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Peeks: First Impressions of ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ and ‘Jellystone!’

Not too long ago HBO/AT&T/Time-Warner announced the impending arrival of the media’s umpeeth streaming service, HBO Max, set to launch in May 2020.

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HBO…to the Max!

In a press release, they listed what we can expect to see on the service: some movies, some shows, some classic movies, Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sesame Street, etc., etc. My reaction:

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OK. Cool. Whatever.

…Then they announced that they’d be showing the new Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts and a new animated series built around the Hanna-Barbera library (and not specifically Scooby-Doo or Tom & Jerry) entitled Jellystone!. My reaction:

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“OK, NOW you’ve got my attention!”

As you may have surmised by now, on today’s Peeks we’ll be giving you our first impressions of these new shows, what we think of what (admittedly little) we know and have seen so far and what we expect (or hope) to see when these shows eventually make their debut.

LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS

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“Ehhh, what’s clickin’, Doc?”

For those who don’t know, Looney Tunes Cartoons is an American animated web television series developed by Peter Browngardt, creator of Cartoon Network’s Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and Uncle Grandpa

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Yeah, that Peter Browngardt.

…and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on the characters from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. The project made its worldwide premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2019. This show is the successor to New Looney Tunes, which I actually liked despite some haters nipticking about it.

This project was first announced on June 11, 2018, when Warner Bros. Animation announced that a new series, which would “consist of 1,000 minutes spread across 1–6 minute shorts”…

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…would be released in 2019 and that it would feature “the brand’s marquee characters voiced by their current voice actors in simple gag-driven and visually vibrant stories”.

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“Hey, Doc. I’d like to talk to ya about the Looney Tunes Cartoons Initiative.”

The style of the series is to be reminiscent to those of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson, Bob Clampett and others. President of Warner Bros. Animation, Sam Register (creator of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi), along with Pete Browngardt  serve as executive producers for the series. The shorts will bring all of the Looney Tunes together under one roof, including more obscure members like Pete Puma, Beaky Buzzard, Hubie and Bertie, Petunia Pig and Cicero Pig.

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If you’ve ever wondered what characters like the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian and Taz would’ve looked like had they been created in the ’40’s, wonder no more.

Cicero Pig? Now, that’s obscure. AFAIK, He’s never appeared outside of the comics. No mention of Lola, but I hope she shows up as well, along with Witch Hazel. A man can dream.

On June 12, 2019, a short titled “Dynamite Dance” served as a trailer for the series starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Roll the clip!

Now I’m not normally one to gush, but what I’ve seen of these cartoons so far is simply…

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I am in freaking LOVE with the designs and aesthetics of these shorts. Everything just…pops! The colors are bright. The shadows, the light, the buoyancy.  The characters are just bursting with life; they look like they could jump off the screen and starting running amok in your living room at any given moment.

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Plus the artists captured the 40’s look and feel perfectly. If these cartoons didn’t look so shiny and new, I’d swear that they were actual classic shorts that got lost in the vault somewhere. If Wabbit/New Looney Tunes had looked like these shorts (though I know  the amount of money required to produce animation of this quality for a weekly TV series would’ve bankrupted a Saudi Arabian king) the show would’ve had far fewer detractors.

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And fans rejoice! The mayhem is back! Bombs! Anvils! Props! Squash-and-stretch physics! Solving problems with dynamite! WB listened to fans complaining about the absence of good old-fashioned cartoon chaos from The Looney Tunes Show and brought it back in spades. We wanted the slapstick back, and now we’ve got it. And the skies are ripe with love.

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Plus it looks like we’ll be getting some classic WB team-ups, like Bugs and Elmer (a combo that was curiously lacking on The Looney Tunes Show and Wabbit/New Looney Tunes)…

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…And Porky & Daffy. Cool, I’m definitely on board. But you know what we’re really happy to see? The triumphant return of this guy:

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“Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!”

Remember this toon? The “crazy darn fool duck”? The black-feathered nut case who’s so crazy, he just doesn’t give a darn? Well, he has returned! The re-appearance of manic Daffy Duck on New Looney Tunes was not, repeat, NOT a fluke. This series already sold me the second I saw this:

 

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YES!! My guy is back! We’ve elaborated on this here before, so I’ll keep it brief, but I can’t begin to say how happy I am to see that WB isn’t finished with OG insane Daffy Duck. I’ve had to endure the jealous, selfish, greedy jerk version of this character for soooo long that I was beginning to lose hope of ever seeing screwloose Daffy again, but he’s still here, and I hope he stays around for a loooong while, perhaps permanently.

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No offense to Chuck Jones, but I’ve always preferred nut-job Daffy to his take. Just keeping it 100.

Now I’m OK with the classic pairings, but one thing (among others, I thought) that New Looney Tunes got very right was that they weren’t afraid to mix things up, pair off characters who didn’t usually interact much, if at all, like Foghorn and Taz or Elmer and Porky or Tweety and Sylvester with Speedy Gonzales, Gabby Goat, Pet Puma, Marc Antony and Claude Cat (seriously, somebody at Warner Bros. remembered the character of Claude Cat!). I hope the producers of these shorts don’t shy away from mixing up the character combinations; that keeps things fresh and interesting. Also don’t be afraid to put new spins on established characters like how NLT gave the bland character of Sniffles a shot in the arm by giving him a vigilante alter ego in the form of Dark Bat:

And I may be alone with this, but I also hope we haven’t seen the last of some of the new characters created for Wabbit/NLT, such as Squeaks the Squirrel…

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You’re free to disagree, but I thought Squeaks made a decent sidekick for Bugs; aside from team-ups or crossovers, Bugs is usually alone, so a character like Squeaks is good because he gives Bugs someone to bounce lines off of and have his back when he inevitably starts cooking up some deviltry.

I also wouldn’t mind seeing other NLT characters like Leslie P. Lilylegs, King Thes and Rhoda Roundhouse.

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Just not Bigfoot. Sorry, but I found him to be irritatingly moronic and annoying. I personally don’t need to see him come back, and I take back the ‘sorry’ part.

-So yeah, I’m definitely digging what I’ve seen of Looney Tunes Cartoons. If they can keep up the quality of what I’ve seen of these cartoons so far as well as implement the stuff I mentioned above…

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…I’m gonna be a happy camper. Now, onto the other HBO Max cartoon that got us curious.

JELLYSTONE!

Jellystone! is an upcoming animated series for streaming service HBO Max, which is set to launch in May 2020. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. C.H. Greenblatt, known for  the series Chowder and Harvey Beaks, and Sam Register will both serve as executive producers.

The series will star many Hanna-Barbera characters, similar to shows like Yogi’s Gang and Laff-a-Lympics, living life in the town of Jellystone. While many living in the town work and play and get along together, there is always gonna be trouble happening for one another.

-OK, that could be cool. Sounds like it could be fun. The idea of a plethora of Hanna-Barbera stars taking up residence in a single area reminds me of Marvels’ Super Hero Squad Show, but with H-B characters. I’m down with the concept, and C. H. Greenblatt can be funny when he has a good concept, so sure. Let’s have a look at this cartoon.

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“Gah? Ahhh! AAAAAHHHHH! It Burns! It burns so badly!!”

I know I give some folks a hard time for pre-judging a show just by a few images, but these initial designs are AWFUL. To their credit, you can still easily tell who the characters are supposed to be, but these designs look hideously amateurish to be used on a show put out by a major studio for a multi-million dollar streaming service. They look like a 6-year-old child drew these characters with their crayons, and I’ve seen more talented 6-year-old children. I really hope that these are just first drafts and the designs get more refined, polished and improved upon by the time the show make its’ debut.

Not only are these designs super-crude looking, but the characters look so…stupid. As in low-IQ individuals. Seriously, why do they look so derpy? Most of them have these dopey expressions plastered on their faces, making them look like they’d have trouble walking around a tree. Top Cat looks freaking stoned, like he got trapped in a warehouse full of marijuana and had to smoke his way to freedom.

Look at this image of Yogi:

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Yogi Bear has never had a Charles Atlas physique, but he’s never been this round and fat. He looks less like a bear and more like an anthropomorphic meatball with a head, arms and legs.

And how about this screen cap of Magilla Gorilla?

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OK, points for including him. ’cause he’s always been kind of an obscure H-B character, but again, that face: derp-derp. Same deal with Mildew Wolf here:

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OK, this one doesn’t look too bad, but then we come to pics like this one:

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Gah! There it is again! That whole ‘derp-derp’ thing I mentioned earlier. Look, I’m really trying not to pre-judge this show too harshly, since I do like the idea behind it and I haven’t seen the characters put through the processes of animation nor have I seen any backgrounds, but some of these renderings are ugly with a capital UGH. In addition to many of them looking so moronic that they should be wearing T-shirts reading ‘I’D RATHER BE DROOLING’, there’s no heft to these characters; they all look so flat; there’s no feeling of weight to any of them. No shadows or light. Nothing. How could the same studio that produced something so awesome looking as Looney Tunes Cartoons be okay with putting out something like these cheeseball designs? The ‘classic’ H-B designs looked like Matisse paintings compared to these doodles.

And those long eyelashes on Jabberjaw? Why, just why?? Is Jabberjaw a female shark in this or what?

Speaking of females, there’s one thing we really hope gets addressed on Jellystone!: Namely, the glaring lack of female characters. I really hope Cindy Bear isn’t the only female inhabitant of Jellystone. Even if the producers have to make up a bunch of OCs, that’s preferable to Smurfette Syndrome. Jason had an idea: if you want another female character, since Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy are on this show, why not show us Augie’s mom as a character? That’s something they’ve never done before. I say why not? Disney recently did the unthinkable by making Huey, Dewey and Louie’s mom Della Duck into a character…

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And the fans ate it up. So why not? Go for it, I say.

-Character designs aside, I am remaining cautiously optimistic for Jellystone!. If the show’s funny then that’ll make up for the less-than-stellar artwork and designs. On a final note: I noticed that one of the characters in the title card was Captain Caveman; does this mean that we could be seeing other H-B characters besides the 60’s ‘funny animal’ characters, like the Impossibles, the Chan Clan, Hong Kong Phooey, Space Ghost, the Galaxy Trio, the Teen Angels et al? That could be a hoot to see. Apart from this and the upcoming feature Scoob!

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…Whose art, designs and animations actually look GOOD, just pointing that out…

…It seems that Warner Brothers Animation is really trying to create a Hanna Barbera Shared Universe. (And as a point of interest, Captain Caveman is supposed to appear in Scoob! as well, voiced by Tracy Morgan, of all people. OK, I want to go see this movie for that alone.) C.H. Greenblatt claims he’ll be “digging deep” for obscure characters for Jellystone!; he also says that he’ll be canonizing Yo, Yogi! in some form for this show. I’m fine with that…

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Just make it absolutely nothing like its’ predecessor, and we’re good!

64 Comments

  1. I wonder if Magilla Gorilla will speak in Jellystone. When he appeared in episode 3 of Scooby Doo And Guess Who, he only made regular gorilla noises. Frank Welker has a good range for characters who speak (whether human or animal), so he could have easily done a good voice for him.

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    • silverstar

      I’ve never seen Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?; didn’t know Magilla appeared in that. I can’t say for sure, obviously, but given that Jellystone! is full of talking animals, it wouldn’t be a shock if Magilla spoke in it. I just really hope the art and character designs get cleaned up, if not completely remade, by the time this series becomes set to air. I’m really trying not to be so lookist, but these designs just aren’t very good, especially when compared to the epic artwork of Looney Tunes Cartoons. We’re talking serious ‘silk purse VS sow’s ear’ business here.

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  2. Regarding Jellystone: To be fair, those character drawings are just early sketches. We’ve haven’t seen the finished animation yet and most of those sketches have no backgrounds. C.H. Greeblatt’s drawing style was never “classical”. When I first saw Chowder, it looked to me like the cartoons that aired in between the live action skits on Sesame Street. If Jellystone is really funny and the stories are well written, I might be able to tolerate how the characters look. I just hope that this will be better than Yo, Yogi!, and I also hope that there will be some female characters on the show that aren’t just secondary love interest characters like Cindy Bear.

    As for Looney Tunes Cartoons: What can I say? It looks fantastic! It’ll be worth subscribing to HBO Max for that reason alone. I think that this is what fans wanted The Looney Tunes Show and Wabbit!/New Looney Tunes to be, although it’s worth mentioning that I didn’t hate either show. I enjoyed New Looney Tunes and while I didn’t love TLTS, I didn’t have the hate boner for it that a lot of people on the internet did.

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  3. It’s a minor thing, but it’s interesting. At around 3:30 in this video, Eric Bauza mentioned that this isn’t the only time he auditioned for Bugs Bunny. He also auditioned for him on The Looney Tunes Show, though he ended up being cast as Marvin The Martian.

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  4. https://mobile.twitter.com/hbomax/status/1252585246593179648

    Here’s a trailer for Looney Tunes Cartoons. The show comes out May 27.

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  5. silverstar

    But…but, Bugs’ gloves are yellow instead of white. Worst show ever! Zero stars!

    Just kidding. Seriously, I’m liking what I’m seeing so far; normally I wouldn’t consider subscribing to a streaming service for just one show, but I’m thinking of subscribing to HBO Max for this.

    Hopefully we can finally get to see some footage of Jellystone! soon. I still don’t like the art style, but maybe it’ll look better to me when put through the process of animation. I’ll be able to overlook the derpy character designs if the show is funny and well-written.

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  6. silverstar

    Just a quick heads-up: according to the producers, Pepe LePew and Speedy Gonzalez will not be appearing on Looney Tunes Cartoons. They’re on some kind of ‘no-no list’, apparently. Odd, since both characters appeared on The Looney Tunes Show and New Looney Tunes.

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  7. While the show doesn’t officially come out until May 27, you can watch this short here. It’s about 5 and a half minutes in length.

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  8. silverstar

    I just pre-ordered HBO Max today, so when the service launches we’ll be able to see these shorts in their entirety. Maybe we’ll do a Cartoon Country or a What The Funny on Looney Tunes Cartoons somewhere down the line.

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  9. Another short came out on YouTube, this one being under 3 minutes. Like the previous short, the credits are in the description.

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    • I’m liking what I’m seeing of these shorts so far. We’ll likely be doing a more detailed dig into Looney Tunes Cartoons when the series proper launches after the 27th. That will be covered in Cartoon Country or perhaps we could even cover it as a mini series on What The Funny, under the right circumstances. Of course, I’ll have to finish the Regular Show mini series that I started back in 2018 (!) first, but that’s coming. Please be patient.

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  10. silverstar

    SlashFilm.com has a review of Looney Tunes Cartoons, viz:
    https://www.slashfilm.com/hbo-max-new-looney-tunes-cartoons-review/

    -I agree with the author for the most part, save for 2 small points:

    1. I completely disagree with the author’s assessment of New Looney Tunes; I thought it came pretty darn close to capturing the manic energy of the original shorts while at the same time bringing the characters into the 21st century. I liked New Looney Tunes; I don’t care what the internet says.

    2. His point about the new voices sounding “off”. C’mon, man. That’s so nitpicky. Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, June Foray and Arthur Q. Bryan have all passed on, there’s no way we’re ever going to get a 100% reiteration of their vocalizations short of splicing and editing together their every spoken syllable from the original cartoons or black magic. Do Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza sound exactly like Mel Blanc? No, but no 2 human beings have the exact same voice, so who was really expecting them to? You can still instantly recognize their impressions as Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Elmer, Sam, Granny, Sylvester, Tweety, Marvin et al, so what’s the problem?

    Look, we’re never going to get a complete, flawless and indistinguishable rehashing of the original Warner Bros. shorts, because that’s simply not possible, the boys from Termite Terrace are gone and their work can never be totally replicated, just like how there will never be another Elvis, another Beatles or another Woodstock, but that doesn’t mean that new artists, producers can’t or shouldn’t try to do new things with the characters, nor does it mean that they can’t be good in their own right. It should only matter if the new material is good. Quality should be what matters, not whether or not it’s a mirror image of what the original artists did. Let’s try to see the forest for the trees here.

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  11. Two new shorts premiered today on Facebook. Here’s the complete stream.

    Also, since it’s not here yet (it’s been online for a while), here’s Tunnel Vision.

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    • We’ve seen those already, but thanks. I especially liked “Bubble Dum”.

      Honestly, this is what “The Looney Tunes Show” should have been. I liked the half hour stories OK, but these characters work best in shorts. They just don’t lend themselves to 22 minute plots, for the most part.

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      • It’s interesting you mention The Looney Tunes Show given how Matt Danner (director on Mucha Lucha and Xiaolin Showdown and later known for Muppet Babies 2018 and Legend Of The Three Caballeros) was the one who originally developed the show back when it was called Laff Riot (in the finalized version of the show, he’s a director and storyboard artist). He even kick-started Eric Bauza’s career for the Looney Tunes (probably helped by how the two have been best friends for over 20 years). Interestingly, I’ve seen more love for The Looney Tunes Show in recent years because of how it wasn’t completely trying to emulate the original shorts (I’ve seen on Twitter and YouTube more positive things to say about the show recently).

        https://mobile.twitter.com/MattyDanner/status/1264376863029248002

        https://mobile.twitter.com/MattyDanner/status/1264380475839148032

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      • I know this is mainly about Looney Tunes Cartoons, but it’s interesting to note. Recently, the intro for Laff Riot was leaked online. It also sounds like Bugs would’ve been voiced by Joe Alaskey (Mel Blanc’s 2nd successor) rather than Jeff Bergman (his 1st successor).

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  12. Pete Browngardt said how, when they pitched Looney Tunes Cartoons, they showed many of the original shorts to a test audience of kids, and never told them they were decades old. They liked them. This reminds me of how Nickelodeon thought Legend Of Korra would be a flop with boys since it starred a girl until they saw a test audience of boys liking her.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2020/05/25/hbo-max-brings-back-bugs-bunny-and-the-looney-tunes-gang-in-classic-style/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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  13. There’s apparently controversy on Elmer Fudd not using guns in this series (even though he and Yosemite Sam haven’t used them in years).

    https://mobile.twitter.com/thehill/status/1269446236685455360

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AGuyWhoDraws/status/1269629604685246465

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    • Yep. This “shocking headline” has been popping up on my news feeds constantly this past weekend. Damon just posted a microblog commentary about this on our Tumblr page.

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      • Plus given what Michael Ruocco (who worked on Wabbit/New Looney Tunes and Looney Tunes Cartoons) said on his Twitter regarding shootings and all that and when the show’s production started, not using guns here is not a surprise. Plus, it’s not like it’s the only time WB didn’t use firearms in one of its shows (Beware The Batman was being developed when the Aurora movie theater shooting happened, and the realistic firearms were retooled to be more sci fi looking).

        Also, related to that Tumblr post, Panchito on Legend Of The Three Caballeros once again didn’t have a gun. He instead used a lasso. Again, those who saw the show didn’t complain.

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      • Someone on Twitter said about that “Taking away Elmer’s rifle is like taking spinach away from Popeye!” Ah, no, it isn’t. Nobody ever went on a killing spree after eating raw spinach straight from the can, so it’s really not the same thing at all, now is it?

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  14. Here’s a little something for Bugs Bunny since he turns 80.

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    • silverstar

      Nice. One thing I liked about this is how Daffy is just being a nut-ball here, not in any way expressing jealousy towards Bugs; it was Elmer who tried to trick Bugs, failing miserably of course (Sam would’ve worked in this role too). I really hope WB sticks to this style for the Looney Tunes for the foreseeable future.

      Side bar: I’ll be glad when more episodes of LTC come to HBO Max; I’ve seen the first 8 episodes at least thrice now.

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  15. silverstar

    A poster on The A.V. Club offered a perfect summation of why Looney Tunes Cartoons is so good. I can’t sum up my own thoughts on the show any better than this, so I’ll just reprint the comment here:

    “It turns out after decades of WB trying to figure out what to do with the Looney Tunes characters, the answer was “make cartoons like the ones that made people love these characters in the first place.” They don’t need to be superheroes, they don’t need to be sitcom characters, they don’t need to be babies, they just need to be assholes that beat the hell out of each other in comical ways with lots of sight-gags. Whodathunk?”

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  16. LTC is getting a second season!

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    • silverstar

      Good news, obviously, but I thought that was a far gone conclusion. Perhaps I misunderstood, but I thought they already had 1000 minutes in the can, so a second season was a no-brainer. Still, that’s great to hear, because I’ve seen the 10 episodes they’ve made so far at least 3 or 4 times now. Hope we’ll get the new ones soon.

      Interestingly, I haven’t heard squat about Jellystone! in the past few months. Is that even still happening?

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    • I figured as much. Eleven minute shorts is the usual length of time for comedy cartoons.

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      • silverstar

        In all the time it’s taking for the show to debut, I hope one of the things the artists are working on is improving the character designs. I don’t mean to keep harping on about that, but with all of Warner Media’s money, you’d think they could produce better, more refined looking designs than those derpy looking doodles. I know 60’s era Hanna-Barbera animation has never resembled Disney or anything, but they looked better than those things.

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  17. Looney Tunes Cartoons will have a holiday special on December 3 called Bugs Bunny’s 24 Carrot Holiday Special. With this special, it will have been at least 6 months since the first batch of shorts.

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    • silverstar

      Great! I’ve been waiting for more original episodes; I’ve seen the first batch a few times now. Also it looks like they’re doing a selection of shorts instead of one giant story.

      -Was that someone else voicing Taz? That didn’t sound like Jim Cummings.

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      • Fred Tatasciore is his new voice actor. I’m assuming he took over the role for the same reason he took over as Yosemite Sam, when the previous voice actor (Jim Cummings for Taz and Maurice LaMarche for Sam) had their voices strained.

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  18. silverstar

    Could be, that sounds plausible. Mr. Cummings has been voicing Taz for at least 20 years; if he wants to step down he’s earned the right to, and Fred Tatasciore is indeed a talented voice actor.

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  19. This clip for the Christmas special came out.

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  20. Two more clips for the Christmas special were released .

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  21. Melody Iza’s twitter says that she’s working on Jellystone.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Izaart/status/1342943790055624704

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  22. Here’s a 30 second trailer for new episodes of Looney Tunes Cartoons.

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  23. New episodes of Looney Tunes Cartoons come out on April 29.

    https://pressroom.warnermedia.com/us/media-release/hbo-max-highlights-april-2021

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  24. Here are some clips from new episodes of Looney Tunes Cartoons coming out tomorrow.

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  25. Here’s a message from Jim Soper, the character designer for Looney Tunes Cartoons.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JimSoper4/status/1395928907732426752

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    • silverstar

      Just to show you how in the loop I am, I had no idea there was any confusion of furor over this until you posted this comment.

      Real talk: I enjoy Looney Tunes Cartoons immensely, and I really wish there were more shows like this out now: well-made, meticulously constructed, genuinely entertaining shows which don’t pander to their audience, aren’t interested in being hip and cool and above all, are just plain fun. I try to give everything a fair shake, but I just don’t have the stomach for stuff like Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Owl House, Amphibia and OK K.O.: Let’s Be Heroes! Most of these new artists coming up grew up on anime, and now they all want to make the next Avatar: The Last Airbender or whatever. That’s fine if that’s what you’re into, but not everybody wants that. For me, shows like that more often than not reek of coming from pretentious arthouse hipsters who think every idea they have must be brilliant, their heads rammed so far up their own asses that they can smell what they had for dinner the previous night. Maybe I’m just showing my age (as I literally grew up in a different time than many of today’s artists), but sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who just wants to see a good, fun cartoon that makes me laugh and feel good and doesn’t have some evil mustache-twirling Bid Bad pulling strings and some big world-ending event going on the background. Not everything needs to be serious and serialized.

      And don’t get me started on the bulk of [adult swim]’s stuff like that Smiling Friends or whatever it is that’s coming out; crudely drawn, fiercely ugly stoner-riffic meme humor that you have to be 15 years old, or stoned out of your gourd, or both, to appreciate.

      OK, that was a lot, but yeah, shows like LTC are rare gems indeed.

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  26. Jeff Bergman responded to someone on Instagram last month where he said that production on Jellystone is almost done.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/animatedplus/status/1400895491412430848

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  27. Teletoon is premiering Jellystone in the Fall. Hopefully, this means the HBO Max premiere shouldn’t be too far behind.

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    • I was wondering when Jellystone would be making it’s HBO Max debut. Here’s hoping that WB has polished those character designs by now. When you mentioned Tom & Jerry in New York, I thought that you meant the recent animated/live action hybrid movie, but this is a new animated series that’s coming to HBO Max. Funny how I haven’t heard about this before today.

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  28. Starting Monday July 5, Looney Tunes Cartoons will air on Cartoon Network every morning at 9:00.

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    • Personally, I think that a night time airing (say 8 PM or 9 PM) would have been better, but if it gets more eyeballs glued to the screen, then it’s a good move. More people should be seeing Looney Tunes Cartoons, especially those LT/MM fans who were disappointed by New Looney Tunes, although I personally thought that show was pretty good. Not perfect, but not as bad as people made it out to be. Also, I think that Warner Brothers could have resurrected the “Laff Riot” title for distinctiveness, but whatever works.

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  29. Jellystone comes out July 29 on HBO Max.

    Also, I tried posting earlier, but the comment didn’t go through. Looney Tunes Cartoons returns with the premiere of season 2 on July 8.

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    • Well, I don’t know why your comment didn’t go through the first time, but everything seems to be OK now. So we’re good to go.

      Regarding the Looney Tunes Cartoons season premiere: Silverstar and I saw the trailer for that yesterday. This season will mark the first TV appearance of Porky Pig’s nephew Cicero, who if I’m not mistaken, has never made an appearance outside of the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies comic books.

      And now for what some of you might have been waiting for, my first impressions of the Jellystone! trailer:

      I see that WB is still going with those derpy, simplistic character designs, which wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. I’m still going to watch because I’ve been waiting so long for this that it almost doesn’t seem real. If the show is funny and characters and stories are well written, I can deal with how the characters look. Any show that brings The Banana Splits back to television can’t be all bad.

      Boo-Boo’s voice is going to take some getting used to. I wonder why WB didn’t get Tom Kenny to voice Boo-Boo. He did a good job in that one episode of Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.

      We’ve got Augie Doggie who’s clearly being voiced by a woman here. It would have been nice if Jellystone! addressed something that I’ve been wondering for decades: what happened to Auggie Doggie’s mother? I’m not expecting this to happen, but a man can dream.

      We’ve got Captain Caveman (who we’ve already seen in some of the publicity pictures) and Cavey Jr., who I honestly wasn’t expecting to show up here. I wonder if Charlie Adler will reprise or if Cavey Jr. will be voiced by someone else.

      Speaking of female characters, let’s talk about some of the previously male H-B characters such as Jabberjaw, Squiddly Diddly, Loopy De Loop and others being turned into females. I don’t know how fans are going to react to this (the ones who are even old to know anything about them, that is), but personally, I have zero issues with this decision. The H-B Zoo needs as many female characters as possible, and many of H-B’s funny animal characters were interchangeable anyway. I only care if they’re funny. Also, we’ve got Cindy Bear (without her Southern accent) as a doctor of some sort, so that’s something. The old lady patient in the hospital scene looked like Granny Sweet, the owner of Precious Pup. If I’m right, that’s a seriously deep cut, so good on you, Mr. Greenblatt.

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      Man, Mr. Greenblatt is digging deep, Deep, DEEP into the obscurity well with some of these characters for Jellystone!, and I’m a big enough Hanna-Barbera geek that I recognized nearly all of them: Loopy DeLoop, Granny Sweet, Yippy, Yappy and Yahooey, the gang from “Hey, it’s the King!”, the Hillbilly Bears…wow, just wow! I’m also happy to see human characters like Winsome Witch, Johnny Quest, Hadji and Shazaan; for some reason it makes me happy to see that the town will be inhabited by human HB characters and not just animals; don’t ask me why, I’m just weird like that.

      This show sold me with the announcement that the Banana Splits will be appearing. Shut up and take my money, HBO Max!

      Jellystone! looks like it might be fun. I’m still not crazy about the designs, but oh well. If the show’s funny and clever enough I can look past that.

      As for Looney Tunes Cartoons, I don’t have much more to say without repeating myself: I’ve been digging them so far, and this new batch looks to be more of the same, so I’m down. Peter Browngardt has promised us 1000 minutes of content, and according to YouTuber Dave Lee, about 100 minutes of these have aired so far, so it looks like we’ll be getting LTC content for a ways to come. I only have real gripe about LTC and it’s more of a personal nitpick: I wish Mr. Browndgardt would mix things up a little. By that I mean I’d like to see more unorthodox team-ups and pairings; so far, the characters all basically stick to their familiar corners: Bugs only appears with Elmer or Sam (we’ve also gotten Dr. Frankenbeans with Gossamer and Pet Puma, but in the case of each only once so far), Daffy only appears with Porky and Elmer once in a while, Sylvester only appears with Tweety, Tweety and Granny only appear with each other and Sylvester, etc. Why not mix things up sometimes and give us team-ups wo don’t normally see? New Looney Tunes wasn’t afraid to mix things up, and some of those shorts were great (“Tweet Team” is a must-see). Basically, I want a 40’s Bugs and crazy Daffy team-up, dangit! If I can see that, I’ll be a happy camper.

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  30. So I somehow missed this. Here’s an article announcing the full voice cast of Jellystone.

    https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/trailers/1179885-jellystone-hanna-barbera-characters-return-in-hbo-max-original-animated-series

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  31. So, this morning I watched a YouTuber that Silverstar and I follow named Dave Lee who posted a video talking about the trailer for Warner Brothers Animation’s Jellystone. When the news broke that some of the older H-B characters such as Jabberjaw, Loopy DeLoop, Dixie (of Pixie & Dixie) and Squiddly Diddly had been re-imagined as females, some people in the comment section unsurprisingly went coo-coo in the coconuts, claiming that this move was “An insult to the creators”, “A cheap and lazy way to update characters” and so on. So of course, when I mentioned that this change doesn’t bother me because the characters who were gender swapped are obscure characters, many of which haven’t been on TV in over 40 years and that I don’t get why folks are upset about this, these whiners had a good ol’ time ripping me apart because I had the unmitigated gaul to not be disgusted by C.H. Greenblatt’s creative decision. “His (my) opinions are trash!”, “You don’t like Hanna-Barbera!”, and my favorite “You don’t get it because you don’t care, but the people who like these characters are upset!”

    Yeah, you’re right. I don’t care. I don’t give a golly gee hee-haw darn about this, and do you know why I don’t? It’s because Jellystone is a kid’s show and I’m not a kid. The characters in question are so low on the H-B popularity totem pole that it doesn’t matter what C.H. Greenblatt does with them because the kids watching are too young to have ever seen them. Seriously, does anyone have fond memories of Squiddly Diddly? Can any of you name even one Squddly Diddly cartoon without looking it up on Wikipedia? I can’t and I saw 1 or 2 Squddly cartoons when I was a kid, so clearly they left a huge impact on me! /s Jabberjaw, Squiddly Diddly, Loopy DeLoop and Dixie can be whatever the hell their creators want them to be because they’re FICTIONAL CHARACTERS!

    You know else doesn’t care about this? The kids watching at home, whom Jellystone! is aimed at. They won’t know that Squiddly Diddly or Jabberjaw were originally male characters, unless someone tells them. They’ve never seen these characters before, so to them they’ll have always been female and it won’t matter to them one way or the other. The only ones making a big deal about this are you guys, and it’s only a big deal because you choose to MAKE it a big deal! While you overgrown toddlers are banging away at your keyboards, venting your disgust all over the internet and bitching and moaning about how “Woke culture ruined Yogi Bear!” on Twitter and trying to start a hashtag #not my Jabberjaw, the kids at home will sitting in from of their TVs watching Jellystone!, laughing and having a good time, and if the show does well, it’ll get another season and you over sensitive edge lords will be shouting “Why is this show still on? Why is it popular?? WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS TO US??!!!????”

    In other words, it’ll be Teen Titans Go! and Johnny Test all over again. Those shows were/are routinely spat on by adults, but are both still around because kids enjoy them.

    I must be getting older because comments like the ones I read over on YouTube are exhausting. A bunch of grown ass dudes with strong opinions about a cartoon aimed at 6 to 11 year old children. Folks, just let the kids have their show already. Geez!

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      This is precisely why I disabled receiving notifications to my comments on YouTube: so I wouldn’t get roped into back-and-forth jibber-jabber with edge-lord-y assholes over stupid crap. I learned my lesson when DC Super Hero Girls started.

      All of the predictable arguments from whiners like these all stem from the same source: resistance to change. These sad, sad individuals are so desperate to cling to their youths that they view anything and everything from their childhoods, no matter how minute, as sacred and act like someone is performing an act of heresy if they dare to alter it even a little. These people don’t honestly give a rat’s butt about Squiddly Diddly, Loopy De Loop, Baba Louie, Big H or Jabberjaw, let alone how they’ve been gender-flipped; they haven’t thought about any of these characters in years, and if Jellystone! wasn’t suddenly a thing, they wouldn’t be thinking about them at all right now; all that registers in their lizard brains is “They’re changing something from my childhood. Changing thing from childhood BAD!” Therefore, any reasonable defense you can muster, no matter how factual, isn’t going to penetrate their thick skulls. They just know that their childhood memories have been besmirched (which they haven’t) and their childhoods have been ruined (again, no they haven’t).

      What these chinless wonders fail to take into account are

      1. That they aren’t required by law to watch Jellystone!; they always have the option of switching it off and watching something else, and

      2. That Jellystone! isn’t, repeat, ISN’T aimed at nostalgic adults. C.H. Greenblatt has said that he wasn’t interested in rehashing the old cartoons; he wanted to do something new with them, and that’s exactly what he’s doing. The purpose of Jellystone! is to introduce these characters to a new generation of fans. It was never meant to be a nostalgia trip.

      Mr. Greenblatt also realizes something these twats don’t: namely, that the former Hanna-Barbera studio had a female problem. Back in the 60’s through 70’s when most of these characters debuted, societal norms and sexual attitudes were different. The only female characters HB had at the time were secondary love interests like Cindy Bear or damsels in distress like Penelope Pitstop; that was all fine and dandy for the period, but nowadays that’s not gonna fly. 50% of the Earth population is female, and they want to see female characters be actual characters on TV, not just girlfriends or token chicks. Sure, Mr. Greenblatt could’ve created entirely new female characters for the show, but why should he have to? HB has a boatload of minor and frankly interchangeable characters just sitting around collecting dust; all he had to do was redraw some of them with skirts and long eyelashes. Who’s gonna know? Who’s gonna care? Not children aged 6-11 whom this show is aimed at, that’s for sure. Greenblatt and company aren’t creating a problem with this, they’re FIXING a problem that HB could’ve and probably should’ve addressed a long time ago.

      Finally, these dinks need to riddle themselves this: Warner Bros. owns these characters and they don’t have a problem with the gender-swaps, neither did the test audiences who were subjected to this show before it hit the airwaves (and these are same people who were very vocal about how bad they though the Laff Riot pilot “Casa de Calma” and the Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! pilot was). Those people aren’t upset about this, so why the hell is this such an issue to YOU?!

      And you know what all their bitching and moaning is going to accomplish? NOTHING. Nothing these people say is going to affect Jellystone! in any way because they’re not the target audience. It’s funny how some are already comparing Jellystone! to Thundercats Roar; I personally think this show stands more of a chance of surviving because it’s a comedy cartoon starring characters tailor made for comedy cartoons; it has no roots in action/drama whatsoever. It’s sure not going to sink or swim because they made some of these decades-old funny animals girls. Don’t like the show? Don’t watch it. It’s literally that simple.

      But take my advice and just don’t engage with these kinds of “people”, and I mean that in the loosest possible terms. Over time, I’ve learned to not let people with no lives ruin mine.

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  32. Looney Tunes Cartoons will have a Back To School special on August 19. I assume this is like the Christmas special, and just be a series of shorts with a common theme.

    https://pressroom.warnermedia.com/na/media-release/hbo-max/suicide-squad-reminiscence-obama-pursuit-more-perfect-union-sweet-life-los-angeles

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  33. CH Greenblatt took part in an interview about Jellystone, where he talks about the process for making the series. He mentions how there were some things he wanted to do, but couldn’t do, mainly for legal reasons. For example, he wanted to bring back Yo Yogi in a major way, but the closest he could get to that here is just having Yogi saying “yo” at least once. He also wanted to bring in a character from Jeannie. I heard a rumor about some legal issues for Wacky Races 2017, and why only a fraction of characters could be used.

    Not related to characters, but it was mentioned that there will be 10 episodes released on July 29, with each episode having 2 eleven minute segments.

    http://www.animationscoop.com/jellystone-creator-c-h-greenblatt-this-show-is-a-love-letter/

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  34. The panel for Jellystone came out. There’s a clip at the 31 minute mark.

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    • I saw the entire interview, and I have to say, I’m liking what I’ve seen of Jellystone! so far. The humor reminds of Chowder, which isn’t surprising since C.H. Greenblatt is the show’s producer. During a time where almost every new animated series is trying to be a dramedy or an action suspense adventure series, it’s a refreshing change of pace to see a cartoon that just wants to be fun. I’ve always preferred comedy cartoons to action shows, because I was that kind of weird kid.

      Give yourself a bonus geek star if you noticed in what I’m guessing is the show’s intro that occupant of the spaceship that crashes into one of the buildings is Bleep, the furry blue alien creature form Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.

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  35. Well, Jellystone is out now. Any thoughts on it?

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      Sorry for the late response; it was a busy day today, we went on the road and were running late, didn’t get in front of the TV until tonight, but we just watched 4 episodes, and I’ve got to say…

      I liked it!

      Jellystone! was a lot of fun. The characters were goofy and funny, they all worked in their slightly re-imagined roles, there were plenty of good gags and a TON of callbacks. This show didn’t disappoint. I’m definitely going to keep watching this one.

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      • What he said. This was pretty funny. The characters were well conceived and the re-imaginings of some of them were quite amusing, and I’m a big enough Hanna-Barbera geek that I recognized most of the cameos and Easter eggs. I know that some people aren’t going to like that a number of the characters have been gender swapped, but I have zero issues with this decision. The female characters that I saw here were good and I like that the male and female character were all equally flawed. Female Auggie Doggie gave me a serious Chowder vibe. Apart from this and Looney Tunes Cartoons, I don’t regret subscribing to HBO Max.

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  36. So last night while Damon (Silverstar) and I were watching the first four episodes of Jellystone, a particular thought occurred to me. It’s a weird thought and kind of an annoying one, given my fandom for particular franchises, but here it is:

    This (Jellystone!) is what The Looney Tunes Show should have been!

    This isn’t meant to be a slam on The Looney Tunes Show (just so we’re clear, I’m talking about The Looney Tunes Show, not Looney Tunes Cartoons, which is great). TLTS was fine. It was OK at best, but Jellystone takes the same idea (established cartoon characters from the same studio or franchise all living together in a single town) but did it 10 times better! Seriously, Jellystone is the show that I thought that the Looney Tunes Show was going to be. The overall tone is wackier. The humor is zanier. The stories are shorter (each episodes consists of two 10 minute shorts rather than a single 20 minute episode), which I think works to it’s advantage. There’s background music playing throughout the episodes instead of the characters talking to each other to dead silence. Plus, there were references, allusions and Easter eggs about H-B’s various shows and characters littered throughout. Jellystone! took the same concept and premise of TLTS and cranked it up to 11. The show is pure balls to the wall insanity, and I’m here for it!

    How? How did C.H. Greenblatt, who has never worked on a Hanna-Barbera project prior to this one, somehow manage to accomplish in only 10 episodes (so far) what Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone couldn’t accomplish in 2 whole seasons of The Looney Tunes Show? How?? Now I want to visit the alternate reality where C.H. Greenblatt had been put in charge of TLTS.

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  37. One could attribute the wacky tone of Jellystone to how CH Greenblatt has primarily worked on wacky cartoons. He worked on seasons 2-3 of SpongeBob SquarePants and was one of the major writers for The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy, which were very wacky. He also created Chowder (which was very wacky) and wrote on Fish Hooks (which was more weird and less wacky, but still kept to a cartoon logic).

    Compare that to The Looney Tunes Show, where the main writers of the series (Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Ben Falcone, and Rachel Ramras) ars primarily known for work on sitcoms or improv shows and sketch comedies.

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