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  • Author's Saving Throw: Season 2 had more of the regular Looney Tunes characters making appearances, starting with Daffy and Porky. In fact, the show as a whole was retooled to feature other Looney Tunes characters alongside Bugs Bunny. This led to its name change from Wabbit to New Looney Tunes.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Pepé Le Pew is back and while most people agree that shifting him away from his original shorts formula of stalking a cat with a stripe down her back was a much-needed change thanks to societies changes since then, debates on whether or not what they decided to change his character and shorts to are actually funny or not are still ongoing. New Looney Tunes turned him into a James Bond parody. Whether the parody is done well or even remotely fits the character are iffy in the first place. And then there's the fact that Penelope ended up getting the shaft because of it; despite her being the sympathetic one from the classic shorts.
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  • Broken Base: The show taking a back to basics approach for the Looney Tunes has stirred some heated debate interestingly enough. Those for the back to basics approach argue that the franchise is at its best when it focuses more on comedy, negative continuity, and social commentary than character development, and that the previous shows and projects took way too many liberties with the characters. Those against the back to basics approach think that the show doesn't have its own identity, that the comedy is stale, and the other Looney Tunes shows, for all their faults, at least made attempts to stand out.
  • Character Rerailment:
    • After Bugs' (much-criticized) turn into a Stepford Snarker for the previous show, he has returned to his heroic roots.
    • Daffy Duck appears to have been rerailed as well — all the way back to his "completely screwy" persona from his earliest appearances, like Porky's Duck Hunt and The Wise Quacking Duck.
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    • Tweety Bird has been reverted back to the more aggressive personality that Bob Clampett originally gave him.
    • Lola Bunny has regained some of her competency, as well as her original voice actress from Space Jam, but has retained the design and some of the craziness of her Looney Tunes Show portrayal to remain palatable with the main cast, making her more of a Composite Character.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Claudette has quickly become one of the more popular new antagonists. It's not hard to figure out why a slender, female fox (with a French accent) would be popular. Kath Soucie's performance certainly helps out.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Although the show has barely aired at all in North America, the show is very popular in international countries, enough to renew the series for a third season (according to Porky's voice actor Bob Bergen).
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • The bond between Bugs and Squeaks. Its quite clear they see each other as brothers and always look out for each other.
    • Daffy may be back to his original screwball persona but he genuinely wants to help people by bringing smiles to their faces.
    • Bugs displays that he is above hitting women because he refused to break his mother's heart. When Rhoda Roundhouse pushes him too far, the wabbit decides to retaliate and guess who rooted for him? His mother
  • Jerkass Woobie: Leslie P. Lilylegs. Even though he is like most antagonists and deserves the Butt-Monkey treatment from Bugs or Daffy, he gets treated poorly by whoever he works for. The episodes he is in usually have him wanting to get a promotion but failing.
    • Tad Tucker. while he does have a big ego and could be rude at times, Bugs messes with him because his favourite meal is a family of rabbits. And while Bugs is understandably annoyed and chooses to prank him without him even knowing he exists, if you look at it from Tad's perspective it's like everytime he tries a new show it goes wrong for no reason.
  • Older Than They Think: Many people were surprised by Daffy's more wacky personality when they're used to his more jerkish, greedy side. This actually goes back to the very early shorts (the ones directed by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett), where he was more of a screwball trickster character, and it is pretty common that the later adaptations would show his more negative side (but still remembering to show his more playful, screwball characteristics, as shown in 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit and 1996's Space Jam).
    • The same logic also applies to Tweety's more violent side.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: After being dropped for being The Scrappy for his inoffensive and obnoxious characterization around that time eighty years ago, Gabby Goat, while still a Hot-Blooded grumpy goat, here is made less unlikeable, given some Take That, Scrappy! moments when he is the Butt-Monkey and "Gettin' Your Goat" ends with Porky chasing him for his notable Hair-Trigger Temper and is depicted as a Deadpan Snarker who should've gone to Vegas.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the show is that it is a decent but underwhelming fare that was hampered by its weird character designs and comedy that has already been done before, making it somewhat repetitive and stale. However, the characterizations are improved from the polarizing Looney Tunes Show, mainly due to trying to revert the characters to how they were in the 30's and 40's. It's generally agreed that an attempt at a "return to form" was handled better in the next entry of the franchise.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The initial version of the Wabbit theme sounds pretty similar in style to the theme music for Disney's TaleSpin. The second theme song sounds like Wander over Yonder.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: While returning Bugs to his classic roots, the show has still received criticism (though not as bad a case as The Looney Tunes Show) for its strange and unusual character designs note , subpar animation, some of its repetitive humor and new characters, and the use of Hanna-Barbera Stock Sound Effects instead of the classic Warner Bros. ones, and trying way too hard to copy the original shorts. Season Two made attempts to rectify things.
  • Unexpected Character: Considering he's been AWOL from the Looney Tunes series for 80 years, its safe to say that nobody expected Gabby Goat of all characters to return in "Gettin' Your Goat".
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: It's downplayed with Fred Tatasciore as Yosemite Sam. While it's generally agreed that he does a good job capturing his gruff persona, many are also curious as to why he replaced Maurice LaMarche, who originally reprised the role during the Wabbit era of the show.
    • Maurice LaMarche explained at a Comic-Con event (go to 19:20) that he had to give up the role because it was putting too much of a strain on his throat and vocal cords (much the same reason Mel Blanc handed the role over to Joe Alaskey in Who Framed Roger Rabbit), and the show's scheduling times would not give him much recovery time between episodes.


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