Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Poster


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Brendan Fraser did such a good job doing an impersonation of Taz that he was allowed to do the voice.
The following characters are at Area 52: The flying brains (from Fiend Without a Face (1958)), the Metaluna monster (from This Island Earth (1955)), a Triffid (from The Day of the Triffids (1963), Robby the Robot (from various movies), Daleks (from Doctor Who (1963)), Dr. Miles J. Bennell with a Pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), the Robot Monster from Robot Monster (1953), Marvin the Martian, various generic aliens and The Man from Planet X (from The Man from Planet X (1951)).
Steve Martin read the script and would only do the film on one condition, in the scene where aliens chase Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, a Dalek (from Doctor Who (1963)) is one of the aliens used. Warner Bros. accepted.
Director Joe Dante nicknamed this project the "Anti-Space Jam" movie, showing his hate for how Space Jam (1996) ruined the characters' personalities.
Porky Pig and Speedy Gonzales are seen in the restaurant discussing how political correctness has affected their careers. Both characters have come under fire for insensitivity in recent years. Porky for his stutter, and the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts that featured Speedy Gonzales were pulled from the Cartoon Network's daytime and prime time line-ups. It was alleged that Speedy was "racially offensive" to Mexican people, a point which became moot when some representatives of the Latino community organized a movement to get Speedy back on the air.
John Cleese made a brief cameo in the film at one point during the Paris sequence, but his cameo was cut out because it didn't have anything to do with the film. Also, the reason Scooby-Doo and Shaggy make cameos in the film, even though they are not Looney Tunes, was because director Joe Dante wanted some non-WB characters in the film like Tom & Jerry, and Droopy, but WB thought that would be too weird, so they told him a Scooby-Doo cameo would seem more "appropriate". If one looks closely, the animation of Scooby and Shaggy is stiffer and more limited than that of the Looney Tunes characters, referring to the drastically cheaper budgets of the Hanna-Barbera studio at the time the original Scooby series was created.
The extreme failure of this film discouraged Warner Bros. from releasing the newer Looney Tunes shorts that Warner Bros. Animation completed, and canceled those in production.
Elmer Fudd chases Bugs and Daffy through three of the world's most famous paintings: "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat (displayed at The Art Institute of Chicago), "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dalí (Museum of Modern Art, New York) and "The Scream" by Edvard Munch (Oslo's Munch Museum. On August 31, 2006, Norwegian police announced that the painting stolen in August 2004 had been recovered.).
In the scene where Bugs Bunny and Kate Houghton are discussing bringing Daffy Duck back to work Warner Brothers, a photo of legendary animator Chuck Jones is seen above Bugs in the background.
In the spoof of the Psycho (1960) shower scene Bugs pours a can of Hershey's chocolate syrup down the shower drain, a reference to the fact that Alfred Hitchcock used Bosco's chocolate syrup in the original scene to better simulate blood in black and white.
At the end of the movie, Bugs gets into a limousine and is handed carrots by numerous minor characters from past "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies". Among them are Charlie Dog, Heathcliff (from the Arthur Davis short Dough Ray Me-ow (1948)), the Squirrel (from the Chuck Jones short Much Ado About Nutting (1953)), Gruesome Gorilla (from the Robert McKimson short Gorilla My Dreams (1948)), Hippety Hopper, Marc Antony, Pussyfoot, and Egghead (the forerunning character to Elmer Fudd).
When Daffy is given the box containing his belongings, it includes a framed picture of the real Warner brothers, Jack L. Warner and Harry M. Warner.
The last film Jerry Goldsmith would score. 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. Debney got a small credit at the end as "Additional music by".
In the cartoon where Elmer Fudd shoots Bugs Bunny, when we see a clapperboard, the director is J. Dante, the director of Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003).
Kevin McCarthy has a guest role as Dr Miles Bennell - the same character he had played in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) nearly 50 years earlier. This was at least the third time he had played the role, as he also had a cameo as this character in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).
Wile E. Coyote's missile has "HI THERE!" written on the front in reference to one of the missiles in Dr. Strangelove.
This film started out as a follow-up to Space Jam (1996). It was going to be called "Spy Jam" and was going to star Jackie Chan.
When Bugs enters the conference room at the beginning of the movie he says "Great nose job Chuck. Good rug Mel, never would have guessed" - references to Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc.
Last cinema feature of Peter Graves.
Joe Dante refuses to talk about this movie in interview in great detail. All he's said is that he only agreed to direct the film to pay tribute to Chuck Jones, who had recently passed away and was a close friend of Dante's and that Warner Brothers gave him no freedom in the creative process.
During filming, Brendan Fraser was completely terrified at having to hit Bill Goldberg; Goldberg constantly told him to go ahead and do it, telling him, "It's what I do for a living."
The "supercar" featured is the TVR Tuscan. Around 1,000 are hand-built in Britain every year, and at the moment there are no plans to introduce them to the US.
When we first See Dusty Tails (Heather Locklear), she is wearing a Southern Belle-type dress and hat, and being lowered from the rafters on an ornate, vine-covered swing. This is a nod to a scene from Walt Disney World's "Country Bear Jamboree" attraction, where the animatronic character "Swingin' Teddie Berrah" is lowered from the ceiling wearing a similar dress and hat, on the same type of swing. Even Foghorn Leghorn's introduction for Dusty mimics the MC's intro for the Walt Disney World character.
Lola Bunny, introduced in Space Jam (1996), does not make an appearance, but can be seen on several movie posters in the background of some scenes. The existence of Lola's character, created as a "politically correct" counterpart for Bugs is spoofed when Kate suggests that what Bugs needs to "leverage his synergy" is a "hot female counterpart." (see quotes section)
The sputtering car engine sound effect that Mel Blanc voiced in several Warner Brothers cartoons is heard in the background of DJ's AMC Gremlin.
The character animation of the Warner Bros. cartoon characters in this film is traditionally hand-drawn. Computer technology is used to color the animation drawings in, add tone mattes/shadows to the characters, and composite them over the correct backgrounds. 3D Computer animation is used on objects such as the spaceships, Wile E. Coyote's missile, the robot guard dog at the end, and Bugs' cel-shaded carrots.
Mel Blanc's "sickly car" sound effect used for the Gremlin was originally the sound of Jack Benny's 1912 Maxwell automobile on his radio show.
Jenna Elfman's character, Kate Houghton, is named after Katharine Hepburn. Houghton was Hepburn's middle name.
When Elmer Fudd is chasing Bugs and Daffy through the museum, the music playing is from the piano suite "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky, a cycle of piano pieces describing a walk through an art gallery (by a man with a limp) and the different paintings he stops to look at.
WILHELM SCREAM: When Drake is fighting the interpreters in the "TV in the Painting" Scene.
WHILHEM SCREAM: When Damian Drake throws the grenade in the picture video.
The last film project of Marc Lawrence.
During the Psycho parody sequence Bugs' line "Doesn't anyone knock anymore!" was provided by animator Eric Goldberg who provided several other voices for the film.
When DJ gets into his father's car, Jerry Goldsmith's score from Gremlins, also directed by Joe Dante, is played. The car in the scene is an AMC Gremlin.
Is technically the final traditionally animated Warner bros pictures film,(albeit a quasi one blended with live action) though Warner Bros. animation closed its doors in 2001, the traditional animation was briefly dug out of retirement with this film.
In the casino, while D.J. is fighting with Yosemite Sam's goons, Daffy tells him to "bite his ear!" This is a reference to boxer Mike Tyson, who bit off a portion of Evander Holyfield's ear during a match.
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When Mom pulls out the video for the Blue Monkey, the other videos are "Moon Landing Dress Rehersal", "How Sausage is Made", and "Congressmen Gone Wild, Vol. 6".
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In the extended version of the Area 52 escape scene, Ro-Man from Robot Monster (1953) tells Kate "I'm gonna hug you and squeeze you and kiss you and love you", a famous quote by Elmyra Duff, a character from Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), an animated show from the 90's which featured the Looney Tunes.
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Matthew Lillard:  in the commissary scene, talking to the animated Scooby Doo and Shaggy about his performance in Scooby-Doo (2002).

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