I think it's safe to say that Loonatics Unleashed was a proverbial "wrong turn in Albuquerque" for the Looney Tunes characters -- an adrenaline-fueled superhero show starring Bugs and the gang, that focused more on action and less on funny. Was it the right way to re-vitalize the characters after Looney Tunes: Back In Action laid a goose egg at the box office? Probably not, but, hey, points for trying something new.
Personally, all I want from my Looney Tunes cartoons is for them to be funny. Maybe The Looney Tunes Show, a new half-hour cartoon starting this fall on the Cartoon Network, will be just the ticket? They're bringing back the classic characters with computer animation that looks somewhat like the original hand-drawn cartoons -- certainly more faithful than the angular, weird Loonatics designs. Now, please, God, just let them be funny.
It's strange how Warner Brothers hasn't been able to maintain the brand's popularity in the same way Disney has with Mickey Mouse and company -- Looney Tunes seem to go in and out of fashion every few years, like a fad. The characters are beloved for a reason, and Space Jam is not that reason. Neither was Loonatics Unleashed, or Tiny Toons, for that matter. The original cartoons are the reason -- inspired, delightful, clever quick-fixes of comedy that don't waste a single minute of their brief running time. Maybe Cartoon Network will be content to just let Bugs be Bugs.