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In the year 2772, a meteor of unknown origin collides with the planet Earth, transforming it and some of its inhabitants forever. Included in this transformation are the descendants of the classic Looney Tunes characters, who become super-powered heroes, yet still retaining the wacky personalities of their ancestors. Written by
This is nothing I haven't seen before. Teen Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Justice League. It does have a slight twist, however. These superheroes are based on characters from a series of cinema shorts from the 1930's through the 1960's that featured a rotating cast of wacky characters performing acts of violence on each other. Few Superheroes have such lineage. The result is, well, mixed. I get a sense of forced characterization, that the show is constantly reminding me that, yes indeed, these are descendants of the Looney Toons. The characters are: Ace/Bugs, Danger Duck/Daffy, Lexi/Lola (a character added to the canon in Space Jam), Slam/Tasmanian Devil, Tech/Wile E. Coyote, and Rev Runner/Road Runner. I think that it would have been more interesting to allow the characters to hint at their heritage rather than try to act like their ancestors. Ace sounds way too much like Bugs, and the accent is merely distracting. I would prefer a voice closer to that of Robin in the 1992 Batman series. Something youthful, but mature. Not a surfer dude Bugs Bunny. Similarly, Duck sounds far too much like Daffy. The odd thing is that Tech sounds nothing like Wile E. It's a bit confusing that they would have Ace and Duck sound so much like Bugs and Daffy, but have a completely different voice for Tech. And it's unfortunate that they would make Rev talk so fast. I understand that the character's fast, but the Flash from Justice League doesn't talk fast. Rev's motor mouth makes it difficult to give Rev very many lines, which is unfortunate because he is voiced by the very talented Rob Paulsen. Also, some of their superpowers seem arbitrary. I understand the Tornado power of Slam, as the Tasmanian Devil always looked like a small tornado. I understand the genius intelligence and regenerative powers of Tech, as Wile E. was a super genius who could fall off a cliff and be OK. Rev Runner's speed is obvious. But I don't really understand Duck's teleportation, Lexi's "brain blasts", or Ace's laser eyes. They seem like they're "cool powers" added because the writers couldn't think of anything else. The Incredibles did an excellent job of matching personality to power. Dash's speed, Violet's invisibility, Bob's invulnerability, Helen's flexibility, etc. I suppose time will tell if the show will give us more dimension to the characters. Teen Titans excels at that.
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