The Looney Tunes Show

The Looney Tunes Show

Genre Animated sitcom
Created by Sam Register
Based on Looney Tunes
by Warner Bros.
Developed by Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Voices of Jeff Bergman
Bob Bergen
Kristen Wiig
Fred Armisen
Maurice LaMarche
Jennifer Esposito
Annie Mumolo
June Foray
Theme music composer Cliff Friend & Dave Franklin (adaptation by Andy Sturmer)
Opening theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"
Ending theme "What's Up, Doc?" Instrumental
Composer(s) Andy Sturmer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sam Register
Producer(s) Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Matt Danner
(season 1)
Hugh Davidson
(season 2)
Rachel Ramras
(season 2)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Toon City Animation (Season 1)
Yearim Production
Rough Draft Korea
Crew972 (Road Runner CGI cartoon)
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) – August 31, 2014 (2014-08-31)
Preceded by Loonatics Unleashed (2005–2007)
Followed by wabbit. - A Looney Tunes Production (2015–present)
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The Looney Tunes Show is an American animated sitcom that ran from May 3, 2011 through August 31, 2014 on Cartoon Network. The show features characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons updated for the 21st century. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. On July 29, 2014, producer Tony Cervone confirmed that the series would not be renewed for a third season in light of Wabbit.[1] Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run is an animated direct-to-video spin-off film released on August 4, 2015.[2]

The series was created by Sam Register, who was well known for creating another Cartoon Network show Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.


The concept of the show revolves around roommates Bugs and Daffy living in Los Angeles with "colorful neighbors" and other characters including Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Gossamer, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Pete Puma, and more. The show's plots contain less visual gags, and are more adult-oriented and dialogue-driven than has been seen in past Looney Tunes shows such as love triangles, employment, and rooming.[3]

Wraparound segments

The show also features two other segments which wrap around the main plot. These consist of:


Main characters

Recurring characters

Other characters


Season 1

A total of 26 episodes have been produced and aired.

Season 2

A total of 26 episodes have been produced and aired.[4]


The Looney Tunes Show was first announced in July 2009.[5] However, it was delayed several times before finally premiering on May 3, 2011. The characters feature new designs created by Ottawa artist Jessica Borutski over the course of two years.[6]

The animation is produced by Yearim, and Rough Draft Korea (along with Toon City Animation in the first season.) The Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner CGI shorts are produced by Crew972.

On July 29, 2014, producer Tony Cervone announced via Twitter that it was not renewed for a third season.[7] Warner Bros. is now concentrating on production of the spin-off series Wabbit for the Looney Tunes franchise.

Home media release

Season 1

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
3-Pack Fun: The Looney Tunes Show 12 May 8, 2012[8]
There Goes the Neighborhood 14 August 7, 2012[9]

The first episode was released as a bonus feature on Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run.


Two albums compiling songs from the show have been released digitally by WaterTower Music:


Reaction to The Looney Tunes Show have been mixed. Though the voice acting has received praise, the series has been criticized for its infrequent use of slapstick, its lack of cartoon gags, character designs, personality changes and the "sitcom-styled" format that consists of the characters living in a suburban neighborhood.[12][13][14] The show, however, remained consistently popular, garnering an average of 2 million viewers every episode.[15][16]

In a 2010 interview with CBC News, series animator Jessica Borutski said in response to fan criticism of the series' new character designs, that the original designs were intended for adults and that "[it is] time for a new generation to meet the characters."[14] Borutski said, "a fresh, new design is the only way to keep characters alive."[14] Cartoon historian Chris Robinson noted also that the mark the original characters have on fans is indelible, and that fans are not receptive to change. "[Fans] just really become attached to these things," Robinson said. "It's just so strongly rooted in their childhood that they're unable to separate themselves."[14]

Awards and nominations

The Looney Tunes Show has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.[17]

Year Award Category Nominee Outcome
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode "Jailbird and Jailbunny"
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Kristen Wiig
  • For the voice of Lola Bunny
  • Episode "Double Date"
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Bob Bergen
  • For the voice of Porky Pig
  • Episode "We're in Big Truffle"

Direct-to-video film

A direct-to-video film, Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, was announced on April 30, 2015, with an accompanying trailer. It was released on August 4, 2015 though it was released earlier on July 7, 2015 through Walmart and Vudu.[2][18]


The Looney Tunes Show premiered in the United States on May 3, 2011 through August 31, 2014 on Cartoon Network. In Australia the first two seasons of the series began airing on 9Go!. And Foxtel channel on Cartoon Network.


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