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*** Official LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION Review Thread

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Robert Crawford, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. Robert Crawford

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    This thread is now the Official Review Thread for "Looney Tunes: Back in Action". Please post all HTF member reviews in this thread.

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  2. Patrick Sun

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    I found this live action cartoon pretty amusing, with lots of laughs for kiddies and adults. The pop cultural and self-referential humor (at product placement, etc) are funny and the movie moved along with nary a slow spot, which is a plus if your primary audience is young. Steve Martin is probably the least effective of the live action actors. If you like Looney Tunes, and appreciate its style of humor, this film is for you.

    I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.
     
  3. Kristian

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    I'm one of the few who actually enjoyed Space Jam, but Back in Action absolutely blows that movie away. After years (maybe even decades) of water-downed appearances, the original Looney Tunes are back to being the classic characters we all love. Unlike Space Jam, the human characters feel like they belong in the LT universe, particularly Brendan Fraser and Steve Martin's characters. There are so many sight gags, it would take several viewings to take it all in. I laughed and smiled all the way through. [​IMG]

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  4. Joe Solek

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    I was pleasantly surprised how smart this movie was....much more so than the previews led you to believe. Everyone was in fine form, with the exception of Steve Martin, who I thought was the weak link(IMHO). Unfortunately, the 2:10 showing today was very poorly attended.
     
  5. Thomas Newton

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    This movie was an order of magnitude better than Space Jam.

    The main Looney Tunes characters are Bugs and Daffy. The story starts out with Daffy getting fired, but quickly morphs into a spy story. The plot of this main story is not especially believable, but it acts as a framework on which to hang very good characterizations and numerous sight gags.

    Some highlights:

    • Daffy getting fired, over a classic "me or Bugs" ultimatum
    • Bugs saying that he's used to doing all of the female roles -- then being told that once that was cute, but today it's disturbing
    • The background action going on with Sam Sheepdog and Wile E. Coyote's alternate persona around this time.
    • Porky Pig and Speedy Gonzales complaining about pressure to be PC ("first they told me to change my speech, then they said that I was no longer funny")
    • Yosetime Sam as a casino owner (it fits his character to a "T") and Foghorn Leghorn as a show introducer / gambling table operator.
    • The car chase, the dynamite, and the way the various characters react to the dynamite.
    • The Tazmanian Devil's appearance in ACME headquarters. He didn't try much of anything later, but he made a good entrance here.
    • Wile E. Coyote using a telephone (with signs instead of speech, naturally!), and then ordering an ACME product via a Web site "for instant delivery."
    • Area 52. You won't be surprised when Marvin turns up here, but there are quite a few other "guests" as well. Let's just say, this is too much of a treat to ruin even in a spoiler.
    • Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs and Daffy in and out of some famous paintings -- with the background music and the "laws of physics" changing to reflect each painting. Classic Looney Tunes cartoons drew on all sorts of music, and it's nice to see that someone remembered that.


    Rating: 4 stars, on a scale of 0 to 5. (Space Jam would have been something like a 2.5.)

    Be sure to stay in the movie theater all the way through the end of the credits. There are pencil sketches throughout the credits, and there is one final scene at the end.
     
  6. Scott Weinberg

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    My review over at HBS is more of a Monday Morning Quaterbacking, so I'll just chime in quick and say I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.

    A whole lot of fun for movie freaks, as its laden with in-jokes, cameos and references galore. Fans of the classic WB characters should also find much to like, since just about every single one gets something fun or funny to do. (I loved the Coyote's final "line" in the movie.)

    Elfman's a bit blah, Fraser is suitably goofy, Steve Martin is unhinged like he hasn't been in YEARS (which is both good and a little bad...but mostly good) and Joan Cusack earns some solid chuckles too.

    No, it doesn't touch the classic cartoons and no, the movie doesn't hold together like a cohesive whole as Who Framed Roger Rabbit does...but it IS Joe Dante doing what Joe Dante does best, and with a whole lot of colorful weapons at his disposal.

    And it's about 3,500 times better than the feature-length advertisement that is Space Jam.
     
  7. Ken_McAlinden

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    I was pretty thoroughly entertained. Dante seems to get what was funny about the classic shorts, and even if that doesn't sustain a coherent 90 minute movie, I will probably end up watching this thing a lot more often on video than Roger Rabbit. You can basically tune in at any point in the production and find something funny, and the characters are pretty much themselves which is the major improvement over Space Jam. [​IMG]

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    Even though I thought it would probably stink, I went out of obligation as a Looney Tunes and Joe Dante fan. Maybe it was just my really low expectations, but this was a good time! I'm not sure 90 minutes of manic Looney Tunes nuttiness is an overall good idea (they were always intended to be seven minute shorts, and not really much more), but this film works probably as well as such a project could in this day and age. Joe Dante proves to be the only man for this job, and despite the occational feeling of cartoon-insanity overload, I hope we'll get more at some point. Cartoon and genre movie buffs, do not miss this movie!

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  9. Dan Rudolph

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    I thought this was pulled off admirably. i read at least one reviewer who complained it was a bunch of silliness without much plot, but she must not appreciate the classic Looney Tunes shorts either. I'd been watching the golden collection, which made the vocal mis-matches really stick out, but it was tolerable and ultimately unavoidable.
     

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