Is it Time to Replace the Looney Tunes at Six Flags?

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When my family and I went to Six Flags Over Georgia last year, my kids enjoyed the park’s kids section. There’s a good variety of kids rides (albeit on a bit of a steep hill not the best for strollers) that you’d typically find at your regional theme park. There’s also a good junior steel coaster called Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster that I highly recommend. It’s more adventurous than your typical tiny oval coaster. Sadly, it was down when we were ready to give it a go, but I know that it’s a great ride from past visits.

Anyway, we decided to finish our day at the park with a Bugs Bunny show in the amphitheater located in the kids area. I came away with a sense that the characters need to be replaced or at least the show needs to be revamped.

  • Kids Don’t Know the Looney TunesMy kids weren’t familiar with the Bugs Bunny - Six Flags Fiesta Texascharacters at all. I don’t think many of the other kids were either. I’m not sure where they would encounter the Looney Tunes in 2014 other than at their local Six Flags park.
  • Songs from Before the Parents Were Born? – The characters were performing songs that were old when the parents were kids. Maybe they’re aimed at grandparents bringing their grandkids to the park? There’s some 80’s songs I knew, but a reference to “The Girl from Epinima”, really? It won a Grammy 50 years ago!
  • Outdated Humor & Terms – He used the same antiquated terms that were out of date when we were kids like: “He’s such a maroon”, etc. These aren’t everyday, endearing terms we all know and use.
  • Seemingly Random Conflicts – In between dance numbers, Bugs would harass Daffy for some unknown reason. I know that they’re rivals from watching the show as a kid, but I’m sure that kids today have no clue. They could have had Daffy or Sylvester do something to caused Bugs to retaliate, but Daffy just wanted the spotlight; not your typical kids show villain.
  • Bugs Bunny: The Anti-Hero
    I didn’t notice when I was a kid, but now as an adult, the Bugs Bunny character comes off as kind of a jerk. I’m not really sure why I would want my kids to root for him. What redeeming qualities does he have other than comedic timing and a good catch phrase?

Watch for yourself. Here’s Looney Tunes We Got The Beat Show at Six Flags Over Georgia:

The Looney Tunes Might Be Difficult to Translate to Stage

Now, to give Six Flags some slack, I will say that it’s probably difficult to translate the cartoon chase scenes and silly battles that occurred. If that was done better we might see why we Tweetie defeating Sylvester was a good thing and maybe why Bugs Bunny outsmarting Daffy made sense. But, it did not translate at all. At least not to me. I think many of the kids were confused more so than really entertained. The show and its style are just nothing like today’s kids shows.

I watched a few old Bugs Bunny shorts recently and I was laughing out loud at one of them. It’s likely that he just doesn’t translate to the stage very well AND is also outdated. I don’t have some kind of hate for the character. I just don’t think Bugs and his kind of humor make a whole lot of sense to today’s kids. The shows were originally intended for adults many, many, many years ago.

What’s Your Take?
I’d love to know what other parents (and kids) think. Should Six Flags move on to newer kids characters or keep the Looney Tunes? Leave a comment below.

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7 Comments

  1. I personally like the loony toons and would like to keep them around at six flags but maybe that is just the nostalgia talking

  2. Very interesting. I know the Looney Tunes inside out from growing up and have very fond memories of them. But I think you make a good point – how would today’s kids know about them?

    I think it’s safe to say they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. My local park, Six Flags Magic Mountain, just did a complete overhaul of the children’s area known as Bugs Bunny World for 2014. This includes a new entrance, a new family roller coaster, an overhaul of the stage area with a new Looney Tunes show, and refurbs on several of the rides.

  3. It is certainly time for an update at Six Flags. I love Looney Tunes but the current generation of younger kids just don’t seem to be interested.

    That begs the question, what could replace it that is owned by Warner Brothers?

  4. DC Comics Justice League superheroes and Looney Tunes are staples to Six Flags Theme Parks. I’d like to say that SF has a licensing agreement with Hanna-Barbera franchise, like they do for DC Comics and Looney Tunes… SFGAM has a Hanna-Barbera themed family/kiddie coaster (Spacely’s Sprocket Rockets… based on The Jetson’s character). SF used to have licensing agreements with Tony Hawk and Thomas the Tank Engine… those agreements ended around 2010 or 2011, resulting in Thomas Town section being renamed as Whistlestop Park, and the Tony Hawk spinning coasters at other SF parks being renamed as Pandemonium. I doubt that SF plans to do away with Looney Tunes anytime soon… SF would be better off keeping this classic franchise.

    I’m familiar with SFOG. Spanish section is home to Bugs Bunny World, which is surrounded by Peachtree Square, French, and Liskillet sections. Metropolis Park area in the Cotton States section houses Superman coaster. Gotham City section next to USA section houses Batman coaster. I wouldn’t be surprised to see SFOG getting Green Lantern themed coaster in the near future… and maybe SFOG eventually getting 2nd Looney Tunes themed family/kiddie coaster.

  5. If Space Jam 2 is indeed on the radar with LeBron James, I don’t think kids’ awareness of the Looney Tunes will be dwindling as much as we think. It sounds like it’s the stage show that needs some work. I think the Looney Tunes franchise still is as recognizable as any other. If Cedar Fair can be successful with Peanuts characters, then Six Flags should definitely be fine with Looney Tunes.

    Honestly, I just think it is Six Flags’ management of the Looney Tunes franchise rather than the characters themselves. Which is surprising as I think it is pretty hard to screw up with the DC Comics AND Looney Tunes franchises. Yet, we keep getting rides repeatedly named “Goliath” and “Apocalypse”. Le sigh…

  6. This a problem for many parks.

    Even Disney faces this.

    The main problem is Six Flags doesn’t have the money it once had to have licenses and add new rides yearly to the extent they are. Looney Tunes is probably a cheaper bargain for them. Plus, with the new show, The looney tune show on cartoon network, they have a boost in popularity for the older kids crowds (10-15). I’d be happier if they made something thrilling about Looney Tunes because I know who they are, and I’m 14.
    Don’t forget Cedar Fair has this problem, if not worse. Peanuts are really sadly outdated. Ask a kid to name 5 characters in the Peanuts gang and they will name “Snoopy and Charlie Brown”. They don’t know Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, etc. They’re overshadowed except for the holiday specials on ABC. If they didn’t show those, Peanuts would be dead.
    Cedar Fair will be in a good position next year (2015) though. Peanuts movie is coming out.

    As I said earlier, Disney faces the same issue. Like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Who the hell knows that? Kids have no clue who he is! Also, kids don’t know the Swiss Family Robinsons.

    In conclusion, every theme park/ amusement park goes through this. It’s a matter of money and what licenses are available to them.

  7. I don’t agree. I think that’s just the sign of a poorly written show that does not make an effort to introduce its characters, or establish rapport before moving on.

    Frankly, let’s not presume that everything new is better. In this case, new cartoons spend a lot of effort on being immediately understandable and likeable without effort. The presumption is that kids have even shorter attention spans than in passed years.

    That results in very shallow shows with little substance and crack addled pacing.

    Looney Tunes have something to them. The jokes can teach kids about different humor than they’re used to, or introduce some otherwise rare American cultural history.

    Six Flags may not be utilizing them well, but that doesn’t represent flaws in their timeless archetypes.

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