But the notorious rabbit hunter doesn’t blast his cartoon riff.
Like all characters on the returned animated series that started last week on HBO Max, Fudd will be gun-free. The new episodes come back to the Looney Tunes, which had their peak in the 1940s and 1950s heyday in every other way – filled with cartoonish dynamite explosions and intricate ACME-brand booby traps.
“We don’t make guns,” the show’s executive producer and showrunner, Peter Browngardt, told the New York Times. “But we can do cartoon violence – TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandpa in.”
As the Times explains, in a brief “Dynamite Dance” Elmer Fudd arrives at Bugs Bunny with a deadly sound, an attack stopped, while the hare puts a stick of lit dynamite into Elmer’s mouth.
During the short animated video, the explosives get bigger as the rabbit jam dynamite into Elmer’s ears, up his bald head and down his pants. The relentless attack moves from rowboat to unit bike to dual team.
Despite the lack of guns for Fudd and characters like gunfire Yosemite Sam, Browngardt vowed to stick to the original feel of the cartoons considered some of the greatest in animated cartoon history.
“I always thought, ‘What if Warner Bros. had never stopped making’ Looney Tunes’ comics?”, Browngardt said. “As much as we possibly could, we treated production that way.”
Nevertheless, there was a scream on social media about the lack of guns.
“I can’t believe the new loone tunes cartons * cough *, which are actually big, go look at them * cough * won’t let ELMER fudd use a weapon,” wrote one Twitter user.
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