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  • Fleeting Demographic Rule: Elmer chasing Bugs and Daffy into Edvard Munch's The Scream, was a recycling of a gag created more than a decade before in Tiny Toon Adventures, and used the exact same music from "Pictures at an Exhibition" as background both times.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Daffy's jealousy and antagonism towards Bugs may seem to be just the consequence of Daffy being the Butt-Monkey to all of Bugs' jokes, but it takes on a new light when you learn that Daffy Duck came first. Daffy's character was created in 1937 with Porky Pig; Bugs only came around with Elmer Fudd in 1940. In other words, Daffy has been bitter about Bugs usurping his popularity since 1940.
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    • The premise of Daffy being unpopular but the audience still desiring him in cartoons also falls into this remembering that Daffy was converted into The Chew Toy during the 50s after the Screwy Squirrel archetype was starting to lose popularity. The audience does love Daffy, but primarily they love to see Daffy suffer.
  • Genius Bonus: During the Louvre chase scene, one of the songs playing in the background is movement #9: the "Baba Yaga" from "Pictures at an Exhibition".
    • Other pieces Used: Vivaldi's "Mandolin Concerto" and "Alla Rustica", and Offenbach's "Can Can".
  • Ham and Cheese: Steve Martin. Dear Lord, Steve Martin. He's clearly having the time of his life as the ACME Chairman. According to the DVD Commentary, he stayed in character even off-set.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Doubles as a veery subtle example of Biting-the-Hand Humor: during a chase scene, Sam's goons refuse to throw dynamite out of their car at our heroes because they don't want innocent people to get hurt. It seems like a bit of innocent Lampshade Hanging... until you realize that Warner Bros. really did force the filmmakers to tone down the very violence that the Looney Tunes are known for.
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    • Brendan Fraser's Acting for Two gag where he plays both DJ (his own fictional stunt double) and the "real" Brendan Fraser (portrayed as a narcissistic Jerkass), whom DJ gets to punch in the face at the end, moves straight into Tear Jerker once you read that Brendan Fraser revealed in an interview the only reason he signed on for the movie was because he was struggling with crippling depression and self-loathing (due to a number of personal and professional issues) at the time, that he thought of Jerkass Brendan Fraser as a manifestation of the worst parts of himself that he wanted to punch right in the face so badly.
    • DJ's line "I was in The Mummy (1999) more than Brendan Fraser" takes on a tragic note when you learn the real-life Brendan Fraser not only did his own stunts, but he was working on several action films around the same time as Looney Tunes (especially The Mummy 3), and got torn up so bad he was basically in and out of the hospital, in and out of surgery, and "put together with tape and ice" just to get from set to set that he burned out of acting after this film.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: Bugs spends just about the entire movie being nicer to Daffy than he usually is in the cartoons (well, maybe not the entire movie) and was the only one who knew right from the start that firing him was a bad idea. He looked like he genuinely felt sorry for him after the main page quote.
    "Eh, Daffy always comes back. I just tell him how much I need him. We hug, we cry, I drop somethin' heavy on him, I laugh..."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Whether or not Bugs is really that depressed without Daffy, he certainly goes to pretty great lengths to get him back. His less-than-family-friendly humor is also lampshaded by the female executive:
    Kate Houghton: Okay, about the crossdressing thing: then, funny; now, disturbing.
    Bugs Bunny: Lady, if you don't find a rabbit wearin' lipstick amusing, then you and I got nothin' to say to each other.
  • Just Here For The Looney Tunes: One of the biggest complaints about the film is how the human characters "hijack" it from the Looney Tunes characters to the point that the latter can easily be removed without burdening the plot. That said, the parts where the 'toons are on screen are considered the best.
  • Narm: Dusty Tails' performance at the casino loses a good chunk of its intended sex appeal when you realize she's singing a gender flipped Backstreet Boys song — and the one the Boys are most ashamed of having done, too. Seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Scooby-Doo viciously bearing his fangs and growling at Matthew Lillard can be a bit discerning due to being out of character.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mentioning all the aliens in Area 52 may be cheating, as they're mostly interesting for the Continuity Porn value, but Joan Cusack's performance as the researcher there is amazing, which is most obvious when you consider that it's still memorable despite all the cameos and hijinks running around all around her.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The tie-in game for the PS2 and Gamecube is a lousy 3D platformer with a horrible camera, confusing objectives, obnoxious sound design and boring, monotonous gameplay. On the plus side, it does have a good deal of variety when it comes to its minigames.
  • Signature Scene: The Bugs and Daffy vs Elmer chase through the Louvre paintings is generally considered one of the most iconic and most Looney Tunes elements of the entire movie.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the film. While not considered the BEST Looney Tuness film, especially when the live actor parts start to drag, many people consider it superior to Space Jam and many more say it handles its source material a lot better.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Surprisingly little is done with the Blue Monkey's magical power of turning people into monkeys. At least in the finished film. The DVD special features give us an alternate climax where the Blue Monkey's powers are used to create some truly wild and over-the-top situations.
    • Daffy crashes the Batmobile into the studio water tower, causing it to topple down... and somehow, Yakko, Wakko and Dot don't come spilling out of it. Sadly, Warner Bros. has a knack for pretending they never existed.
    • Considering the Executive Meddling and all the cut scenes from original drafts, this can be said for quite a bit of the film unfortunately.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Daffy. An underlying theme of the movie can be said to be of his designated Butt-Monkey status and unappreciated role in comparison to Bugs Bunny. The movie outright lampshades the fact that despite his unpopularity, he is out and out pivotal to the show, and Kate even frustratedly points out how no one and yet everyone can love him at the same time. This is what leads to the page quote about how while Daffy has to endure pain to get laughs, Bugs just has to 'munch on a carrot' to be effortlessly lovable. Whether intentional or not, after this movie was released, Warner Bros. ironically started to focus a LOT more on Daffy rather than just on Bugs. Besides merchandising, he got his own series, and takes much of the focus in The Looney Tunes Show. Guess Bugs really did speak up to those Warner Brothers on Daffy's behalf...
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: It's generally agreed that Bugs, Daffy and Elmer's chase sequence through the Louvre is the absolute best scene in the entire movie.


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