Friday, June 11, 2010

Netflix Friday #2: Looney Tunes Back In Action

Today's Netflix recommendation is an underrated movie starring the Looney Tunes. This was their second attempt at combining Bugs and company with live action; the first was the regrettable "Space Jam," when Michael Jordan proved once again that he should really stick to basketball. I enjoyed "Space Jam" at the time, because I love the Looney Tunes and I thought Michael Jordan was the coolest. Also, I was eight years old.

Looney Tunes: Back In Action sets up a world where cartoon characters wander freely around the "real" world (similar to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"). Daffy Duck, tired of Bugs getting all the attention, quits his job. He teams up with a recently fired stuntman and they set off to search for the plot device.

They don't refer to it as the plot device, although the movie is almost self-aware enough that they could have pulled that off. I guess that would be a little too meta, though. Anyway, all of the classic Looney Tunes characters are back. They sort of team up to have a major battle between all of the good guys and all of the bad guys. Among other things, they find a flying car that takes them to Area 52 (not Area 51); run through the paintings in the Louvre (easily one of the best scenes) and even end up in outer space for the return of Duck Dodgers In The Twenty-Fourth-and-a-half CENTURY!


It has been a while since I last saw this one, so the plot details are a bit fuzzy, but I still remember the jokes. And really, when it comes to the Looney Tunes, that's what it's all about.

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