LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION DI 03
2003 Running time: 90 Certificate: pg Rating: 3
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Synopsis

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of Warner Bros' animated crazy gang cause chaos in the real world in this live action/cartoon cross. Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman are the WB employees who unite to get Daffy back into the studio fold when he falls victim to the schemes of sneaky Acme boss Steve Martin. Gremlins director Joe Dante comes up with another critter-filled caper that name-checks more movies that you could shake a carrot at. Beep beep!

Director

  • Joe Dante

Cast

  • Brendan Fraser

  • Joan Cusack

  • Timothy Dalton

  • Jenna Elfman

  • Steve Martin

  • Heather Locklear

Review

It's just got to be the Hollywood role most threatening to life and limb - acting opposite Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny (and doing your own stunts).

Running the risk of holding a fizzing stick of dynamite or emerging unscathed - but wafer-thin - from under a 50-ton weight is DJ Drake (Fraser).

He's been sacked from his job on the Warners lot as a security guard after failing to escort Daffy Duck from the premises after he's "released" from his contract.

Returning home, he finds his movie star dad Damian Drake (Dalton) has been kidnapped and is being held by a mystery megalomaniac in Las Vegas.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit set the standard for the live action-cartoon combination and this thoroughly enjoyable animated lark follows in that noble tradition.

The digital Daffy and Bugs are visually stunning and lent slapstick depth by the voice characterisation of Joe Alaskey (who replaces the late legend Mel Blanc).

As well as playing as a simple cartoon caper for the kids, there's a welter of knowing references for the grown-ups thanks to former Simpsons writer Larry Doyle.

Joining in the playful double-meanings is Dalton, who sends up his Bond persona with gusto and the likeable Fraser, who shows impeccable comic timing.

Less successful is Steve Martin as Bugs and Daffy's nemesis The Chairman, whose power-crazy gurning irritates rather than delights.

Highlights include a splendid romp through The Louvre with Bugs and Daffy pursued by Elmer Fudd into masterpieces including a Dali. "Well, this is surreal," opines Daffy.

There's also some nifty dialogue: "How many galoshes went into making that number" poses Daffy, eyeing up Heather Locklear's skintight PVC catsuit.

It's fast, furious, splendidly entertaining and, to cap it all, features a rare cinema appearance by a Dalek. What's not to like.

Tim Evans

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