For reasons not immediately forthcoming, the producers of a “Looney Tunes” reboot will feature some of the franchise’s iconic cartoon characters—but without their iconic guns.
In their appearances on HBO Max’s “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” classic characters like Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will have to get by without their trusty shotguns and six-shooters.
“We’re not doing guns,” executive producer and showrunner Peter Browngardt said in an interview with The New York Times. “But we can do cartoony violence—TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.”
Clearly, eliminating violence was not the goal behind the cartoon gun-grab, as the cartoon’s signature campy violence—including the use of dynamite, anvils, and complex booby traps—will still be heavily featured in the new series.
In a short titled “Dynamite Dance,” Fudd brandishes a scythe as he chases Bugs Bunny, while Bugs retaliates with explosives.
This the second time HBO Max has made headlines for taking an apparently “woke” stance with its content.
Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the streaming service told Variety that it would be temporarily pulling the 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind” due to its anachronistic depictions of black people.
“‘Gone With The Wind’ is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society,” the spokesperson said. “These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.”
“These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values,” the spokesperson went on, “so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but will be presented as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed. If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history.”
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