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Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

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

Directors:

Joe Dante, Eric Goldberg

Writer:

Larry Doyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... DJ Drake / Brendan Fraser / Voice of Tasmanian Devil and She-Devil
Jenna Elfman ... Kate
Steve Martin ... Mr. Chairman
Timothy Dalton ... Damien Drake
Heather Locklear ... Dusty Tails
Joan Cusack ... Mother
Bill Goldberg ... Mr. Smith
Don Stanton ... Mr. Warner
Dan Stanton ... Mr. Warner's Brother
Dick Miller ... Security Guard
Roger Corman ... Hollywood Director
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Bennell
Jeff Gordon ... Jeff Gordon
Matthew Lillard ... Matthew Lillard
Mary Woronov ... Acme VP, Bad Ideas
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 1990s, which featured the Looney Tunes. (The line is in turn a callback to similar lines delivered by Hugo the Abominable Snowman in earlier Looney Tunes cartoons, which in turn were references to the film Of Mice and Men (1939).) See more »

Goofs

While chasing through The Louvre Bugs, Daffy and Elmer jump into the painting "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" which is on exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago. See more »

Quotes

Yosemite Sam: [regarding a lit dynamite stick in the car] Throw it out the window! Throw it out the window! Throw it out!
Nasty Canasta: But innocent people could get hurt.
Yosemite Sam: Throw it out the window!
Cottontail Smith: But it'll send the wrong message to children.
Yosemite Sam: I said throw it out the...
[dynamite explodes]
Yosemite Sam: Ooooh!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, rough pencil test animation from the movie is shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Broadcast on ITV and ITV2, several scenes involving violence are removed, including Sam shooting the banana skin in the casino scene, and Bugs placing the popcorn inside the marked alien during the Area 52 fight scene. See more »

Connections

References One Froggy Evening (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto in C Major for Mandolin & Strings 1. Allegro
(uncredited)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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Th- Th- Th- That's All Wrong, Folks
23 November 2003 | by Bili PitonSee 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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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looney Tunes Back in Action: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,317,371, 16 November 2003

Gross USA:

$20,991,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,514,844
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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