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Review: "That's Not All, Folks!" - 'Looney Tunes Cartoons" Bounds Back on HBO Max

by JC Alvarez
Wednesday May 27, 2020
'Looney Tunes Cartoons'
'Looney Tunes Cartoons'  

That's not all, folks!

They are as much a part of the iconic film history as the biggest stars in Hollywood. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and all their cohorts graced the big screen at the height of the movie era and opened all the biggest pictures. Now that HBO Max is preparing to launch and join the multitude of subscriber platforms, it's promising to offer its members unprecedented access to entertainment, including original programming that is exclusive. Among those new offerings is a fresh take on an old classic.

"Looney Tunes Cartoons," one of the original series launching this month on HBO Max, revisits the classic cartoon favorites and gives their antics a glossy embellishment, while still staying faithful to the originals. Bugs and Daffy are up to their usual shenanigans, including dodging their adversaries Elmer Fudd and Gossamer Monster. Each half-hour episode is sectioned into three vignettes, usually two full-featured takes starring any one of the Looney Tunes stars, and third, a shorter bit.

The art is reflective of the characters as they appeared in their early days. Bugs is sporting his yellow gloves, and Daffy looks truly... daffy! The silhouettes of these interpretations appear very much influenced by how these cartoons captured our pop-culture imaginations. For many of us who grew up fascinated with, and inspired by, the Looney Tunes Cartoons, these revisions are nostalgically enjoyable and beautifully crafted. They are reminiscent of the cartoons we all remember, but have added several contemporary touches.

These newly minted "Looney Tunes Cartoons" aren't necessarily cutting edge narratively, but they pay homage to the rich history of the cartoons and undoubtedly validate the importance of their contribution to entertainment. Audiences will certainly enjoy the return of "Looney Tunes Cartoons," and will be in a position now to look back with their own children and reexamine the classics, thanks to HBO Max.

"Looney Tunes Cartoons" is available now at HBO Max.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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