New Looney Tunes
New Looney Tunes (formerly known as Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production for its first season) is an American animated television series from Warner Bros. Animation based on the characters from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. The series premiered on September 21, 2015 on Cartoon Network, and later premiered on October 5, 2015 on Boomerang. The show (along with most other series produced by W. B. Animation) was then later moved to Boomerang's SVOD service where episodes were released before airing on television.
The aim of the reboot was for its cartoons to match the tone of the Looney Tunes shorts in their earlier days. This led to the characters returning to their slapstick comedy roots.
The final episode aired on January 30, 2020, after three seasons.
Why It Rocks
- It stays clearly faithful to the classic series.
- Great animation.
- The humor matches the original spirit of the classic theatrical Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1930, 1940s, and 1950s such as Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and Tex Avery.
- Great voice acting.
- Squeaks the Squirrel is very likable and serves as a good sidekick to Bugs.
- Bigfoot, Bugs' new friend, is also funny and enjoyable.
- Bugs is given several new and entertaining rivals on this show such as Carl the Grim Rabbit, Sir Little Chin, Shameless O'Scanty, Cal, King Thes, Agent Claudette, Leslie P. Lillylegs, and several others.
- Alongside Bugs' new rivals, some of the original characters from the Looney Tunes cartoons make appearances in Season 1 such as Porky, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam, Taz, and Foghorn Leghorn.
- Hilarious character designs.
- Once the show's title was changed to New Looney Tunes, the show started to focus more on the other Looney Tunes characters rather than Bugs Bunny. The second and third seasons brought back original characters from the Looney Tunes franchise in addition to Bugs, Porky, Elmer, Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam, Taz, and Foghorn Leghorn such as Daffy, Tweety, Sylvester, Road Runner, Marvin, Pepe Le Pew, Granny, and Lola Bunny as well as lesser-known characters such as Gabby Goat (in his first color appearance, no less), Cecil Turtle, Count Blood Count, Witch Hazel, Pete Puma, Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot, and several others.
- Daffy retained his pre-1951 screwball personality on this show for the first time in decades.
- The theme song in the first season is very catchy. In addition, the "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" theme used in the second and third seasons is very faithful to the original theme and is way less discordant than Bill Lava's take on the theme or The Looney Tunes Show version.
- It is one of the very few post-2013 cartoon reboots made for Cartoon Network and Boomerang that were well-done and received positive audience reception alongside The Tom and Jerry Show, as opposed to the network's usual botched cartoon reboots.
- As much of a change as it was, Pepe le Pew's retool into a James Bond parody was interesting and helped make him less one-note.
- Some gross out or toilet jokes from time to time, such as Sir Toots-a-lot.
- While Bugs often gives his rivals their deserved comeuppances, he sometimes still attacks at the slightest provocation or for even no reason at all, such as Wile E. Coyote's smart house.
- The character designs of both Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn look kind of ugly when compared to the original designs of the Looney Tunes.
- Huge missed opportunity: Characters like Beaky Buzzard, Gossamer, as well as a few others, don’t make any appearances on this show. Likewise, Speedy Gonzales only appears in two episodes of the show. Lola Bunny only appears in three episodes and Road Runner only appears in three episodes (or two, as his first appearance was as a plushie), and The Goofy Gophers only appear in one episode.
- The other Looney Tunes characters such as Sylvester, Tweety, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Marvin, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Lola Bunny, and Foghorn Leghorn either didn't appear until later on or never had many episodes focused on them compared to what Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, and Porky had.
- Cecil Turtle can be unlikable like he was in the original cartoons.
- This series marks the first Looney Tunes television series not to feature any of the characters' original voice actors in any capacity; Stan Freberg, who voiced Pete Puma, and June Foray, who voiced Granny and Witch Hazel, both died on April 7, 2015 and July 26, 2017 respectively. Because of their deaths, in this show Jess Harnell took over the role as the voice of Pete Puma, while Candi Milo replaced the deceased June Foray as the voices of both Granny and Witch Hazel.