I find this series particularly bland. After seeing Cartoon Network rework some Network Decay
with shows like Regular Show
and Adventure Time
, The Looney Tunes Show
feels like a step backwards. It's been several years since the original Looney Tunes were on tv, so this series should be judged by it's own merits, but it has few.
The biggest is of course the comedy. The comic timing for the series is extremely poor. Part of this has to do with the minimal, bland background music which doesn't allow any atmosphere. There's no buildup to punchlines, and little originality in the jokes they do use. There is some slapstick, but it's too simple, it's not wacky enough for a series with talking animals. Basically, the series seems to take itself too seriously, it uses mundane situations for comedy akin to sitcoms, but unlike other animated shows like Regular Show
or The Simpsons
, it doesn't take these situations and subvert them in any way, leaving predictable scenarios. So you have these common cliches like girlfriends believing their boyfriends are cheating on them, failing driving tests, etc.
Speaking of girlfriends, there are two characters here who really stick out, and unfortunately they're both girls. I might as well refer to them as Bugs' girlfriend and Daffys' girlfriend because their personalities aren't appealing or interesting in the least. That would be fine if the rest of the colorful cast was interesting, but they're cookie-cutter clones of typical characters. Characters is the wrong word, they're caricatures, running gags stuffed in animal skin. This again, I could deal with if their running gags were actually funny. The Verbal Tics
half the cast seem to have get annoying quickly in half-hour segments, and with the setting being different from the original shorts and being sort of realistic, you would think there'd be some sort of character development or subversions of jokes, but through my watchings I found none.
In conclusion, I found this series particularly dull. It isn't humor that only a select few would appreciate like in The Sarah Silverman Show
, or something routinely crazy like Drawn Together
, it's just humor that's been done. So people who don't watch that much tv, or young people especially, may find this funny. But coming from an adult who thinks something on CN should have broader audiences, I think this falls flat.