Greater than 250 basic Looney Tunes shorts have been faraway from HBO Max in what marks the newest in a rising variety of shock content material purges.
In HBO Max’s newest content material purge, the streamer eliminated 256 episodes of Looney Tunes. Warner Bros. collection of animated comedy shorts had been first launched again in 1930, that includes characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Street Runner, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, and lots of others. The collection was quickly joined by Cheerful Melodies, additionally from Warner Bros., which had the identical characters. Throughout its unique run, over 1,000 shorts had been launched as a part of the 2 sister reveals earlier than their conclusion within the Nineteen Sixties. Looney Tunes characters have lived on in a number of completely different types over time, most just lately returning as a part of Looney Tunes cartoonswhich premiered on HBO Max in 2020 and resulted in November of final yr.
As a part of the continued removing of content material from HBO Max by Warner Bros. Discovery, CCN reveals on Twitter that 256 episodes of Looney Tunes have now quietly been faraway from the service. HBO Max beforehand had 511 shorts from the collection which, after the final minimize, is now right down to 255. Warner Bros. Discovery has not but formally commented on the removing of the episodes.
Why HBO Max Is Eradicating So Many Motion pictures and TV Reveals
In the course of the removing of such numerous Looney Tunes shorts are definitely disappointing to many, the information is not essentially stunning given HBO Max’s current historical past of purging content material. Since WarnerMedia merged with Discovery, Inc. within the spring of final yr, CEO David Zaslav oversaw the removing of some reveals and flicks from HBO Max because the platform prepares to soak up the Discovery + streaming service. Throughout the previous couple of months, standard reveals like WestworldThe Nevers, Discovering Magic Mike, Raised by Wolves, Legendary, FBOY Island, The Time Traveler’s Spouseand extra, all had been eliminated.
The choice to take away Looney Tunes and the numerous different reveals and flicks are principally a cost-cutting measure by Warner Bros. Discovery. In the course of the transition interval when HBO Max merges with Discovery+, Warner Bros. Discovery could shed the price of some reveals and flicks as half of a bigger “post-merger restructuring” effort. Essentially the most high-profile choice as a part of this cost-cutting measure is undeniably the cancellation of the Batgirl a movie that might have starred Leslie Grace because the titular hero and Brendan Fraser as Firefly, the villain. The $90 million movie was in post-production when the choice was made, with Zaslav finally deciding that the studio could be higher off taking the tax break from the cancellation somewhat than investing further cash into the movie’s theatrical launch.
With Looney Tunes simply the newest casualty in a protracted line of HBO Max removals, it isn’t clear what different beloved reveals and flicks is also on the chopping block within the coming months. Warner Bros. Discovery plans to launch its merged streaming service, merely titled Max, this spring, which suggests it is extremely seemingly that extra content material purges are on the playing cards forward. Whereas there may be nonetheless greater than 250 Looney Tunes episodes on HBO Max, the quantity is just 1 / 4 of the episodes that really exist for the present, and it isn’t clear the place viewers will have the ability to watch the just lately deleted 256 episodes.