Coronation Street

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Joe Dante (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This is no Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Unlike in that near-seamless mix, the live actors interact awkwardly with the animation in this follow-up to Space Jam, Warner Bros previous stab at putting its cartoon stable on the big screen. The dumb story sees studio security guard DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser) joining forces with Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny to foil the world domination plans of Mr Chairman (Steve Martin). Gremlins director Joe Dante packs every frame with his trademark referential humour (including a few B-movie homages so oblique that only the most knowledgeable of genre scholars will appreciate them). However, for all its reliance on introducing skewed cartoon logic into the real world and spoofing recent movie hits, the most inspired moments of this uneven adventure come during a classic Looney Tunes chase through the Louvre, when Daffy and Bugs leap into paintings and are transformed into the style of artists such as Salvador Dalí and Edvard Munch.



Cast & Crew

DJ Drake / Brendan Fraser Brendan Fraser
Kate Houghton Jenna Elfman
Damien Drake Timothy Dalton
Mother Joan Cusack
Mr Smith Bill Goldberg
Dusty Tails Heather Locklear
Mr Chairman Steve Martin
Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck / Sylvester / Beaky Buzzard/ Mama Bear Joe Alaskey
Mr Warner Don Stanton
Mr Warner's brother Dan Stanton
Security guard Dick Miller
Hollywood director Roger Corman
Mr Bennell Kevin McCarthy
Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon
Matthew Lillard Matthew Lillard
Acme VP, Bad Ideas Mary Woronov
Acme VP, Stating the Obvious Marc Lawrence (1)
Acme VP, Nitpicking Bill McKinney
Acme VP, Unfairly Promoted George Murdock
Acme VP, Rhetorical Questions Robert Picardo
Acme VP, Never Learning Ron Perlman
Acme VP, Child Labor Vernon Wells
Director Joe Dante
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 13 Feb 2004
Comedy Drama Children's Soap