The Looney Tunes have put away their guns. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Titi, Grosminet, and all the lads of the cartoons of Warner Bros, are back in a new series, which aired from the 27th of may in the United States on the streaming platform, HBO's Max. The episodes, in the format of very short, took up the style of their first adventures supercharged, unveiled at the beginning of years 40. But the treatment of violence, this time somewhat changed : the firearms have been banished from the screen.
"We no longer use firearms," explains the executive producer and showrunner of the series Peter Browngardt at New York Times. "But we continue to do the violence of the cartoon, with dynamite and gadgets from Acme. "The fans can rest assured that the anvils dropped in the sky and other deadly traps are always waiting for you. For the producer, the decision to remove the rifles and pistols, is used to adapt the cartoon to the " modern sensibilities ", at a time when the protests against the police violence abound in the United States and where the wearing of firearms is called into question.
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Elmer Fudd hunting with a scythe
The studio Warner Bros has unveiled a episode of the series on YouTube, in which Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd continue to fight one against the other. But this time, the hunter prefers to take the rabbit with a scythe. Sam the pirate has traded in his guns for a hook.
On the social networks, the defenders of the second amendment, which guarantees every american citizen the right to bear arms, have challenged this decision of the creative team of the series to ban firearms. The New York Times, the writer Johnny Ryan reminds us that the violence of Looney Tunes is not restricted. "We live in a time of anti-bullying, everyone has to be friend, all the world must hear," he says. "The Looney Tunes are pretty much the antithesis of this. These are characters in conflict, sometimes very violent. "