Anonymous said: To admin: srry if i wasnt specific enough. The question came up because my friends and i were wondering what we would ask other LT like we do on ur blog. Our questions felt limited because unlike bugs and daffy, the other characters have a specific objective in their cartoons and the questions might have to be geared towards those objectives in order for the answers to feel like something they would say. Questions for Wile E would be about the road runner, pepe would be love/women.
—(cont’d) When it comes to Bugs and Daffy they have objectives too but they get in more unique escapades that’s not always dealing with a hunter/trying to get rich. They dealt more with pop culture and society. They‘re personalities and character remind us of real people if you look past the fact that they’re animals. That’s why I asked if there were more possibilities with them.
I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to think that you can’t ask the other LT the same types of questions you would ask Bugs and Daffy, because that means you assume they have no lives outside of what you see them typically doing in their cartoons. Asking Wile. E what he feels and thinks about things outside of the Roadrunner is something I would find interesting and compelling, simply because you’d be able to explore more of his personality and character. Same goes for all the LT; they are not all one dimensional, Bugs and Daffy just happen to have more depth because they were the most popular, and got the most attention.
But I mean, take a look at Sylvester for example, what an interesting and complex character. He’s one of the only LT with an actual wife and child; he’s been shown as both lazy, and heroic and a complete scaredy cat, depending on his situation. He can also be a supreme asshole who plays the villain, but is also a warm and loving house pet. Him and Tweety had an entire show based around their adventures, both in pursuing each other and experiencing the world. There’s so much to go off of with him as a character that you arguably can’t go into with Bugs and Daffy.
And a lot of the characters are like that. Taz also had a whole show showing his family life, and he was even a teacher back in the Tiny Toon days. Even Elmer, who is an avid hunter and you’d think that’s all he’s about, but he’s also a hopeless romantic, and a millionaire, and has an interesting past starting out as a completely different type of character in Egghead. And again, he’s a teacher in Tiny Toons and has so much there to draw from.
I think for all its faults, the Looney Tunes Show did a good job of exploring the more mundane and “human” element to these characters, and it was refreshing to see them explored in this way. You had Granny with an interesting past, the Witch as a mother, Elmer as a news anchor and talk-show host, Speedy as a restaurateur, Porky exploring catering and finding love, Sam in his struggle to have a steady income, Foghorn as a mogul, and on and on. No one’s ever explored the characters in that way and given them that dimension, and even though the show is a bit lackluster and missing most of their original zeal, you have to admit that they at least expanded the character’s range. Some argue it stole some of their range, especially with Bugs who was very watered down, but I simply don’t agree. Bugs’ previous work doesn’t become erased because of one show where he played a straight-man. Bugs will always be Bugs.
Not knowing what to ask the other LT is not a fault of the other LT, it is a lack of imagination and understanding of the potential of these characters, and it’s a disservice to them to expect so little of them, in my opinion. I suggest you reconsider your outlook on these characters and give them more of a fair shot, and hopefully you’ll be able to see how much potential each and every one of them has.