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New Looney Tunes Cartoons Series Has Banned Characters From Carrying Guns

New Looney Tunes Cartoons Series Has Banned Characters From Carrying Guns

A new series of short Looney Tunes cartoons does not allow characters such as Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd to have guns, according to the main man behind the show, Peter Browngardt.

The new series of animated shorts, imaginatively titled Looney Tunes Cartoons, has been released on the subscription-based HBO Max platform and won't be 'doing guns' according to executive producer Browngardt.

That means that the kind of slapstick cartoon violence that we've become used to over the years is drastically changed for this outing.

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A throwback to the iconic cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s, it still featurez a load of exaggerated violence, but there just aren't any actual firearms.

What on earth is Elmer Fudd going to be hunting with?

Credit: HBO Max
Credit: HBO Max

The series sees a return to screens for classic double acts like Elmer and Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Tweety, and Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.

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This time out, it's going to be just anvils and dynamite, then? That's how it would seem, anyway.

Browngardt told The New York Times: "We're not doing guns,

"But we can do cartoony violence - TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in."

Still, it'll be nice to see the old gang back together, won't it?

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This latest show is an attempt to really get back to the essence of the original cartoons, just simple visual gags and silly slapstick jokes.

Credit: HBO Max
Credit: HBO Max

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A return to the good old days, if you will.

You see, for this series - of which they've animated 1,000 minutes of brand new Looney Tunes content - they've taken a leaf out of the original series' book.

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Looney Tunes Cartoons doesn't have scripts, it's just the result of cartoonists sitting in a room together drawing up stuff and having a bit of a giggle at the same time.

On occasion, they might have taken things to extremes, and those could be released separately in a more adult-friendly fashion.

Browngardt continued: "Some of them have maybe gone a little too far, so they might come out in a different format," adding that the more extreme offerings could be 'packaged for an Adult Swim type of thing'.

Story editor Jonny Ryan added: "We're going through this wave of 'anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along'.

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"Looney Tunes is pretty much the antithesis of that. It's two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent."

The only difference, is that instead of trying to catch wabbits with a gun, Elmer Fudd has to get a bit more creative.

Browngardt concluded: "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."

Credit: HBO Max
Credit: HBO Max

It's certainly working, as the show has become one of the most popular series' to be released on the new platform, which came out on 27 May in the USA.

So far, there have been 10 gun-less episodes released, and it looks as if the punters aren't missing them.

Hell, it's more exciting to use a scythe anyway, isn't it?

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Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]