HBO Max launches over 200 classic 'Looney Tunes' shorts
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HBO Max is a little less "crazy" now. The streamer has officially removed hundreds of classic Looney Tunes clips from the streaming service -- 256 of the original 511 available to watch from seasons 16-31 have been removed.
The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies short was originally released in theaters between 1930 and 1969. Legendary voice actor Mel Blanc voices multiple characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety Bird. The short, which also stars June Foray as Granny and Arthur Q. Bryan as Elmer Fudd, isn't the only Looney Tunes project to be pulled from the streaming service. In June 2022, HBO Max and Cartoon Network announced an animated musical film titled Bye Bye Bunny: The Looney Tunes Musical, but in August, the film's release on HBO Max was reportedly cancelled.
The day the Earth Exploded: The Looney Tunes Movie will also reportedly not be released on HBO Max, joining other projects including Batman: The Caped Crusader, Did I Do This for the Holidays: Steve Earl Kerr's Story" (based on the sitcom Family Matters) and The Amazing World of Gumball. one of the The most notable HBO Max cancellation was Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, announced on the same day as the cancellation of the Batgirl movie.
The 256 classic Looney Tunes shorts are part of a list of content removed from HBO Max since the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery Channel. Some of the animated series removed from the service include DC's 2021 three-episode limited series Aquaman: Lord of Atlantis and the acclaimed series Infinity Train. Infinity Train creator Owen Dennis wrote on his blog that removing the series from HBO Max was "a direct order from Discovery to save money in some way." One Pass, which had nearly 200 episodes removed from HBO Max. A Sesame Street spinoff, Elmo's Not-Too-Late Show, was also removed from the service entirely. The latest animated cut includes the Justice League animated series, its follow-ups Justice League Infinite and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which are scheduled to leave HBO Max on Jan. 31.
Looney Tunes characters are currently available on the Bugs Bunny Builders series on Cartoon Network. trailer for The characters' latest big-screen adventure, Space Jam: The New Legacy, can be watched below: