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It looks like Bugs and sounds like Bugs, but this ain't Bugs....
Warner / 89 Minutes / 2011 / Unrated / Street Date: December 6, 2011
It could be argued that bad Looney Tunes are better than 75% of the animation anywhere, and this is proven by this latest release of The Looney Tunes Show. Not the original, legendary material that was first released on Blu-ray earlier this year, this single-disc edition is the second of three DVDs that will eventually constitute the show's first season (Vol. 3 is slated for a March unveiling).
The Looney Tunes Show's setup involves one Mr. Bugs Bunny and one Mr. Daffy Duck living together in a Los Angeles suburb and the wacky trouble they get into with their various buddies (Elmer Fudd, Speedy Gonzales, etc.). Each episode is broken up in old-fashioned style with some musical numbers and the continuing adventures of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.
Being able to utilize the caricatures and narrative histories of these characters allows The Looney Tunes Show to be more than just another Cartoon Network series, but while there is definitely a reservoir of humor accessed on these episodes, the gut-level response to this DVD edition is that the magic isn't here. Bugs and company on autopilot bring flashes of child-like fun to life on this Season One, Vol. 2 set, but it just ain't the same.
Episodes included here: Monster Talent – A Zipline in the Sand, Reunion – Cock of the Walk – Fee Fi Fo Dumb, Casa de Calma - Queso Bandito – Sail Fail, Devil Dog - Unsafe at Any Speed.