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Looney Tunes Back in Action

Released 2003
Distributor Warner Bros.

Though aimed at a family-friendly crowd, Joe Dante’s big-budget satire of big-budget blockbusters still manages to honor the subversive spirit of the original Termite Terrace pranksters (Bugs and Daffy’s trip to the Louvre is a mini-masterpiece—an exhilarating collision of high and low art). Brendan Fraser makes for an amiable Everyman (he supplied the voice for the Tasmanian Devil) and there’s enough Dantesque sight gags playing out on the sidelines to fill a second feature.

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About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.

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