July 20, 2011

"The Looney Tunes Show" review: "Double Date"

"The Looney Tunes Show" review: "Double Date"

Another new episode of “The Looney Tunes Show.” While this one’s another non-slapstick “sitcom” plot, it gets points for introducing the show’s third recurring female character, Tina Duck.

Plot (SPOILERS): Daffy (via rigging a contest) wins a free romantic dinner, and asks a female duck named Tina (who works at a copy shop) out. Meanwhile, Lola (after giving Daffy dating “advice”) falls for Daffy, and plots to sabotage his date (dragging Bugs along).

As noted above, it’s another typical “sitcom” episode, though it does throw in a few references to previous episodes (yep, Looney Tunes with actual continuity!), such as Daffy being a “wizard.” The part with Daffy almost asking (an enthusiastic) Porky out on a date was amusing, and I liked the scene of Daffy asking Tina out.

While this episode probably doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test, I find Tina a likable addition to the show, and much more interesting from what I’ve seen than Lola. Tina seems willing to note Daffy’s flawed, but finds him interesting enough a “challenge” to date. Daffy in this episode’s also somewhat more sympathetic than usual, such as when he decides to leave early (thinking he’s messed up his date), as well as the scene where he asks Tina out. More amusing than the usual too-dumbed-down Daffy we get in other episodes of this show.

This week’s “Merry Melodie” is “Be Polite,” featuring the Goofy Gophers singing about the importance of, well, being polite. Cue an amusing cameo by Marvin the Martian…

There’s also a Road Runner carton, “Wile E. Sisyphus,” focusing on Wile E. trying to crush the Road Runner with a rolling giant boulder; the usual mishaps ensue.

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