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Looney Tunes: Back in Action (PG)
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This came out in 2003, but I didn't see it until 2022. Actually I'm kind of surprised how recently it came out. In particular, there's a joke in the movie about Finding Nemo, which I thought came out well after this, but in fact it came out earlier in the same year. I had an idea that this movie had done more poorly critically than its predecessor, Space Jam, but in fact it did slightly better in that regard. However, it did much worse financially. Personally I liked it more than "Space Jam", but I still didn't think it was very good. There were things I liked about it, though, such as all the fourth wall-breaking (which I always enjoy), references to other movies and stuff, a number of gags (notably, when Bugs and Daffy are being chased by Elmer Fudd through a series of famous paintings), and the fact that at one point there are freaking Daleks in the movie. But some things about the movie were just too silly for my taste (and I'm quite capable of enjoying movies specifically because they're silly, when I think the silliness is done well).

It begins with a cartoon of Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny (both voiced by Joe Alaskey), with the classic "duck season/rabbit season" gag. It then segues into live-action, with Bugs and Daffy (both still animated) in a meeting at Warner Bros. Daffy is tired of playing "second banana" to Bugs, and wants to star in a cartoon of his own. The board rejects this idea, and Daffy ends up being fired by VP of comedy Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman). She gets a security guard (and aspiring stuntman) named D.J. Drake (Brendan Fraser) to escort Daffy off the studio lot, but Daffy ends up causing a lot of trouble, which results in D.J. being fired, as well. He also surreptitiously goes home with D.J., where he learns that D.J. is the son of actor Damian Drake (Timothy Dalton), who is famous for playing a James Bond-style spy in the movies. Daffy suspects Damian is using acting as a cover for being a real spy, and he turns out to be right. D.J. receives a video call from his father, who is in the process of being kidnapped, and who tells him to go to Las Vegas, find Dusty Tails (Heather Locklear), and search for the Blue Monkey diamond.

D.J. and Daffy drive to Vegas, while Kate and Bugs chase after them to rehire Daffy. The search for the diamond leads them to Area 52, where they meet a scientist called Mother (Joan Cusack). They learn that the Blue Monkey has supernatural powers, the nature of which I don't want to reveal. And they must find it before operatives (both live-action and animated) working for the head of the evil ACME corporation, Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin), who is by far the most cartoonish live-action character in the movie. He's the one who had had Damian kidnapped, to prevent him from finding the Blue Monkey diamond. And now it's up to D.J., Kate, Daffy, and Bugs to find the diamond first and thereby save the world. And I don't want to spoil any more details of the plot. So I don't know what else to say.

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