That’s all, folks, as Bugs Bunny would say. Looney Tunes and The Flintstones were taken off HBO Max’s schedule to start the new year as a result of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, which has been widely criticized. On Saturday, December 31, Variety reported that the streamer has taken down Seasons 4-6 of The Flintstones and Seasons 16-31 of Looney Tunes.
The good news is that episodes of both shows are still available on the massive streaming platform, but the adjustment also has some negative aspects.
At the moment, HBO Max offers 225 cartoons from the first fifteen seasons of Looney Tunes, which span from 1930. The first 3 seasons of the Hanna-Barbera animated sitcom, with a total of 88 episodes, are still accessible on the streamer (Vulture claims that the removed cartoons were from 1950–2004).
The Looney Tunes Show, New Looney Tunes, and the HBO Max Original Looney Tunes Cartoons are just a few of the spin-off shows that the streaming service provides in addition to Looney Tunes.
The sad news is that HBO Max’s license deals for the two shows expire at the end of 2022 without being renewed, so it’s unknown what will happen to the deleted episodes. The episodes were “temporarily removed because of a maintenance check to replace the photoshop titles,” according to The Cartoon News’ initial report on the episode removals on Twitter.
Later, according to Vulture, HBO Max did not reveal its plans for the remaining Looney Tunes episodes. There are no more comments on The Flintstones.