Tuesday, June 9, 2020

HBO Max Disarms Elmer Fudd

              HBO Max is launching a new series of animated Looney Tunes cartoons based on the iconic animated shorts of yesteryear. Warner Bros Animation will produce the catalog of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other beloved characters from the original shorts that aired between 1930–1969.

              Peter Browngardt, executive producer of the series, said the new cartoons will stay true to the originals while still reflecting modern sensibilities. Right. Now tell us the one about the three bears. The new episodes include “adapted story lines for today’s audience” according to deadline.com. For instance, in the updated version of the Bugs Bunny cartoons, Elmer Fudd won’t be allowed to carry a gun while hunting Bugs, that “wascally wabbit.” Browngardt explained to the New York Times, “We’re not doing guns. But we can do cartoony violence—TNT, the Acme stuff.” Fudd will hunt Bugs with a scythe rather than a side-by-side…in response to gun violence in the United States.

              So, guns are right out, but a scythe, the very symbol of death/the grim reaper, is fine? As are explosives and multi-ton anvils being dropped from above? Perfectly logical. Progressives are so eager to ban the possession of firearms that they are even unilaterally disarming cartoon characters. That is far scarier than any firearm.

              Soon it will be announced that, to best reflect “modern sensibilities,” Foghorn Leghorn will be stripped of his Antebellum southern accent and be made to sound and act like a modern metrosexual. Daffy Duck will be rebranded as “Silly Duck” to avoid any connotations with mental illness. Porky Pig will no longer stutter. The Speedy Gonzales character will be dropped, as he was a clear example of stereotyping and appropriation. And Pepe Le Pew will appear in an episode highlighting the “aromatically challenged." 



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