‘Looney Tunes Rabbits Run’ is the newest direct to video Looney Tunes release. It’s also the first such release in almost ten years. You’d think with that much time between releases that Warner Bros. was waiting on something really good to bring the classic characters of Bugs Bunny and company back out. Unfortunately, ‘Rabbits Run’ is something of a let down.
While there are many things to love about the Looney Tunes, the tragedy of ‘Rabbits Run’ is that it forgoes a lot of them. It has all the characters, but many of them just seem awkwardly out of place or underused. The film is entertaining, but it just doesn’t feel like a full Looney Tunes experience.
First and foremost, this is a Lola Bunny centered flick. While this is certainly a welcome change the dynamic between Lola and Bugs severely limits the usual tour de force that is the character of Bugs Bunny. In ‘Rabbits Run’ he pretty much plays the straight man to Lola’s wacky antics. He doesn’t have the usual wackiness that you come to expect from Bugs Bunny. Don’t get me wrong, he does have some moments and they’re doozies, but overall his character is just uneven.
In many ways the overall set-up of the film’s characters feels more like a Muppets movie than Looney Tunes. All the characters live in a world intermingled with humans, working their individual jobs, with no knowledge of the other Looney Tunes characters. This isn’t a bad thing, but using this setup really pigeonholes many of the characters. Porky Pig and many other big names just give a small cameo rather than playing a big part. One positive of the film’s approach is that it pulls some rather obscure Looney Tunes characters out of its hat. This is good for longtime fans, but it feels weird that some of these obscure characters have more screen time than some of the more famous mainstays.
‘Rabbits Run’ is a somewhat disappointing Looney Tunes movie. It does have entertainment value and a few laughs, but it tends to miss the mark when it comes to the famous characters it portrays. That said, Daffy Duck is far and away the best thing about this movie. If only the other characters were portrayed so faithfully.
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