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Looney Tunes Cartoons, is a Warner Bros. Animation series based on the characters from Looney Tunes.

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 has been released in batches throughout the following months, with a Christmas Special in December and new episodes in January and April 2021.


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 gagnote .

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.


Looney Tunes Cartoons provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Dumbass: Well, he's more naïve than anything, but 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.
  • 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: Elmer in these shorts has a Hair-Trigger Temper and acts like a spiteful jerk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ass Shove: A rhino knocks Sylvester up an elephant's rear in "RHINO ya DON'T".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Beaky Buzzard in "Buzzard School".
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Despite the 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 in particular can end up taking Itchy & Scratchy levels of punishment, especially in Kitty Livin and Fully Vetted.
  • 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 Yosamite 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Darker and Edgier: Of sorts. This show is made for streaming and 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.
    • "Pet Vetted" ends with Sylvester getting neutered and committing suicide afterward.
  • 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.
  • Downer Ending: While they're all Played for Laughs, several cartoons end on notes ranging from sour to outright bleak:
  • 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!
  • 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 licence 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Shoe Shine-nanigans", for refusing to pay Daffy after he shoeshine his shoes for him, Elmer gets ran over by a truck.
  • Latex Perfection: Bugs disguised as a human woman with a baby carriage during Pest Coaster.
  • 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's shorts are played with this as usual.
  • Mix And Match Creature: The titular Monkeybird of “The Curse of The Monkeybird”
  • 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 mischievious smile similar to the one he makes during the Clampett-era Tweety shorts.
  • 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.
  • The Oner: Wet Cement is 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.
  • Plumber's Crack: Daffy does this to himself in "Plumber's Quack" by biting his rear feathers and pulling them down.
  • 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 in Fleece And Desist begins and ends with Ralph and Sam actually punching in and out, acting like fellow employees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: An alligator gar appeared in “Pain in The Ice”, attacking Sylvester.
  • Shout-Out: The room in the haunted hotel Daffy and Porky are delivering to in Postal Geist is Room 237.
  • 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.
  • Take That!: "Siberian Sam" contains slams at Melania Trump (Sam's pet husky Melania) and Vladimir Putin ("Eat at Vlad's").
  • 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.
  • 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 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."


Video Example(s):


Tunnel Vision

The short puts a new twist on the gag where Wile E. is now able to enter the tunnel that he painted, only to become trapped in it as a result.

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