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Looney Tunes Cartoons, from Warner Bros. Animation, is a Revisiting the Roots take on the Looney Tunes franchise.

It was announced on June 11, 2018 and will consist of 1,000 minutes spread across one- to six-minute shorts. The style of the series is reminiscent of the classic Looney Tunes shorts made by Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson and Bob Clampett, among others. Uncle Grandpa creator Pete Browngardt is producing these shorts and the cartoons are produced in a creator-driven/cartoonist-driven manner like the original shorts (also not unlike the What A Cartoon! Show or Oh Yeah! Cartoons). It had its worldwide premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2019, with a wider premiere on May 27, 2020 with the launch of HBO Max. The first season released in batches throughout the following months, with a Christmas Special in December and additional episodes in January and April 2021. The second season premiered on July 8, 2021, one week before the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy.


On HBO Max, the series is split into quarter-hour-length episodes, generally abiding by a Three Shorts format—two longer shorts (each roughly 5-6 minutes in length) sandwiching one of a couple of recurring shorter segments (roughly 1-2 minutes in length) that focus on a single gag.note 

A teaser short, Dynamite Dance, can be seen here and the official trailer here. Some shorts and episodes can also be seen here.

Browngardt and the team behind these shorts have also done two brand-new Tom and Jerry shorts (as a tie-in to their then-upcoming movie); these shorts are also HBO Max-exclusive and generally share the same production style and feel.


In September 2021, a TV movie starring Daffy and Porky from the show’s creators was announced.

Looney Tunes Cartoons provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: In the Japanese dub, Rocky, a mafiosi, is voiced by Naoki Tatsuta, who previously voiced another mafia boss-like villain, Capone Bege, in One Piece.
  • Adaptational Dumbass:
    • Well, he's more naïve than anything, but in some of the earlier episodes, Tweety isn't as savvy as he's usually written to be. He misinterprets situations quite badly and often fails to catch on to Sylvester's ill intent unless the cat is actively trying to eat him at the moment, and goes right back to being clueless the second he gets a break. Then again, since Tweety is shown to actually be aware on Sylvester's attempts on him later on, this could actually be Obfuscating Stupidity.
    • Petunia Pig is also hit with this treatment. She seems to lack basic common sense and ruins everything around her without thinking of the consequences of her actions.
  • Adaptational Intelligence:
    • A Downplayed Trope for Elmer and Sam. The two aren't going to be mistaken for geniuses anytime soon but they are a bit sharper and more apt to see through Bugs' tricks.
    • Sylvester in his usual formula of trying to eat Tweety typically tries to sneak around and outwit any prospective guardians that would get in his way. Here he makes sure that any such guardians are well away so they can't interfere, either through engineering their departure or simply waiting for an opportune moment to strike. If he can't remove them from the picture then he's quick to arrange circumstances that will keep them from being able to stop him. Two shorts have him get Tweety dead to rights and in one of them he actually manages to eat the bird! (It didn't work because Tweety was Swallowed Whole and could mess around in Sylvester's body but it's still impressive that things reached that point.)
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Downplayed for Elmer in these shorts; While he's generally a decent guy, he has a Hair-Trigger Temper and can occasionally act like a spiteful jerk.
      • Played straight in "Shoe Shine-Nanigans". Elmer deliberately refuses to pay, even after Daffy gave him the shine he offered. Which makes it cathartic when he gets run over by a bus immediately after.
    • Sylvester is a lot more likely to slide into Cats Are Mean territory. While he was no saint in the classic cartoons, here he's often found acting like a jerk to the world in general for no reason at all.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Daffy, who like in New Looney Tunes is much closer to his original 1930s "screwball" persona than in other modern appearances, but is also notably kinder and more helpful than he's ever been portrayed before. While he's still a blustering pest with more than a hint of The Gadfly, surprisingly often he's portrayed as well-meaning and genuinely enthusiastic about helping people (and especially Porky) out without expecting anything in return. He's not good at it, and more often than not his "help" makes everything worse, but he tries.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In "Brave New Home", Porky buys a new house equipped with an A.I. named Champ. Seems like a good deal until Champ makes too many mistakes, all of which nearly kill Porky.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Played for laughs, which is on par with the zany humor of the '40s and '50s. In general, there's a lot of kissing and cross-dressing between the main characters (all of whom are male), but more specifically:
    • Daffy and Porky are able to get away from the Monkeybird by Daffy flirting with him. This turns into a whole impromptu wedding, with Daffy as the "bride".
    • When Daffy is continuously ruining Porky's cement laying, they start dancing the tango and Daffy kisses him, making Porky blush.
    • Bugs cross-dresses plenty of times to get away from Elmer and Yosemite Sam.
    • Sam laughing effeminately whenever Bugs tickles him in "Harm Wrestling", even sporting long eyelashes when he does.
    • Typically most of the pairings between Daffy and Porky can be interpreted as a Heterosexual Life-Partners situation. Especially the times when the two are living in the same house...
    • "Daffy Psychic: New Love" ends with Daffy and Porky getting married.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: The classic "make me a sandwich" variant in "Brave New Home".
  • And I Must Scream: Daffy suffers this fate at the end of "Wet Cement".
    Daffy: I am one stuck duck.
  • Animals Fear Neutering: Sylvester accidentally gets himself neutered at the end of "Fully Vetted", to the point where he then lays down on the road and lets himself get run over.
  • Animation Bump: Unlike other more recent attempts at reviving the Looney Tunes brand, like The Looney Tunes Show or even Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production, the animation here more closely matches that of the classic shorts.
    • The ending of "Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special", which has Bugs in a live-action living room, has much more fluid animation akin to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, most likely to seamlessly blend in with the live-action background.
  • Anvil on Head: Typical for Looney Tunes. For example, Tweety removes an anvil from his nest in one telephone pole gag and inadvertently (or not) drops it on Sylvester. And on "Vincent Van Fudd", Bugs tricks Elmer into pulling a rope that drops an anvil on top of his head.
  • Ass Shove:
    • A rhino knocks Sylvester up an elephant's rear in "RHINO ya DON'T".
    • The veterinarian sticks a thermometer up Sylvester's heinie in "Fully Vetted".
  • Baseball Episode: "Pitcher Porky", in which Porky is pitching against the Gashouse Gorillas (from "Baseball Bugs"), but hurts his pitching arm, so Daffy hides inside his uniform and pitches for him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Beaky Buzzard in "Buzzard School".
  • Big Eater: "Taziator" has not only the Tasmanian Devil (who actually eats live animals, albeit offscreen), but also the Roman Emperor, who is seen constantly eating ridiculous amounts of food. At one point he is pouring mustard over a live steer, and when we next see him he's spitting out its bell.
  • Binomium ridiculus: Featured occasionally in Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner shorts per usual, such as in "Climate Control".
    Road Runner: Speedius gonzalus
    Coyote: Fallus Flattus
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Elmer coats a burger in some as a trap for Daffy in "BBQ Bandit"; it’s even accompanied by a Deathly Dies Irae. It subsequently incinerates Daffy and the surrounding area, though Daffy quickly recovers.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Despite the initial lack of firearms, the violence of the series can be very vivid compared to the original cartoons, with characters getting severely bruised, deformed or even mutilated in ways that push into Family-Unfriendly Violence, such as Daffy’s beak getting partially severed in "Postal Geist". Sylvester and Wile E. in particular can end up taking Itchy & Scratchy levels of punishment, especially in "Kitty Livin'", "Fully Vetted", and "Swoop De Doo". "Mummy Dummy" features a particularly gruesome scene of Bugs pulling human organs out of jars and stuffing them into a mummy's mouth, which said mummy proceeds to vomit up.
    • In "Taziator" after Bugs tricked Taz into going to the lion's den we see him tap on Bugs' shoulder with him turning around to see Taz beaten up, bruised, and his cheek slashed by the lions! His slashes are deep cut and blood is shown not dripping but looks like bloody deep cuts!
  • A Bloody Mess: In "Vincent Van Fudd", Bugs splatters himself in red paint to look like Elmer wounded him; he even smears it all over Elmer's face during his "death throes".
  • Booby Trap: The temple in "Curse of the Monkeybird" is full of them, and Daffy keeps thoughtlessly triggering each and every one, which then end up hurting Porky.
  • Boring, but Practical: Sylvester's most successful strategies for getting at Tweety are pretty much just waiting for the bird to be defenseless and then pouncing. He also makes it a point of just sneaking up on Tweety as quietly as possible instead of being a bit of a Leeroy Jenkins about it. He came within a hairsbreadth of getting Tweety in "Boo! Appetweet" and only failed because he wasn't watching where he grabbed at. In Kitty Livin, he waits until Granny's left and Tweety's asleep and actually manages to eat the bird! (This didn't work out for Sylvester after the fact but he did still succeed at eating Tweety.)
  • Bowdlerize:
    • Firearms, such as Yosemite Sam's Six-Shooters and Elmer Fudd's shotgun, are excluded from this incarnation. Surprisingly, other weapons like scythes, axes, hooks and even various bombs/dynamite are fair game.
    • Played for Hypocritical Humor in "Duck Duck Boom", where Elmer claims using rifles to hunt is "barbaric" but sees no issue in feeding animals lit sticks of dynamite For the Evulz.
    • Subverted in "Rotund Rabbit", where Elmer is shown with a shotgun throughout the cartoon, even shooting at Bugs at one point, only for Bugs to outrun the bullet, similar to the original Road Runner short "Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z".
  • Brick Joke: At the start of "The Daffy Dentist", Daffy is shown wheeling a supposedly dead patient out of his office, terrifying Porky. Later on, after finally getting his tooth out, Porky is wheeled off the same way, having fainted from seeing his 5 Millon Dollar fee.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In "Rhino Ya Don't", Sylvester taunts a bunch of caged animals, including an enormous gorilla. Of course, he later ends up in the gorilla's cage and gets pummeled by the angry ape.
  • Buried Alive: How Porky deals with Daffy in "Wet Cement" after catching him. Porky pours cement over him, smooths it out and speeds up the drying process. In the end, Daffy's bill is the only part of him that is visible above the sidewalk.
  • The Bus Came Back: "Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!" features the return of Cool Cat from the 1967-69 Seven Arts era, who previously appeared in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and Tweety's High Flying Adventure.
    • Not just Cool Cat, but many obscure characters have been making a comeback, such as the gremlin from "Falling Hare", the mad scientist from "Water, Water Every Hare", the Gashouse Gorillas from "Baseball Bugs", Beaky Buzzard and his mother, Pete Puma, Cecil Turtle, the weasel from the Foghorn Leghorn shorts, and Petunia Pig.
    • The Gremlin from "Falling Hare" appears in a cameo in the aforementioned short and plays a major role in the short "High Speed Hare", having been gone for so long due to legal issues.
    • Charlie Dog from a few Porky Pig cartoons returns as a main character in the short "Adopt Me" after not appearing as a major character since the '50s.
    • The Russian Dog from "Hare Ribbin'" returns as an antagonist for Bugs once again in "Bonehead".
    • Porky's trouble-making nephew, here named Cicero, appears in "Relax" and "A Skate of Confusion!".
    • The judge dog from "Daffy Doodles" returns in "Mallard Practice".
    • Mr. Meek from "The Wise Quacking Duck" appears briefly in "Daffy Psychic: New Love" to wed Daffy and Porky.
    • A blond recolor of Bugs' old foe The Sheriff of Nottingham tries to pull the legendary Sword from the Stone in "Sword Loser". Also, a caricature of longtime Chuck Jones animator Ken Harris— the model for such big-nosed baddies as Dan Backslide and Wile E. Coyote— can be seen in line directly behind him.
  • Cactus Cushion: Bugs after being ejected out of Elmer's pool in "Pool Bunny".
  • The Cameo: The opening shot of "Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny" features many obscure Looney Tunes characters such as Egghead, Hubie and Bertie, and Cool Cat as mentioned above.
  • The Cat Came Back: In "Duck, Duck, Boom", Elmer feeds Daffy a whole loaf of bread with a time bomb hidden inside it. Daffy is so grateful that he follows Elmer around to make it up to him. Elmer tries to get away from the duck before he explodes, but no matter where he goes, Daffy is right there.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: At the end of "Boo! Appetweet", Sylvester gets crushed by falling furniture and eight of his lives leave his body when he finds out that Tweety is still alive. When he sees his eight ghosts, however, it scares the ninth ghost out of him, and the whole nonet chases after him.
  • Chained Heat: Bugs is shackled to Rocky and Mugsy in "Chain Gangsters".
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "Errabitcator", Bugs criticizes Elmer for still using a Box-and-Stick Trap, calling it the oldest trick in the book, right after "Your shoes are untied." Later, when faced with an unstoppable robot that is immune to all his tricks, Bugs uses the "shoes are untied" line out of sheer desperation. It actually works, causing the robot to malfunction and fall apart.
  • Christmas Episode: "Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special", which strings together multiple cartoons about the Christmas season, such as Daffy and Porky becoming elves in Santa's workshop.
  • Cloning Gambit: In "Multiply and Conquer", Wile E. clones himself in order to catch the Road Runner. He succeeds, but now the clones want the Road Runner for themselves, and a fight ensues, while the Road Runner escapes.
  • Coincidental Accidental Disguise: In "Boo! Appetweet", Sylvester eats a cupcake resembling Tweety while knocking the real Tweety in a bowl of flour. However, Sylvester thought he ate the real Tweety, so when the flour-covered Tweety appears, Sylvester thinks he's haunted by Tweety's ghost.
  • Dancing Pants: Daffy battles a whole gang of them in "The Case of Porky's Pants".
  • Darker and Edgier: Of sorts. This show is made for streaming and has a TV-PG rating, like The Looney Tunes Show. However, rather than adding its sitcom-y sly digs or realistic guns, it makes the humor closer to its slapstick style from the 1930s-'50s. The settings and jokes it utilizes are slightly more adult and less censored compared to its Cartoon Network series, with many gags counting as Parental Bonus.
    • Bugs drinks beer in "Big League Beast", having Gossamer open the bottle as it's not a twist-off.
    • Yosemite Sam's sign in "Pest Coaster" includes "No Liberals".
    • Bars are featured once again, as it isn't aiming strictly for a younger demographic.
    • "Fully Vetted" ends with Sylvester getting neutered and committing suicide afterward.
    • Daffy wanting sake in "A Pane to Wash".
  • A Day in the Spotlight: Characters who normally didn't have solo shorts now star in them like Petunia Pig in "Pigture Perfect" and "Pardon the Garden" and Yosemite Sam in "Saddle Sore".
  • Depending on the Artist: Just as with the original cartoons, the characters' appearances vary from short to short. For example, in cartoons directed by Pete Browngardt, Bugs looks like the version used by Bob Clampett, especially as drawn by Rod Scribner; whereas in those directed by Kenny Pittenger, he more strongly resembles the early forties Friz Freleng version.
  • Depraved Dentist: Daffy in "The Daffy Dentist". He operates out of a dilapidated building in a vermin-infested office, and submits poor Porky to much slapstick violence in trying to fix his bad tooth.
  • Disguised in Drag: Bugs does this in "Pest Coaster"... twice, with the second time utilizing Latex Perfection!
    • Bugs does this again in "Hare Restoration", where it turns out that he was Elmer's dinner date at the end.
  • DIY Dentistry: In "The Daffy Dentist", Daffy ties Porky's tooth with a rope, but instead of tying the other end to a doorknob, he ties it to an airplane and takes off, dragging poor Porky along.
  • Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Project: In "Plumber's Quack", Daffy is a plumber trying to fix a leak in Elmer's sink. He ends up causing a dam to break, washing away Elmer's home in the process.
  • Downer Ending: While they're all Played for Laughs, many shorts end with these:
    • "Curse of The Monkeybird" ends with Daffy and Porky's trek for the hidden treasure being rendered null and void as it merely brings about a drove of Daffy and the titular character's offspring.
    • "Fully Vetted" ends with Sylvester committing suicide by truck after getting neutered.
    • "Weaselin' In" ends with Foghorn about to be eaten by the weasel.
    • "Mallard Practice" ends with Elmer being sent to the electric chair.
    • "High Speed Hare" ends with Bugs and the gremlin being caught in a nuclear explosion.
  • Empty Swimming Pool Dive: In "Pool Bunny", Bugs gets even with Elmer for not letting him use his pool by going into the power and water station and draining the pool just as Elmer is in the middle of a dive.
  • Era-Specific Personality: The creators are mostly using the earliest versions of the characters, particularly evident with Bugs, Daffy, and Tweety.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In "Pest Coaster", Yosemite Sam attempts to get Bugs off his roller coaster by putting dynamite on the track... only to then begin trying desperately to put the lit dynamite out when he sees that there is a baby in the roller coaster train with Bugs. The baby is revealed in the end to have actually been a pull-string doll.
    Sam: I despise me some animals, but I would never hurt an innocent little baby. I'll even prove it to you!
    • In "Rotund Rabbit" Elmer has Bugs dead to rights after his latest plan effectively disables the rabbit (he got Bugs to eat so many carrots that he was too fattened up to even try running away and even fell asleep). Elmer pulls his gun out but finds it too unsporting to simply shoot Bugs while he can't fight back. He had no problem with cooking Bugs to eat while the rabbit was unconscious but shooting him dead under the same circumstances was too far for Elmer.
  • Exact Words: In "Mallard Practice", Daffy tells Elmer that not a single one of his clients has ever had to pay a fine... a promise kept after Elmer is instead sentenced to death for crimes that Daffy framed him for.
  • Eye Scream: In "Cactus If You Can", as Wile E. gets sucked into his Super Suc vacuum cleaner, three cacti fly towards his face; one hits his nose and the other two hit his eyes, causing him to scream painfully.
  • Firehouse Dalmatian: In "Firehouse Frenzy", the last essential that Daffy is about to check down is a Dalmatian, but the fire station doesn't have one. So what does he do? He sneaks up on a man with his pet Dalmatian on a leash (which is sniffing a fire hydrant), attacks said man, gives him a collar with a license reading "Man", places him in the fire engine and paints him white with black spots.
  • Flapping Cheeks: Exaggerated in "Pest Coaster", where Sam's entire skin is left hanging off his skeleton while holding on to the roller coaster car, until it falls off and lands on a scarecrow, where it gets pecked by crows.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "Wet Cement", when Daffy is hiding under the wet cement, he pops out as a different statue in rapid succession; the Venus de Milo (with a Censor Bar over her chest), the Discus Thrower of Myron, the Statue of Liberty, and holding hands with a statue of Tex Avery (a parody of the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse installed at the Disney parks).
  • Full-Body Disguise / Latex Perfection: Unlike most new Looney Tunes material since the Turn of the Millennium, this series brings it back for some fun surprises (ala the original shorts)…
    • Bugs disguised as a human woman with a baby carriage during "Pest Coaster".
    • "Wolf in Cheap Clothing" is practically built on this trope; to steal sheep without Sam Sheepdog noticing, first Ralph Wolf disguises himself this way as a sheep - a Literal Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - and as a patch of grass, both of which fail. Then he disguises as another sheepdog from the management with a pink slip to tell Sam he's fired, but among preparing to grab a sheep, Sam disguises himself as another wolf from management telling Ralph it's time to punch out... and literally punches him in the face!
    • "Saddle Sore" ends with after Yosemite Sam confesses to a horse he had been trying to ride on throughout the short he's not really a female horse (after disguising as one earlier), the horse unzips his body suit to reveal a Cactus Person.
  • Gainax Ending: "Kitty Livin" has Sylvester finally eating Tweety. The bird makes himself at home and invites several birds to party. Even the cat Sylvester brought in to take care of the issue is having fun. He and eventually Granny join the party. All in his stomach!
  • Genre Throwback: The cartoons are styled after the series' heyday of the late 1930s and early 1940s.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Bugs teaches Elmer how to do it in "Grilled Rabbit"... which is just an excuse to slap Elmer around and give him a Pie in the Face.
  • Grossout Show: The new shorts go a bit further with the humor than even the original theatrical shorts, featuring some particularly nasty scenes. Fully Vetted is chock full of these, as poor Sylvester gets neutered and speaks like a castrate, which causes him to outright kill himself. Onscreen.
  • Handy Feet:
    • In "Tunnel Vision", Wile E. Coyote uses his foot to hold a magnify glass to help him give him better optical range on the Road Runner.
    • In "In the Road Again", while Wile E. Coyote is stuck in asphalt he uses his foot to hold and turn on the jackhammer when he was trying to get himself out of asphalt, before the Old Dreadful Geyser erupts, his foot hold a sign "Oh No!".
  • Heli-Critter: In "Duck Chocolate", Daffy uses his tail feathers as helicopter blades so he can fly above Porky and steal Porky's chocolates without being noticed by him.
  • Here We Go Again!: The ending of "Bubble Dum" has Daffy escaping his sticky situation by unzipping his skin and having his skeleton pop out, kicking it to reveal the gum he was trapped in before. Then, as soon as the skeleton Daffy leaves the screen, out comes Daffy from the left side, fully fine and minding his own business, discovering the gum on the sidewalk.
  • Hilarity in Zoos: In "Rhino Ya Don't", Tweety lives in a zoo in a symbiotic relationship with a rhinoceros. As Sylvester tries to steal him, he ends up in the cages of various dangerous animals instead (including a Killer Gorilla, an elephant that sits on him, giant scorpions, constrictor snakes and Electric Jellyfish).
  • I Warned You: In "Bounty Bunny", Yosemite Sam is a bounty hunter trying to arrest Bugs, who points out the bunny on the "Wanted!" Poster has three whiskers on each side of his face instead of two but Sam doesn't take it seriously and keeps trying to arrest Bugs. Once they arrive at a police station, the bunny on the poster is shown to already be in a cell and Bugs pointed out he warned Sam.
  • I'm Taking Him Home with Me!: In "Fudds Bunny", Elmer dresses as a rabbit to fool Bugs, but is taken away by a little girl (who is actually Bugs in disguise), who takes him home and plays with him rather roughly.
  • Impromptu Campfire Cookout: In "Chain Gangsters", Bugs is digging an escape tunnel for Rocky and Mugsy. As the two gangsters emerge to the surface, they find themselves under a rocket about to fire. As they get burned by the blast, Bugs takes the chance to roast a carrot. "The rocket fuel really brings out the flavor."
  • Inflating Body Gag: In "Harm Wrestling", Bugs is forced to arm wrestle Yosemite Sam. Noting how muscular Sam is, Bugs blows into his arm to even the odds. Sam thinks that's cheating, so Bugs passes the air over to his arm. Sam tries to push it back, but it ends up on his nose. He finally seems to get himself back to normal, until Bugs points out that the air ended up on his buttocks.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: In "Pool Bunny", Bugs is walking through the desert when he runs into Elmer's home, with a swimming pool.
    Bugs: I'm sure the owner of this home wouldn't mind sharing his pool with the local wildlife.
    Elmer: If there's anything I can't towerate, it's shawing my pool with the wocal wildwife!
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: In "Bounty Bunny", jaywalking will get a five-thousand-dollar bounty on you.
  • Lampshade Hanging: To the funny names book authors have in the classic cartoons. In "Boo! Appetweet", Sylvester finds a book authored by Paranorma Funnylastname.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Shoe Shine-nanigans", for refusing to pay Daffy after he shoeshine his shoes for him, Elmer gets run over by a truck.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon:
    • "Dynamite Dance" is just Elmer chasing Bugs (while getting dynamite blown up in his face) to the tune of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours (as in, "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh").
    • "Wet Cement" is entirely in pantomime, save for Daffy's one line at the end.
    • Keeping true to its roots, all of the Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner shorts are played with this as usual.
  • Mix And Match Creature: The titular Monkeybird of "The Curse of The Monkeybird".
  • Monster Is a Mommy: In "Siberian Sam", Bugs gives Sam a rare Siberian tiger hat and takes him to the Russian Ballet to show it off. Of course, the "ballet" is really a cave where a Siberian tiger lives, and the hat turns out to be its cub. Cue mauling.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Sam in "Siberian Sam" claims to be the "toughest Ruskie Mother Russia has ever produced!", though he doesn't even bother putting on a Russian accent.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Bugs' yellow gloves are a nod to his prototype design and very first cartoons.
    • Photographs of Looney Tunes' & WBA's days of yore can be seen above the fireplace in "Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special," including ones featuring Mel Blanc, June Foray, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and a background painting from What's Opera Doc?.
      • Also in the special, Tweety makes a mischievous smile similar to the one he makes during the Clampett-era Tweety shorts.
    • In "Lead Foot", Daffy gets pulled over by Officer Porky for speeding. Daffy uses his lead foot (as in a foot that resembles a pencil) to erase Porky's face and draw his own on it. Afterwards, the two get married and have half-duck, half-pig babies, a reference to the ending of Baby Bottleneck, where Daffy and Porky are accidentally stuffed into a single diaper when they work at a stork factory, with Daffy resembling the upper part and Porky resembling the legs.
    • Daffy's boating license lists his address as Termite Terrace.
  • Never Trust a Hair Tonic: In "Hare Restoration", Bugs offers to give Elmer his treatment for growing hair. It at first seems just an excuse for Bugs to abuse Elmer, but amazingly enough, Elmer starts growing a head of beautiful blond hair. Unfortunately, it keeps growing until it fills up the frame of his front door, causing Elmer's date (Bugs) to reject him, after which it all falls off.
  • Noir Episode: "The Case of Porky's Pants", where Daffy is a detective (again) looking for Porky's lost pants.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Cool Cat when he returns in "Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!". He retains his original design which looks nothing like the style of the other Tunes.
  • Not Me This Time: In "Bounty Bugs", Sam tries to capture Bugs for some crime. Bugs tries to convince Sam that he didn't do anything but the latter won't listen. It then turns out Bug was right as the actual criminal was caught.
  • Oh, Crap!: There's a few instances of this.
    • In "Taziator", Bugs has this whenever the Tasmanian Devil kills the animals he used against him.
    • In "Little Martian", Marvin tries to bolt once he sees that the little alien is not-so-little anymore.
    • In "Erabbitator", Bugs comes close to total despair after all his usual tricks fail to stop Elmer's robot.
    • In "Born to Be Wile E.", the Road Runner sees Wile E. Coyote driving a motorcycle as he approaches him.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: In "Bounty Bunny", Yosemite Sam spends most of the story trying to arrest Bugs to collect a five-thousand-dollar bounty only to learn Bugs isn't the bunny the bounty has been placed on. When Bugs points out it means Sam abducted him, Sam gives a smile and tries to walk away but ends up being arrested and sent to the wanted bunny's cell.
  • Oireland: "Lepre-Conned" not only has a leprechaun with a shillelagh, but also shoots potatoes at Bugs.
  • The Oner: "Wet Cement", "Shower Shuffle", and "Shoe Shine-nanigans" are staged in one static shot.
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train: In "Tunnel Vision", when Wile E. Coyote paints a tunnel on the side of a rock, the Road Runner goes through it as per normal. When Wile E. tests out the painted tunnel by feeling it, he actually manages to go right in, but when he tries to get out, he hits the side of the rock, trapping himself inside. The Road Runner then sprays the rock with water, causing Wile E. to wash off like paint and drain through a nearby manhole.
  • Parking Problems: "Parky Pig" is about Porky failing to find a good parking spot to go see a movie. And when he finally does, it's right next to his house, so he decides to stay at home. And a cop tickets him because there's a "no parking" sign next to his couch.
  • Perpetual Smiler: "Cactus if You Can" featured a rare aversion from Road Runner: he visibly looks concerned and struggles to escape when Wile E. attempts to suck him in with a giant vacuum cleaner.
  • Perp Sweating: "Grilled Rabbit" is about Elmer interrogating Bugs over stealing his carrots. Naturally, Bugs ends up turning the tables on him.
  • Perspective Magic: In "Mini Elmer", after Elmer chases Bugs into his burrow, Bugs emerges out from another hole in the distance and walks forward into the foreground. Elmer follows, but as he steps forward, instead of changing in size he stays small. Bugs then steps on him, and squashes him flat.
  • Plumber's Crack: Daffy does this to himself in "Plumber's Quack" by biting his rear feathers and pulling them down.
  • The Pollyanna: This incarnation of Petunia is always in good spirits, even when suffering multiple injuries.
    Petunia: (falls from a telephone wire and lands on a branch just above a sharp rake) It could have been worse! (gets catapulted straight back up into the sky) You'll never see a rainbow if you're looking down! (snaps the telephone wire and gets electrocuted and falls back down, hits the same branch, which now brakes and drops her on the rake)
  • Porky Pig Pronunciation: Courtesy of the Trope Namer, Porky himself. In "Brave New Home", this ends up working against him, due to C.H.A.M.P. misreading his commands thanks to Porky's stuttering.
  • Portable Hole: In "Plunger", Elmer tries to get Bugs out of his hole with a toilet plunger but ends up sucking out the hole. As he looks through the plunger, Bugs fires a cannon through his back entrance and Elmer gets blasted in the face.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Parodied.
    • "Fleece And Desist" begins and ends with Ralph and Sam actually punching in and out, acting like fellow employees.
    • In "Fudds Bunny", Bugs is pestering Elmer when the lunch whistle sounds and he heads back inside, stating "union rules, solidarity and all that." At the end, as Elmer is being beaten up by a worker (a disguised Bugs), the five o'clock whistle sounds and the man leaves... only to immediately return and continue the beating because he just got overtime.
  • Retraux: The animation resembles that of the early 1940s cartoons. Despite being animated digitally and in HD, it has some imperfections such as smudges and blurs, as if the characters were painted on cels.
  • Revisiting the Roots: This trope is used for the series where it has the characters and the art style return to its 1940s/early-'50s roots.
  • Ribcage Stomach: Present inside Sylvester in "Kitty Livin'". Tweety thinks it's his new cage, and then decides that the ribs might make great firewood.
  • Ring Ring Crunch: Parodied in "Firehouse Frenzy", when firefighter Daffy Duck is sleeping one morning and the fire station's alarm starts ringing, he assumes it's his alarm clock and tries shutting off and then putting in the dresser before ultimately smashing the dresser with the alarm clock inside, but the ringing won't stop. Then it's finally played straight at the end, after the firehouse burns down but Porky and Daffy's beds remain intact; they leap back into bed, but the alarm clock starts ringing for real so they smash it with their fists.
  • Rule of Three: In "Mt. Neverest", Daffy's bucket list has three items: make list; climb mountain; and pause cartoon to read gag. The second item is the only one left.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: Porky's dentist bill in "The Daffy Dentist" is 5 billion dollars.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Petunia Pig suffers this throughout "Pigture Perfect".
  • Spiritual Successor: Some cartoons look back at the premise of a specific Looney Tunes classic short and rework it for the present day.
  • Split Screen: "Shower Shuffle" is staged as a split screen; Porky's bathroom on one side, Daffy's on the other, and everything that happens on one side affects the other.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Porky and Daffy have more shorts released than any other character, including Bugs.
  • Standard Snippet: Although the music is not as reliant on the Warner Bros. Music Library as Carl Stalling and Milt Frankyln's scores were, on occasion, Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" is heard in the score.
  • Sticky Situation: "Bubble Dum" is about Daffy struggling with a piece of gum on the sidewalk. He even calls this trope by name.
  • Stock Scream:
    • The scream from, of all things, the "Relaxing Car Drive" jumpscare video is used in Cactus If You Can.
    • The Wilhelm Scream is heard in "Plumber's Quack".
  • Stock Sound Effects: Even though several classic Warner Bros. sound effects are used a lot, there are also several Disney and Hanna-Barbera sounds and some additional sound effects that tend to make the series sound more like a 1990s Nicktoon than classic Looney Tunes (and the supervising sound editor has worked on such shows, like Rocko's Modern Life and The Angry Beavers, both of which used WB's sounds quite a bit.)
  • Stop Hitting Yourself: In "Buzzard School", Bugs makes Beaky Buzzard beat himself up by showing him a mirror and claiming that Beaky's reflection is a rabbit he caught. Beaky is too stupid to realize he's fighting himself.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: In "Overdue Duck", Daffy breaks a drum over Porky's head. Cue theme music.
    Porky: Tha-th-th-tha-THAT'S IT!!!
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In "Bounty Bunny", Sam's relentless attempts to capture Bugs due to Mistaken Identity are considered kidnapping. Hence, the sheriff arrests and throws the bounty hunter into prison.
  • Swallowed Whole: Sylvester finally eats Tweety in "Kitty Livin'". Unfortunately, Tweety makes himself at home inside his stomach, causing the pussycat much discomfort.
  • Take That!: "Siberian Sam" contains slams at Melania Trump (Sam's pet husky Melania) and Vladimir Putin ("Eat at Vlad's").
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Bugs Bunny ends up on the receiving end of one at the end of "Lepreconned".
  • This Means War!: Played with in "Pool Bunny".
    Bugs: Of course you realize this means... you know.
  • Three Shorts: As stated above, HBO Max generally divides the series up this way, with two longer shorts sandwiching one of a couple recurring skits:
    • Elmer chases Bugs, and then tries to flush him out of his hole.
    • Marvin claims another planet for Mars, only for something to keep his flag from staying planted.
    • The various attempts of Wile E. Coyote to catch the Road Runner.
    • Sylvester trying to catch Tweety at the top of a telephone pole.
    • Beaky Buzzard trying and failing to capture his prey.
    • Foghorn Leghorn picking on Barnyard Dawg, who gets his revenge at the end.
    • Daffy, as a psychic, sees Porky's future.
    • Daffy is caught speeding by officer Porky.
    • Porky throws Sylvester out of the house for bedtime, only for Sylvester to turn the tables on him.
    • Porky tries to buy a balloon from balloon vendor Daffy.
    • Stage magician Daffy recruits Porky for a performance.
  • Unstoppable Mailman: Daffy in "Postal Geist" will not stop his delivery to an abandoned hotel in the middle of a rainstorm, despite Porky's protests as he's attacked by the ghost haunting the place.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Daffy is a lot more helpful and altruistic in these shorts than he's traditionally played as. Of course, it's still Daffy we're talking about, so he's fairly likely to fall into this trope.
  • Virtual Assistant Blunder: In "Brave New Home", Porky's attempts to have CHAMP make him a sandwich backfire badly. First his stutter makes CHAMP interpret "a quick sandwich" as creating quicksand under Porky's feet. Then he takes the command "Make me a sandwich" too literally. And just when Porky finally gets the hang of it, a boy outside is playing with his dog Champ...
  • Waiting Skeleton: Parodied on "Daffuchino". Porky just opened a coffee shop and is waiting for his first customer. Six months later, he is a skeleton and the shop is covered with cobwebs. Then the real Porky comes and puts away the Halloween decorations.
  • Wet Cement Gag: The central focus of the "Wet Cement" short, where Daffy constantly makes prints on some freshly-poured cement, forcing Porky Pig to constantly smooth it out.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: This is where Yosemite Sam in "Pest Coaster" draws the line. He's okay with harming a rabbit, but when he sees a baby in danger (or what he thinks is a baby), he'll try and stop it.
  • Wrong Parachute Gag: In "Falling For It", Daffy and Porky go skydiving. Porky pulls his ripcord, but it turns out to be a pullcord doll. Daffy has two, but one closes Granny's blinds miles away, and the second causes his beak to spin like an outboard motor. They try to open their parachutes manually, and discover that they're empty. Fortunately, they fall in a trampoline factory and bounce back into the plane. Right before it crashes into a mountain.
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque:
    • In "Pest Coaster", Bugs was headed for the Democratic Republic of the Congo when he ends up in the amusement park. "I shouldn't have taken that left turn at Luxembourg."
    • In "Taziator", Bugs is on his way to San Antonio, but somehow ends up in Ancient Rome.
    • In "Lepre-Conned", Bugs arrives in Ireland when he was going to Hawaii.
  • Wrote the Book: On "Erabbitcator", Bugs is unable to stop Elmer's rabbit hunting robot, even though he's used "Every trick in the book. And I oughta know, I wrote it." and produces a copy of volume one. Later, he consults volume two.


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The end of "Fully Vetted" sees Sylvester get himself neutered offscreen. So traumatized by the encounter is he that he promptly commits suicide by allowing himself to get run over by a truck.

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