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looney tunes

an expression used to call someone crazy or insane

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  • Looney Tunes Cartoons is an American animated television series developed by Pete Browngardt and produced by Warner Bros with wacky characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Porky Pig, The Gremlin, Elmer Fudd, The Gashouse Gorillas, Yosemite Sam, Granny, Marvin the Martian, Doctor Quack, Beaky Buzzard, Mama Buzzard, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Cecil Turtle, Sam Sheepdog, Ralph Wolf, the Fly, Cicero Pig, Taz, Gossamer, Dr. Frankenbeans, Witch Hazel, Petunia Pig, the French Horse, Rocky, Mugsy, Clancy Cop, the Russian Dog, the Rich Lady, Foghorn Leghorn, Barnyard Dawg, The Weasel, Hector the Bulldog, the Dead End Kid, the Judge, Pete Puma, Hubie, Bertie, Claude Cat, Fred Sheepdog, George Wolf, Gruesome Gorilla, Mrs. Gruesome Gorilla, Miss Prissy, Marc Anthony, Pussyfoot, Sylvester's drinking buddies, K-9, Charlie Dog, the Three Bears, and Ralph Phillips. Many were voiced by Mel Blanc as well as many others. Over time the wackiness of these characters were seen as crazy and so the expression was born that when people acted crazy they were Looney Tunes.
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Look at that squirrel running around and jumping all over the place. He's just Looney Tunes.

Submitted by TriplePurple on April 11, 2024

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