Hey gang, Valkor here! After sifting through 3 volumes filled with 4 episodes each of the now highly popular, greatly appreciated, and always welcomed series/sitcom “The Looney Tunes Show”, the WB Home have decided to skip padding out their sets and giving us the remainder of season one in a nicely bundled two-disc set. THANK THE MATRIX! If you’re not watching this series, you’re missing out on some serious laughs and if you’ve been there from the jump, then check it out it’s the closer to season one “The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes the Neighborhood”.
For those catching up: The Looney Tunes Show revolves around Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as roommates, living in a cul-de-sac in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Their neighbors consist of Looney Tune Favorites Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, Speedy Gonzalez, Porky Pig, Witch Lezah, Gossamer, Marvin the Martian, Granny, Sylvester, Tweety, and many more. At the end of each show you get a Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner short, done up CGI-style, continuing the ongoing chase between beast and fowl. Finally, in between each episode you get a musical “Merrie Melody” number featuring all new original tunes.
The show is done sitcom style, minus the laugh track and contains all of the hilarious hijinks the Looney Tunes are known for. The set this time around is a two-disc DVD containing the remainder 14 episodes of the first season of the series. Cartoon Network has picked up the show for a second season, but when will it air is beyond me. I’m guessing starting this fall into next year. So until we get an official announcement, let’s check out some highlights from this set.
The DMV (A Valkor Favorite) – Bugs, Daffy, Lola, and eventually Porky Pig spend the day at the DMV – neither Daffy nor Lola have a license, Porky’s is expired and Bugs is caught in the middle. Porky gets to be the low man on the totem this round; though he aces the written test – TWICE, his papers gets mixed up with Lola’s and Daffy’s, who must now face the road test with Yosemite Sam as their teacher.
French Fries – While having lunch at Pizzarriba (Speedy Gonzalez’s restaurant), Porky announces that he's scored tickets to the big play-off game. But then he inadvertently eats what he believes is french fries for the table, however Daffy thinks it was his fries that came with his meatball sub. A rift is torn between the two and once again Bugs is caught in the middle, to try and mend the friendship so he can see the big game. On a side note, Yosemite Sam is in line to kick a million dollar field goal however training and ultimately the kick… not going so rassa-fraggin good.
Newspaper Thief – Daffy’s morning newspaper goes missing and he blames everyone in the neighborhood for stealing it. This happens on the eve of Bug’s dinner party that he’s throwing for the neighbors, so that Daffy can apologize for all his shenanigans and mishaps that he has caused them.
Sunday Night Slice – Bugs and most of the Looney Tune’s gang favorite place to hang out is Speedy Gonzalez’s Pizzarriba. In this episode, Bugs recaps how Speedy got to be the owner of the restaurant. And it all started because Bugs just wanted a place to hang out and the original owner gave up the business. So of course he buys the restaurant hiring Paul Puma, Marvin the Martian, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck as workers. You know hilarity will ensue.
There aren’t any real extras on the disc save for some trailers. I’m hoping we get something “meatier” when a true blue boxset makes the scene. Regardless, I’m in love with the Looney Tunes show and now that I’ve finally got to see the remainder of the series… I’m ready to give my verdict in the TOV Breakdown.
Usually whenever I get myhands on a box set, I try to break it down by watching it in a couple of days (depending on how many disc there are) – hardly ever in one sitting. But in the case of LTS: There Goes the Neighborhood, once I was in… I was all in and I couldn’t help but to sit and finish. The show is so, so funny! What makes it so enjoyable is that it’s not too kiddified (as if the originals ever were) and you have a show that can be enjoyed on all levels from a child to an adult. This new series has done an amazing job capturing the true essence of the characters, setting them in this environment where anything can happen. It’s also a very well balanced series that’s not too heavy on the slapstick or verbal jokes, though it can be a bit over the top (thanks to Daffy’s antics). Overall Season one ends on a high note and I’m super excited for season 2. To steal a quote from Bugs "I Like It".
My only gripe and it repeats like a broken record is that Daffy still gets way too much shine in this series. I love the duck, but I love Bugs more and he really needs to be more of the comic and less of the straight man in the next season.
Daffy, when he gets a beak job in the episode “Bugs and Daffy Get a Job”.
The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes the Neighborhood is available now and if you’re a fan like me then you’ll most definitely want to pick this up; it is without a doubt one of the funniest cartoon/sitcoms on television today! And if you’re already a fan, then you’ll want to complete the set for sure. So out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes the Neighborhood a perfect 5 simply because there’s more episodes in the set, yet equally if not funnier than the previous discs.