The hip update of Bugs, Daffy, and the whole gang in The Looney Tunes Show (2011-14) polarized longtime fans. Though popular (and nominated for multiple Emmy Awards), some viewers were reluctant to accept the sitcom style that placed the Looney Tunes gang in the middle of a suburb. Personally, I thought it was brilliantly executed – and unfortunate that it was ultimately so short-lived.
That said, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has come up with a brand new Looney Tunes series, boosting a return to its “slapstick comedy roots,” called Wabbit. The heavily Bugs Bunny-centric series began airing on Cartoon Network in September, 2015. The first 26 episodes of Wabbit’s maiden season will arrive on DVD on April 26, 2016 as a two-disc set.
Look, this is a news piece rather than review of the show, so we’ll let Warner summarize things in this passage from Wabbit’s press materials: “More delightfully zany adventures with that carrot-crunching rabbit, Bugs Bunny! From Warner Bros. Animation, Wabbit is classic Looney Tunes with an updated look and engaging new characters. Squeaks the squirrel and Bigfoot join Bugs Bunny on his new escapades. Wabbit also features several of Bugs Bunny’s long-time, loyal Looney Tunes pals, including Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam and the Tasmanian Devil, some of whom have new roles in Bugs’ life. It’s classic Bugs Bunny in present day situations.”
Though I’ve personally only seen a few scattered episodes of Wabbit so far, it can be noted that the inventiveness of its predecessor, The Looney Tunes Show, is very much in evidence. Looking forward to seeing more, especially with Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production Season 1 Part 1 DVD around the corner.