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DVD Review: The Looney Tunes Show – There Goes the Neighborhood

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In May of 2011, Cartoon Network launched the latest reboot of the classic Looney Tunes series. The new Looney Tunes Show keeps the familiar gang, but modernizes them, putting them smack dab in the present and making Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck roommates! Yes, an odd couple indeed. The series’ main stories focus on Daffy, Bugs and Porky Pig with smaller contributions from  Sylvester and Tweety, Yosemite Sam and even Speedy Gonzales (with voice provided by Fred Armisen), who runs the pizza place PizzArriba!

Looney TunesOne major change is the introduction of Lola and Gina as Bugs and Daffy’s girlfriends. Gina appears to be a New Jersey native, accent and all; Lola is a total ditz, unable to maintain a coherent conversation. She also annoys Bugs at every turn. Voiced by Kristen Wiig, Lola is truly a hilarious character.

The plots for the 14 episodes collected on this set are creative, funny and often unpredictable. One of the most memorable episodes is “DMV,” which has Lola trying to get her driver’s license. Other standout episodes include: “Newspaper Thief,” when Daffy’s newspaper turns up missing, he initiates a neighborhood wide search that culminates in the hosting of a dinner party in which the invited guests are all “suspects.” “Off Duty Cop” is a show-within-a-show appropriation starring Daffy’s hero, Leslie Hunt. He and Porky Pig visit Hunt at an autograph signing, where Daffy is dismayed to discover Hunt is not actually Steve St. James, the character he portrays. Daffy decides to become St. James himself and attempt to arrest Bugs for a “crime” involving the energy drink Yosemite Sam has been selling.

Along with Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig (who received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance), the voice work is great. Jeff Bergman does a wonderful job as several characters including Bugs and Daffy. Bergman also lends his voice to Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester and Tweety. Bob Bergen (who also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance), handles Porky Pig.

The Episodes:
“To Bowl or Not to Bowl,” “Newspaper Thief,” “Bugs and Daffy Get A Job,” “That’s My Baby,” “Sunday Night Slice,” “The DMV,” “Off Duty Cop” “Working Duck,””French Fries,” “Beauty School,” “The Float,” “The Shelf,” “Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder” and “Point Laser Point.”

The video is presented in 1.78The transfer looks fine, reflecting the fairly traditional Looney Tunes scheme. Audio is a fine sounding Dolby Digital Surround track and Spanish dubs and subtitles are offered.

There are no special features.