The rebooted series, titled Looney Tunes Cartoons, has all its usual violence and weapons including dynamite, booby traps and anvils — but apparently executive producer Peter Browngardt has drawn the line at cartoon gun violence, according to a new interview with the New York Times.
"We're not doing guns," Browngardt told the publication. "But we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in."
The series has plenty of the other classic Warner Bros. weaponry, as Browngardt mentions, and aside from the removal of firearms, the reboot is just as violent as ever, with Fudd and Sam using bladed weapons like scythes in place of a gun.
Twitter has since caught on to the changes, with users offering a variety of reactions to the removal of firearms.
While a small group of people are happy to see the guns removed from the cartoon, others are outraged at the violation of Fudd and Sam's second amendment rights. The middle-ground protestors, meanwhile, are accusing HBO and Warner of hypocrisy at the removal of firearms when so many other weapons remain. Nearly everyone is confused with the decision, to say the least.
Even more confusingly, Browngardt says some of the forthcoming material for the new children's series trudges into pretty disturbing subjects, including a cameo from Satan, the "ghost" of Tweety and an instance that sees Porky Pig sucking snake venom out of Daffy Duck's leg.
"Some of them have maybe gone a little too far, so they might come out in a different format," Browngardt said. "Maybe they'll come out packaged for an Adult Swim type of thing."
See a clip of the rebooted series featuring Elmer Fudd's flashy new scythe below, and scroll down to find Twitter's varied reactions.
Not sure what's funnier: Warner Bros taking Elmer fudd's gun as some sort of weird empty gesture about gun violence or the people getting genuinely upset over it and saying that they're gonna unsubscribe pic.twitter.com/kqF2JLnhHJ— Please Social Distance.🌠🌃🌌💙 (@nightandtime) June 7, 2020
it's fucked up what they're doing to elmer fudd pic.twitter.com/hvlCXZFHgX— leon (@leyawn) June 7, 2020
Bleh: Elmer Fudd not being allowed to use a gun anymore sucks— Triple-Q (@TripleKyun) June 7, 2020
YEAH: After all these years, Elmer Fudd has realized that using a gun against Bugs Bunny doesn't actually work so he's resorted to using a motherfucking scythe like the Grim Reaper to ensure he can kill him
Do you guys SERIOUSLY care whether or not Elmer Fudd has a gun in our shorts? You know how many gags we can do with guns? Fairly few. And the best were already done by the old guys. It's limiting. It was never about the gun, it was about Elmer's flawed, challenged masculinity.— Michael Ruocco (@AGuyWhoDraws) June 7, 2020
Sam and Elmer Fudd are nothing without their trademark weapons. This is bullshit. pic.twitter.com/fx75NvUhp9— Monoklown3Q2 (@Circushellspawn) June 6, 2020
so Elmer Fudd having a gun is promoting violence and chaos, but him having a scythe like the fucking grip reaper, booby traps, and literal sticks of dynamite is perfectly fine. at this point why dont you have Elmer and Bugs Bunny work out their issues with one another in therapy? pic.twitter.com/6x5pUXIDlh— rockie (@xenarama) June 7, 2020
History Lesson! Elmer Fudd was first a camera man, messenger, and a pet owner before a hunter. He hunts but it's not his defining trait. I mean he was even a confederate soldier before he hunted wabbits soooo 👀 pic.twitter.com/SRT6ZW2nvZ— Marcus Aguinaga (@nonsensetreasur) June 7, 2020
Seeing the reaction to the announcement that there won't be guns in the Looney Tunes reboot, I'm now hoping that Yosemite Sam runs a kombucha stand with his husband and Elmer Fudd is a PETA activist. #HugDaWabbit pic.twitter.com/B43Jj7aK5A— T.R. Morley (@TheRealMorley) June 7, 2020
The looney tunes remake with Elmer Fudd not having a gun is ridiculous. The whole premise of the cartoon was him hunting for BB and Daffy with a gun. What is he going to have a camera to take pics with. Chuck Jones must be turning over in his grave along with Mel Blanc. pic.twitter.com/Tvx9h76A2u— david r. (@mudcaulks) June 7, 2020
YOU, A FOOL: Gunless Fudd? Unsubscribe— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 7, 2020
ME, WISE, WATCHING ELMER FUDD CLEAVE BUGS' SKULL IN TWAIN WITH A HALBERD: Sick