Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will no longer carry their trademark guns and pistols in the new Looney Tunes show that premiered on HBO Max.
Two of our beloved Looney Tunes characters, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will no longer sport firearms in the new cartoon show called "Looney Tunes Cartoons" that premiered on HBO Max, reports CNN. While Fudd and Sam will don the same outfits, they won't have their accessories with them. The show will continue to have sticks of Acme dynamite and cartoon violence, but fans won't see the two of them carrying their signature hunting rifle and double pistols respectively.
In an interview with The New York Times, Peter Browngardt, executive producer and showrunner said, "We're not doing guns. But we can do cartoony violence -- TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in." In a short clip that was released on their YouTube channel, Warner Bros. TV, titled "Dynamite Dance," Fudd uses a scythe as he chases Bugs Bunny. Bugs Bunny retaliates by shoving a stick of dynamite into Fudd's mouth and continues to blow him up in numerous different ways.
According to CBS, "Neither Browngardt nor WarnerMedia, HBO Max's parent company, have explicitly stated the reason for the decision to drop guns from the series." Fans were divided by this announcement. Monoklown3Q2 stated: Sam and Elmer Fudd are nothing without their trademark weapons. This is bullshit. BatboyEXE added: eh idk, sticks of dynamite, anvils and booby traps feel more like something Wile E. Coyote would use. if you're not gonna depict Elmer using guns, don't depict him as a hunter. The Looney Toons show didn't keep him as a hunter (granted he was barely in the show). Undercover Soldier said: Well they just completely threw away the main point of the character being a hunter.
Others like Jaed: our cause is just welcomed the move. They noted: I honestly don't mind Elmer's gun being taken away for HBO MAX Looney Tunes. We all know that Elmer used a gun to hunt down Bugs Bunny for decades. A change of pace is good, even for a modern audience. There are times even in some past cartoons that Elmer doesn't use a gun. A historian and assistant professor at Muhlenberg College, Jacqueline Antonovich added: I can't believe this needs to be said, but Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd were never responsible gun owners anyway.
While Looney Tunes have been brought back multiple times over the years, the show has thrived to keep up with the modern age, without moving from its old roots when it comes to their form and function according to the New York Times. The episodes, known as shorts, range from one to six minutes in length and star some of Warner Bros.’s most popular mascots. Now, that they are on a streaming platform, viewers have two choices before them: a) binge-watch, or b) watch a couple before catching up on a movie or TV show, like they once used to.
Browngardt said, "I always thought, ‘What if Warner Bros. had never stopped making Looney Tunes cartoons?' As much as we possibly could, we treated the production in that way." In the universe of animated comedy, the original cartoons are one of the most successful cartoon series, if not the greatest. These film shorts debuted in 1930, to run before features in movie theaters before they made the transition to the TV in the 1960s.
The creator of the new series hopes to do justice to the directors, animators, and voice artists who brought life to many of the beloved characters that we are so familiar with. Browngardt said, "There was something about the energy of those early cartoons. And those five directors: Frank Tashlin, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery before he left for MGM, Chuck Jones, and Friz Freleng. They literally invented the language of cinema."
Over the years, Looney Tunes combined with their sister series Merrie Melodies have been nominated for 22 Academy Awards, winning five; four have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The original show ended in 1969, but it still remains one of our favorite childhood television shows and hopefully will remain that way for generations to come.