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Posted: Nov. 15, 2003 9:46 am/pm Quote

Movie to me was "OK", but I kept checking my watch after awhile during it.  It's got a lot of gags, and it's great to see the Warner Brothers toon gang together again.  Something felt like it was "missing" for me all during this movie.  Maybe that something was the sort of heart and dedication that only the original animators, producers, directors and voice artists (such as the legendary and one-of-a-kind Mel Blanc) could do for their own projects that can't quite be captured today by today's production teams no matter how earnest and sincere.  This is not a film for the very young kiddies, more for more mature children (8 years old and older).  What I found distasteful for children's viewing was the Las Vegas sequence:  They allude to the gambling but still have Vegas-esque dancing girls and some of the clothing the female actresses wear is too revealing.  The most interesting animation sequence was when the animated characters cavorted in the Louvre art museum in Paris, combining classical music, art and animation art in a very cleverly done scene.  This sequence is not the same as but it is "related artistically to" the spoofing done of Wagner opera involving Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in a classic Warner Brothers toon.  Theatre on opening weekend Saturday was maybe 1/2 full for a matinee'.  Then again, the movie time we were there competes with the LSU-Alabama football game this evening and voting for governor of our state, elections on a Saturday in our state.  There are two Disney references, both spoken, in the movie.  Rated PG.  Trailers in front of the movie are for "The Polar Express" opening in November 2004 with Tom Hanks (stunning computer graphics! ), new "Harry Potter" sequel movie opening in June 2004 (actor portraying Harry is definitely looking older), "Teachers Pet" Disney movie, "Cat in the Hat", and Steve Martin's upcoming "Cheaper by the Dozen" opening this holiday season.  As for "Looney Tunes Back in Action":  "Brother Bear" has nothing to worry about, of the two "Brother Bear" is definitely the better movie.  See "Looney Tunes" in a matinee or wait for the home video.  It's got some funny amusing bits, Steve Martin is witty and over the top, and it's great to see the Warner Brothers cartoon characters.  But "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is still the contemporary "hit" of this genre of blending live action and animation in the same movie.  "Roger Rabbit" has much more heart, much more plot, and is all around a better movie.

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Posted: Nov. 16, 2003 2:02 am/pm Quote

Quote (CarolKoster @ Nov. 15, 2003 8:46 am/pm)
Something felt like it was "missing" for me all during this movie.

I think you put your finger on the problem, and the something missing is Mel Blanc. The Characters haven't sounded right ever since he died.
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Posted: Nov. 16, 2003 8:57 am/pm Quote

The Warner Brothers characters sound close, but not exactly, like Mel Blanc's way of characterizing them.  The precise issue, I think, is that disconnection between the passion and dedication put into the characterizations by Blanc and the writers of that time and the voice actors and writers of today.  In the early Warner Brothers cartoons the sense of "Aw the heck with it, just let's have a good time!" came through and was infectious, the audience easily could pick up on that and laugh along.  Today that same spirit is not quite entirely there in this movie.  Someone on another discussion site pointed out that the Warner Brothers cartoon characters just are not meant to carry a full-length movie, and that might also be some of "something missing" I sensed during this movie.  The Warner Brothers characters had a premise in each story they did, a few gags and just enough plot to support that premise, then they just ended the cartoon on a big final laugh and that was it after only a couple of minutes.  Basically Looney Toons Back in Action is a romp.  It's got some funny moments, a lot of surprises and pop cultural commentary in it, cameo appearances.  It's a popcorn flick.  Great to see these characters on-screen, but the trailers and teasers are better than the movie.

Forgot a trailer that rolled before the movie started:  Scooby Doo 2.

And the topic thread should be spelled "Toons" and not "Tunes", sorry.


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I fixed the spelling in the title for you.
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Posted: Nov. 16, 2003 6:32 am/pm Quote

Looney Toons may have had an unexpected meeting with an anvil from Acme on its way to the end of its opening weekend.  It only grossed in domestic box office, estimated, $9,500,000 and ranks 5th on the list of top movies this weekend.  #1 was Elf, #2 Master and Commander, #3 Matrix Revolutions, #4 Brother Bear, #5 Looney Toons Back in Action.  For more information final box office figures on MOnday November 17 and charts and more await you at Box Office Mojo.

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