Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

DailyView: Day 90, Movie 155

The Looney Tunes have recently come back into some prominence with the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy with LeBron James. I have always enjoyed the Looney Tunes, but their involvement in that project was not quite what I wanted. While listening to the Critically Acclaimed podcast, I heard them reference a movie called Looney Tunes: Back in Action while they were discussing Space Jam. I had not known of this live action/animated mash-up before and I thought it would be a good film to add to the DailyView list. It fit into today’ schedule and I decided to get it on Vudu.

Sadly, it was still not a great movie.

According to Anthony Pereyra at IMDB, “Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are up to their feuding ways again. Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs, Daffy has decided to leave the Studio for good. He is aided by Warner Bros.’ humor impaired Vice President of Comedy, Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman), who releases him from his contract and instructs WB security guard/aspiring stunt man DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser) to capture and “escort” Daffy off the studio lot. Suddenly a sidekick without a hero, the duck decides to ally himself with DJ, whether he likes it or not. Consequently, Daffy is on the scene when DJ discovers that his famous movie star father was Damian Drake (Timothy Dalton), known for playing suave international spies onscreen, is actually a suave international spy in real life–and has been kidnapped by the evil insane nerdy, prancing villain known as Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin) of the equally nefarious Acme Corporation. It seems that Damian knows the whereabouts of the mysterious magical and powerful Blue Monkey Diamond, and the Chairman will do anything to get his hands on it!”

The Looney Tunes felt forced into the film and I did not love them here. The first half of the movie was painful at times. The second half was stronger, but it was not enough for it to save the movie for me.

I especially didn’t enjoy the human characters in the movie. Both Brendan Fraser and Steve Martin seemed to be trying to be real-life Looney Tunes and their overacting is so noticeable. I did not feel any chemistry between Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman and the relationship was one of the worst parts of the movie for me.

The relationship between Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck is actually one of the better ones of the film. It brought me back to the younger days of WB’s Looney Tunes. Daffy is always so jealous of Bugs and Bugs just rubs it in over and again.

Pretty disappointed with Back in Action. I wish it were better.

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