Monday, August 8, 2016

The Worst Looney Tunes of All Times


There's no denying the Looney Tunes are some of the best cartoons ever made, and there's renewed interest with the fans now that Boomerang begun bringing more shorts back on reruns.  However, not everything that WB did with these cartoons are considered great.  This is the Top worst Looney Tunes ever made in CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.  Please note, this is based on the majority of the fans' reactions and may not represent my opinions.

1. The Seely Six

Carl Stalling was the main man when it came to music in the WB cartoons followed by Milt Franklyn who trained under Stalling.  But in 1958, a major musicians strike took place and affected WB causing them to go to Captitol Records for background music.  John Seely was the organizer of that music for the company and while these were necessary for early TV shows that had a budget, these felt awkward in the Looney Tunes.  The six cartoons include 1 Bugs Bunny, 2 Road Runners, 1 Tweety and Sylvester, 1 Foghorn Leghorn, and 1 Goofy Gophers.  Hook Line and Stunker uses music that would later become the Dennis the Menace theme. Pre-Hysterical Hare ended up having more problems.  Combine badly drawn characters, a badly voiced Elmer Fudd, and cheap stock music, and you get the worst Bugs Bunny cartoon ever made.  Milt Franklyn returned to work, but died shortly after and was replaced by Bill Lava.

 2 The Porky Pig Show

With the success of The Bugs Bunny Show, ABC picked up another WB package entitled The Porky Pig Show.  Unfortunately, WB closed their studio and Depatie-Freleng was not open yet, so the animation for the intro, outro, and bumpers were done at the Hal Segar Studios.  An offspring of Paramount's Famous Studios, this studio is best known for Milton the Monster and Batfink.  However, they were under a limited budget.  This show has very off modeled characters running around to a cheaply but well remembered theme song to the show.  This is the only time Looney Tunes were animated in New York, and despite being badly animated, the show is mostly composed of reruns of the more classic cartoons.
3. Daffy and Speedy Cartoons

Depatie-Freleng began work on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies after the WB studios closed.  They originally wanted to do the classic characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, and more.  The only characters that made the cut were Speedy Gonzales, Daffy Duck, and the Road Runner.  The cartoon, It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House has Sylvester shaken up by Speedy, so Granny hires an exterminator to get rid of Speedy.  That role was played by Daffy.  As an exterminator, it made sense.  They figured the idea worked and continued to have Daffy vs Speedy.  It makes sense for a cat and mouse, but a duck and mouse???  It makes no sense.  Still, fans didn't mind too much until Depatie-Freleng focused more on their original characters like The Pink Panther and The Inspector, and the WB stuff was now being moved back over to the Warner Lot under Warner Bros. 7 Arts.  The art style changed and the animation on a tighter budget which is close to Hanna-Barbera's.  The last Daffy and Speedy cartoon, See Ya Later Gladiator, is considered the worst Daffy Duck cartoon ever made.  It is just sad to see what the cartoons looked in the 50's turn into what they did in the 60's.  The 7 Arts cartoons in general has a cult following with their original characters including Cool Cat, so they would not be 100% considered the worst, but bring the classic characters onto the scene, and then it's bad.
4. Rudy Larriva Road Runner Cartoons

As previously stated, Depatie-Freleng was working to bring Looney Tunes back to the big screen in the 60's/  They managed to work on a few cartoons, but with demands to work on their own cartoons such as The Pink Panther, they had to give the Road Runner series to another studio.  Format Films who worked on The Alvin Show and The Lone Ranger was asked to do the job.  Because this was a studio made to do TV cartoons, the results....Horrible!!!!!!  Bad animation, bad sound effects, stock music, and badly drawn characters.  The Road Runner had very big eyes, and the Coyote at times looked very creepy.  11 cartoons were made by that studio.  These should have been the Censored 11, not the politically incorrect stuff.
5. Redrawn Colorized Cartoons

As TV's began to be in color, it became necessary in the eyes of the executive to colorize the cartoons made in black and white.  Fred Ladd who adapted Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion into English oversaw this production to redraw the cartoons and colorize them.  Unfortunately, they were done in Korea and done cheap.  The results....BAD.  Bad animation replaced the masterful ones done by the greats in the 30's and 40's.  There was also some bad coloring too.  Sometimes Porky would wear a pink suit.  Daffy's colors always varied.  The cartoon A Coy Decoy is considered one of the worst cartoons ever made if you are to view the redrawn colorized version.  The cartoons were replaced by newly colorized cartoons in the 90's by computer, preserving the original animation.  However, copies of the redrawn colorized cartoons are still in circulation.

6. Daffy Duck and Porky Pig meets the Groovie Goulies

As part of ABC's Saturday Superstar Movies, this special crosses over the WB characters with Filmation's Groovie Goulies.  I think you can figure out the results on your own.  Since ALL the animation was done by Filmation, the Looney Tunes characters suffer from limited animation.  What's worse is the storytelling and a few voice glitches.  Daffy's voice is sped up way too high while Porky's was not sped up at all.  This rarely seen special is considered the worst Looney Tunes cartoon of all time.
7. Space Jam

This movie tells the story of NBA Basketball star Michael Jordan help the Looney Tunes win a basketball game against the Monstars who stole the talents of other NBA players and wish to take the Looney Tunes back with them to Magic Mountain.  This was made with the success of Nike's tie in of Air Jordan's with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan.  Despite having a cult following, die hard Looney Tunes fans hate it.  They don't like the idea of mixing sports with Looney Tunes and it suffers from bad writing as well.  A 2nd Space Jam is said to be in the works.

8. Baby Looney Tunes

This cartoon series has the Looney Tunes characters as little babies.  I'm not sure if it's a late cash in for Muppet Babies or a cash in to the Rugrats which was nearly ending its run, but this show puts the Looney Tunes into more educational stories.  Many fans do not like seeing these characters being put into what they say a baby show.  While there is some educational value, they simply do not scream Looney Tunes for many.


9. Loonatics Unleashed

We're not sure if it is really considered Looney Tunes, but this has pissed off so many Looney Tunes fans, we had to include this one.  WB thought that since at the time all kids shows were to be very loud and obnoxious and Looney Tunes should be this way.  Not to mention the hit shows like Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.  As a result, Loonatics Unleashed.  Here's the best, they aren't really Looney Tunes.  Bugs Bunny is now Ace Bunny and Daffy Duck is now Danger Duck.  This series is so bad, you the general public don't even know of it or had cleaned your brains to never remember it again.  I don't even remember it being on


10. The Looney Tunes Show

The Looney Tunes were in dire need for a return, so WB created a new show to help bring them back.  This move actually did help bring The Looney Tunes back into the public eye.  This show does has its fans, but its split among Looney Tunes fans.  The biggest controversy is seeing them in a situational comedy.  The 1st season shows had the characters in weird designs such as a Purple Bugs Bunny even though the designs were done by a really good designer named Jessica Bortuski.  Some of the changes such as Taz being a dog, Witch Hazel sounding black, and Gossamer being a little kid did not suit well with the fans either.  Because of the controversy, this has to be on the list.  I can say however, all is not too bad.  Most of the characters maintained their same ego as they did in the shorts and Lola Bunny went from a sex icon to a funny personality.

Honerable Mentions

The Buddy cartoon era

The Warner Bros, 7arts cartoons

The Looney Tunes TV specials

Looney Tunes Back in Action

Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run

Which cartoons were your least favorite???????




5 comments:

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  2. I agree with everything because you have proof to back up your claims.

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  3. You cannot put the Looney Tunes Show on the list, because it doesn't make sense for a really good show to be on a worst list. That's freaking stupid.

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  4. See Ya Later Gladiator? More like See Ya Never Gladiator!

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  5. Are you serious about putting Baby Looney Tunes on the list come on I would put Dora the Explorer on the list!!!!!!

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