Western Animation: Baby Looney Tunes
Pint sized looniness.note Baby Looney Tunes
is an animated program that ran from 2002 to 2005. Similar to Muppet Babies
, this program features baby versions of Bugs Bunny
, Daffy Duck
, Lola Bunny, Taz, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird
and other Looney Tunes
characters with Granny as their caretaker. Her grandson, Floyd, was introduced as a Canon Foreigner
, and other Looney Tunes members either make cameo appearances in songs, or they appear as a guest in some episodes.
The show is very cute and has some good writing, but is meant for audiences 6 and under, and hasn't been well received in relation to it's namesake.
- Dark Horse Victory: Twice by Sylvester, in Cat-Taz-Trophy and The Puddle Olympics.
- A Day in the Limelight: Aside from the main characters, who are the ones mentioned in the theme song (Sylvester, Bugs, Daffy, Taz, Lola, Tweety) plus Melissa and Petunia, all the other Looney Tunes characters rarely appear, and mainly during songs (Speedy Gonzales and Penelope Pussycat never appear at all). Sometimes though they get their own storylines and interact with the main cast, like Marvin in "War of the Weirds", Pepe in "New Cat in Town" and "Stop and Smell Up the Flowers", Elmer in "A Bully for Bugs", and Foghorn in "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-It!".
- Death Glare: In "Pouting Match" Lola starts pouting whenever she doesn't get her way. When the other babies start using the same trick she ups her game by switching to Crocodile Tears.
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Played with in "School Daze", where Daffy and Bugs are arguing over who gets to sit in back of the bus while pretending to play school. Bugs wins, of course. The original short is even referenced.
- Edutainment Show: Given the morals, it's not suprising.
- Expospeak Gag: This gem:
Floyd: Hey, take it easy guys. Tweedy here is simply exhibiting what the esteemed professor of pediatric developmentology, dr. R.U. kitten termed "classic fluctuation of expectatory perception."
Bugs: Uh, in English doc? In English?
Floyd: He's not having fun.
- Fat Idiot: Taz is rather dimwitted compared to the others.
- Fiery Redhead: Melissa has both the red hair and the attitude, and is usually one of the most outspoken in the group.
- Five-Man Band: The main babies form one.
- Friendly Tickle Torture: Lola and Bugs share one in an episode.
- Fun with Flushing: The main characters wonder about the toilet in the bathroom and form their own theories about how dangerous it is, while Petunia assures them nothing is wrong. In the process, they panic when Petunia accidentally flushes it, and puts toilet paper to "Feed the monster," clogging it up. They accidentally leave her in and she comes out wet with toilet paper on her. When Granny shows her what the toilet is really for, and Petunia tells them, they don't believe her.
- Gentle Giant: Taz
- Girlish Pigtails: Petunia has brown pigtails.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Sylvester when he's jealous of Pepe in "New Cat In Town".
- Growling Gut: Bugs and Daffy have this a few times during the series. Taz doesn't in the episodes but does in the song "Taz's Fridge is Falling Down."
- Hair Decorations: Lola, Melissa and Petunia wear hairbows.
- Height Angst: Some episodes deal with disadvantages Tweety has because of his small size.
- I Got a Rock: Keeps happening to Daffy when the babies go trick-or-treating, even when he's trick-or-treating the same houses as the others.
- Insult Comic: Melissa becomes one after seeing one on TV. It doesn't go well, needless to say.
- It's All About Me: Daffy is prone to selfishness, much more than the other babies, although he usually learns his lesson at the end.
- Jerkass: Taz is kind of a Bratty Half-Pint but never intentionally mean or malicious, Daffy on the other hand is more of an outright jerk, being often rude, selfish, and an Attention Whore. And he's even more bratty than Taz.
- Jerkass Ball: Often the babies will behave badly in certain episodes if the plot demands it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Daffy is a jerk a lot of times, but since this is a Lighter and Softer version of Looney Tunes and there is always An Aesop (usually involving Granny), he usually understands his behaviour was wrong at the end of the episode (most of the time).
- Taz is somewhat annoying and bratty, but is generally innocent and goodhearted.
- Melissa can be cranky and a control freak, but still a good girl.
- Kick the Dog: Whenever one of the babies Took a Level in Jerkass this would follow.
- Lighter and Softer: BLT is quite a radical departure from the wanton violence and other antics of the classic Looney Tunes, as well as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. It's an in-name only spin-off, considering how far the characters are removed from their signature personas.
- Loners Are Freaks: The babies believe that Marvin is weird just because he's shy and friendless.
- Lovable Coward: Sylvester who is timid, fearful and often lacks the confidence shown by the others.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Of the friendship variety, Lola and Sylvester aren't into things usually assosciated with their gender.
- Momma's Boy: Or Grandma's Boy, in Sylvester's case, who is easily (and ironically) the closest to Granny.
- Mouthy Kid: Daffy is the snarkiest of the kids, to say the least. To a lesser extent there's his Distaff Counterpart Melissa.
- Only Sane Man: Lola is pretty mature, and often serves as the voice of reason, and Bugs, as the levelheaded leader, also tends to fall into this role along with Lola. However both of them are Not So Above It All being still little kids and prone to childish moments like the rest of the group.
- Pet the Dog:
- When all the other babies ditch Marvin, Taz is the only one who befriends him.
- Daffy has one at the end of "Mr. Mc Stuffles" which is also lampshaded by Granny.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: All the characters could count, but Baby Pepe takes it all the way Up to Eleven in the episodes he appears in.
- Screwy Squirrel: Surprisingly Bugs and Daffy during some of the intermission songs. Averted in the actual episodes though.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Not surprisingly, Daffy, who is arrogant and thinks he's cooler than he really is.
- The Smurfette Principle: Lola Bunny is initially the only female character in the cast, until Melissa Duck and Petunia Pig are abruptly added to the main cast in the middle of the first season.
- Sound Effect Bleep: An episode involves Daffy swearing. (The episode in question has been memed on Youtube and is one of the funniest episodes.)
- Spinoff Babies: Of the Looney Tunes, obviously.
- Team Mom: Granny acts like this to the babies.
- Those Two Girls: Melissa and Petunia, the least important of the main cast, are both introduced in the middle of the first season and are often paired together as a duo. Unlike everyone else, they are based on lesser-known Looney Tunes characters and they are only added to the main cast because of the lack of female characters.
- Tomboy: Much like her older Space Jam counterpart, Lola is a tomboy who prefers playing basketball with the boys rather than having tea parties with Petunia and Melissa (girly girls).
- Took a Level in Badass: Baby Foghorn Leghorn in his actual debut episode.
- Town Girls: As seen above, we have Lola, the athletic girl who loves basketball and badminton (butch), Petunia, the quiet and sweet girly girl (femme), and Melissa, who is blunt, outspoken and a bit bossy, but not as sporty as Lola (neither).
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Lola, Melissa and Petunia have hairbows.
- The Unintelligible: Taz. Tweety often translates for him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Bugs and Daffy have this dynamic like their older counterparts. Surprisingly averted with Sylvester and Tweety, as they always get along well.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Whenever the other babies are disappointed in Bugs.