Not sure why I care about this so much, but I DO!
Elmer Fudd is going to have a MUCH harder time catching Bugs Bunny in the new Looney Tunes cartoons airing on HBO Max because Elmer’s not allowed to carry a gun anymore. And neither can other characters (you know, like Yosemite Sam).
Obviously, the change was made as a response to gun violence in the U.S., but one of the producers says “cartoony violence [like] TNT [and] the Acme stuff” is still allowed.
Elmer actually got his gun taken away a while back, but nobody noticed. In a Looney Tunes short called “Dynamite Dance“ that hit YouTube last year (2019), he goes after Bugs with a SCYTHE — you know, the thing the Grim Reaper carries. You can watch that cartoon above.
But Bugs proceeds to blow Elmer up repeatedly with what appears to be a metric ton of dynamite.
Things may not be TOO sanitized though. The producer says, quote, “We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, ‘everyone needs to be friends,’ ‘everyone needs to get along.’
“Looney Tunes is pretty much the antithesis of that. It’s two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent.”