Toons & Tunes: Dueling Wabbit Themes

Warner Brothers’ latest animated outing, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production, which currently airs simultaneously on both Boomerang and Cartoon Network, isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty decent overall, especially since the show is much welcome return to form for it’s star, the wascally wabbit Bugs Bunny himself. Ol’ Bugsy is back to being an energetic, wise-ass trickster and troublemaker again, rather than his much more restrained self from The Looney Tunes Show. In Wabbit, Bugs takes on every manner of foe from tiny peg-shaped ninjas to giant irascible painters to a feisty King of the Jungle to the Tooth Fairy. The art and drawing style takes some getting used to (Yosemite Sam in particular looks like he jumped off the Spumco drawing board) and some of the stories work better than others (the shorts in which Bugs interacts with Bigfoot tend to irritate more than amuse) but overall the hyper-kinetic pace and the non-stop barrage of gags keep things entertaining, and with the promise of more Looney Tunes stars to appear on the show, including Porky Pig and a “totally nuts” Daffy Duck, Wabbit looks to be a winner.

However, the series has already performed a bizarre oddity: it suddenly and without warning switched its’ opening and closing theme music from this jazzy score:

To this more Bluegrass-ey number:

 

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“I’m a -pickin!” “And I’m a-grinnin’!”

This is not a complaint, mind you; both themes are OK (I admit to liking the first one a little more, but that’s probably because by this time I’ve grown more accustomed to it). I don’t mind the change necessarily, it’s just that there was nothing wrong with first theme and the switch just seemed to come from out of nowhere, like the sudden shift from Power Rangers Zeo to Power Rangers Turbo. Weird, right?

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“That seemed unnecessary.”

 

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10 Comments

  1. I personally like the second theme song more; it reminds me of Wander Over Yonder. I didn’t care too much for the first theme, so I’m glad they changed it. I’m surprised at how quickly they did it–we’d usually have to wait years for a show’s theme song to change, if it even ever does at all.

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  2. Check out this version of the Wabbit theme.

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  3. silverstar

    That sounded like it came from the Negaverse or the Dark Dimension or something.

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  4. CN is changing the theme song AGAIN! (Not a joke this time.)

    So I guess they change it every season.

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  5. silverstar

    That’s an impressive musical range, I have to say. They’ve gone from jazz to country to speed metal.

    Was that Porky in that clip? He looks more like his earlier, fatter self. The artists seem to be going for a retro look with the characters.

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    • Yes, that was Porky. Boomerang UK revealed a screenshot of his design a couple of months ago.

      Also, is there a way you can bring back the Recent Comments tab on the front page like the old site used to have? It would be so much nicer to just keep track of them without having to search for the old articles to see if they’re approved.

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  6. silverstar

    Done!

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  7. Rather than swapping out the song, the intro has been completely redone to include all the Looney Tunes characters.

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  8. Nice. Maybe we’ll see the show return to the U.S. sometime before the year 2030.

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