Loonatics Unleashed is an American animated action-adventure science fiction series. Based on the Looney Tunes series/franchise, it aired on Kids' WB from September 17, 2005 to May 5, 2007.
In the year 2772, the distant future, a group of teenagers descended from the classic Looney Tunes characters form a superhero team to fight against evil.
Why It Sucks
- VERY Bad Grasp On The Original Source Material: the real issue is that it's far from being an actual Looney Tunes show, even more so than Baby Looney Tunes and The Looney Tunes Show. It's also a giant insult to the original franchise in general.
- The tone of this show is far too dark, serious and mature.
- None of the classic Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck appear in this show, not even cameo appearances.
- The Acme weapons that the heroes use are no longer TNT, guns, traps, cannons, etc., and are now just basically generic superhero gadgets.
- It tries to be a more action-packed take on Looney Tunes, but it failed.
- Also, the futuristic cyberpunk setting is other than popularized on the trend, around the show airs (the late-1990s to mid-or-late-2000s). In short, this show was created to cash-in on the futuristic cyberpunk setting, but fails miserably.
- The show is heavily derivative of various action-packed superhero cartoons produced in the 2000s decade, such as Teen Titans and Justice League, and even the live-action series Power Rangers.
- Shallow and boring plot.
- The idea of the Looney Tunes' future descendants being superheroes are the entire poorly executed concept.
- Very rude future-themed jokes and humor.
- Misleading Title: The name "Loonatics" felt like the team would be sociopaths instead of heroes, but however, they aren't "unleashed".
- The intros are just forgettable.
- The intro for Season 1 introduces the main characters with no explanation and the narrator sounds like she’s tired and/or depressed.
- The intro for Season 2 is just weird and the narrator sounds like he’s either drunk or on crack, though it’s better than the S1 Intro.
- Notably, the character designs aren't good as they bear little resemblance to their original classic-era counterparts. Note that these were actually improved versions of the character designs. The original ones, most infamously Ace Bunny's prototype, "Buzz Bunny," looked absolutely terrifying and ended up being changed after backlash from fans.
- Forgettable and lackluster soundtrack, especially the theme song from both seasons, as stated above.
- Bland voice acting, even from iconic voice actors such as Candi Milo, Rob Paulsen and Kevin Michael Richardson.
- The characters' personalities are warped versions of the originals.
- The idea/concept of the Looney Tunes characters being superheroes has already been done before with the TV series Duck Dodgers, which came out two years before this show. Also, while Duck Dodgers had some good humor and funny moments and stays true to the original Looney Tunes cartoons, this show had none of these.
- Cringe-worthy and laughable dialogue.
- Laughably named locations, like a city that has the name of "Acmetropolis".
- Great animation and art style.
- Despite its more action-packed tone, it still features some slapstick and gags that also homage the classic Looney Tunes series. Such as one episode featuring a running gag where Tech E. Coyote falls off a cliff, and, another episode with Ace and Melvin fighting for the Illodium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator that ultimately backfires on the latter.
- When the show was first announced, the redesigns received backlash from fans, so much that petitions were made to stop the show.
- Upon airing on release, Loonatics Unleashed was critically panned by critics and Looney Tunes fans alike and is widely considered to be the worst Looney Tunes spin off show ever made. So much that even Warner Bros. Animation themselves admitted that this show was an embarrassment.
- The negative reception this show received was even satirized and mocked in New Looney Tunes and the recent Animaniacs reboot.