Goodbye, ‘The Looney Tunes Show’… Hello, ‘Wabbit’!

13 Aug

Wabbit-A Looney Tunes Production

Unfortunately, I just recently read the confirmation of The Looney Tunes Show‘s cancellation after only two seasons. It was a great show — hilarious, and a fresh take on the Looney Tunes characters as they all lived in the same neighborhood in modern times. The songs were hit and miss, but many of the show’s main segments were amazingly funny, with Daffy being even more of a self-centered narcissist (is that possible?!?) and rooming with the usually calm, responsible, and centered Bugs — both of them living near the homes of Sam, Granny, Porky, etc.

However, the good news is that a new show centering around Bugs, called Wabbit is in production and should air in 2015! This fantastic news was confirmed at the 2014 Cartoon Network upfronts.

I think Wabbit is an excellent move for Cartoon Network. While I love Daffy and occasionally some other Looney Tunes characters (VERY occasionally), Bugs is and always has been the best and funniest part of any Looney Tunes segment. I’ve always disliked Sylvester and Tweety, for example, and I always hope against hope when I see that infamous Merrie Melodies logo that a Bugs Bunny cartoon is going to follow it!

So I’m pretty psyched for Wabbit. Shown above, in this post here, is the logo for the show that Cartoon Network has provided. We will provide more information on it as it comes down the pike.

Good stuff!

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47 Responses to “Goodbye, ‘The Looney Tunes Show’… Hello, ‘Wabbit’!”

  1. Nathan September 15, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    The Looney Tunes Show was never really a good cartoon. The show is oblivious of everything accomplished by the creators of the Looney Tunes. These polished, spineless, spiritless, witless excuses of characters are not the ones we know. The only thing that makes this show relate with the Looney Tunes is the fact that they use the same model sheets for the characters. That is all. This show has castrated Bugs and Daffy and made them docile and harmless. Bugs is now living in a suburban house, has a pool cleaned by a pool boy. He has a wallet and a credit card and does jokes about Daffy being unable to make a coffee. The plots are predetermined by this horrible sitcom set, making it impossible of any original invention (in comedy or in animation). This show is just another sitcom. Only, instead of Chandler and Joey, you have a rabbit and a duck -who are as gutless as the Friends. In the original Looney Tunes, Daffy could be an inspector in space, a cowboy, a robin hood-like buffoon -he could be all of that and yet he never ceased being Daffy Duck; he was not delimited by the role he was given. The Looney Tunes were put in situations that they completely turned around by being characters. In this confrontation between character and role (which reflects the real life confrontation between the individual and the situations in which he is constantly subdued and who constantly tend to shape him, break him and make him comply) the character was always the winner. The personality of Daffy could not be restrained by a role. And that’s comedy: it’s all about character, about personality dismantling the situation. “(…)character is all that matters in the making of great comedians, in animation and in live action.” says, again, Chuck Jones. In this show Daffy and Bugs are trapped in the situation (it is a situational comedy, after all, not a character comedy). Now their role IS their character, thus making them unable to bent it, deny it, destroy it and make fun of it. They are no longer free of it, or free to defy it. The obey it and live with it. They are trapped in it.

    • The CWPPI Group September 26, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Hmmm.. very interesting points, but I disagree.

    • VanessaHudgens October 6, 2014 at 4:35 am #

      I agree 100%, Nate

  2. Jacob October 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    Granted, some of the episodes were rather entertaining, but I don’t see why this show needed to be created. There’s a pack of over 1,000 WB Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies shorts to watch and enjoy and the cartoons have stood the test of time. The cartoons were made under different circumstances with many talented animators, layout and background artists, not forgetting Mel Blanc and other voice actors, Carl Stalling & Milt Franklyn, any many more people within Termite Terrace.

    These are characters with histories and distinct personalities, and shoehorning them into a completely different sitcom style just doesn’t work. Why not use the resources to create new characters and new interesting concepts? A good cartoon will always sell itself (Eh, why did the Looney Tunes become popular in the first place?) – you don’t need to awkwardly slot well-known characters into styles in which they won’t fit very well. Tiny Toons and Animaniacs do a much better job in capturing the essence of the classics, and they’re great cartoons.

    As for ‘change’ – heck, some of the characters did undergo changes in their personality during the classic-era (for example, Daffy). But by the time this show was conceived, some of the characters were over seventy years old! Would you change the Eiffel Tower to attract a younger audience…? Again, why not create new characters?

    • The CWPPI Group October 6, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Hmm.. why does Hollywood continue to reboot and rehash movies and movie ideas? Same reason. New spin on an old franchise. OBVIOUSLY the older stuff is better, but if they don’t try to bring stuff back, we’d never have had DuckTales, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, all that Disney stuff, and a lot more on top of it. I’m looking forward to seeing what Wabbit is like.

    • Karl M Helm August 26, 2016 at 9:20 am #

      Yes. Create some new characters. Like a brown rooster. The All Grown Up version of Tiny Toons would be called The Acme Acres Show or Acme Acres. A reheated version of the show was almost in production but Duck Dodgers happened instead. Don’t get me wrong I like Duck Dodgers. I like The Looney Tunes Show too. Plucky went into the Marine Corps when he was 19. Actually, he was in trouble with the law and the judge gave him an ultimatum. He came back home after several years and married Shirley The Loon and had 4 kids. He still had 2 kids from his first marriage when he was still in the Marines. Shirley had married Fowlmouth while Plucky was overseas but divorced before he came back. Buster and Babs live in an old 4 storey Bed and Breakfast Inn. It has 12 bedrooms. Buster and Babs got married when Plucky was transferred overseas.

      • 4480 Inc. December 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

        This would totally be amazing.

  3. VanessaHudgens October 6, 2014 at 4:34 am #

    I HATED “The Looney Tunes Show” with a vengeance, and laughed while pointing when it I really hated the Looney Tunes show with a passion, and the funniest part about it is when it finally died. That’s the ONLY time it ever made me laugh. Ha! 🙂

    I would consider it more like a show with a stoner type ambiance to its apparent structure with its insubstantial misuse of veteran cartoon characters and driftwood plot development per episode.
    Even if they were using a “sitcom style of humor,” they should’ve kept in mind not every sitcom on TV is any good, so why would THIS have been any different if they put such little effort in it? Especially given how the material they used was in many ways BELOW par compared by average sitcom standards.

    And no, they didn’t need to make adult content references similar to most standard sitcoms to be exactly as qualified, in case any would bring up, but they should NEVER have taken away everything that made these characters who they are: LOONEY TUNES!!

    Saying not to take it seriously because it’s “intended for kids” is never an excuse for trying so little in case any chime in with that stupid common off-handed remark. That mindset is what enables for more substandard crap like THIS series and others like it to keep being formed by those hacks in charge digging entertainment down into a pit that could take years to realize it obviously shouldn’t be that way. That level of belittling thought and expectations already cost us more actively stimulating and profound franchises like “Young Justice,” “Spectacular Spiderman,” “Megas XLR,” “Motorcity,” “Sym-Biotic Titan,” or “Wolverine and the X-Men!” They ruined the chances for all those superior shows leaving room for horrid ones like “The Looney Tunes Show,” “Teen Titans GO!” “Sanjay and Craig,” “The Breadwinners,” “Rabbids Invasion,” and all those grotesque Marvel Animated shows “Ultimate Spiderman,” “Hulk and the agents of SMASH,” and “Avengers Assemble?!”

    Back to this trainwreck, the creators focused so much on showing off how modernized they were making these Looney Tune characters they resulted in taking everything that made each of them who they are!
    A fundamental mistake any creator worth his salt should never dare make FYI.

    Turning Lola into a bubble headed moron/stalker made her more creepy and frustrating. And that’s just annoying, not funny. The other characters didn’t fair any different becoming very boring with how they were integrated into the series.
    Bugs no longer put idiots in their place using his own set of tricky humor and essentially became the very thing he mocked as a carless homeowner in over his head; Daffy no longer had his old greedy nature coming up with a hair-brained scheme to get rich reduced to being only a public menace with the initiative of a dimwitted dog chasing its tail; Marvin the Martian never referenced anything relevant to Mars nor any questioning about him being a Martian living on Earth doing his trademark dorky anger thing; Taz is suddenly domesticated living as Bugs’s pet and doesn’t even spin anymore or go wild by the whims of his insatiable appetites; Foghorn Leghorn is a self-destructive mogul lacking both common sense or his own style of smart-ass tricks who would laugh at his own misfortune instead of others like his comic partner Barnyard Dog; Yosemite Sam was more of an obnoxious neighbor than being a gold digging pistol weilding criminal out to get rich or destroy Bugs guided by his wild temper; Sylvester and Tweety didn’t get an elaborate role for their feuding; Granny seemed like she had alzeihmers; Witch Hazel really had to be renamed Lezah sounding like a hip black woman? Elmer Fudd is a Weatherman, whom only makes cameo appearances now? And again, it was overkill turning Lola from being reliable to being a moron. Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and Porky were the only ones who kept true to who they’re supposed to be. The list goes on, but I’ve made my point

    This show should never have been attempted and we’re all much better off without it.

    • The CWPPI Group October 6, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Wow this show got a lot of hate! I like to see all the interactions/opinions on these posts. 🙂 Thanks for that!

  4. Melvin November 23, 2014 at 5:12 am #

    Personally, I’m glad the Looney Tunes Show finally stopped, that show just completely spits towards the original Looney Tunes faces over replacing them in a weird sitcom format used against timeless characters. The original Looney Tunes was great. There was always something funny going on at all times. The plots didn’t even need to be well though out because the amount of humor presented was off the charts… Well, when this show came out in 2011, I knew it was going to be terrible. You cannot reincarnate a show by changing the whole way it’s played… The Looney Tunes Show does not represent the original characters at all. Plenty of people saying that this show is “Great” or “good” obviously never saw the original Looney Tunes that aired throughout the 1930s all the way through to the 1960s. That was the true Looney Tunes Show.

    Bugs Bunny is not this “mature, responsible guy”. Bugs is an immature, clever rabbit who always outsmarts people. He does not own a house nor does he do anything in a responsible, mature manner. Daffy Duck is not a dumb, annoying duck. He is a duck that is crazy and hates Bugs. Seriously, how can you have the two of them living together?

    Porky Pig is not an office worker. He is a pig always trying to do something in everyday life. Yosemite Sam is not a cool-headed guy, he is a hot headed shorty who hates anyone who gets in his way. How can you change Yosemite Sam up that much?

    Those are just a few of the comparisons I can make. You can’t change the Looney Tunes and make it a Situation Comedy-like cartoon. It does not work. The makers of this show changed up the way the Looney Tunes was. They completely ruined it. Now every kid who watches this show is not going to know the true genius of the original series.

    Let’s hope Wabbit don’t end up the same, or else I might just lose hope.

    • The CWPPI Group November 25, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      Hmm.. I just took it as something different, a new spin. I know it’s not the same AT ALL, but I found it interesting. I DO hope Wabbit is better though, and that less people hate it. Haha

  5. Ruben December 9, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    I hope bugs dont always have to be the main caracter i like Sylvester far more

    • The CWPPI Group December 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      Yeah? I don’t like Sylvester but that sure would make for a different, interesting show.

  6. Nami December 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Is daffy going to be in wabbit 2015? disappointed if he is not there. I like when bugs and daffy are in same cartoon, very funny!

    • 4480 Inc. December 22, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Hope so! And I agree. Bugs + Daffy = hilarious!!

    • Frank Mionetto July 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

      Agreed!

  7. Babs Bunny January 5, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Love original Looney Tunes and The Looney Tunes Show. I can’t wait until Wabbit airs. I do hope Lola is in the series. On this note I would love to see new Tiny Toon episodes too so we can see Lola as a teacher.

    • 4480 Inc. January 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      Totally! Lola cracks me up. Especially in the Looney Tunes Show. And Tiny Toons- I just found a Dizzy Devil figure last night when I was out shopping-crazy! Memories! 🙂

    • Karl M Helm August 26, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      Yes. I’d like to see Tiny Toons done to the style of That 70’s Show, That 80’s Show, The Archies, and even Happy Days. The gang is in their late teens-16 or 17 and some even drive cars or motorcycles to school. I’d like for the show to be an hour long. I would also like to see Lola as a teacher. I’d also like to see more of the Perfectoids, Roddy, Rhubella, Margo, and Danforth.

      • 4480 Inc. December 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

        Great idea! They should do this!!

  8. V.E.G. January 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    They do not show some old style cartoons from Cartoon Network on TV anymore. Some newer cartoons does not hold a candle. Well done.

    • 4480 Inc. February 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

      Well thanks! I like a healthy mix of old and new, but I wish some of these newer shows would step it up. When they do, it’s really amazing!

      • V.E.G. February 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

        You’re welcome, y’all! Some old style cartoons are on TV and some are not.

  9. CX6998 June 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    This hate that The Looney Tunes Show is getting is the same as the hate that Man of Steel is getting……….

    I personally believe it doesn’t deserve all this hate and I kind of liked the new spin on the Looney Tunes even though it’s not what it used to be.

    • 4480 Inc. June 12, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      THANK you! This is exactly how I feel. It’s just different. People are such purists and obsessed with nostalgia. I love original Looney Tunes too, but I’m open to new interpretations!

  10. cocoa July 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    OMG!!!! I’m so glad to see my fellow looney tunes show lovers here. I have always been a great fan of the old looney tunes, but to see them in a whole new light out if the original form was great! For them all to have lives ( dysfunctiona) as they all were was a hit for me and had no guilt in buying both seasons and ti this day still watch them for some laughs and I’m a 32 year old woman and have no shame in loving this show, it sucks that this was the last season and hope the best for whay they have in store with the Wabbit

    • 4480 Inc. July 17, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Haha exactly! I’m 35, and going strong on loving Bugs and co. – so psyched for Wabbit! Thanks for the comment! 🙂

    • franny September 28, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      I am 50 years old and I absolutely loved the new looney tunes show!!!! I will always hold the old bugs near and dear to my heart but I was happy to see some new stuff. I can recite most of the old episodes and tho I will watch them whenever they are on it was great to have a new spin on the show. I think all the characters with their new positions was hilarious! Sad to see it go and hope the new show Wabbitt is just as funny!!!!

      • 4480 Inc. September 30, 2015 at 8:24 am #

        That is so cool to hear! I do love old Bugs most. Always. But Looney Tunes show was good.. and Wabbit is ok too. I always like seeing a new style/take on something.

  11. Antonio August 30, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Who ever said the looney tunes show was boring is stupid in my opinion that is the best show ever plzzzzz bring it back to Cartoon Network

    • 4480 Inc. September 16, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      THANK you! Totally agree! Although their new show Wabbit looks super promising. 🙂

  12. cb September 24, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

    I thought the Looney Tunes Show was refreshing and really entertaining! Committing the characters to 30 minute episodes and having long arching story lines was overdue. Perhaps people weren’t smart enough to follow it . . . I’m disappointed in Wabbit so far, but I hope it carries forward, even if it second place to the Show.

    • 4480 Inc. September 30, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks for the comment! And I agree, of course. I kinda like Wabbit.. we’ll see how it goes. Thanks for alerting me that it started- had to set up my DVR, I hadn’t seen ANY commercials or promos for it!

  13. Bork November 3, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    Just as TLTS was finding its footing, it gets canceled. TLTS was hit and miss, but it was getting better. Wabbit has been nothing but cringeworthy imo.

    • 4480 Inc. November 8, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      Yeah. Wabbit is weird. I dunno. It’s missing something. I watch it but it’s not too funny. Sometimes. I dunno.

  14. CindyBaker November 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    I bet everyone who thought that Wabbit was going to be better than The Looney Tunes Show is singing a different tune now.

    • 4480 Inc. November 8, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Yeah. It’s definitely not better. Missing that Looney Tunes Show. hah

      • Espy Danine January 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

        Just ran into this conversation. I couldn’t agree more. I grew up watching all the different takes on the Looney Tunes characters, and even then could tell certain animators emphasized aspects of the characters (Bob Clampett vs Tex Avery vs Bob McKimson, etc).
        Therefore I was really digging The Looney Tunes Show…. didn’t understand the earlier comments spouting hate at the show. I didn’t feel Bugs or Daffy were limited or constrained by living in the suburbs; otherwise how was it Bugs became a merchant marine due to a misreading of a note from Lola, or how did Daffy become Foghorn’s successor as CEO, all from being a muffin boy?
        As for the Wabbit show…. I dunno. I have my DVR recording it all the time, but for some odd reason I just can’t sit thru it most of the time. I’ll keep on trying to watch it but if they were to bring back TLTS, man, I’d go back to that in a heartbeat.

  15. Marsha April 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    We DON’T like Wabbit as much as the NEW looney tunes!! This is a HUGE disappointment!!!#

  16. Marsha Benjamin April 20, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Im 43 and enjoyed laughs with my 8yr old everytime the new looney tunes show came on. Wabbit is aweful and we cant watch it. We didn’t laugh NOT once at that Wabbit, squirrel cartoon. The new looney tunes caters to the NEW era. Wabbit should get the ax ASAP!

  17. Sam Daniels May 4, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    TLTS was an overall terrible show, but there were a handful of fun moments and you do sort of have to give the scriptwriters credit for managing to come up with a semi-logical set-up for a plot that sounds like a Mad Libs session gone wrong: [Seinfeld] meets [Bugs Bunny] and together they [are roomates] by [making Taz as their dog].

    I’m all for a new Looney Tunes show, but don’t know if Wabbit is the way to go. There’s such a lot of potential in the ol’ characters that could make for a good show, without forcing them back onto the sitcom world.

  18. Neduel May 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    I’m getting sick and tired of these damn reboots!

  19. Jacob May 5, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    I respectfully disagree that The Looney Tunes Show was a great show. Even as a kid I knew it was bad (not that that stopped me from enjoying it). The acting is TERRIBLE. I don’t know much about Lola but she cannot possibly be any worse. The story is really weird and uninteresting and didn’t seem to have any purpose besides stitching a bunch of SNL people together. And yeah, even as a kid I remember feeling like Lola was treated really unfairly. 3 years later I assume the show will be a little more PC but I’m sure it’ll once again be all spectacle and no substance.

  20. usman2kus November 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Well I like the lts so much especially my favorite character is Lola ,believe me when the show was cancelled it makes me so much depressed as if she cannot come back and then she returned on rabbits run that’s what I feel excited and when wabbit starts to air I once again feel depressed,without her it will never be successful no matter what

    • 4480 Inc. December 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

      You’re right. Lola was amazing. She cracked me up REGULARLY.

  21. danupondrake May 26, 2017 at 2:07 am #

    Nice post. I wish that the looney tunes show would keep going.

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