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Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Posted in Comedy, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , on December 16, 2010 by Mystery Man


Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck (Joe Alaskey) demands his own movie from the Warner Brothers only to be fired by VP of Comedy Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman). DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser), son of action star Damian Drake (Timothy Dalton), is also fired from his job as a security guard when trying to escort Daffy from the studios, driving the Batmobile into the studio’s watertower. Kate tries to make Bugs’ film more educational and socially relevant but he refuses to work with her unless Daffy is brought back. DJ returns home and is surprised to find Daffy snuck along. Finding a hidden video screen, DJ is told by his actual super spy father to go to Las Vegas to find a woman named Dusty Tails to get a diamond called the Blue Monkey. DJ and Daffy head out in an old AMC Gremlin car. Bugs and Kate arrive at the house after Bugs calls Daffy and learns the situation, and pursue them in Damian’s spy car, a TVR Tuscan. Also after the diamond are the Acme Corporation run by Mr. Chairman who plans to use the diamond to take over the world and sell more Acme merchandise.

DJ and Daffy arrive in Las Vegas and find Dusty Tails performing at a casino run by Yosemite Sam (Jeff Bennett). Dusty gives DJ a playing card with the Mona Lisa’s face on it. Yosemite Sam, working for Acme, pursues DJ and Daffy across the city, leading to a car chase with Bugs and Kate being dragged into the mayhem when DJ takes the wheel of the spy car (Danny Mann). The heroes escape via the spy car’s flight ability whilst Yosemite Sam crashes into his own casino. The spy car crashes in Death Valley where the heroes conviently find a Wal-Mart thanks to Kate’s desire for more product placement. Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin) sends in Wile E. Coyote to kill the heroes but he fails via a misdirected missile. The heroes wander into Area 52, Area 51 created as a “paranoid fantasy” to hide Area 52’s identity, where they meet Mother (Joan Cusack), a Q-like figure who gives DJ new gadgets to help find the diamond and reveals that Acme will use the diamond to turn mankind into monkeys to create their merchandise and then turn them back so they’ll buy the products. Marvin the Martian (Eric Goldberg) and a group of famous aliens attack, but the heroes escape. They conclude the next clue is in the Mona Lisa painting in Paris.

In the Louvre, the heroes discover the playing card doubles as a viewing window and find a map of Africa behind the Mona Lisa painting and take a photo on Kate’s mobile phone. Elmer Fudd (Billy West) arrives to gain the card, turning out to be “secretly evil”. Bugs and Daffy flee playfully around the museum, leaping through various famous paintings until Elmer is defeated by Bugs via a fan when he jumps out of a Pointillism painting. Mr. Smith, henchman of Mr. Chairman, steals Kate’s phone. The heroes travel to Africa where they hitch a ride on an elephant ridden by Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird and Granny (June Foray). They find the diamond and a temple, but Granny and the others reveal themselves to be Mr. Chairman, Mr. Smith and the Tasmanian Devil. Mr. Chairman uses a disintegration pistol to transport himself and the heroes to Acme Headquarters and gains the diamond.

The diamond is taken to a satellite by Marvin; Mr. Chairman explaining he will fire an energy beam worldwide which will turn everyone into monkeys aside from himself and his love interest, Mary. DJ and Kate save Damian from being killed; Wile E. Coyote blowing up in a train. Bugs and Daffy chase Marvin to the satellite, and while Bugs fights Marvin, Daffy becomes Duck Dodgers and manages to deflect the diamond’s energy beam and destroy the satellite. Bugs defeats Marvin by overloading his own bubble gun. The energy beam strikes Mr. Chairman, turning him into a monkey (Frank Welker). Later, Daffy learns the entire adventure was part of Bugs’ film, but Bugs suggests the two become equal; Daffy starts cheering until he is flattened by the Looney Tunes’ title iris, Porky Pig’s (Bob Bergen) continuous stuttering ultimately causing him to fail in saying “That’s all folks!” instead, he grumpily tells the audience, “Just go home, folks


 Looney Tunes: Back in Action is another in an ever-growing list of films that mix live action and animation. Sadly, it doesn’t live up to standard set by Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or even the last Looney Tunes big screen release, Space Jam.

Having said that, this is not as bad a film as critics would have you believe (are they ever right?). It is actually quite entertaining.

Of course, to get to the entertaining part, you have to get past the fact that Jenna Elfman is a total bitch who seems to think Daffy Duck is the reason Warner Brothers is not as successful as they once were. Not to mention Steve Martin’s over the top performance as the chairman of ACME.

With those out of the way, then we get some vintage Looney Tunes action and comedy…just set in the real world, for the most part. If you ever watched a ‘toon from back in the day, and who hasn’t, then you know what I’m talking about.

The plot seems a bit out there, and is the weakest part of this film. To an extent, one has to suspend disbelief, but there is just so much that can be suspended. The whole spy dad and monkey idol that can turn people into moneys is just too out there.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad plot. I just think it could have been executed better. I mean they mixed sci-fi, action/adventure, and spy genres together and not in a good way. You’d think the filmmakers would have learned from the mistakes of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

It was good to see all the classic Looney Tunes, even if they didn’t have the original voices (some, not all).

Brendan Fraser once again proved he was meant to do action comedies and fits seamlessly into the animated world, as we’ve seen in previous films of his such as Dudley Do-Right and George of the Jungle.

I’ve already mentioned about Jenna Elfman and Steve Martin’s characters. While I didn’t care for either, they were done well…if they were indeed written that way.

Timothy Dalton is still a great spy, as we can see here and currently in his role on Chuck. I do wish he was more than just a prisoner, though.

Once again, I have to say that this film isn’t as bad as they say. However, it isn’t that great. For me, the plot kills all the greatness that the Looney Tunes bring to this flick. It really is a shame. Still, it wouldn’t hurt you to check it out.

3 out of 5 stars