- Goin' down the rabbit hole
Where we're goin' no one knows
Obstacles 'round every bend!
Let's see where the tunnel ends!
Wabbit- A Looney Tunes Production (or simply Wabbit., though later retooled into New Looney Tunes), is a Warner Bros. cartoon series featuring the eponymous Looney Tunes (to be more precise, it was a production of a division of Warner Bros. named Warner Bros. Animation).The show features a Sketch Comedy format of various segmented shorts, this time adding brand-new loony friends and enemies to add to the established ones, such as Bigfoot and Squeaks the Squirrel. Some of the established Tunes are altered in some way, such as Wile E. Coyote, who has reverted to his arrogant "super genius" persona (from cartoons such as Operation: Rabbit and Hare-Breadth Hurry where he can speak).Wabbit was created in response to the sitcom nature of its predecessor, The Looney Tunes Show, not living up to the reaction Warner Bros. had expected for it in spite of the show having performed well initially. Its initial broadcaster, Cartoon Network, had also promised to revert the Tunes to their original, wacky selves that everyone knew and loved as part of that response.Even though it was slated for a premiere on Boomerang on October 5, 2015, it premiered on Cartoon Network on September 21, 2015, as a "sneak preview". Ironically, Wabbit was originally considered for Cartoon Network's programming schedule.As for its name (which should not be confused with the original cartoons with either the same word or just "rabbit" in the title, such as "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!''), it came from Elmer Fudd's famous title for Bugs' species under his speech impedimentnote .
Wabbit pwovides exampews of:
- The Ace: After a stint as a cynic, Bugs is back to his better-known Karmic Trickster persona.
- Adults Are More Anthropomorphic: The young brown rabbit in "Snow Wabbit" has haunches like a rabbit and stands like a rabbit, whereas Bugs has thin thighs and stands straight like a human.
- All Just a Dream: The ending to "Dust Bugsters."
- Animated Anthology: Showcases several shorts per episode starring different characters.
- Artifact Title: The fact that Elmer Fudd does not appear during the "Wabbit" era of the show makes the title this.
- Artistic License – Music: In one episode, Bugs is shown with a French horn. Not only is it much smaller than a real one, but he holds it up in the air like a trumpet rather than at an angle. He doesn't even keep his hand over the keys!
- Balloon Belly: In "Dust Bugster" Bugs gets one after a night of watching TV and pigging out. It disappears the second he gets off the couch.
- The Cameo: Redesigned versions of Ham and Ex the pups, two of the earliest Looney Tunes characters, make a brief cameo appearance in the ending of one episode.
- Canon Foreigner: Squeaks the Squirrel, Bigfoot, and most of the antagonists (exceptions being Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote).
- Call-Back: The running gag involving Keith Richards from "The Grim Rabbit" makes a return in "Big Troubles".
- One short involved Bugs singing a parody of "My Gal is a High Board Stepper" as a reference to him singing the original song in the 1949 short "Long-Haired Hare".
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Most of the characters of The Looney Tunes Show have vanished, or have been Demoted to Extra, with only Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam and Bugs himself being the only regulars. Several Looney Tunes regulars start to take centre stage starting from the show's revamp to New Looney Tunes.
- Denser and Wackier: Bugs leaves the down-to-earth sitcom territory for returning to slapstick.
- Defeat Means Friendship: A surprising tendency for most of the original foes to eventually result in after getting their comeuppance from Bugs' antics. Though, not always.
- Deranged Animation: The existing characters are given really strange redesigns that make the character designs in The Looney Tunes Show look like their normal forms; Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote look little like their classic designs, and Foghorn Leghorn's head is oddly-designed, even Bugs wasn't immune that much!
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: The title itself is an example of this.
- Expository Theme Tune: "Going down the rabbit hole..."
- The Fool: While Bugs often outsmarts his opponents, he gets by just as often on fantastic bouts of luck or the villains' convenient buffoonery.
- Genre Throwback: Wabbit returns to the older format of showcasing several short cartoons per episode, like what most of the 1970s1980s compilation editions were made when the shorts were rerun in TV syndication packages.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Though Cal in "For the Love of Acorns" was being a jerk, Bugs and Squeaks were trespassing on the field, vandalizing property and interrupting a game.
- Laser-Guided Karma: A staple of Bugs Bunny cartoons but it is exceptionally obvious here as anyone who really pushes Bugs too far finds out the consequences of mixing Beware the Nice Ones with Karmic Trickster.
- Lethally Stupid: Bigfoot causes so much trouble for Bugs, you can't help but wonder why Bugs even bothers to help him.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Usually whenever an episode's main villain has The Dragon (or pet usually) that gets either insulted or abused throughout the episode or get blamed during the Big Bad's Villainous Breakdown then expect for them to turn against the Big Bad and become friends with Bugs.
- New Season, New Name: Wabbit was later retooled into New Looney Tunes, which emphasizes the show's newer direction to expand beyond the central focus of Bugs to other Looney Tunes characters.
- Replaced the Theme Tune / Rearrange the Song: For some reason, starting from the shorts "Bugsfoot" and "Grim on Vacation", the theme tune changed from its original TaleSpin-esque jazz style tune delivery and rhythm to a quick, whizzing country music-style variant (something akin to Wander over Yonder 's theme tune). The lyrics are still the same, however.
- Starting from episode 26 "Bugs Over Par" and "Fast Feud", the theme was replaced again with a rock version of the same tune.
- Season Two's revamp does it again, this time replacing the original theme altogether with an arrangement of the original Looney Tunes theme, "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down".
- Screwy Squirrel: Squeaks looks to be this.
- Shout-Out: "Dust Bugster" has impressions of both BILLY MAYS and Michael Jackson.
- The fast food restaurant "Happy Hartle's", including the manager himself, is named after the show's producer Gary Hartle.
- "Amusement Pork" has Bugs encountering run-down animatronics from numerous extinct Disney Theme Parks rides such as the Sea Serpent and Mermaid from the "Submarine Voyage", a Tiki Room Bird, animals from "America Sings" and a Magic Skyway Caveman.
- Sketch Comedy: In the vein of the 1970's–1980's compilation shows.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Wile E. is back to his "Wile E. Coyote, Super-Genius" characterization.
- Staggered Zoom: Done on Yosemite Sam's damaged smartphone in "Hareplane Mode."
- Stock Sound Effects: Unusually, instead of Treg Brown's classic Warner Bros. sound effects, the show makes very heavy use of the Hanna-Barbera sound effects, sort of similar to the late '60s Looney Tunes shorts.
- Tricked Into Signing: Bugs tricks Vladimir Angelo Chafong Reginald McMurthy into signing a trade contact by pretending to be a tourist and make him autograph several things without him noticing. This makes it legal for Vladimir to join the Alaskan Halibuts.
- Two Shorts: An interesting variation. When the shorts are aired on television, they're two standalone five minute long shorts (according to production order) compiled together to fit an 11-minute time slot (which the intro acknowledges).
- The Unintelligible: Squeaks, whom only makes chittering and squeaking noises. He communicates with gestures and pantomime.
- Villain Ball: In "The Spy Who Bugged Me" when her and Bugs' bags accidentally get switched, Claudette insists on using sneaky tactics to steal her bag back, when she could just tell Bugs about the mix-up so they can switch the bags back.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Bugs and Squeaks. The two routinely act like jerks towards each other, but whenever trouble rears its head they are quick act together to solve the problem.
- Wham Episode: "Misjudgement Day" ends with a Sequel Hook that has whoever sent a robot that was programmed to see through his tricks from the future to destroy Bugs vowing that this is just the beginning with said mysterious character being Michigan J. Frog.
- You Don't Look Like You: Familiar folks like Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and Wile E. Coyote have been given some drastic redesigns. Porky Pig and Daffy Duck have also been designed to look like their earliest versions from when they debuted in the 1930s.