Looney Tunes: Back In Action
DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Timothy Dalton, Heather Locklear, Joan Cusack, Goldberg, Joe Alaskey, Jeff Bennett, Billy West
Written By: Larry Doyle
Directed By: Joe Dante
Studio: Warner Bros.
Buy on Amazon.com
I’m a big Looney Tunes fan. I love all the cartoon shorts but I never got into the movies like Space Jam. But since I like Looney Tunes, I decided to check this out.
I think the best part of the movie is all the cameos and references to various things. There’s a lot of people in this and it’s funny how they interact with the cartoon characters. I especially liked the cameo with Matthew Lillard, Scooby Doo and Shaggy. I felt the story kind of sucked though. I wasn’t really interested in it that much. I wish the movie was just the cartoon characters and nobody else. But then it would probably just be a straight to video movie haha. The movie does work with the actors interacting with the cartoon characters, I just think that the story wasn’t great.
Daffy Duck is my favorite Looney Tunes character and it was nice to see him be the star of the movie instead of Bugs Bunny. Bugs kind of takes the backseat for this one. Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman were all right in this film. Jenna Elfman was looking pretty good that’s for sure! There’s a deleted scene where she has barely anything on and is in an amazon bikini. They should have left that in the movie hehe. As long as I’m being a complete perv here, Heather Locklear makes a cameo and is in some “” costumes. All I have to say is NICE! Another thing I had a problem with was some of the voice over acting. Some of the voice-overs are dead on but some aren’t. I’m so used to Mel Blanc’s voices that it’s hard to get used to the new ones. I tihkn the biggest voice over I didn’t like was Yosemite Sam’s. It didn’t really sound like the original voice.
The reason why I think there should just be a Looney Tunes movie with just cartoon characters and no actors is because animation has gotten so great, it would look so much better (and more funnier!) if it was just a cartoon. A lot of the coloring and animation is done in computers now and looks awesome. The style now is very 3-dimensional and adds more depth to the look of the characters. Hey, I didn’t bash CGI this time…Whadda ya know?!
In some of the extras, you get to see how things were done. The featurettes weren’t very long but it showed you how the movie got made. It might piss off animation fans that there wasn’t a comprehensive look at the animation though. Brendan Fraser and the other actors fighting things in thin air must have made them feel like idiots but looks great when it’s all put together. All of the special effects stuff can be seen in the “Bang Crash Boom” featurette. Bugs and Daffy are the hosts of each featurette and do what they best, make fun of each other. “Behind the Tunes” is a behind the scenes look at the movie. Bugs and Daffy take you on the set of the movie and get interviews with the actors, director and other people. There’s a lot of deleted scenes on the DVD along with alternate endings, and Bugs and Daffy give their commentary on those scenes. Some scenes should have been added back into the movie like Jenna Elfman in an amazon bikini hehehe. Another cool feature on the DVD is an exclusive animated short featuring the Roadrunner and Wile. E Coyote. That was fun to watch and looked great.
I felt the movie could have been better with the story and acting but it still had some fun moments that kids and adults will enjoy.
– Looney Tunes Back In Action: Best Scenes You’ve Never Seen
– Behind The Tunes: Bugs and Daffy take you on a Looney tour of the film set
– Bang Crash Boom: The Rabbit and Duck Perspectives on the Special Effects
– Whizzard Of Ow: Looney Tunes Short – Theatrical Trailer
– DVD-ROM PC link to even more deleted scenes
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: the restaurant scene with Scooby and Shaggy yelling at Matthew Lillard. The fight scene at the Casino with DJ was fun as well.
Rating: Rated PG
Running Time: 92 minutes