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Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

The Looney Tunes search for a man's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond.

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Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are up to their feuding ways again. Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs, Daffy has decided to leave the Studio for good. He is aided by Warner Bros.' humor impaired Vice President of Comedy, Kate Houghton, who releases him from his contract and instructs WB security guard/aspiring stunt man DJ Drake to capture and "escort" Daffy off the studio lot. Suddenly a sidekick without a hero, the duck decides to ally himself with DJ, whether he likes it or not. Consequently, Daffy is on the scene when DJ discovers that his famous movie star father was Damian Drake, known for playing suave international spies onscreen, is actually a suave international spy in real life--and has been kidnapped by the evil insane nerdy, prancing villain known as Mr. Chairman of the equally nefarious Acme Corporation. It seems that Damian knows the whereabouts of the mysterious magical and powerful Blue Monkey Diamond, and the Chairman will do anything to get his hands on it! With ... Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91yahoo.com)

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Rated PG for some mild language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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14 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Looney Tunes Back in Action: The Movie  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,317,371 (USA) (14 November 2003)

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$20,950,820 (USA) (23 January 2004)
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Trivia

This was the final film Jerry Goldsmith created music for. Due to Goldsmith's failing health, the last reel of the film was actually scored by John Debney, though Goldsmith was the only credited composer in marketing materials and the Varèse Sarabande soundtrack album only contains Goldsmith's music (although the first and last cues are adaptations of compositions heard in Warner Bros. cartoons). Debney receives an "Additional Music by" credit in the closing titles of the film and "Special Thanks" in the soundtrack album credits. Goldsmith died eight months after the film's release. See more »

Goofs

D.J. rolls up the passenger side window of the Gremlin in the garage, trapping Daffy's bill in the window. He then punches Daffy to "help" him get unstuck. In the next shot where D.J. pulls out of the garage, the passenger side window is now down. See more »

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[Dusty comes out in a shiny black outfit]
Daffy Duck: How many galoshes died to make *that* little number?
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a deleted scene from the casino chase involving Daffy Duck, Nasty Canasta, and Cottontail Smith. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Written by Raymond Scott
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Th- Th- Th- That's All Wrong, Folks
23 November 2003 | by (Venice) – See all my reviews

An almost total mess, and no-one wanted to like it more than me.

The live action sequeces are flat emotionally, photographically, dramatically and every other way: Dante seems have done the impossible by making Brandon Frase, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin and Joan Cusack plus various culty walkongs (Roger Corman, Mary Woronov) unfunny, unbelievable, and uninteresting.

The model, curiously, is not so much Who Killed Roger Rabbit as Rodriguez's Spy Kids movies -- but without the heart or the inspired originality and ingenuity. Instead, it's mindsplitting, unrelentingly meta, carpetbombing the audience with more movie quotes than Tarantino has in "Kill Bill." You say, "Sure, I remember that cartoon well, and it was a helluvalot better than this."

What the film needs -- particularly since it's gotta be pointed at least partially at kids -- is some kid characters, interesting ones. Instead, it just has lame Hollywood jokes, lame Las Vegas jokes, lame Paris jokes, and lame movie auteur jokes that had my seven year old son wondering when it was going to be funny. Sure, it was sometimes: if you go to the well that often, you'll find water somewhere.

The one exception to the general sloppy anarchy is a wonderful sequence with Bugs and Daffy chasing through the Louvre, into painting after painting after painting (most of them not at the Louvre, but so what). I'd love to have it on a loop, with the rest of the film surgically removed.


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