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Looney Tunes: Back in Action
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by Dennis Swennumson

"Deserves more than the chance most won't give it."
3 stars

To see "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" requires certain stipulations. Ignore the grin on the guy's face when you lay down six bucks for this movie. Shrug off the ticket taker quipping "have fun" after giving directions to the theatre. Forget the table set up for a coloring contest and the picture of Tweety saying "It's Looney time!" on the door. Suspend all notion of what a common teenager should be seeing, loosen up and try to grasp some memory of childhood that was lost in the swamp of college applications, fast food jobs and standardized tests. After the embarrassing journey of actually entering the theatre, it's a pretty entertaining movie.

The film's opening scene takes us inside the executive boardroom at Warner Bros. Studios. Daffy Duck can no longer contain his jealousy and brooding rage over Bugs Bunny's fame, fortune and special treatment. The beginning of the script for the next Looney Tunes movie, Daffy observes, features his beak being shot off by Elmer Fudd on almost every page. Daffy's demands are rejected; he is fired and ordered removed from the premises.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chairman, played by an overly goofy Steve Martin, head of the evil Acme Corporation has concocted a plan involving a world famous actor/spy, a ridiculously named diamond artifact and mass manufacturing to fatten profits and take over the world. It's up to Daffy, Bugs, a wannabe stunt man (Brendan Fraser) and a Warner Bros. executive (Jenna Elfman) to prevent the Acme Corporation and its cohorts from succeeding with this plan. The overstuffed story line is obviously not the film's strongest quality.

There are some surprisingly smart and inspired jokes in the first act of the movie. "Tell me about it," Speedy Gonzales replies after Porky Pig complains of his experiences with Political Correctness. Almost every notable character makes an appearance, from Wile E. Coyote being hired as a hitman for the Acme Corporation to Yosemite Sam owning a Las Vegas casino, his personality being the big gimmick. The movie's funniest scene features Bugs and Daffy being pursued by Elmer Fudd through influential art at the Louvre. These self-referential Warner jokes and character cameos are the film at its best.

As the movie progresses, it becomes apparent that the Looney Tunes, as with the Mickey Mouse cast of characters or the Hanna Barbara 'toons, are a taste better taken in shorter doses. Director Joe Dante and his creators have a clear grasp on the characterizations of Chuck Jones' beloved creations, this movie is definitely better than 1996's "Space Jam." But a collection of new shorts would have been better than this convoluted mess of a story. While its 'toon-in-real-life premise doesn't compare to the classic "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the movie does offer a fair amount of entertainment for parents looking to escape the constant replay of "Finding Nemo" or teenagers taking a younger sibling out for an afternoon at the movies.

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User Comments

8/30/12 roscoe so fast paced and so many great gags allow you to not notice few weaknesses 4 stars
10/01/09 Jeff Wilder Entertaining mix of animated and human comedy. 4 stars
11/21/08 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 4 stars
10/19/08 Samantha Pruitt pretty funny, cartoons doing people things always cracks me up! 4 stars
5/19/08 PAUL SHORTT CARTOON CHARACTERS LOSE THEIR VITALITY IN A SERIES OF SELF-REFERENTIAL GAGS 1 stars
10/29/06 AJ Muller Awesome and hilarious (piss on you, Space Jam) - thank the Lord for Joe Dante. 5 stars
6/29/06 George A fun movie with a silly plot. That's where I laugh. Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha! 4 stars
5/15/06 N/A (John Doe) better than most movies 4 stars
3/27/06 Brian Meyer Very funny, but the toons got pushed into background in 2nd 1/2. 5 stars
5/11/05 tatum Sometimes awkward, but still funny (and, yes, better than "Space Jam") 4 stars
2/06/05 Jeff Anderson Better, MUCH BETTER than that horrible SPACE JAM! Joe Dante was certainly right for this!!! 5 stars
10/31/04 G-man excellent movie!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/25/04 Phil Crap crap crap. the trouser bit was funny. for kids only! not even stoners can enjoy this 2 stars
8/24/04 K Man sucks d*#% 1 stars
8/22/04 jmsynth More laughs then almost any film this year. After SJ, nice2remember these arent just 4kids 5 stars
7/31/04 Jim Deeney Totally Wicked 5 stars
7/22/04 Conor Great excellent, very funny 5 stars
3/30/04 Ken Stryker No Offence But This Wasn't Worth The Rental, Space Jam is way better 1 stars
3/14/04 Foghorn This was 1 of the best movies ever 5 stars
2/27/04 Ian Fairholm Much better than I'd expected, reaching genius level on occasions, but inconsistent 4 stars
2/27/04 mike It's got razor-sharp wit, and it's a Daffy Duck movie. What's not to like? 5 stars
2/22/04 Jiz Great movie with or without the nostalgia trip 5 stars
1/24/04 agent222 very entertaining 4 stars
1/15/04 Gretchen Seitz Great for kid-0riented stuff! Too bad they let Heather Flopsneer in it. 4 stars
1/14/04 Betty White Like "Space Jam", it has its moments, but runs out of steam way before the climax. 2 stars
1/03/04 Farnq Y I will do good this time Pa..SHADDUP, and let's get going...but Henry 5 stars
12/31/03 Bill I went with my 9 year old daughter and we both enjoyed it. 4 stars
12/23/03 Twisted Goon Jesus Christ McKenna, Don't say Space Jam! This movie is excellent for animation freaks!!! 5 stars
12/01/03 Guertin S Sweet mother of God! SWEET! 5 stars
11/23/03 Chrys fantastic 5 stars
11/22/03 ross hendrick the heyday of the looney tunes has passed 3 stars
11/18/03 Chris I loved it. Went in with low expections and got alot of laughs. See it. 4 stars
11/18/03 michaelb14 DUCK DODGERSSSS TO THE RESCUE 5 stars
11/17/03 McKenna KICKED SPACE JAM'S SORRY ASS!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
11/17/03 Jim The Freak A satirical, hysterical masterpiece that was MADE for movie freaks! 5 stars
11/15/03 bender best movie of the whole fuggin year. daffy was the hero! 5 stars
11/14/03 Titus Steve Martin wasn't great, but everyone/thing else was AWESOME! 5 stars
11/14/03 Jon Lyrik Steve Martin and the characters are truly priceless. 4 stars
11/13/03 Schmitty The first time in a while where a movie does justice to the characters. 5 stars
11/09/03 cutie classic characters: both animated and live! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  14-Nov-2003 (PG)
  DVD: 02-Mar-2004

UK
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Australia
  11-Dec-2003


Directed by
  Joe Dante

Written by
  Larry Doyle

Cast
  Brendan Fraser
  Jenna Elfman
  Steve Martin
  Joan Cusack
  Timothy Dalton
  Heather Locklear



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