Loonatics Unleashed is an American animated action-adventure science fiction series. Based on the Looney Tunes, 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
- Horrendous 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.
- The tone of this show is far too dark, serious and mature with very little to no humor, jokes or slapstick included in this show, which is absolutely ridiculous and also unacceptable since Looney Tunes is supposed to be a comedy franchise.
- 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 fails.
- 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.
- Shallow and boring plot.
- Misleading title: The name "Loonatics" felt like the team would be sociopaths instead of heroes, but however don'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 drunk or on crack, though it’s better than the S1 Intro.
- Unfaithful animation and art style.
- 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 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".
- Its a giant middle finger to the original franchise.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The second season is a massive improvement over the first.
- Despite extremely negative reception, the show was referenced a few times in Teen Titans Go!, BTSW, and BTSW
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. 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.