UPDATE (Nov. 28, 2023): Warner Bros. has released an updated statement. “Looney Tunes was included in error as a title leaving the platform. This is not the case and the show will continue streaming on Max.” In a list released by Max titled “What’s New on Max This December,” the shorts were listed as leaving the platform on December 31. This is no longer the case. Looney Tunes: Back in Action is still listed as being removed from Max.
Looney Tunes, the beloved animated series that has entertained generations with its zany characters and comedy, is leaving Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max. The company revealed that the last of the classic Looney Tunes shorts will be leaving the streaming service on December 31st. This includes not only the iconic cartoons themselves but also the 2003 live-action/animated film Looney Tunes: Back in Action and all episodes of the 2011 series The Looney Tunes Show.
This departure comes after Max already removed over 250 Looney Tunes episodes at the end of 2022, including seasons 16-31 of the original Looney Tunes library. Seasons 1-15 still remained on the platform, however.
During the previous removal of Looney Tunes shorts from Max (previously called HBO Max), Variety reported that Warner Bros. had licensed Looney Tunes to its own streaming service but chose not to renew the licensing agreements when they expired at the end of 2022. It’s likely that Max has decided not to renew its license for the first 15 seasons of the series, allowing them to expire on December 31st.