Thursday, August 29, 2013

Looney TV: Loonatics vs......Fuzz Balls? (2005)

Ah, Loonatics Unleashed. Warner Bros.' attempt at creating a funny animal version of the Justice League, using futuristic descendants of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, et al. It lasted two seasons, but had engendered quite a bit of backlash even before the show launched, as we've previously documented.

The following episode pays homage to Joe Dante's irreverent 80's film, "Gremlins" and its sequel, as the Loonatics investigate the emergence of some bizarre monsters, resulting from the trendy pet du jour, the fuzz balls, ingesting chocolate. Hmmmm, sounds like a call for healthier eating may be the subliminal message within, eh?

To think Cartoon Network refuses to pony up the cheddar to bring this show back from limbo? As Sylvester, Jr. used to say, back in the day, "Oh, the shame of it all!".

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

Like Tiny Toons, this had potential to be more, but the writing was lacking and the character designs were just plain weird.

I remember when the project was first announced - the designs were just plain scary! They didn't even have pupils! I also wondered why the heroes couldn't remain in their original colors (Lexi Bunny was pink before the meteor mutation, etc.). Making the characters all black plus black costumes (with the colored markings on them) just looked blah to me.

hobbyfan said...

Considering the creative pedigree involved (the Trenblay brothers from SWAT Kats, Ron Myrick), it could've been better, but they were trying for toy sales aimed at not just the usual kids, but inner city kids, too, with the dark colors.

I kinda like Lexi myself. Too bad the Loonatics have been consigned to their own personal limbo.

Steven Dolce said...

Lexi looks sexy.

hobbyfan said...

No doubt. I wish someone would bring the show back.

Steven Dolce said...

You liked it?

hobbyfan said...

Damn right.