Looney Tunes: Laff Riot (Johnsonverse)

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Genre: Animated
Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Sam Register
Agnes Nixon
Developed by: Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Starring: Joe Alaskey
Kath Soucie
Bob Bergen
Billy West
Tara Strong
Grey DeLisle
Music: Julie and Steven Bernstein
Opening theme music: "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
(adaptation by Julie and Steven Bernstein)
Closing theme music: "What's Up, Doc?" by Carl W. Stalling (instrumental)
Seasons: 9
Episodes: 234
Release Date: May 3, 2011 - August 29, 2020


Looney Tunes: Laff Riot is an American animated comedy series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that ran from May 3, 2011 through August 29, 2020 on Cartoon Network. The series consists of nine seasons each containing 26 episodes, and features characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon shorts updated for the 21st century.

Premise

The series revolves around Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in a slapstick-based setting and other characters including Lola Bunny, Tina Russo, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Gossamer, Yosemite Sam, Taz, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Pete Puma and more.

Wraparound segments

The show also features two other segments which wrap around the main plot. These consist of:

  • Merrie Melodies – Approximately two-to four-minute music videos showcasing classic characters singing brand new original songs. They appear midway through most of the episodes.
  • Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner – A series of CGI-animated shorts depicting Wile E. Coyote's attempts to catch the Road Runner.

Episodes

Characters

Main

  • Bugs Bunny (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a grey and white male bunny who lives in a rabbit hole in the forest. Bugs generally plays the straight man to Daffy and Lola's various bouts of insanity, although Bugs is not without his own quirks. Despite being intelligent, Bugs has shown some level of tomfoolery, such as when he found jail "a smart aleck's paradise".
  • Daffy Duck (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male American black duck. Daffy has tried on numerous occasions to get rich quick but ended up failing repeatedly. While Daffy's greed and jealousy of Bugs remains, it appears less antagonistic in the show in favor of his screwball personality.
  • Porky Pig (voiced by Bob Bergen) – is a male pig who is one of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's friends. Despite being bright and bookish, Porky has an innocent, naïve quality that Daffy frequently uses to his advantage.
  • Speedy Gonzales (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is an extremely fast male mouse who lives with Bugs as his "mouse in the wall".
  • Yosemite Sam (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male cowboy. Sam is a liar, a thief, and a cheat, amongst other things, and is trigger-happy. His full name was revealed as Samuel Rosenbaum.
  • Lola Bunny (voiced by Kath Soucie) – is a brown female bunny who is Bugs' significant other, who is a trickster, yet bubbly and spontaneous. When they first meet, Bugs falls in love with her. Lola was redesigned in both appearance and personality to match the series, though her love of sports is carried over from Space Jam.
  • Marisol Mallard (voiced by Tara Strong) – is a new character original to the show who is a female yellow duck and Daffy's significant other. Marisol is based on Melissa Duck from the original theatrical shorts.
  • Petunia Pig (voiced by Grey DeLisle) – A pink female pig who is Porky's kind, innocent significant other. Like Lola, Petunia was redesigned in both appearance and personality.

Recurring

  • Tasmanian Devil (voiced by Joe Alaskey) –
  • Mac (voiced by Joe Alaskey) and Tosh (voiced by Jess Harnell) – are two goofy male gophers.
  • Pete Puma (voiced by Stan Freberg in Seasons 1 to 5, Joe Alaskey in Seasons 6 to 9) – is a dimwitted male puma.
  • Marvin the Martian (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male Martian who seeks to destroy Earth.
  • Witch Hazel (voiced by June Foray in Seasons 1 to 7, Candi Milo in Seasons 7 to 9) – is a female witch who is also a female hypnotherapist by trade.
  • Gossamer (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a large orange furry male monster who is Witch Lezah's son.
  • Granny (voiced by June Foray in Seasons 1 to 7, Candi Milo in Seasons 7 to 9) – is an old lady who is the owner of Sylvester and Tweety. This series marked the final time Foray provided the voice of Granny before her death in 2017; after her death, Candi Milo took over the role.
  • Sylvester (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is Granny's male Tuxedo cat who is always trying to devour Tweety, but always fails when Granny catches him and spanks him hard enough to spit Tweety out.
  • Tweety (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is Granny's male Yellow canary who is frequently harassed by Sylvester.
  • Foghorn Leghorn (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male rooster. Foghorn and Daffy get on very well, and are often involved in various schemes.
  • Pepé Le Pew (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a French male skunk who's the local Casanova.
  • Elmer Fudd (voiced by Billy West) – is the resident male hunter who is constantly tricked by Bugs.
  • Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner (Road Runner is voiced by Paul Julian via archive recordings, Wile E. is mute most of the time, but is voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male coyote and a male roadrunner who are shown in short computer-animated segments in season one. They also make small cameos throughout the show.

Others

  • Henery Hawk (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male chickenhawk that likes to target chickens.
  • Cecil Turtle (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male turtle. Cecil later becomes a con artist and an enemy of Bugs Bunny.
  • Penelope Pussycat (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - is Pepé Le Pew's crush who frequently rejects his advances, but when he doesn't smell, Penelope is willing to accept.
  • Slowpoke Rodriguez (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is Speedy Gonzales' cousin who is the male Sheriff of Tacapulco, Mexico.
  • Hugo the Abominable Snowman (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male Yeti that lives in Alaska.
  • Blacque Jacque Shellacque (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male tracker who is the male Canadian cousin of Yosemite Sam.
  • The Three Bears (voiced by Maurice LaMarche, Grey DeLisle, and John DiMaggio) – is a family of bears consisting of Henry Bear, Mama Bear, and Junior Bear.
  • Beaky Buzzard (voiced by Joe Alaskey) – is a male buzzard that rescues anyone in the desert in a hot-air balloon.
  • Cool Cat (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male beatnik tiger that is perpetually stuck in the 1960s.
  • Colonel Rimfire (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male hunter who is best friends with Elmer Fudd.
  • Merlin the Magic Mouse (voiced by Greg Burson) - is a male mouse who is based on W. C. Fields.
  • Melissa Duck (voiced by B. J. Ward) - is Daffy's ex-girlfriend, who sues him for harassment in the episode "Duck v. Duck".
  • Bunny (voiced by Grey DeLisle) and Claude (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - are a duo of bunny criminals whose specialty is robbing carrots.
  • Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox (both are usually mute, but the latter is voiced by Joe Alaskey) - are a rabbit and a brown fox similar to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner; Quick Brown Fox is revealed to be Wile E.'s cousin.
  • Priscilla Pig (voiced by Tara Strong) - is a pink female pig who is Porky's adoptive daughter beginning in the episode "Porky's Daughter".
  • Rodney Rabbit (voiced by Chuck Deezy) – is a male rabbit who is Bugs Bunny's old childhood best friend since summer camp.
  • Ralph Wolf (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male wolf who is Wile E.'s cousin.
  • Sam Sheepdog (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male sheepdog who is lazy.
  • Owl Jolson (voiced by Jeff Bergman) - is a male owl who is a singer at the nightclub.
  • Rocky (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male mobster who is the leader of a Mafia crime family.
  • Mugsy (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male mobster who is Rocky's dimwitted partner.
  • Bosko (voiced by Chris Diamantopoulos) - is a male inkblot who is
  • Honey (voiced by Kaitlyn Robrock) - is a female inkblot who is Bosko's girlfriend.
  • Buddy (voiced by Jim Cummings) - is a male human who
  • Cookie (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - is Buddy's girlfriend who
  • Foxy (voiced by Rob Paulsen) -
  • Roxy (voiced by Desiree Goyette) -
  • Piggy (voiced by Bret Iwan) -
  • Fluffy (voiced by Russi Taylor) - is
  • Goopy Geer (voiced by Robert Morse) -
  • Beans (voiced by Eric Bauza) - is a male cat who is
  • Little Kitty (voiced by B. J. Ward) - is a
  • Oliver Owl (voiced by J. P. Karliak) - is a male owl
  • Ham and Ex (voiced by Rob Paulsen and Tara Strong) -
  • Gabby Goat (voiced by Bob Bergen) - is a male goat who is Porky's grumpy best friend.
  • Sniffles (voiced by Kath Soucie) - is a male mouse who is a chatterbox, annoying other characters.
  • Tom, Dick, and Larry (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - are
  • Eggbert (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male
  • Egghead (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is
  • Miss Prissy (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - is
  • Hubie and Bertie (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - are a duo of male mice.
  • Michigan J. Frog (voiced by Jeff Bergman) - is a male frog who
  • Sylvester Junior (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male Tuxedo cat who is Sylvester's son.
  • The Gremlin (voiced by Frank Welker) - is a male gremlin who
  • Private Snafu (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male soldier who
  • Clyde Bunny (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male rabbit who is Bugs' nephew.
  • Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot (sounds by Joe Alaskey) - are
  • Barnyard Dawg (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a
  • Hector (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a male bulldog who
  • Claude Cat (voiced by Joe Alaskey) -
  • Charlie Dog (voiced by Joe Alaskey) -
  • The Nerdlucks (voiced by Kath Soucie) - are a group of aliens who
  • J. P. Cubish (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - is a rich, multi-millionaire dog who hires Daffy as his personal jester in the final season.

Production

Looney Tunes: Laff Riot was originally announced in July 2009 by Warner Bros. Animation. The show featured new character designs by Ottawa-based artist Jessica Borutski, which were retooled before the series began production. The Laff Riot pilot would surface on September 4, 2020. Further alterations for the series were made at the request of Johnson Industries' WBC Networks, which owned 50% of the network, eventually taking full ownership in 2015, including a more traditional logo.

The animation was produced by Yearim and Rough Draft Korea, along with Toon City Animation in the first season. The Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner CGI shorts were produced by Crew972.

On July 29, 2019, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a tenth season. An hour-long special named Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run aired on August 4, 2015.

Broadcast

Looney Tunes: Laff Riot premiered in the United States on May 3, 2011 through May 14, 2014 on Cartoon Network. In Australia, the first two seasons of the series began airing on 9Go! and Foxtel channel on Cartoon Network.

Looney Tunes: Laff Riot debuted in Africa on Boomerang Africa on May 17, 2011, in France on Boomerang France, in the UK on Boomerang UK and on different Boomerang feeds throughout Europe.

Looney Tunes: Laff Riot premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network. In Middle East, on Cartoon Network Arabic and MBC3.

Home media

Reception

Critical response

Critical response to Looney Tunes: Laff Riot has been positive. The voice acting, designs, and slapstick received critical praise. The show remained consistently popular, garnering an average of 2 million viewers every episode.

Awards and nominations

Music

Gallery

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