Elmer Fudd won't have gun in new 'Looney Tunes Cartoons'

Story editor Johnny Ryan says the show is adapting to the wave of anti-bullying.

ByGood Morning America via via logo
June 8, 2020, 7:32 PM

Elmer Fudd will find new ways of hunting down Bugs Bunny in the new series "Looney Tunes Cartoons."

Series executive producer and showrunner Peter Browngardt told The New York Times that while there will be violence in the new HBO Max show, guns will not be featured.

However, other weapons typically found in "Looney Tunes," including dynamite and anvils, will be.

"We're not doing guns," Browngardt said. "But we can do cartoony violence -- TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in."

PHOTO: Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny are seen in a still from "Looney Tunes Cartoons" on HBO Max.
Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny are seen in a still from "Looney Tunes Cartoons" on HBO Max.
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"Looney Tunes Cartoons," which premiered late last month, is meant to hearken back to the original "Looney Toons" cartoons of the 1940s. As a result, some of the themes aren't necessarily in keeping with messages kids often receive today.

"We're going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along," said story editor Johnny Ryan.

"'Looney Tunes' is pretty much the antithesis of that," he added. "It's two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent."

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