Eliminating the rabbit is going to get a whole lot tougher for Elmer Fudd.
The iconic Looney Tunes character will hunt Bugs Bunny without his rifle in HBO Max’s reboot of Looney Tunes. Instead, the hunter will use a scythe against his prey.
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Guns will not be allowed in the reboot series, titled Looney Tunes Cartoons, at all. However, TNT-like explosions are still allowed.
“We’re not doing guns,” Looney Tunes Cartoons‘ executive producer Peter Browngardt told The New York Times. “But, we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.”
In a new clip from the Looney Tunes Cartoons, which premiered this week, showed Elmer Fudd holding a scythe instead of a gun.
The cartoon’s usual storylines of conflict-driven two characters trying to eliminate each other mayhem will continue.
“We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along,” Browngardt said. “Looney Tunes is pretty much the antithesis of that. It’s two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent.”
The original Looney Toons dates back to 1930. The series had their “Golden Age” run from the mid-1940s through the mid-1960s. Since then, Looney Toons has been revived in TV and feature film form several times over the years.
Looney Tunes Cartoons is available to stream on HBO Max.