walter Bunny (voiced by John O'Hurley) – Lola Bunny's dad who idolizes Bugs.
- Patricia Bunny (voiced by Grey DeLisle in Season One, Wendi McLendon-Covey in Season Two) – Lola Bunny's mom.
- Carol (voiced by Grey DeLisle) - A beautiful blonde who is Foghorn Leghorn's assistant and limo chauffeur.
- Cecil Turtle (voiced by Jim Rash) – A turtle who works as a customer service representative at the Trans-Visitron cable company and later becomes an enemy of Bugs Bunny.
- Frank Russo (voiced by Dennis Farina) – Tina Russo's dad.
- Slowpoke Rodriguez (voiced by Hugh Davidson) – Speedy Gonzales' cousin who is the Sheriff of Tacapulco.
- Blacque Jacque Shellacque (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) – A tracker who is the cousin of Yosemite Sam.
- The Three Bears (voiced by Maurice LaMarche, Grey DeLisle, and John DiMaggio) – A family of bears consisting of Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Junior Bear.
- Petunia Pig (voiced by Katy Mixon) - A female pig that Porky develops a relationship with starting in "Here Comes The Pig".
- Rodney Rabbit (voiced by Chuck Deezy) - A rabbit who is Bugs Bunny's old childhood best friend since summer camp.
The second season premiered on October 2, 2012, on Cartoon Network by Jeron Melroy, in 1080i HD.
- Jeron Melroy– Executive in Charge of Production
- Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone – Developers and Supervising Producers
- Matt Danner – Producer
- Hugh Davidson – Story Editor, Writer
- Larry Dorf – Writer
- Maria Estrada – Casting (ep. 27–32)
- Dawn Hershey – Casting (ep. 33–)
- Rachel Ramras – Writer
- Sam Register – Creator, Executive Producer
- Andy Sturmer – Music
- Collette Sunderman – Casting and Voice Director
Home media release
- Season 1
- Volume 1 (September 27, 2011)
- "Best Friends"
- "Members Only"
- "Jailbird and Jailbunny"
- "Fish and Visitors"
- Volume 2 (December 9, 2011)
- "Monster Talent"
- "Casa de Calma"
- "Devil Dog"
- Volume 3 (March 11, 2012)
- "The Foghorn Leghorn Story"
- "Eligible Bachelors"
- "Peel of Fortune"
- "Double Date"
- There Goes the Neighborhood! (July 31, 2012)
- Disc 1
- "To Bowl or Not to Bowl"
- "Newspaper Thief"
- "Bugs & Daffy Get a Job"
- "That's My Baby"
- "Sunday Night Slice"
- "The DMV"
- "Off Duty Cop"
- Disc 2
- "Working Duck"
- "French Fries"
- "Beauty School"
- "The Float"
- "The Shelf"
- "The Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder"
- "Point, Laser Point"
- Disc 1
- Volume 1 (September 27, 2011)
Two albums compiling songs from the show have been released digitally by WaterTower Music:
- Songs from The Looney Tunes Show, Season One (2012)
- Songs from The Looney Tunes Show, Season Two (2013)
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Response to The Looney Tunes Show has been mixed. Though the voice acting and character designs have received praise, the series has been criticized for its infrequent use of slapstick, its lack of cartoon gags, and the "sitcom-styled" format that consists of the characters living in a suburban neighborhood.  The show, however, remains consistently popular, garnering an average of 2 million viewers every episode.
Awards and nominations
|2011||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Bob Bergen
|2012||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Kristen Wiig
|2013||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Bob Bergen
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- Looney Tunes at WarnerBros.com
- The Looney Tunes Show at the Internet Movie Database
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