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6 More Reasons To Cancel ‘Looney Tunes’ Besides Elmer Fudd’s Gun

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“Looney Tunes” is back, this time on HBO Max, but with one major difference from the original series. In this iteration, when Elmer Fudd goes after Bugs Bunny, he won’t be armed with a rifle, but a scythe. Because if there’s one thing that doesn’t suggest a violent and bloody demise, it’s a scythe.

In explaining the change, executive producer Peter Browngardt said, “We’re not doing guns. But we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.” Why the guns weren’t also grandfathered in was not explained, as the producers are obviously being even more illogical than the actual cartoons here. For some reaason, violence is okay, so long as it’s limited to giant blades, explosives, and other such obviously non-lethal and non-problematic means.

It’s not like dynamite — the explosive, not Napoleon — has ever hurt anyone or that there was a movie titled for a giant blade that the protagonist used as a murder weapon. Also, how does scythe failure work? When Elmer shoots Daffy and he gets coated in ash or his feathers fall off, that makes sense. Will the scythe just bounce off? Bend? I should probably stop giving them ideas for how to make it plausible.

Given that the whole premise of “Looney Tunes” is violent conflict, it’s an odd choice, if a wholly predictable one given the times. This is why the writers should go for Molotov cocktails instead of dynamite. But also given the times, it’s worth noting that guns are not the only problematic thing about classic “Looney Tunes.” There are so many........

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