The makers of a new round of Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam Looney Tunes cartoons decided they will make them with one interesting alteration.
When I was a kid, I loved Looney Tunes cartoons. I loved Bugs Bunny’s antics. But I especially loved his nemesis, Yosemite Sam, the “hootinst, tootinist, shootinist bobtail wildcat in the west!”
The little cowboy with the red hair and giant mustache always amused me, especially when he took out his sidearms and elevated himself by firing at the floor.
Such moments won’t be enjoyed by a new generation of Looney Tunes fans, however. When a new crop of the cartoons make their debut on HBO Max, there’ll be no firearms.
“We’re not doing guns,” the executive producer of the new round of shorts told The New York Times.
It’s not a stand against violence, however. You’ll still find plenty of that. Take, for example, the preview called “Dynamite Dance” featuring Bugs and hunter Elmer Fudd. Fudd is, as usual, decked out in his hunting outfit.
But instead of his trusty shotgun that he managed never to hit his intended target with, he’s swinging a scythe.
What’s a scythe, you ask? Picture the grim reaper. Remember that thing that looks like a machete blade on a long pole? Scythe.
Maybe you can tell me which hunter goes hunting for rabbits in his hunting gear swinging one of those. I’ve never met one.
Despite the lack of a firearm, there’s still plenty of violence as Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” plays on:
I don’t know about you, but I counted 14 explosions. I lost count of how many sticks of lit dynamite and barrels and boxes of TNT they blew up. Poor Elmer still missed Bugs, even with the alternative weaponry.
Blow someone up a dozen times and I bet they’re not in good shape anymore.
No one came right out and said why guns are verboten while other types of violence aren’t. Some might suggest blowing someone up with dynamite is funny while shooting them, in this day and age, isn’t. But the cartoons even make the explosions seem funny, and as I recall, when Yosemite Sam fired his sidearm, there was no sense of horror.
I’m not sure why some violent acts are acceptable while others aren’t. If it’s just about guns, fine. But don’t put Elmer Fudd in hunting garb and have him chasing a rabbit with something you’d never use in that application. I don’t know what they’ll do with old Sam. But to be fair, he appeared as everything from an ancient lion keeper to a knight to a pirate. You wouldn’t need a gun there (other than the occasional cannon).
I wonder if a cannon would also get the boot now.
Maybe they could just rerun the original versions. That might be worth giving HBO Max a shot.