The Looney Tunes Show is a Looney Tunes television series, that premiered on May 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network with the episode called Best Friends. The show is rated TV-PG, (2 with TV-PG-V) which makes it the first Looney Tunes show with that rating. The show isn't like the ordinary Looney Tunes shorts, it is more of a sitcom version. Producer Tony Cevrone stated that production of the show ended in favor for the newest reboot, New Looney Tunes. fa
The concept of the show revolves around Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck living in a suburb of Los Angeles with "colorful neighbors" such as Sylvester and Tweety, Granny, Witch Lezah, Gossamer, Taz, and Yosemite Sam. The show features CGI shorts with Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, as well as Merrie Melodies, one- or two-minute music videos showcasing the classic characters singing original songs.
The main two characters of The Looney Tunes Show are Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck (both voiced by Jeff Bergman), who appeared in all the episodes. To see pages for every character to appear in the show, thus far click here.
According to the show's debuting press release, it states The series also features Merrie Melodies — animated music videos of original songs spotlighting everyone from Elmer Fudd to Pepe Le Pew.
Merrie Melodies are one-two minute music videos that air in the middle of most The Looney Tunes Show episodes. The songs are available separately on iTunes for 99¢ or in an album for each season at various prices.
All of the title cards of each song has been the same with the song name in white in the middle of a big green circle and other green circles bordering the big green circle in the middle, until The Wizard, which had a very special title card. The title cards are accompanied by a strange, dissonant version of Merrily We Roll Along.
For a more detailed and complete list of Merrie Melodies, click here.
According to the show's debuting press release, it states This series also includes all-new adventures with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in stunning CG. The animators chose to make the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote shorts CGI, according to this article.
|“||'CGI works really well for them because we can create one environment, this desert environment, and basically just shoot different cartoons in it. They're silent characters so we don't have to worry about lip sync. Also, by their nature, they're all about speed and height, so we could do a lot of cool stuff with the camera.'||”|
– Spike Brandt
However, these CGI shorts didn't debut in the show first. Instead, the shorts in general debuted in movies. Three shorts debuted in movie theaters and were also seen on DVDs. Unlike the Merrie Melodies, they have yet to be on iTunes for download.
The CGI shorts appear in less episodes than Merrie Melodies. The Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote CGI Shorts were discontinued after the first season.
Title Card Gallery
The introduction appears at the beginning of every episode. The shot of the WB shield overshooting its mark and crashing into the screen before settling back into its usual position is borrowed from the classic 1954 Bugs Bunny short Lumber Jack-Rabbit. All of The Looney Tunes Show characters appear in colorful bubbles in the intro. Minor characters appear floating by quickly. The theme music is a modernized verison of the original Looney Tunes intro, The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down.
- Bugs Bunny (appears outside of a bubble with his arms happily folded and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Daffy Duck (appears outside of a bubble with his arms greedily folded and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Road Runner (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Wile E. Coyote (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Elmer Fudd (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Pete Puma (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Pepe Le Pew (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Foghorn Leghorn (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Mac and Tosh (appear separate in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Lola Bunny (appears in a bubble next to her best friend and Speedy Gonzales and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters with both of her hands behind her back while smiling)
- Tina Russo (appears in a bubble next to her best friend and Speedy Gonzales and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Speedy Gonzales (appears in a bubble in the middle of Lola Bunny and Tina Russo Duck and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Yosemite Sam (appears yelling in a bubble next to Porky Pig and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Porky Pig (appears waving his hand in a bubble next to Yosemite Sam and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Granny (appears dancing in a bubble in the middle of her pets, Sylvester and Tweety and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Tweety (appears in a bubble next to his owner and his worst enemy blows raspberries at Sylvester and starts running and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Sylvester (appears running angrily chasing after Tweety in a bubble next to his owner and his worst enemy and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Gossamer (appears with a awkward face in a bubble next to his mother and the Tasmanian Devil and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Witch Lezah (appears in a bubble next to her son and the Tasmanian Devil and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Tasmanian Devil (appears growling and sticking his tongue out angrily in a bubble next to Witch Lezah and her monster son and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Marvin the Martian (appears quickly in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Petunia Pig (appears quickly in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Barnyard Dawg (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Charlie Dog (appears at the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Sniffles (appears in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Henery Hawk (appears in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Hippety Hopper (appears in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Hubie (appears in a bubble behind Tweety and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Crusher (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Marc Anthony (appears in a bubble and at the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Beaky Buzzard (appears in a bubble)
- Bertie (appears in a bubble and at the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Pussyfoot (appears in a bubble can you find pussyfoot?)
- Pinky Pig (appears in a bubble very quickly)
- Papa Bear (appears in a bubble and in the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Owl Jolson (appears at the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Claude Cat (appears in a bubble)
- Cecil Turtle (appears in a bubble)
- K-9 (appears at the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Penelope Pussycat (appears at the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Sam Sheepdog (appears in a bubble and at the end of the intro along with the rest of the characters)
- Granny is shown dancing in her bubble, which may be a reference of her dancing in almost the same way in Devil Dog.
That's All Folks! is a slogan used at the end of many Looney Tunes cartoons. It has been reused in The Looney Tunes Show, seen after the end of the credits, with some versions using a gag from an earlier point in the episode.
In The DMV, Lola appears again and says the slogan in a slick tone.
In Working Duck, Daffy appears again, offering the audience a muffin, before revealing that he already ate half of the same muffin and says "It's not very good."
In Beauty School, Lola was about to say "That's the end of the show!" but falls out of the hole and crashes off-screen.
In The Float, Daffy appears yet again and asks the viewers if they want to buy a watch.
In The Shelf, Bugs appears again wearing his Nobel Prize as a medal, which falls off and out of shield.
In Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder, Daffy appears and telling the viewers that he still thinks Porky is a murderer.
|Bugs Bunny||2 (Peel of Fortune, The Shelf)|
|Daffy Duck||4 (Monster Talent, Working Duck, The Float, Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder)|
|Dr. Weisberg||1 (Bugs & Daffy Get a Job)|
|Foghorn Leghorn||1 (The Foghorn Leghorn Story)|
|Granny||1 (Newspaper Thief)|
|Leslie Hunt||1 (Off Duty Cop)|
|Lola Bunny||3 (Double Date, DMV, Beauty School)|
|Mac and Tosh||1 (To Bowl or Not to Bowl)|
|Porky Pig||8 (Best Friends, Members Only, Jailbird and Jailbunny, Fish and Visitors, Reunion, Casa de Calma, Eligible Bachelors, That's My Baby)|
|Speedy Gonzales||1 (Sunday Night Slice)|
|Tasmanian Devil||1 (Devil Dog)|
|Witch Lezah||1 (Point, Laser Point)|
|Yosemite Sam||1 (French Fries)|
In You've Got Hate Mail, The shield opens up revealing that no one was inside, Lola Bunny casually walks in and it turns out that Piper (her imaginary friend) was inside. Lola Bunny says that she looked everywhere of Piper and calls him crazy.
In Itsy Bitsy Gopher, Lola appears again twice in a row and throws a lamp at the audience (breaking the screen as well) because she thought there was a spider on them.
In Rebel Without a Glove, Yosemite Sam says the slogan before Bugs returns with his glove in anger. Sam gulps and replies that he said nothing.
In Semper Lie, the drill sergeant appears after the credits saying "That's all, Maggots!".
In The Stud, the Nerd, the Average Joe, and the Saint, Yosemite Sam asks the audience for their signatures while holding his petition.
In Dear John, Lola Bunny says the slogan in tongues.
In Spread Those Wings and Fly, Wieb Lunk appears at the end and tells the audience to never let someone say "That's all, folks!"
In Gribbler's Quest, Daffy Duck asks the viewer if they wanted a hug, noting that they need one.
In The Shell Game, Cecil is in prison and says that this is not the end of him and warns Bugs Bunny to watch out.
In Year of the Duck, The great white shark appears to tell everyone that they made the top ten.
In Best Friends Redux, Bugs, Daffy, and Porky shout the slogan in unison to end the show and (production-wise) the series.
In Super Rabbit, the outro is the exact same as "Peel of Fortune", except Bugs is recolored to match the current season.
|Bugs Bunny||4 (Rebel Without a Glove, Gossamer is Awesomer, Best Friends Redux, Super Rabbit)|
|Cecil Turtle||2 (Customer Service, The Shell Game)|
|Daffy Duck||5 (It's a Handbag, Daffy Duck Esquire, Mrs. Porkbunny's, Gribbler's Quest, Best Friends Redux)|
|Dr. Weisberg||1 (Mr. Weiner)|
|Gossamer||1 (Bobcats on Three!)|
|Great White Shark||1 (Year of the Duck)|
|Henery Hawk||1 (Father Figures)|
|Lola Bunny||4 (You've Got Hate Mail, Itsy Bitsy Gopher, We're In Big Truffle, Dear John)|
|Porky Pig||2 (Here Comes the Pig, Best Friends Redux)|
|Santa Claus||1 (A Christmas Carol)|
|Slowpoke Rodriguez||1 (The Black Widow)|
|Speedy Gonzales||1 (The Grand Old Duck of York)|
|Tasmanian Devil||1 (Ridiculous Journey)|
|Wieb Lunk||1 (Spread Those Wings and Fly)|
|Yosemite Sam||2 (Rebel Without a Glove, The Stud, the Nerd, the Average Joe, and the Saint)|
|Marine Drill Sargeant||1 (Semper Lie)|
|1.3||The Jailbird and Jailbunny||2.075M|
|1.4||The Fish and Visitors||2.133M|
|1.7||Casa de Calma||2.205M|
|1.9||The Foghorn Leghorn Story||2.035M|
|1.11||Peel of Fortune||2.244M|
|1.13||To Bowl or Not to Bowl||2.246M|
|1.15||Bugs & Daffy Get a Job||2.284M|
|1.16||That's My Baby||2.557M||
|1.17||Sunday Night Slice||2.000M||
|1.19||Off Duty Cop||1.663M||
|1.26||Point, Laser Point||1.521M||
|2.1||Bobcats on Three!||1.655M||
|2.2||You've Got Hate Mail||1.706M|
|2.3||Itsy Bitsy Gopher||1.328M|
|2.4||Rebel Without a Glove||1.570M|
|2.8||The Stud, the Nerd, the Average Joe, and the Saint||1.538M|
|2.9||It's a Handbag||1.618M|
|2.10||A Christmas Carol||2.013M||
|2.11||We're In Big Truffle||1.793M|
|2.13||Daffy Duck Esquire||1.552M|
|2.14||Spread Those Wings and Fly||1.715M|
|2.15||The Black Widow||1.804M|
|2.18||The Grand Old Duck of York||1.477M|
|2.20||The Shell Game||1.521M|
|2.21||Year of the Duck||1.688M|
|2.22||Gossamer is Awesomer||1.360M|
|2.23||Here Comes The Pig||1.322M|
|2.25||Best Friends Redux||1.568M|
- We're In Big Truffle - Nominated for an Emmy Award (Outstanding Voice-Over Performance).
The Looney Tunes Show had news dating back to 2009 and the premiere date was pushed backed many times. It was originally called Laff Riot. According to an interview, production took 3-5 years and the staffasre recording and writing episodes for the show since early June 2009. They caed voice actors in May of that year.
According to another interview, there was one stage in the show’s earlier development, where there was an attempt to make the characters younger.
Unlike The Looney Tunes Show, Laff Riot was intended to follow more closely to the original shorts, complete with slapstick and cartoon violence. The Laff Riot crew started working on a 22 minute pilot for the show in 2009,
titled "Casa de Calma". The episode format for Laff Riot (excluding the pilot episode) was planned to have three 6-7 minute shorts. The pilot was shown to the higher-ups at Warner Brothers and they didn’t like it. Ironically, Casa de Calma was used as the seventh episode of the first season in 2011.
As a result of this, most of the crew got laid off, without warning and WB hired new team members to retool the show. Some of the known people who were laid off included Bob Camp, Chris Reccardi, Doug Langdale (writer), Eddie Fitzgerald, Jim Gomez, Jim Smith (artist), Lynne Naylor, Mark Banker (writer), Mauricio Pardo (director), Mike Fontanelli, Mike Smith (voice for Speedy) and Rich Pursell. The laid-off employees received severance packages and vacation pay in compensation for their firings.
Warner Brothers announced that the show will stop production for eight-ten months and will restart production in mid to late January of 2010. While Casa de Calma was used as a full episode, the Sylvester and Tweety segments of Point, Laser Point were originally a seven minute Laff Riot short featuring Tweety and Sylvester.
When the May 3, 2011 premiere was announced, there was a ton of advertisement, including characters in Time Square advertisements, Webkinz World promotions, the White House Easter Egg Roll, and trains.
In season two, there were many changes with the show. Tina Russo's original voice actor, Jennifer Esposito left after the first season. Anne Mumolo would take over for season two. Meanwhile, there were many complaints about Bugs Bunny's fur in season one, so the illustrators returned him to his old grey fur rather than his new purple fur.
More redesigns involved brighter colors, such as Lola Bunny getting a new blue dress, Tina Russo getting a white shirt, Yosemite Sam has brighter colors, Granny has a new dress, Lezah looks more like Hazel and Porky being more pink and has designed feet. Meanwhile, there were many other overhauls in the show's illustration, and as the characters got brighter, so did the locations. Bugs' House got more vibrant colors, such as orange. Copy Place also got a redesign.
Head animator Jessica Borutski was criticized for these changes in the first place, back in season one and said at the time in an interview, that the original designs were intended for adults and that "it is time for a new generation to meet the characters. A fresh, new design is the only way to keep characters alive."
Ultimately, season two was the last season for the show. The cancellation was brought to ToonZone's attention here, by member looneyfan93. Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated! was also cancelled, because the executive producers of both shows, Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone, meant from the beginning to make only fifty-two episodes for each show, so they can run daily on Cartoon Network. Jessica Borutski also commented that the show ended through her social media networks. The anonymous employee also stated that production for season two ended in January 2013.
Two months later, Jessica explained another part of the show's cancellation. Jessica said that while the show does good in ratings, they don't have the money to continue production of the show. The show would have to be bigger than Adventure Time to bring in enough money to outsource animation.
The animation was outsourced to the Philippines and South Korea and produced by Toon City Animation (Season 1), Yearim Production, and Rough Draft Korea, while the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts were done in CGI by Crew972 at Israel
In 2020, A pitch pilot for the show (back when it was still Laff Riot) slowly resurfaced on YouTube which was completely different from Casa de Calma.
The pilot begins with a different intro in which blobs of paint on a black background form a pink version of the iconic Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies rings. The WB shield (recolored with yellow letters and blue backplate to match the modern logo) zooms in from the rings and is soon plastered and replaced the show's logo. The shot then zooms into rings passing by more splotches of paint in the process.
Afterward, Bugs Bunny (in his purple fur from Season 1) plays a banjo and sings as he walks across the forest unaware that Wabbit Season is taking place. The forest then gets darker and Elmer points at Bugs with his gun, who proceeds to say his usual catchphrase ("What's up, Doc?") before taking cover behind his banjo mid-sentence. Bugs quickly runs off evading Elmer and dodges his shots (which appear to be paint splats) before jumping into a lake.
Daffy is sitting peacefully at the same lake when bubbles start to appear underneath him as if he's farting, but it turns out to be Bugs hiding underneath who is quickly caught by Elmer as the latter points his gun at Daffy who actually farts this time, causing Bugs to resurface quickly in disgust and blow his cover. Bugs and Daffy dash off again and hop around the forest much like how Daffy did in his 1930's shorts.
The scene changes to Bugs and Daffy jumping around in a black backdrop as multicolored splats appear everywhere and form a city. The two then find Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, and Petunia Pig drinking milkshakes at a cafe named "Caffeine Shack" and quickly rush in, pulling out their banjos again and singing again before being interrupted by Tweety being chased by Sylvester, resulting in a jug of coffee knocking Toro the Bull on the head and making him angry.
Porky Pig rushes in and catches Sylvester who finally caught Tweety, but Yosemite Sam arrives and glares at Porky angrily, causing him to run out of the cafe with not only Sylvester and Tweety, but Bugs, Daffy, Lola, Tina, and Petunia as well. The gang quickly gets in the car (with Porky as the driver) and drives off as Sam gets on top of Toro who chases them down with Elmer following behind. Toro bumps the car twice and Porky steps on the gas pedal hard engulfing Sam and Toro in the dust, leaving only Elmer still following them.
Unfortunately, Porky drives off a cliff and crashes his car, causing it to explode into more paint splotches which form a forest as a black creature lurks from behind and scares them, before jumping out and revealing itself to be the Tasmanian Devil, making everyone else laugh in relief. But Taz yells at them after Bugs Bunny pets him on the head and they quickly run off as he spins through trees.
To evade Taz, Bugs runs off to the docks, hides inside a plane with everyone else, and shuts the plane door before Taz could get in. The plane takes off and Taz was clinging on to the plane itself before falling off, scratching the plane in the process. Everyone else sighs in relief but the pilots turn out to be Witch Hazel and Gossamer, the latter who throws them off and leaves them falling to their demise. Luckily, they are quickly held up by Tweety for a short time before falling back into Porky's car in the savanna, unharmed. The gang quickly pops out as Bugs, Daffy, and Porky continue their song as they drive off into the sunset. With their shot zooming into their mouths in the process.
Not much has surfaced from pitch pilot, the audio quickly disappears after Porky yells "Sylvester!" and most of the video is missing. This was also the first (and as of now, only) appearance of Toro the Bull in a Looney Tunes TV production.
Quickly after the release, the first DVD was announced for The Looney Tunes Show, The Looney Tunes Show - Season One, Volume One with the four debuting episodes, Best Friends, Members Only, The Jailbird and Jailbunny and The Fish and Visitors for $14.97, which was released on September 27, 2011.
A second DVD was announced for The Looney Tunes Show, The Looney Tunes Show - Season One, Volume Two with the four next episodes, Monster Talent, Reunion, Casa de Calma and Devil Dog for $14.98, which was released on December 6, 2011.
A third DVD was announced for The Looney Tunes Show, The Looney Tunes Show - Season One, Volume Three with the four next episodes, The Foghorn Leghorn Story, Eligible Bachelors, Peel of Fortune and Double Date for $14.97, which was released on March 13, 2012.
There Goes the Neighborhood, a fourth DVD, featured the rest of the episodes from the first season, for $19.97. It was released on July 10th, 2012.
The entire first season is on iTunes for $1.99 per episode and $2.99 per HD episode. The entire season is on iTunes for $39.99 for the entire season and $49.99 for the entire season in HD.
To date, there hasn't been a DVD release for Season Two.
Company info and logo
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. or Warner Bros. was the company in charge of the production of the 2011 version of The Looney Tunes Show. They also made the original Looney Tunes shorts and was a setting in the 2003 movie, Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The logo to the top right is featured in The Looney Tunes Show's theme song, just like in the original Looney Tunes shorts, where it appeared in the beginning of the shorts, when announcing the cast and short title. The logo below that opens like a door at the end of the episode, following the credits.