In a clumsy, incoherent attempt at moral superiority, a “new” HBO Max version of Warner Brothers’ old, World War II-era Loony Toons cartoon series will feature … no guns.
Elmer Fudd, constantly outwitted in his pursuit of Bugs Bunny, is now portrayed as going out “hunting wabbits” with … a scythe. Old-West outlaw Yosemite Sam also loses his pistols.
The weird attempt at rewriting entertainment history is a response to U.S. gun violence, the show’s makers have confirmed, though it is more likely an attempt to cash in on known names and characters without drawing the outrage of a hyper-woke, firearm-phobic entertainment media.
Executive producer Peter Browngardt told The New York Times: “We’re not doing guns. But we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All of that was kind of grandfathered in.”
That’s right: Explosives are OK. But guns, no.
The series premiered last week. Featuring 200 new cartoons starring Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Tweety Bird.
Browngardt said: “I always thought, ‘What if Warner Bros had never stopped making Looney Tunes cartoons?”
Well Peter, they did.
Artist Johnny Ryan was able to point out the contradiction in the Loony Toons rewrite: “We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along. Looney Toons is pretty much the antithesis of that. It’s two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent.”
The news sparked a mixed reaction online with some Twitter users suggesting the move was a “snowflake” maneuver.