Baby Looney Tunes
|Baby Looney Tunes|
|Based on||Looney Tunes|
|Theme music composer||Lisa Silver|
|Ending theme||"The Baby Looney Tunes Way" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||53 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original release||June 3, 2001 –|
October 16, 2006
Baby Looney Tunes is an animated television series depicting toddler and preschool versions of Looney Tunes characters. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Like the mid-1980s hit Muppet Babies, the Looney Tunes babies lived in a nursery — in this series, run by Granny rather than "Nanny" — and acted out stories fueled by their imaginations.
The show premiered as a full series on June 3, 2001, and returned to WB stations usually before or after the Kids' WB block from 2001 to 2003 and continued to air on Cartoon Network from 2004 to 2006 and when the series ended on October 16, 2006, it began airing reruns from 2006–2010. 53 episodes were produced. The show is the first preschool animated series from Warner Bros. Animation.
In 2003, a series of direct-to-video puppet films were produced to cash-in on Baby Einstein. The films were aimed at infants and toddlers. Two films were released: Baby Looney Tunes: Musical Adventures and Baby Looney Tunes: Backyard Adventures. The films featured the same voice cast as the TV series. The films were never released on DVD. However, Baby Looney Tunes: Musical Adventures is currently available on HBO Max.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||13||June 3, 2001||February 21, 2002||Kids' WB and Cartoon Network|
|2||13||October 1, 2002||March 14, 2003|
|Movie Special||April 4, 2003||Direct-to-video|
|3||12||August 24, 2003||October 26, 2003||Kids' WB and Cartoon Network|
|4||13||August 15, 2004||October 16, 2006||Cartoon Network|
- Baby Bugs – (voiced by Sam Vincent) He is indicated to be the oldest of the babies, which makes him their official leader. His leadership however does tend to cause tension, especially with Lola and Daffy. Bugs sometimes gets teased for loving Lola and gets really annoyed by Daffy's name-calling.
- Baby Tweety – (voiced by Sam Vincent) A yellow canary. The youngest and the smallest of the gang. Depicted as the brainstormer, because he comes up with ideas when the others are fresh out of them. He is very sensitive about his small frame (which he must overcome in most episodes centered around him) and curious about what he encounters.
- Baby Daffy – (voiced by Sam Vincent) He is second in the lead after Bugs. Often, he always wants his personal gain. When he does not get what he wants he believes he is treated unfairly, not noticing the inconvenience inflicted on the others. But half the time he does have good intentions. He is known to have a fear of robots. Daffy is jealous of Bugs. He seems to say "Wahoo" a lot very similar to his earlier shorts. Quite frequently he has made fun of Bugs by making fun of his name and other things.
- Baby Lola – (voiced by Britt McKillip) Sometimes, she takes charge. Her independence is greater than the others and she has more boyish tendencies than the other girls.
- Baby Taz – (voiced by Ian James Corlett) As much as Taz is well behaved, he often mistakes various objects for food and sometimes breaks things with his spin. He has a sense of fun that exceeds all the others. He is also more cheeky, crying when things go wrong or when Daffy steals from him.
- Baby Sylvester – (voiced by Terry Klassen) A cute Tuxedo cat. At times, he is shy and anxious, and he makes an easy target for Daffy to hoax and trade with. He is rarely seen using his claws. He likes to get attention from Granny more than the others. Sylvester is afraid of lightning and he hates pickles.
- Baby Melissa – (voiced by Janyse Jaud) She often sticks with Petunia; the two were abruptly added to the main cast early into the second season. She is a highly practical and creative sort with a friendly personality, but at times she can be a control freak and get on the others' nerves.
- Baby Petunia – (voiced by Chiara Zanni) She often sticks with Melissa; the two were abruptly added to the main cast early into the second season. She is more intelligent than the other babies with insatiable curiosity. In the episode "Let Harder They Fall", she is no longer wearing diapers anymore like other babies but by the time Petunia wears frilly yellow training panties with a white bow in the middle and "Petunia the Piggy Bank", she learned to save money.
- Granny – (voiced by June Foray) She offers professional love and care for the babies to keep them happy. Being the only adult in their lives, the babies are fascinated and inspired by her intelligence, wisdom and ability to overcome problems when they arise with ease. Granny is strict, practical, and old fashioned.
- Floyd Minton – (voiced by Brian Drummond) Granny's nephew. Sometimes he is overwhelmed by the responsibility he takes on the babies, but he is determined never to let Granny down. He often keeps an eye on one of the individual babies in each episode during Season 4.
Several other Looney Tunes characters have made cameos over the course of the show's run, mainly as guest spots or during songs. Baby Prissy, Baby Marc Antony, and Baby Penelope appear in the songs, “Down By The Cage”, “Paws and Feathers”, and “Vive Le Pew", respectively. Baby Marvin (Sam Vincent), Baby Elmer (Brian Drummond), Baby Instant Martians, Baby Gossamer, and Baby Foghorn (Scott McNeil) appear in “War Of The Weirds”, “Bully For Bugs”, “A Mid-Autumn Night’s Scream”, “Stop and Smell Up the Flowers“, and "Cock A Doodle Do It!", respectively. Baby Wile E. and Baby Road Runner appear in multiple songs, as do Baby Pepe, Baby Porky, and Baby Sam.
In 1997, Warner Bros. Animation announced the show as an upcoming series. In January 2001, they ended production and the pilot aired on June 3, 2001. They restarted production 5 days later and re-ended production; and the show started as a full series on July 28, 2001.
Underscoring for the series was written by veteran animation composers Steven and Julie Bernstein. They were nominated for a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition) in 2006. They also composed the score for the Easter movie, Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-traordinary Adventure, writing the music and lyrics for the featured songs.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date||Special Features|
|Eggs-traordinary Adventure||3||May 25, 2004||
|4 Kid Favorites: Baby Looney Tunes||12||January 17, 2012||
In the United Kingdom, 4 volumes were released on DVD from July 15, 2013. Each disc contains 4 half-hour episodes.
|DVD Name||Episodes listed||Release Date|
|Baby Bugs Bunny||
||July 15, 2013|
||July 15, 2013|
||July 15, 2013|
||July 15, 2013|
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