Looney Tunes: Back in Action
In a world that includes both cartoons and humans, Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck (both voices of Joe Alaskey) steal the scenes from humans D.J. Drake and Kate Houghton (Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman). Kate is the vice president of comedy at Warner Brothers studios, and D.J. is a security guard. His father, Damien Drake (Timothy Dalton), is the studio’s famous star of spy movies.
When Daffy and Damien are both kidnapped by the evil Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin) of Acme Corporation, Bugs joins D.J. and Kate in the search-and-rescue mission. Their mission takes them from Las Vegas to Paris to Africa to Asia and back in a spy car that zooms through space. Making fun of sci-fi action movies, high tech gimmicks and greedy corporate executives, “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” aims its funniest lines at grown-ups. Ninety minutes of disjointed silliness drags on much too long, especially for the 10-and-under viewers.
Nearly every scene includes slapstick with mean-spirited violence and fierce fighting, including hits to the groin, falls from great heights, explosives tied to men and dangerous car chases. Unfortunately, the kids respond to the violence with laughter. Sadly, children’s entertainment is becoming increasingly saturated with adult themes and gratuitous violence. Just because there is no sex or foul language, don’t think Looney Tunes is a fun film for young children.