LOONEY TOONS: BACK IN ACTION (Theatrical Release USA 2003)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Stars ìììì

Looney Toons: Back in Action—a real and refreshing tribute to Looney Tunes—uses the talents of Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, and all the Looney Toons’ characters to create a terrific mix of all-star animated and live action characters that deliver value entertainment for the teen and adult audience. Steve Martin is a little over-the-top as Mr. Chairman, but it all works in the story at large.

Storyline

Daffy Duck gets fired for trying to acquire his own cartoon and Stuntman DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser) is fired after a misguided attempt to escort Daffy off the Warner Brother’s Studio lot ends with Daffy firing up the Bat Mobile and driving it into Warner Brothers’ water tower. Everything gets wet and the film is on with Stuntman DJ Drake going home, with Daffy tagging along, only to find that they must involve themselves in finding the mystical blue monkey diamond in Las Vegas.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Joe Dante. Thank you to Executive Producers Christopher Defaria and Larry Doyle for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Dusty Tails (Heather Locklear), Mother (Joan Cusack), Mr. Smith (Bill Goldberg), Mr. Warner (Don Stanton), Mr. Warner’s Brother (Dan Stanton), Security Guard (Dick Miller), Damian Drake (Timothy Dalton), Hollywood Director (Roger Corman), Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy), Jeff Gordon (Himself), Matthew Lillard (Himself), Kate (Jenna Elfman), Acme VP of Bad Ideas (Mary Woronov), and Acme VP of Stating the Obvious (Marc Lawrence).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is good, clean fun. Director Joe Dante did a great job of mixing live action with animated action.

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