Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal (2007) Review

 

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Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal is a platforming shooter game starring various Looney Tunes characters, it was developed by Redtribe and was published by Warner Bros. Games it was released for the PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii.

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The Evil Dr Frankenbean has sent a robot army to multiple time periods in order to wipe out the Looney Tunes ancestry, now everyone’s favourite Looney Tunes characters need to travel through time to save their ancestors and to keep their own existence.

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The base game is a third person shooter, there is a quite a lot of platforming needed to get through the levels but you will find that most of time you will blasting the robotic enemies in the game with various guns ranging from regular firearms to more Looney Tunes and cartoon inspired weaponry.

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The other type of level in the main campaign are vehicle sections where you are timed to complete the stage while blasting through enemies as well as collecting clocks to keep increasing your time limit.

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The games does have a multiplayer battle mode and 2 players can work together simultaneously in the main campaign, it should also be noted that during the main campaign you can use the money you collect to pay for various items these can include new skins for the multiplayer.

The soundtrack is quite uninspired, the music is not terrible but after a few minutes of the same loud and annoying tune repeating itself on a loop, I found myself muting the Television after sampling each of the tracks.

Looney Tunes: ACME Arsenal is one of the worst video games I have ever played, this is one of the most uninspired pieces of crap to come out out Warner Bros, in my opinion the game has no redeeming values at all, the graphics are mediocre at best and the soundtrack is not much better, the game play is really boring and nothing in the game is funny or carries any of the Charm of the Looney Tunes characters even the cut-scenes are boring and have had little effort put into them, I am ashamed to own this game and I will probably never play it again , it may not be the worst game I have ever played but it is definitely the worst piece of Looney Tunes Media I have witnessed so far. 2/10

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The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981) Review

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Directed by Friz Freleng the Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie is a compilation film of Looney Tunes shorts, it is the third Looney Tunes Theatrical film but is different when compared to the two films that came before it.

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The film opens with a very funny short film from 1958 titled Knighty Knight Bugs, this was a great way to introduce us to the film and is in my opinion one of its biggest highlights.

The rest of the movie is split into 3 acts each with classics shorts that have been edited to work as one long cartoon when put together, because of this instead of talking about my favourite shorts from the film I’m going to discuss each segment.

ACT 1 Satan’s Waitin

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Using a premise from a short of the same name this act is about Yosemite Same trying to kill Bugs Bunny but constantly failing in many comedic ways each leaving him being sent back to hell. In my opinion this act stands out by showing a caring side to Bugs that we havent really seen in the past feature films. It begins with Bugs wanting to protect granny from Sam after she inherits 50 million dollars, each time Bugs manages to take out Sam, Sam is sent to a new time period by Satan to try again eventually leading to him giving up completely and accepting his fate.

I didnt really like this segment, at first it was great but the premise really dragged out longer than it needed too, it doesn’t help that I am a big fan of the original Sylvester and Tweety short that this is loosely based on and a short that I think is a lot funnier in comparison.

Act 2 The Unmentionables

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This Act is really great and is by far my favourite part of the movie, it includes three shorts starring the gangster Rocky, these shorts are each spliced together with clever narration and direction to make it work smoothly.

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This section does use one of the funniest Daffy Duck shorts Golden Yeggs, in this short the gangster Rocky steals Daffy Duck after he is expected to lay 24 carrot gold eggs, if you enjoy seeing Daffy Duck in an extremely uncomfortable situation and under serious stress then this is definitely the short for you.

Act 3 The Oswalds

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The final act of the film is an awards cermony hosted by Bugs Bunny, an Oswald is an award given to an animated character for their performance in a short, I actually think this concept is really cool and I wish something like this did exist as a fun award ceremony for children to enjoy although to be honest I would probably still watch it myself.

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This segment has four Looney Tunes shorts with the last one being worked into the plot of Act 3, my two favourites are Birds Anonymous where Sylvester tries to get help to overcome his addiction to eating birds. This short is really well directed and is extremely funny, it also gives a bit sympathy towards Sylvester who really wants to give up birds but he just does not have the will power to do it.

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The other short is Show Biz Bugs this is a very well known short where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck go head to head to out do each other on stage the joke being that Bugs always gets applauded but Daffy always gets booed eventually driving him to complete madness, in the end he does finally get an applause but it is what he had to do to gain that which what makes this short so cruelly hilarious.

The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie is not one that I could really recommend you watching for more than one viewing, while I did enjoy the shorts I did not enjoy the way they were stitched together, a lot of the sections seemed to drag on longer than necessary not to mention that having them edited and changed in places took away some of the charm of the originals. The best part of the movie was the Daffy Duck short from Act 2 and then the entirety of Act 3, I do not think this is a bad film I just wish it was a more similar to the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner Movie which had a really nice mix of shorts with only a few being edited.

Overall a pretty fun movie but not one that I look forward to revisiting in the future.

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Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout (1990) Review

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Bugs bunny’ s Birthday Blowout is video for the Nintendo Entertainment System, it was developed by Kemco and was one of the last games released for the NES before the release of the Super Nintendo.

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Its Bugs Bunny’s 50th Birthday and he receives an invitation to a party celebration in his honour, Bugs is very excited however his other Looney Tunes friends are not happy that they were not told about this party so they go out of their way to prevent Bugs from arriving to the party location.

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The game is a basic 2D plat-former where the main goal is too get from the start to the end of every level but this is a little more ambitious than is to be expected because these levels require a little exploration and thought due to tricky enemy placements and multiple paths with often only one of them allowing you to progress further.  The games beautiful art style and colour palette help to make the game a joy to explore in order to see all of the gorgeous backgrounds and imagery.

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The games enemies can do a lot of damage if they come in contact with Bugs, you cant jump on them but they can be knocked out using a mallet to hit them on the head, I never really used this myself as I found it easier to jump over the enemies and avoid them.

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The boss fights are really fun to encounter because all of them are based on various Looney Tunes characters, some of the encounters you may not expect such as Sylvester Jr and Hawky.

These are all very easy however and all of them fight in a similar manner, I wish they were more creative as none of them are very memorable.

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Between levels you can use the carrots you’ve collected to earn some more lives in bonus games, in one game you need to line up numbers and in the other game you need to wack multiple weasels.

The soundtrack is quite fun but its very repetitive and the same tune plays throughout worlds only changing every few levels.

Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout is not a perfect game as it falls short in a few places however it is a very solid plat-former, with great controls and is overall a lot of fun to play, I do wish the boss fights and sound track were more creative but I really enjoyed everything else and I cant think of many negatives to this one, this is better quality than most licensed games and with it being quite cheap to pick up I would recommend getting a copy to check it out for yourself

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The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie Review

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The Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner Movie was a 1979 compilation movie of popular Looney Tunes shorts directed by Chuck Jones, it is the second Looney Tunes feature film after the film Bugs Bunny Super star that is a little controversial because one of Bugs Bunny’s creators didn’t credit the other artists that helped him create the character, a clever scene in this film credits all of the creators and refers to them as Bugs Bunny’s many fathers.

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The film is introduced to us by Bugs Bunny who is giving us a tour of his mansion, while he is doing this he is discussing framed pictures of characters he has met in his past and explains his previous interactions with these characters through animated shorts.

Most of these Looney Tunes films are compilations of old animated shorts so I will discuss a handful that I think are the best in the compilation. my top 5 for the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie are

5. Long Haired Hare

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The premise of Long Haired Hare is about Bugs Bunny trying to play various instruments and enjoy his music, in a house near by an enthusiastic opera singer is practising for an upcoming show but Bugs music keeps distracting him and the bully of a singer keeps destroying Bugs instruments forcing Bugs to take revenge by conducting his show and the results are absolutely hysterical, the only downside is that in the movie this cartoon is shortened so your not watching full original version.

4. Robin Hood Daffy

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Daffy Duck stars as Robin Hood and in this version of the story Daffy is a really clumsy and cocky Robin Hood who keeps failing in everything he does, he gets laughed at by fryer tuck played here by Porky Pig who does not believe that he is Robin Hood and Daffy needs to prove his identity. This is one of my favourite Daffy Duck shorts of all time, it is hilarious and full of slapstick comedy and I love it so much, there one scene in particular which involves trees that will make anyone laugh, the reason I have put this so low on my top 5 is because again in this movie its shortened which sucks because it really is a fantastic cartoon.

3. Duck Amuck

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Any fan of Looney Tunes knows that Duck Amuck is one of the most well known and preserved cartoons of all time, what makes this one stand out among others is how it breaks the fourth wall in a very clever and hilarious manner.

In the short Daffy Duck is cruelly tormented and messed with by a sadistic animator, he gets his colours changed, voice changed and is forced to constantly change his outfits and physical appearance all for the amusement of this animator, if you want good laughs and really crazy animations and pacing you will adore this short.

4. Whats Opera Doc

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My favourite Looney Tunes short of all time is Whats Opera Doc, this short is a musical comedy starring Elma Fudd and Bugs Bunny, it is loosely based on real operas and uses a blend of orchestral music and comedy extremely well and this is why I love it so much, its a really dramatic but also ridiculous action packed comedy which will have you in stitches and maybe even a few shed tears by the end.

5. The whole Wil. E. Coyote and Road Runner section

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This section appears right at the end of the movie and is a bunch of Wil. E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts stitched together to make one long short film.

The idea of these is that a greedy, stupid and unlucky Coyote keeps trying eat the fast running Road Runner Bird. what makes these so hilarious is all the ways that the Coyote gets hurt but what I think is the funniest thing is just how stupid he is, he keeps buying these really flawed traps from the same company ACME and never learns to either stop buying these traps or just eat another animal.

The Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner movie is a great compilation of Looney Tunes shorts, there is a nice variety of cartoons here and even though not all of the classic characters made appearances it is still very entertaining and how I would recommend someone to watch some of the funniest Looney Tunes shorts of all time.

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Bugs Bunny: Super Star Review

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Bugs Bunny: Super Star is a Looney Tunes Documentary about the the history of the Looney Tunes, the documentary also played 9 full Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, the majority of these shorts starred Bugs Bunny hence the name of the film.

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The main focus of the film is the documentary segment and while this is very interesting and is a deep look into the efforts and cost of making the Looney Tunes shorts the movie is very controversial because of some information that was provided by Bob Clampett one of the animators at Warner Bros.

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In an audio commentary from 2012 the films Director Larry Jackson stated that in order for Bob Clampett to agree to be in the documentary and allow footage of his cartoons and memorabilia to be shown he had to agree via contract that Clampett would host the documentary, would choose all of the shown cartoons and would approve the final cut of the film. According to Jackson, Clampett was insecure and didn’t want to give much credit to other Looney Tunes animators and he would’t allow the cartoons made by his colleagues to have credits but his could, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt as its not evidenced but it made people very angry and if it is true then Bob Clampett should be ashamed of himself for trying take credit away from his fellow legendary animators.

The best part of the film is the cartoons and I will briefly go over my five favourites.

  1. A Wild Hare

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A Wild Hare stars both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, in this cartoon Elmer has never met Bugs Bunny and unfortunately picks him to be the next target of his shotgun, in a typical Looney Tunes fashion Bugs takes advantage of the hunters stupidity and goes out of his way to humiliate him and slowly cause him to have a mental breakdown.

2. Walky Talky Hawky

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A young Chicken Hawk is looking for his first chicken to eat, he stumbles across one of my favourite Loony Tunes characters Foghorn Leghorn, Foghorn being a chicken decides to trick the hawk into thinking that a dog is a chicken and the hawk tries many schemes to catch and eat the dog resulting in some very memorable and funny moments, this is one of my favourite cartoons with Foghorn Leghorn and I would recommend watching it you can.

3. I Taw a Putty Tat

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In this cartoon a young lady phones a pet shop to get a new bird after her Canary “has gone missing” we later find out that her cat Sylvester has been eating them. The new bird arrives a young canary named Tweety Pie who Sylvester cant wait to sink his teeth into. Growing up I used to really enjoy the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons due to their slapstick nature and similarities to the Tom and Jerry Cartoons. I believe this was one of the first cartoons to star these characters and it did a great job of introducing them to audiences not too mention that it is also very funny.

4. Hair Raising Hare

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An evil scientist tricks Bugs Bunny into coming to his castle in order to feed him to his pet monster. This is probably one of the most well known Bugs Bunny cartoons and its often used as reference in various Looney Tunes video games and other media.

This one does have a lot of the standard slapstick humour which is to be expected but it very clever in other-ways, its a homage to classic monster movies and cheesy old horror films, it also breaks the fourth wall a lot and addresses the audience of the cinema this is because many of these older cartoons would be played before movies.

I really love this one and to be honest it is the best cartoon in this movie but its not the one made me laugh the most so while it is still hilarious its not my favourite.

5. My Favourite Duck

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My favourite duck is my favourite animated short in this movie, it focuses on Porky Pig who wants to enjoy a relaxed vacation camping in the woods but unfortunately he is noticed by Daffy Duck who does everything he can to ruin Porky’s vacation blackmailing him with a sign that says if he hurts a duck he will be hit with a hefty fine.

This is Daffy Duck at his absolute best, Chuck Jones was the director and he added much of the fantastic slapstick and witty humour that he is known to add to his cartoons. This one has me in laughing fits every time I see it and is in my opinion one of the funniest Looney Tunes shorts ever made.

Bugs Bunny: Superstar is a difficult film for me to say whether I like it or not, the cartoons are all great but the main meat of the film is the documentary that is so controversial that I don’t know whats true and whats not, personally I would say that unless you really want to watch all of the Looney Tunes media available then just watch the shorts provided here otherwise you could skip this one and go straight into the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner movie which I believe is a much better feature.

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Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday (1995) review

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Porky Pigs Haunted Holiday is a 2d plat-former developed by phoenix interactive for the Super Nintendo Entertainment system.

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Porky Pig wants to book a holiday and while looking through a brochure he falls asleep and has a nightmare about going on a spooky vacation.

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The game is your standard plat-former and is in a way a little bit of a Mario clone considering that you damage enemies by jumping on them and you you can collect cakes, and once you collect a certain amount you are rewarded with lives and additional points, its just shame that this is not a very good Mario clone.

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The controls are decent and are very easy to get used too but the level design is where the experience becomes a little frustrating, the stages are fairly simplistic but enemies are really quite difficult to avoid because they are placed really unfairly, a lot of the time they will show up last second or will be hidden under platforms making it almost impossible to not hit them and take damage.

Another frustrating problem with the stages is that some platforms are not clear that you can land on them, sometimes they look like they are just part of the background making leaps of faith the only way to check if they are safe or not.

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On the bright side the game is very generous with its check points and offers unlimited continues making the game quite easy to play and making up for some of its less than satisfying game-play.

The graphics are fantastic for a licensed game and Porky is animated really well, he sometimes gets frustrated and taps his foot while scrunching up his face which is very charming and quite cute.

porky-pigs-haunted-holidayThe most interesting and impressive part of the game is that every-time you restart the game either by resetting the console or using a continue the scenery of the level you are on changes, this is really cool and not something I would expect from an older video game such as this.

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The boss fights were all very easy but I did enjoy seeing different Looney Tunes characters, I do wish that more of the main Looney Tunes were in the platform stages instead of just the boss fights.

The soundtrack really sucks, its the same annoying tunes played on loop and its not even good music I found myself muting the game after a while and playing different music instead.

Porky Pigs Haunted Holiday is an ok game but it really is nothing special, I really liked the animations and visuals but I wasn’t a fan of much else and overall I would say to skip this one unless you are a Looney Tunes Super Fan.

5.3/10

As a bonus this is a link to a review I did of Taz Mania on the Sega Mega Drive, this Looney Tunes game is much worse than the game I reviewed today so if you would like to see my views on that game check out the link below

https://ragglefragglereviews.com/2015/03/14/taz-mania-genesismega-drive-1992-review/

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The Origins of the Looney Tunes

Welcome the first official Looney Tunes month over the next few weeks I will be discussing the origins of Looney Tunes, the first three Looney Tunes Movies and three Looney Tunes videos games.

I will admit that is only scratching the surface of Looney Tunes media but in the future I might do more parts depending on how popular this one is, so with out further ado lets get into some of this rather complicated history.

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It all stared with Rudy Ising and Hugh Harman ex animators for Walt Disney in the 1920’s, when Disney’s animation studio moved to California Ising and Harman stayed behind in Kansas City where they attempted to start their own animation studio.

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Unfortunately this plan failed leaving them to work for Walt again on his Alice comedies and their biggest star at the time Oscar the Lucky Rabbit.

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Not long after this Disney’s Producer Charles Mintz (Pictured on the Right) left the studio and took Oscar the Lucky Rabbit With him, along with Ising and Harman who did a lot of work on the previous Oscar shorts, a few very successful shorts came from this decision but ultimately it all went down hill when Universal Pictures who owned the rights to Oscar the Lucky Rabbit started their own animation studio replacing Charles Mintz and leaving Ising and Harman unemployed.

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Ising and Harman in desperation to continue their dream of animating funded a live action- animation hybrid short about a black character named Bosco, this short paid off and got the animators working with Warner Bros.

Eventually Bosco starred in many of his own shorts under the name of Looney Tunes and as well as this the animators also made other various shorts with Warner Bros under the name of Merrie Melodies a name that was a parody of Disney’s popular shorts Silly Symphonies.

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After a disagreement on their contract Ising and Harman left Warner Bros and kept the rights to Bocso.

After losing Bosco Warner Bros made a new character to star in the Looney Tunes named Buddy.

Buddy was not as popular as Bosco was so Warner Bros hired new directors to help increase popularity in the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes  shorts.

Tex Avery, Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett where chosen and together they helped to make some very memorable shorts including what I consider to be one of the most important animated shorts of all time “I haven’t got a hat” this short introduced us to Beans the Cat and other animal friends including the first ever appearance of Porky Pig.

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Beans the Cat, Porky Pig and the other animal friends went on to star in their own shorts and while these were all very good, Porky Pig remained a fan favourite and the others were very soon forgotten about.

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In 1936 Mel Blanc was hired to voice some new Looney Tunes Characters that became popular between 1936 and 1944, these included Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck as well as others that became popular and beloved over the years. As the years went by more characters were added to the Looney Tunes family such as Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Pie, Wile Coyote, Road Runner and others.

These characters boosted the Looney Tunes to immense popularity making them a serious rival to Disney at the time, four of their shorts are now included in the national film registry which means that they will always be preserved and protected, these films are Porky in Wacky Land, Duck Amuck, One Froggy Evening and my personal favourite Looney Tunes short What’s Opera Doc.

While these characters kept up their popularity and went on to win many academy awards this is the brief history of how they originated and in the future I might discuss the more unique variations of Looney Tunes that came decades later but for now I will leave you some YouTube links to Looney Tunes compilations to check out and I will see you for the next part of Looney Tunes month where I will be tackling one of their many video games.

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