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Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

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The Looney Tunes search for a man's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond.

Directors:

Joe Dante, Eric Goldberg

Writer:

Larry Doyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... DJ Drake / Brendan Fraser / Voice of Tasmanian Devil and She-Devil
Jenna Elfman ... Kate
Steve Martin ... Mr. Chairman
Timothy Dalton ... Damien Drake
Heather Locklear ... Dusty Tails
Joan Cusack ... Mother
Bill Goldberg ... Mr. Smith
Don Stanton ... Mr. Warner
Dan Stanton ... Mr. Warner's Brother
Dick Miller ... Security Guard
Roger Corman ... Hollywood Director
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Bennell
Jeff Gordon ... Jeff Gordon
Matthew Lillard ... Matthew Lillard
Mary Woronov ... Acme VP, Bad Ideas
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Storyline

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are up to their feuding ways again. Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs, Daffy has decided to leave the Studio for good. He is aided by Warner Bros.' humor impaired Vice President of Comedy, Kate Houghton, who releases him from his contract and instructs WB security guard/aspiring stunt man DJ Drake to capture and "escort" Daffy off the studio lot. Suddenly a sidekick without a hero, the duck decides to ally himself with DJ, whether he likes it or not. Consequently, Daffy is on the scene when DJ discovers that his famous movie star father was Damian Drake, known for playing suave international spies onscreen, is actually a suave international spy in real life--and has been kidnapped by the evil insane nerdy, prancing villain known as Mr. Chairman of the equally nefarious Acme Corporation. It seems that Damian knows the whereabouts of the mysterious magical and powerful Blue Monkey Diamond, and the Chairman will do anything to get his hands on it! With ... Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91yahoo.com)

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diamond | duck | spy | monkey | rabbit | See All (195) »

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How do they solve a mystery when they don't have a clue? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Despite being directed by acknowledged fans of the original cartoons, production was reportedly a disaster. Warner Bros., presumably infuriated by the script, gave Joe Dante little to no creative freedom with the project. "It was a pretty grim experience all around", Dante recalled. "The longest year and a half of my life." Dante and Eric Goldberg managed to preserve the original personalities of the characters, but were fighting against the studio towards other aspects of the film. The opening, middle, and end of the film are different from what Dante envisioned. See more »

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Daffy Duck is thrown out of Warner Bros. Studios. As a consequence of Daffy's reckless actions, D.J. is also thrown out. He follows D.J. home and finds an issue of "The Hollywood Reporter", detailing the events that just occurred earlier that day, even though D.J. had just gotten home. See more »

Quotes

Kate Houghton: Look, I'm trying to be nice, but I was brought in to leverage your synergy, and I am not going to let you or some wacky duck...
Bugs Bunny: Daffy.
Kate Houghton: Wacky, daffy, nutty, fruitcake, crispy over rice, it doesn't matter.
Bugs Bunny: [produces award statuettes] Well, these matter...
[hoists up Walk of Fame star]
Bugs Bunny: ...and this, and they say bring Daffy back. Right, boys?
Statuettes: We want Daffy! We want Daffy
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, rough pencil test animation from the movie is shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Broadcast on ITV and ITV2, several scenes involving violence are removed, including Sam shooting the banana skin in the casino scene, and Bugs placing the popcorn inside the marked alien during the Area 52 fight scene. See more »

Connections

References Catch That Girl (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Pictures at an Exhibition
(uncredited)
Written by Modest Mussorgsky
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Fairly dreadful film
15 September 2004 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

I bow to no one in my love and admiration for those classic Warner Brothers cartoons of the 1940's and 1950's. Like so many of my generation, I was virtually raised on these works from infancy on up. Yet, for those of us who are die-hard aficionados, 'Looney Tunes: Back in Action' is a decidedly depressing experience, proving, once again, that when it comes to revisiting one's childhood, a person truly can't go home again.

This is not, of course, a re-visitation in its purest form, since 'Back in Action,' like 1996's 'Space Jam,' is actually a modernized hybrid combining live action with animation. And that, perhaps, is the single greatest problem with this film. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, the Road Runner and the rest of the gang clearly feel more at home in their own two-dimensional world in which the laws of nature have no jurisdiction. Yank them out of that context and stick them into the 'real world' with a bunch of overacting humans and their unique charm begins to drain away and dissipate. Unfortunately, both the cartoon characters and the humans with whom they are interacting are stuck with a dreary, largely unfunny script that substitutes pandemonium and movement for cleverness and wit (qualities the original cartoons had in abundance). The spy tale writer Larry Doyle has come up with is stultifying in its stupidity and reminds us of just why the Warner Brother originals, which were masterpieces of minimalist storytelling, ran for ten or fifteen minutes and no longer. Expanding the story to almost ten times that length stretches the already flimsy material far past the breaking point.

There are a few moments of inspired fun, such as when Bugs and Daffy, followed by an irate Elmer Fudd, jump in and out of art masterpieces in the Louvre, wreaking havoc as they go, or when our intrepid band of heroes encounters a secret Area 51-type government project in the desert inhabited by a coterie of creatures from 1950's 'B' movie classics. In fact, the movie has quite a bit of fun with 'in' movie references that adults are far more likely to get than the children who clearly make up the bulk of this movie's audience. But those moments of inspiration are few and far between, and most of the time we are stuck in a fairly dismal comedy overall. The blending of live action and animation, under the guidance of director Joe Dante, is pretty much state-of-the-art, though these particular cartoon characters have more charm when they are two, rather than three, dimensional in form.

Brendan Fraser, as a stunt man who goes in search of his kidnapped father with Bugs and Daffy along for the ride, makes an appealing hero, although the usually likable Jenna Elfman succeeds mainly in being annoying. Timothy Dalton has a nothing part as Fraser's dad, a legendary movie actor who turns out to be a spy off screen as well as on. Heather Locklear, Joan Cusack, Roger Corman, and Kevin McCarthy also make brief appearances, but the single worst job of acting is turned in by an overwrought and over-wound Steve Martin, who as the diabolical head of the Acme Corporation, delivers a ham handed performance of monumental badness.

Lovers of The WB cartoons had best stick with the originals.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looney Tunes Back in Action: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,317,371, 16 November 2003

Gross USA:

$20,991,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,514,844
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2.39 : 1
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