Looney Tunes: Back in Action

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In a land where cartoon characters and flesh-and-blood people work side by side, one little black duck lands in a big pot of trouble in this comedy, which brings the beloved Looney Tunes characters into the real world. Daffy Duck voice of Joe Alaskey has grown tired of his status as Warner Bros.' leading avian second fiddle and demands that if he can't be given equal billing with his rival Bugs Bunny also voiced by Alaskey, he wants to be released from his contract. Kate Houghton Jenna Elfman, Warners' vice ...
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In a land where cartoon characters and flesh-and-blood people work side by side, one little black duck lands in a big pot of trouble in this comedy, which brings the beloved Looney Tunes characters into the real world. Daffy Duck voice of Joe Alaskey has grown tired of his status as Warner Bros.' leading avian second fiddle and demands that if he can't be given equal billing with his rival Bugs Bunny also voiced by Alaskey, he wants to be released from his contract. Kate Houghton Jenna Elfman, Warners' vice president in charge of comedy, is way ahead of Daffy and orders studio stuntman D.J. Drake Brendan Fraser to kick the duck off the studio lot. D.J. soon discovers getting rid of Daffy is no easy task, and the duck is in tow when Drake makes a startling discovery -- his father Damien Drake Timothy Dalton, a movie star best know for playing ultra-suave secret agents, really is a secret agent, and he's been kidnapped by Mr. Chairman Steve Martin, the evil leader of the monolithic Acme Corporation. Damien knows the secret hiding place of the priceless Blue Monkey Diamond and Mr. Chairman will stop at nothing to get it, so D.J. and Daffy set out to rescue Damien and save the diamond, one step behind Acme's musclemen and one step ahead of Kate and Bugs, who now realize how important Daffy is to the Looney Tunes franchise. Looney Tunes: Back in Action also stars Heather Locklear as a lounge singer working for Yosemite Sam voice of Steve Babiar, Joan Cusack, John Cleese, Stan Freberg, and Roger Corman.
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The anarchic spirit of "Termite Terrace" -- birthplace to the holy ‘toon trinity of Porky, Daffy, and Bugs -- is strong within director Joe Dante. The Gremlins maestro unleashes his inner Tex Avery and Chuck Jones with this madcap comedy that adds luster to the Warner Bros. stable of wildly unstable characters. The story has something to do with a frantic cross-country odyssey to retrieve Daffy, who has been unjustly fired by a clueless Warner Bros. exec (Jenna Elfman). Accompanying her is DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser), a studio security guard who has also been unceremoniously bounced. Bugs is also along for the ride to supply a steady stream of wisecracks and wreak the usual animated mayhem. There is also some nonsense about Drake's movie star dad (Timothy Dalton) being an actual secret agent, and the sinister head of the dreaded Acme Corporation (Steve Martin) plotting to make a monkey of everyone, literally. But never mind: All that matters is the breakneck barrage of non sequiturs, movie references, gratuitous product placements, cameos (Heather Locklear, Joan Cusack), and in-joke appearances by colleagues from Dante's B-movie days (Mary Woronov, Dick Miller, Roger Corman). Back in Action slam-dunks Space Jam on every level, most impressively in the seamless integration of live-action, animation, and clever writing. The sequence in which Elmer chases Bugs and Daffy through a succession of masterpieces in the Louvre is suitable for framing in its own right. And whoever came up with the idea of making Yosemite Sam a Las Vegas saloon owner is not being paid enough. Looney Tunes may have been a box-office disappointment, but expect this unjustly neglected gem to see plenty of action on home video.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Looney Tunes: Back in Action is a frenetic and fast-paced live action-animation blend that may not be a true classic but which packs in more than enough fun to make it worth watching, especially for cartoon fanatics. Looney is overall a good zany time and comes about as close to capturing some of the magic of the cartoon characters from their heyday as is possible. Of course, there's also the live action portion of the film to contend with, and it's undoubtedly true that the "real" people in Looney get the short end of the stick. After all, how can flesh-and-blood actors compete with the likes of Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny? It's not that they don't try or that they don't do well. Brendan Fraser is about as appealing as one could wish, and Jenna Elfman is deliciously corporate. And Steve Martin, in over the top mode, still can't compete with real toons, but he gives it a good college try. Still, there's an imbalance between reality and "cartoon-ity" that persists throughout the film and weakens it a bit, as does the fact that even Joe Dante's wild direction can't keep the frantic pace up without it becoming a tad wearing. Still, when Looney is in top form -- as when Elmer Fudd is chasing Daffy and Bugs through the Louvre or when the characters are in a wonderful sci-fi land -- Looney is tremendously engaging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • UPC: 012569699335
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser D.J. Drake
Jenna Elfman Kate Houghton
Steve Martin Mr. Chairman
Timothy Dalton Damien Drake
Heather Locklear Dusty Tails
Joan Cusack Mother
Bill Goldberg Mr. Smith
Joe Alaskey Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Jeff Glen Bennett Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Nasty Canasta Bennett, Jeff Glenn
Billy West Voice Only, Voice Only
Eric Goldberg Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Mary Woronov Acme VP, Bad Ideas
Vernon Wells Acme VP, Child Labor
Leo Rossi Acme VP, Climbing To The Top
Ron Perlman Acme VP, Never Learning
Bill McKinney Acme VP, Nitpicking
Robert Picardo Acme VP, Rhetorical Questions
Marc Lawrence Acme VP, Stating The Obvious
George Murdock Acme VP, Unfairly Promoted
Kevin McCarthy Dr. Bennell
Don Stanton Mr. Warner
Dan Stanton Mr. Warner's Brother
Richard Miller Security Guard
Bruce Lanoil Voice Only
Michael Azria Paris Cafe Waiter
Bob Bergen Voice Only
Danny Chambers Voice Only
Austyn Cuccia Tour Bus Girl
June Foray Voice Only
Stan Freberg Voice Only
Arturo Gil Dancing Yosemite Sam
Allan Graf Interrogator
Archie Hahn Stunt Director
Marie-Claude Jacques Flower Vendor
Casey Kasem Voice Only
Martin Klebba Dancing Yosemite Sam
Danny Mann Voice Only
Ryan O'Dell Bugs Bunny's Driver
Gabriel Pimentel Dancing Yosemite Sam
Dan Romanelli Studio Executive
Will Ryan Voice Only
Kevin Thompson Dancing Yosemite Sam
Frank Welker Voice Only
Steve Babiar Dancing Yosemite Sams
Micki Duran Dancer
Janina N. Garraway Dancer
Erica Gudis Dancer
Brenda Hamilton Dancer
Brandon Henschel Dancer
Chi Johnson Dancer
Shanti Lowry Dancer
Tanee McCall Dancer
Liz Ramos Dancer
Shealan Spencer Dancer
Becca Sweitzer Dancer
Gelsey Weiss Dancer
Alysha Wheeler Dancer
Tara Wilson Dancer
Emily Ro Zachary Dancer
Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director
Allison Abbate Producer
Ivy Agregan Production Manager
Stephanie Allen Production Manager
Amalgamated Pixels Inc. Special Effects
Elena Arroy Makeup
Steve Austin Special Effects
James Baker Animator
David Barclay Consultant/advisor
Arland Barron Animator
Richard Bazley Animator
Barry Beaulac Special Effects
David L. Bertman Editor
Sandy Beruman-Justus Stunts
Susan Blanchard Production Manager
David M. Blitstein Special Effects
Bruce Botnick Sound Mixer
Greg Brickman Stunts
Jophery Brown Stunts
Malcolm Brown Jr. Camera Operator
Tony Brubaker Stunts
John P. Bruce Set Decoration/Design
Bill Brzeski Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Brian Burrows Stunts
Matt Byrne Stunts
Anthony Cappello Camera Operator
Roberto Casale Animator
Tom Chesney Special Effects
Crystal Chesney Animator
Kyle Ross Collinsworth Special Effects
Karrie Combs Stunts
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Ritchie Copenhaver Stunts
Caroline Cruikshank Animator
Dean Cudney Cinematographer
Phil Culotta Stunts
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Alex Daniels Stunts
Larry D. Davis Camera Operator
Christopher de Faria Executive Producer, Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Brad Dechter Musical Arrangement
Gavin Dell Animator
Marguerite Derricks Choreography
Digital Domain Special Effects
Danny Dirks Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Disa Animator
Bruce Donnellan Special Effects
Larry Doyle Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Chris Durand Stunts
Richard Epper Stunts
Manny Epstein Special Effects
David Escher Special Effects
Debbie Evans Stunts
Brian Ferguson Animator
Joe Finnegan Stunts
Rick W. Finney Editor
Glory Fioramonti Stunts
Danny Galieote Animator
Ransom Gates Stunts
Bryson H. Gerard Special Effects
Andy Gill Stunts
Robert Giomi Camera Operator
Shaun Glendenning Special Effects
Bernie Goldmann Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Armando "Grande" Gonzalez Special Effects
Erica Grace Stunts
William Greene Special Effects
Joe Haidar Animator
James M. Halty Stunts
Maguerite Happy Stunts
Ann Harris Set Decoration/Design
Marshall Harvey Editor
T. Daniel Hofstedt Animator
Marcia Holley Stunts
Thomas R. Homsher Special Effects
Jon Hooper Animator
Casey Hotchkiss Camera Operator
Chris Hubbard Animator
Ron Husband Animator
Gina Jensen Stunts
Todd K. Jensen Special Effects
Scott F. Johnston Special Effects Supervisor
Lawrence Karman Camera Operator
Mark Kausler Animator
Ernest Keen Animator
Shawn Keller Animator
Ken King Sound Mixer
Pamela Klamer Set Decoration/Design
John Kleber Art Director
Joe Klein Special Effects
John Knox Special Effects
Dave Kuhn Animator
Erik Kuska Animator
Bruce Lanoil Consultant/advisor
"Burkey" Lilley Stunts
Janie Liszweski Stunts
Patrick Loungway Cinematographer
Diana Lupo Stunts
Brian Machleit Stunts
Craig Maras Animator
Gaston Marzio Animator
Ann Masterson Makeup
Robert McKnight Animator
Cole McLarty Stunts
Gary McLarty Stunts
Cliff McLaughlin Stunts
Gene McLaughlin Stunts
Mario Menjivar Animator
Jamie Jo Mitchell Stunts
Kieran Mulgrew Camera Operator
Andrew E.W. Murdock Set Decoration/Design
Phil Notaro Special Effects
Jamie Oliff Animator
Bobby Ore Stunts
Jeff Ozimek Set Decoration/Design
Wendy Perdue Animator
Kevin Petrilak Animator
Craig Pinckes Asst. Director
At The Post Special Effects
Robb Pratt Animator
Shane Prigmore Animator
Matt Prosser Special Effects
Craig Raudman Stunts
Gintar Repecka Special Effects
Larry Rippenkrogger Stunts
David Ronne Sound Mixer
Tom Roth Animator
Harry Sabin Animator
Chris Sauve Animator
Gary Schaedler Special Effects
Ann Scott Stunts
John-Clay Scott Stunts
Leanna Sheldon Casting
Joel Simon Producer
Tom Sito Animator
Beth Sleven Animator
Tommy Ray Smith Stunts
Paul Sonski Art Director
Chris Squires Camera Operator
Monica Staggs Stunts
Mark Stanton Special Effects
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Sandra M. Stewart Special Effects
Thomas Tate Special Effects
Jonathan Thackery Special Effects
Derek L. Thompson Animator
Jason Tucker Editor
Sloane U'ren Set Decoration/Design
Stella Vaccaro Art Director
Mark Vargo Cinematographer
Michael T. Verano Art Director
Michael Viglietta Asst. Director
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Wahl Animator
Bill Waldman Animator
Eric Walls Animator
Mike Washlake Stunts
April Weeden-Washington Stunts
Paula Weinstein Producer
Andreas Wessel-Therhorn Animator
Bruce K. West Set Decoration/Design
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director
Blaine Whitney Production Manager
Matt Williamês Animator
Alex Williams Animator
Steven Wilzbach Associate Producer
Theresa Wiseman Animator
David Witters Production Manager
Phillip Young Animator
David Alan Zaboski Animator
George Zamora Special Effects
Thomas Zell Special Effects
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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    LOVE this DVD!!

    I first watched this movie when I was a 12 year old girl, and I still love it today! This movie is for all ages! I am very happy I have finally bought this DVD. This movie is so fun, funny, and charming. The animation is brilliant and my favorite actor Brendan Fraser is in it! The plot is exciting and hilarious and everytime I watch this movie I am loving it all over again. The special features included on this dvd are awesome! You get to have a look behind the scenes of the making of the movie and even get a bonus new Looney Tunes episode of Wile Cyote and Roadrunner! A wonderful buy for such a low price!

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

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    give it a chance its much differnt from space jam

    amazing movie amazing actors amazing cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    Highly disappointing. Younger people might like it, but I didn't at all. 2/10 and D- grade. HORRIBLE!!!

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