Looney Tunes Cartoons removes Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam's weapons
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In the HBO Max series Looney Tunes Cartoons, one glaring omission during the first season was the iconic weapons of Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam (a rifle and twin pistols, respectively). "We're not doing guns," executive producer and showrunner Peter Browngardt said in an interview with The New York Times. "But we can do cartoony violence -- TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in."
Why This Rule Sucks
- There was no reason for guns to be removed aside from political reasons. While it is true that Elmer and Sam have been seen without guns in several of the classic shorts, they were Elmer and Sam's trademarks.
- In one Marvin the Martian short "Monster Planet", Marvin is seen pointing a gun, showing off real hypocrisy.
- Speaking of hypocrisy, despite that the guns are removed from the show, the show still retains the use of TNT explosives, anvils and knives, which is probably just as violent, if not worse, than using guns, which makes this rule even more hypocritical.
- The ENTIRE series was not specifically meant for kids in the first place, much like the original Looney Tunes theatrical cartoons the series was based on, so removing guns was nonsensical. Sure, the franchise nowadays is typically seen as a family-friendly franchise, but it was still able to tackle some serious themes.
- Because of this ban, Elmer had to use a scythe to hunt wild game, which is incredibly idiotic and makes no sense whatsoever, even for Looney Tunes standards. On that topic, who hunts wild game with a scythe?
- Even though it proves out to be really hypocritical and outrageous, the use of TNTs and knives for both characters (as well as the remaining cartoon violence) are still maintained.
- The ban was only limited to season 1 of Looney Tunes Cartoons, as in Season 2 of the series, Elmer can be seen with his firearm once again in the "Rotund Rabbit" segment of the sixth episode.
- Bullets are also seen in the segment of the sixth episode of Season 4, "Hideout Hare."
- The same can also be said for Space Jam: A New Legacy, as Elmer and Yosemite Sam are also seen with their trademark weapons in both the trailer and the final cut for that film.