More sitcom-style “Looney Tunes” amusement with this week’s “The Looney Tunes Show.” (SPOILERS…)
Plot: Daffy reluctantly agrees to let Bugs on his bowling team in order to beat a rival, after Porky’s too injured to play (no thanks to Daffy)…
As usual, another sitcom-style episode, though this one was better than last week’s, thanks to some amusing bits with Daffy. Daffy’s (ab)use of Porky, a trait dating back to the original shorts, is seen in force here—“borrowing” money from Porky, giving him a team nickname (that winds up inadvertently being insulting), and sending Porky to the hospital (via using him as a bowling ball). Yes, hospital—while this episode had a few bits of slapstick, it’s all still confined to the usual sitcom format the show’s locked in, and thus nobody gets crushed/hit/hurt by bowling balls even once…
Other amusing parts:
- Daffy’s “lazy eye.”
- Marvin using his ray gun on the bowling pins he failed to knock down.
- Daffy’s rival being as poor a bowler as Daffy.
- Porky, after being used as a bowling ball the first time.
In other observations, it sounds like “Royal Oaks” (or some variation) is the name of the town the gang lives in in this show. Yep, even the name sounds rather generic (or like some Los Angeles suburb). Maybe there’ll be some episode where the Acme Corporation shows up, but I wouldn’t hold my breath…
The “Merry Melodie” this week was “Yellow Bird,” a lively number with Sylvester chasing Tweety around a beach.
As usual, the funniest part of the show was the Road Runner short, “Vicious Cycles.” Here, the Coyote steals a series of motorcycles parked in front of a biker bar to try to catch the Road Runner… “series” since he keeps destroying each one in a typically ludicrous (but funny) fashion. Best destruction bits: the motorcycle catching on fire; the motorcycle Wile E.’s riding that gets hit by a plane from out of nowhere. The name of the biker bar, “Chuck’s,” is an apparent homage to the Road Runner and Coyote’s creator, Chuck Jones.