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The Looney Tunes Show is an American animated sitcom which premiered May 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network. The show features characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
The concept of the show revolves around roommates Bugs and Daffy living in a suburb of Los Angeles with "colorful neighbors" including Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Gossamer, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner, Marvin the Martian, Pete Puma and more. The show's plots contain less visual gags, and are more adult-oriented and dialogue-driven than has been seen in past Looney Tunes shows, such as dating, love triangles, employment, and rooming.
The show also features two other segments which wrap around the main plot. These consist of:
- Merrie Melodies - Two-minute music videos showcasing classic characters singing brand-new original songs.
- Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote - A series of CGI shorts depicting Wile E. Coyote's attempts to catch the Road Runner. These segments have stopped production after Season One.
- Bugs Bunny (voiced by Jeff Bergman) - Bugs Bunny lives a life of upper-middle-class suburban leisure based off income from a popular Carrot Peeler that he invented. He lives in a well-appointed house, drives a compact car, and provides room and board for his friend Daffy Duck. He spends his time watching sports on TV, hanging out with his friends and neighbors (mostly drawn from the classic Looney Tunes roster) and dating Lola Bunny (the latter under some protest). He generally plays the straight man to Daffy and Lola's various bouts of insanity, although he is not without his own quirks. He has exhibited somewhat compulsive/addictive tendencies like having a high caffeine intake with coffee, becoming addicted to an energy drink that had dangerous addictive chemicals in it, nearly leveled his own house in an increasingly deranged attempt to put up a shelf, and getting hooked on foods that contained butter in it.
- Daffy Duck (voiced by Jeff Bergman) - Daffy Duck is the roommate of Bugs Bunny. Unlike Bugs and their neighbors, Daffy has no way of earning money and relies on Bugs for food and shelter. He has tried on numerous occasions to get rich quick, but ended up failing repeatedly. While Daffy's greed and jealousy of Bugs remains, it appears to be less antagonistic in this show. In the first episode, Bugs openly admits that Daffy is his very best friend, despite his faults. He has worked and been fired from numerous jobs due to his laziness and/or incompetence. Though he has shown to be a very skilled hair dresser and successfully graduated beauty school. Daffy's one possession he is proud of is his Papier-mâché parade float, constructed on top of a pickup truck, which is his main means of transportation. In the episode "The Float", it was destroyed by a car wash incident and Daffy sought to replace it with a yacht by tricking Porky into giving him the expensive loan. But his less-than-stellar boating skills ended that ambition. His parade float is repaired shortly after by Porky.
- Porky Pig (voiced by Bob Bergen) - Porky Pig is one of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's friends. He would often be dragged into some of Daffy's schemes. He is described as having wide-eyed boyish innocence making him easy to be dragged into Daffy's schemes. He originally worked a boring office job, but got fired following Bugs' example. He started his own catering company afterwards. In "Dear John," Porky was shown to have served on the city council.
- Speedy Gonzales (voiced by Fred Armisen) - Speedy Gonzales is a fast mouse who lives with Bugs and Daffy as their "mouse in the wall" and runs a pizza parlor called Pizzarriba. He is shown to act as Daffy's conscience, which is a far cry from the antagonistic relationship they had from the old days. The episode "Sunday Night Slice" showed that Bugs bought his favorite restaurant Giraldo's to prevent it from being closed and hired Speedy to help him. When Bugs decides he doesn't want to own a restaurant anymore, he hands ownership of it to Speedy where he names it "Pizzarriba".
- Yosemite Sam (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - Yosemite Sam is one of Bugs and Daffy's neighbors. In the sense of neighbors, he is very similar to Daffy. He is a liar, a thief, a cheat, amongst other things. He tends to annoy Bugs and Daffy.
- Lola Bunny (voiced by Kristen Wiig) - Lola is Bugs' bubbly, kooky girlfriend, and she rapidly talks a mile a minute whether anybody else is listening or not. At first. Bugs is in love with her. but after learning about her bubbly and kooky personality he wants her away from him. Later in the series, he comes to fall in love with Lola again.
- Tina Russo (voiced by Jennifer Esposito in Season One, Annie Mumolo in Season Two) - A new character original to the show, she is a female duck who is Daffy's girlfriend. Tina Russo works at a copy store called "Copy Place". She sometimes has a no nonsense personality. She first starts dating Daffy because "she likes a project".
- Tasmanian Devil (voiced by Jim Cummings) - In this show, the Tasmanian Devil is portrayed as walking on four legs like a real Tasmanian Devil and his eyes are bloodshot red (later turned yellow when Bugs uses a taming trick that Speedy Gonzales taught him). Initially, Bugs believed Taz to be a dog and kept him as a house pet much to Daffy Duck's discomfort. Eventually Bugs learned the truth and tried to return him to his home in Tasmania only to find out that Taz would rather live with him.
- Witch Lezah (voiced by Roz Ryan) - A witch who lives next door to Bugs Bunny and is often annoyed at the antics of Daffy Duck. Witch Lezah is also a hypnotherapist by trade. The character is based on Witch Hazel with 'Lezah' being 'Hazel' spelled backwards.
- Granny (voiced by June Foray) - An old lady who is one of Bugs Bunny's neighbors. Granny is revealed to have fought in WWII. In "The Grand Old Duck of York," it is revealed that Granny teaches piano lessons.
- Dr. Weisberg (voiced by Garry Marshall) - Dr. Weisberg is a physician who Bugs and the other characters often visit.
- Slowpoke Rodriguez (voiced by Hugh Davidson) - Speedy Gonzales' cousin who is the Sheriff of Tacapulco.
A total of 26 episodes have been produced and aired, in 1080i HD.
The second season premiered on October 2, 2012, on Cartoon Network.
The characters feature new designs created by Ottawa artist Jessica Borutski over the course of two years.
The animation is produced by Yearim, and Rough Draft Korea (along with Toon City Animation in the first season.) The Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner CGI shorts are produced by Crew972. The show is rated TV-PG, marking the first Looney Tunes television production to debut this rating.
Home media release
Warner Home Video and Cartoon Network announced that The Looney Tunes Show episodes were released on DVD on September 27, 2011 and on December 9, 2011.
- Season 1
- Volume 1 (September 27, 2011)
- "Best Friends"
- "Members Only"
- "Jailbird and Jailbunny"
- "Fish and Visitors"
- Volume 2 (December 9, 2011)
- "Monster Talent"
- "Casa de Calma"
- "Devil Dog"
- Volume 3 (March 11, 2012)
- "The Foghorn Leghorn Story"
- "Eligible Bachelors"
- "Peel of Fortune"
- "Double Date"
- There Goes the Neighborhood! (July 10, 2012)
- Disc 1
- "To Bowl or Not to Bowl"
- "Newspaper Thief"
- "Bugs & Daffy Get a Job"
- "That's My Baby"
- "Sunday Night Slice"
- "The DMV"
- "Off Duty Cop"
- Disc 2
- "Working Duck"
- "French Fries"
- "Beauty School"
- "The Float"
- "The Shelf"
- "The Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder"
- "Point, Laser Point"
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Response to The Looney Tunes Show has been divided. Though the voice acting and character designs have received praise, the series has been criticized for its infrequent use of slapstick, its lack of cartoon gags, and the "sitcom-styled" format that consists of the characters living in a suburban neighborhood.  The show, however, remains consistently popular, garnering an average of 2 million viewers every episode.
Awards and nominations
The Looney Tunes Show has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.