- Goin' down the rabbit hole
Where we're goin' no one knows
Obstacles 'round every bend!
Let's see where the tunnel ends!
The show features a Sketch Comedy format of various segmented shorts, this time adding brand-new looney friends and enemies 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 adopted his arrogant "super genius" persona (from cartoons such as Operation Rabbit and Rabbits Feat where he spoke).
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. After the more experimental nature of recent Looney Tunes television shows, and in response to The Looney Tunes Show, it was promised that this series would see the characters return to their original, wacky selves.
Even though it was slated for a premiere on Boomerang on October 5, 2015, it aired on Cartoon Network first as a sneak preview starting September 21, 2015. Ironically, Wabbit was originally considered for Cartoon Network.
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 impediment. Ironically, Elmer did not appear when the series first aired but, over the course of the show's first 52-episode season he note and other classic Looney Tunes characters started popping up. As a result, the series was retooled in its second season as New Looney Tunes, now featuring segments starring the other lovable characters.
In January 2018, producer Matt Craig announced on Facebook that the show would not be renewed for a fourth season due to them having already produced so many unaired episodes. Instead, Warner Bros. Animation announced production of an upcoming creator and cartoonist-driven revival (not unlike the What A Cartoon! Show or Oh Yeah! Cartoons) simply titled Looney Tunes Cartoons.
Wabbit pwovides exampews of:
- The Ace: After a stint as a cynic, Bugs is back to his better-known Karmic Trickster persona, though a little more fallible than before (especially in the shorts where he's paired with Porky Pig).
- 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."
- all lowercase letters: The title is often written like this.
- Animated Anthology: Showcases several shorts per episode starring different characters.
- Animation Bump: The episodes farmed out to Snipple Animation are more fluid, compared to those done at Rough Draft Korea and Yearim Productions.
- Artifact Title: The fact that Elmer Fudd rarely appeared 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.
- Bratty Food Demand: In one episode, Bugs babysits a boy who demands mac and cheese. But every time Bugs makes it, the boy claims it wasn't made correctly, forcing Bugs to make it again. By the time it's done "properly", it's been an hour and the boy isn't hungry anymore.
- The Bus Came Back: Gabby Goat, an obscure Looney Tunes bit player who hasn't been seen since 1937, returns for the episode "Gettin' Your Goat".
- 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 the episode "Splashwater Bugs".
- Canon Foreigner: Squeaks the Squirrel, Bigfoot, Dr. Clovenhoof and any of the newly-created antagonists.
- 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".
- Casting Gag: On Loonatics Unleashed, Candi Milo (who voiced Zadavia) also voiced Grannicus, Granny's descendant. In this show, she voices Granny herself.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Most of the characters of The Looney Tunes Show either vanished or got Demoted to Extra, with Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam and Bugs himself being the only regulars.
- Averted in Season 2 when the show was revamped into New Looney Tunes, where many of the other classic Looney Tunes regulars started to take centre stage again.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Squeak Show" stars Squeaks and Bigfoot, with Bugs not appearing until the end.
- 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! However, Porky and Daffy were intentionally designed to resemble how they originally first appeared in the 1930s (most notably Porky being quite fat.)
- Driven to Madness: Many of the Porky Pig / Daffy Duck shorts end with Porky losing his mind because of Daffy's antics.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: The title itself is an example of this.
- Expository Theme Tune: "Going down the rabbit hole..."
- Fake Muscles: In "Bugs of Steel," Rock Hardcase's big buff body turns out to just be an inflatable body suit, and that he's really a small weakling.
- 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.
- This could also apply to how Porky Pig and Daffy Duck have been redesigned to resemble their original versions from the 1930s.
- Hiccup Hijinks: The episode "Hiccups And Downs" has Bugs get hiccups when he drinks his lemonade too fast. Porky does all he can to cure him, even sending him to Witch Hazel and a scary castle, but no luck. Porky then pulls a trick by saying he'll move in with him and stop at nothing to cure him, which scares Bugs into losing them. We then cut to a screen shot of both of them saying how they respect each other even if they don't want to live with each other, and then they both hiccup , ending the episode.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Bugs usually doesn't come out on top in the shorts where he co-stars with Porky Pig or Bigfoot.
- "One Carroter in Search of an Artist" ends with Daffy Duck revealed to be the unseen animator torturing Bugs, in reference to their reversed roles in Duck Amuck.
- 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 gets blamed during the Big Bad's Villainous Breakdown, then expect for them to turn against the Big Bad and become friends with Bugs.
- Monstrous Germs: In the episode "Computer Bugs", a computer virus that infects Bugs' computer looks like an orange Cephalothorax with Evil Eyebrows and four antennae. It brags and laughs as it destroys the software on the computer.
- Mythology Gag: The entire premise of "One Carroter in Search of an Artist" is an updated version of the classic "Rabbit Rampage." At one point, the artist turns Bugs into his form from "Hare-Um Scare-Um", then into Ace Bunny from Loonatics Unleashed.
- 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.
- Patchwork Map: Any short focusing on Bugs and Wile E Coyote as neighbors will have Bugs living in a lush forest and Wile E living in an arid desert, and the cutoff between those two climates being their property line.
- Reconstruction: Gradually the show eventually becomes this for the Looney Tunes franchise itself if not a reboot, especially when they begin to add more characters beside Bugs. Daffy Duck's and Tweety's personalities are revised to their original screwball personas, Porky resembling his original overweight appearance from the thirties, Granny's voice after getting recast with Candi Milo following Foray's death resembles the very first voice for the character Bea Benaderet before Foray was cast and finally the return after 80 years of Gabby Goat, Porky's original sidekick before Daffy came along.
- 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. There's also a Ramones-esque rock variation.
- 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.
- Happy Hartle's Hamburger Hut, the fast food restaurant in "Fast Feud", and its manager are 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.
- In "Lucky Duck," Shameless O'Scanty gets covered in feathers and takes up Donald Duck's famous pose of winding his fists.
- Sketch Comedy: In the vein of the 1970's1980'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 ugly head, they are quick to 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 been redesigned to look like their earliest incarnations from when they debuted in the 1930s.