Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Looney Tunes: Back in Action is a 2003 American live action/animation hybrid film to feature the Looney Tunes characters, after Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and Space Jam (1996). The film was released on November 13th, 2003.
The plot follows Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny (both voiced by Joe Alaskey) as they help aspiring daredevil Damian "D.J." Drake, Jr. (Brendan Fraser) and Warner Bros. executive Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman) find the "blue monkey" diamond in order to prevent the evil Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin) of the Acme Corporation from using it to turn mankind into monkeys that will manufacture his products; the group also attempts to rescue D.J.'s father (Timothy Dalton), an actor and spy who has been captured by Mr. Chairman.
Why It Rocks
- The animation is a step up from the previous Looney Tunes live action hybrid, with famed Disney animator Eric Goldberg working on the animation.
- The concept for how the movie is given like D.J. Drake, Bugs, Daffy, and Kate saving his own father (who is a spy) from being run over by a train on railroad tracks full of dynamite and all of mankind from the blue monkey diamond in Africa into monkeys is how it shows this can be what made Looney Tunes work.
- Very faithful and memorable to the franchise and the original source material.
- The plot is great and shows a very interesting side of Daffy: The one who's jealous of the fame of Bugs.
- The beginning of the movie makes a reference to The Hunting Trilogy, a series of famous Looney Tunes shorts directed by Chuck Jones.
- Great acting from the live action actors of the movie.
- Great humor, with lots of references to the Tunes history and more.
- Duck Dodgers gets an appearance despite the fact he is Daffy Duck.
- The acting and dialogue is really great.
- It was well received better than Space Jam.
- This movie had the charm the Looney Tunes stood for from all these years.
- The soundtrack score is very enjoyable and memorable.
- Great moments and sequences such as the painting chase scene with Bugs and Elmer.
- Great pop cultural references like the scene where Shaggy is scolding Matthew Lillard for his performance as Shaggy in the live action movie, and Micheal Jordan (Who was in the infamous Space Jam) making a cameo appearance. The classic Tim Burton Batmobile also makes an appearance too.
- The one scene where Bugs, Daffy, Kate and D.J. Drake see a Walmart and enter in there really makes a good joke.
- This movie is faithful to the original Looney Tunes cartoons.
- A lot of characters (besides Bugs and Daffy) from Looney Tunes cartoons past and present appear everywhere the entire film.
- Joe Alaskey did a very good job voicing both Bugs and Daffy.
- The post credits scene in the very end of the movie was very funny.
- The villain, Mr. Chairman, is very zany, silly, and a very entertaining villain.
- Although Daffy and Bugs are the main focus, it focus more on the human characters than the Looney Tunes, but it isn't that distracting, although it is kind of the same problem with Thomas and the Magic Railroad as that movie focused on Mr. Conductor, Burnett Stone, and Lily than Thomas and the engines (mostly Thomas).
Despite its financial disaster at the box office, the reviews and reception of the film were from mixed to positive reviews from critics and fans of the Looney Tunes, it was proven more successful than Space Jam, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper both gave the film two thumbs up (Roger also gave the film 3 out of 4 stars).
Along with being the critical success the movie is, the film was also nominated for Saturn Award for Best Animated Film, Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature.
- This was the last movie scored by Jerry Goldsmith before his death in 2004, after the movie's release.
- This was the last animated movie by Warner Bros. until 2014, bringing their animated movies back with "The LEGO Movie".
- The opening song of the movie does have a name, it is called "Life Story", and it shares the same opening music score as in early Looney Tunes cartoons staring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd (for example: "Rabbit Seasoning"; 1952).
- Before the movie's release, Joe Dante directed the movie in tribute and honor of Chuck Jones, who died in 2002.
- The 2003 cartoon, "The Whizzard of Ow!" was originally going to have a theatrical release, but due to the bombing of Looney Tunes: Back in Action, the plan was cancelled and instead, it was put on home video via DVD and Blu-Ray.