"Loonatics": Bring Me The Head of Ron Myrick
Loonatics is just as bad as you’ve probably feared, a shameless whoring of the classic characters that transports whole bits from the classic cartoons yet manages to deprive them completely of anything resembling wit, charm, or humor. When it is not trying to embarrassingly emulate the classic cartoons in an anime style, it trudges out all the stale, mediocre conventions of the action-adventure genre. It’s a show that swings dramatically between mediocrity and travesty.
Now, I don’t like to play the blame game, but I feel the duty to call out the producer, Ron Myrick. How this hack keeps getting jobs in the animation industry is confounding. This man not only engineered the dreadful Baby Looney Tunes, he also spearheaded Avengers: United They Stand, a debacle involving the classic Marvel characters that reimagined the team as Power Rangers. The best I can say of Loonatics Unleashed is that it might not be as bad as his other series.
Loonatics has many of the same problems that plagued Avengers. Horrible voice acting (you will cringe at Ace Bunny’s voice), spotty animation (the eyes don’t look right), inane plotting, and characters that just barely rise to the level of stereotype. It even has a line of obviously toyetic creations devised by the Coyote.
The animation is astoundingly cheap. Backgrounds are cribbed from other Warner shows, which serves to highlight the absolute lack of ambition and talent behind this embarrassment.
Would a series like Loonatics have succeeded if a different person were in charge? Maybe. I’d like to think that Tom Ruegger would have produced a more interesting vision that truly blended action and humor. I would have liked to see Craig McCracken take a shot at this, as Powerpuff Girls is everything that Loonatics would have liked to be.
Instead, Warner chose to rely on someone who is clearly a D-list animator. This should be laid not only at Myrick’s feet but at the executives of the show as well, starting at the very top with Sander Schwartz, whose resume at Warner Animation has been absolutely dismal outside of Justice League and Teen Titans. Thank you, Bruce Timm and Glen Murakami, for just being there.
If this show doesn’t tell you that the animation industry needs help, I don’t know what will.
Loonatics Unleashed premieres Saturday, September 17, at 10:30am (ET/PT) on KidsWB.
Correction: An earlier version of this article miscredited Ron Myrick as the executive producer of Loonatics Unleashed. Toon Zone regrets the error.