If you watch the newest iteration of Looney Toons on HBO Max, you might notice something very different about one of their characters. Elmer Fudd, who has always hunted animal characters like Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck, will now have to do so without his shotgun. So instead of giving him a useful replacement like a knife or a bow and arrow, he will now be hunting with a scythe.
Yeah I don’t get it either…
The newly-rebooted Looney Tunes cartoons, showing on HBO Max in the US, have seen the firearms removed from both Fudd and incensed prospector Yosemite Sam.
Taking to Twitter, Michael Ruocco, who’s worked on shows like Bojack Horseman, let fly: “Do you guys SERIOUSLY care whether or not Elmer Fudd has a gun in our shorts? You know how many gags we can do with guns? Fairly few. And the best were already done by the old guys. It’s limiting. It was never about the gun, it was about Elmer’s flawed, challenged masculinity.
“Also, think about context about what’s going on in the world, and how long ago our show started production. Late 2017, early 2018. Right on the heels of a record number of mass shootings, particularly the horrific one in Las Vegas. NOBODY wanted to touch guns working in media.
“I’m not here to put words in other people’s mouths or anything, but as someone who worked for 2 years with these characters, I personally did not care or miss Elmer’s rifle. We got a lot more out of his personality and his lack of wit than any implement in his hands. Move on.”
Well I know whenever I watch Looney Tunes I’m always trying to find ways to match it up with what’s going on in the news…geezus who the hell at WB hired this idiot?
Another of the show’s animators, Johnny Ryan, added: “We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along.
Have any of these people actually watched Looney Toons??? I guess anyone really can work at Warner Bros these days…