Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Germany/USA, 2003. Warner Bros. Animation, Baltimore Spring Creek Productions, Goldmann Pictures, Lonely Film Productions GmbH & Co. KG., Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Screenplay by Larry Doyle. Cinematography by Dean Cundey. Produced by Bernie Goldmann, Joel Simon, Paula Weinstein. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Bill Brzeski. Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt. Film Editing by Rick Finney, Marshall Harvey. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003.
After movies like Space Jam and Monkeybone, the last thing we wanted any more of was live-action/animation combinations, especially ones with Brendan Fraser involved. How surprising, then, that this cute little comedy turns out to be charming and clever, not quite Roger Rabbit material but enjoyable nonetheless. The quirky and inventive screenplay has Daffy Duck being fired off the lot after a new efficiency-expert comedy producer (Jenna Elfman) decides that he is old news and it’s all about Bugs. Meanwhile, Daffy gets involved in a secret spy mission with a studio security guard (Fraser), whose father (Timothy Dalton) plays a Bond-like character in the movies and turns out to really be a Bond-like spy in real life. All your favourite Looney Tunes characters makes cameos, including Heather Locklear, plus there are some appearances from the great science-fiction films of the past: look for Kevin McCarthy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the appearance of Robby The Robot from Forbidden Planet. It’s nothing that will stay with you for long, but while you’re watching it you’ll be having a great time.