Elmer Fudd will not have a gun in ‘Looney Tunes’ reboot
In a new series based on the beloved “Looney Tunes” cartoons, the classic character Elmer Fudd will no longer carry a gun.
The new series “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” which premiered last week on the streaming service HBO Max, will feature the cartoon’s characteristic violence – using sticks of dynamite, booby traps and the iconic anvils and bank safes dropped onto characters, The New York Times reported last week.
However, Peter Browngardt, the series executive producer and showrunner, told the outlet, “We’re not doing guns.”
“But we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in,” Browngardt told the outlet.
Elmer Fudd is regularly foiled trying to hunt Bugs Bunny on the show. In the new series, the character will carry a scythe.
However, comics artist Johnny Ryan, who worked on the show, noted to the Times that he believes “We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along.”
“‘Looney Tunes’ is pretty much the antithesis of that,” he said. “It’s two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent.”
The reboot will not be the first in the entertainment world to eliminate guns from its production.
In 2016, the cast of the musical “Hamilton” chose not to use guns during its performance at the Tony Awards in the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.