December holidays haven’t been very good for anybody in town thanks to an uncomfortable heat wave. In order to bring back the true spirit of Christmas, Lola establishes her very own version of “A Christmas Carol”. Meanwhile, Daffy and Foghorn Leghorn venture off to the North Pole in order to plug in a giant fan that will blow cold air all the way back home.
Warner Bros has always upheld a very strong tradition when it came to making great Christmas specials for its variety of comedy-focused shows. Back in the 90s, we had such specials from Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. Even movies that weren’t centralized on Christmas like Wakko’s Wish have enough to them to still be aired during the winter season. Now, for me The Looney Tunes Show stands as the black sheep of the Looney Tunes franchise. It looks like Looney Tunes, but its brand of comedic humor often leaves much to be desired. So I wasn’t hoping for too much here, but while this wasn’t perfect I was surprised to find that it held great quality. Viewers are introduced to the neighborhood of Bugs & Daffy in the midst of a massive heat wave. The usual main cast of characters go about weathering this in their own different ways: Lola hires Bugs, Porky, Tosh, Mac, Speedy Gonzales, and Yosemite Sam to put on a play of A Christmas Carol to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Meanwhile, Daffy joins Foghorn Leghorn on a quest to take a giant fan to the North Pole that will supposedly blow the cold weather right into town.
As one would expect by now, Lola’s take on A Christmas Carol is nothing like the original product; her vision is all about a young girl who learns that Santa is her father. Most of this interpretation was very well done and great comedy, capped off with Bugs’ agony over how terribly written Lola’s story is. The only problem that stuck out like sore thumb was how the play itself excluded many great characters, which is made that much worse by assorted Looney Tunes characters being present only for cameo appearances in the audience. All my mind kept imagining was a stronger parody of A Christmas Carol with almost every character playing some type of role.
Daffy and Foghorn Leghorn’s quest to save Christmas by plugging in a massive fan follows the usual concept of learning the true meaning of the holiday spirit in a quirky way. The most noticeable moment that had me personally laughing out of nowhere was when Daffy goes into a large hallucination of sitting on Santa’s lap, while in reality he is disturbing a gang of polar bears in a cold cavern.
A Christmas Carol holds down its theme just right and gives the Looney Tunes audience plenty of holiday cheer. It is silly and occupied by hilariously odd things, such as the matter of Lola installing a large trap door on the stage. I can bicker on about the flaws, but that doesn’t change the fact that kids will probably end up loving it. The holiday spirit remains up until the very end, with a fun Christmas song to wrap things up.