When I was growing up in the ’90s, channels like Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network were gaining popularity and figuring out exactly what they wanted to be in the rapidly expanding world of cable television. The result was plenty of experimental cartoons that maybe shouldn’t have been expressly for kids (such as Ren & Stimpy and Johnny Bravo), but that also meant that there were classic cartoons from decades past that were finding traction with the children of parents who grown up with them a generation before.
In recent years, as each of those networks has expanded their reach of original programming, going so far as to have spin-off channels like Teen Nick and Disney XD. Sadly, this means classic cartoons have gone by the wayside, and there hasn’t been an easy way for those who want to watch shows like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones and more. But that’s about to change with the new Boomerang subscription service.
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As children of the 1990s get more and more nostalgic for the decade that is now over a decade old itself, we’re bound to see movies studios and TV networks going back to the well for more film and TV revivals. One such project is Space Jam 2, the sequel to the Warner Bros. Pictures live-action animated hybrid that had NBA superstar Michael Jordan team up with the Looney Tunes for an intergalactic basketball game.
Space Jam 2 has been rumored for years, but the rumors became more solid when director Justin Lin became attached to the project with NBA player and Trainwreck star LeBron James on board to lead the movie. Many are skeptical this will ever happen, so in the meantime, Foot Locker created a commercial that acts as a sort of mini-Space Jam 2, but with NBA player Blake Griffin stepping up to play the Monstars this time.
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Last year brought rumblings of LeBron James being sought for Space Jam 2, but they turned out to just be rumors. This year, however, speculation has grown about the basketball star stepping into the world of Looney Tunes after signing a new deal with Warner Bros. for future film and television projects.
But even though new trademarks for Space Jam were filed last month, there’s no guarantee it will happen at all. In the meantime though, basketball star Blake Griffin had some fun with the Looney Tunes, specifically Marvin the Martian, in a new commercial that has the two facing off on a slam dunk contest. It’s as close as we can get to a Space Jam 2 right now. Watch the Blake Griffin Marvin the Martian match-up after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
With every other classic property making its way to the big screen, you didn’t think Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes would get left out, did you?
A new Looney Tunes movie called Acme is in the works, with Steve Carell already attached to star. X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the script, and Carell’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct. Hit the jump for all the details.
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If we’re lucky, every few months a poster is released that makes you step back from your computer and stare. A poster so gorgeous, fans and non-fans a like will bask in its beauty. Some previous examples are Olly Moss’s Star Wars posters, Ken Taylor’s Halloween poster, Tyler Stout’s Akira, Aaron Horkey’s There Will be Blood and now, you can add Tom Whalen‘s The Wizard of Oz to the list.
Whalen has long been a favorite, both here on /Film and in galleries across the country. Working consistently for Mondo and Gallery 1988 has helped the Pennsylvania-based artist develop quite a following and, as fantastic as his work always is, this poster – made for Mondo – takes the cake. It’s epic, evocative and sure to be incredibly difficult to obtain.
Check out the full image after the jump along with another new Whalen poster from, for the Looney Tunes short Knighty Knight Bugs, as well as two comic-themed posters for The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla. Read More »
The Warner Bros. stable of cartoon characters is about to get another reboot. Looney Tunes: Back in Action hit theaters almost a decade ago, in 2003, and there have been new, “younger” versions of the characters on TV, along with a couple theatrical shorts.
Now Jenny Slate, a former SNL cast member, is writing a new features for Warner Bros. that will likely become another hybrid CG/live-action film featuring the likes of Bugs, Daffy, and more. But, wait, there’s more, after the break. Read More »
Jonah P (via: DannyTRS) noticed that the official website for the Michael Jordan/Looney Toons movie Space Jam is not only still functional but has not been updated since 1996. It’s like an internet time capsule from 14 years ago. Remember when movies were marketed online like this? Check out the website at http://www2.warnerbros.com/spacejam/movie/jam.htm.
Warner Bros. is finally getting back to exploiting the studio’s huge stable of animated stars. But is that a good thing? There’s a live-action/CGI hybrid Bugs Bunny film in the works, and a Pepe le Pew film with Mike Myers planned as the voice of the romantically aggressive little skunk. And now the studio has bought a pitch for a film that would revolve around the ACME Warehouse, which supplied so many powerful, misused gadgets to Wile E. Coyote and other characters over the years. Read More »
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Is Warner Archive now poised to bring a group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons packed with racial caricatures, the so-called Censored Eleven, to DVD? One report out of the New York Comic Con says yes, but a more official statement from Warner Home Video says ‘not yet. Read More »
Earlier this year, Warner Bros announced plans to bring back Looney Tunes in a new series of theatrical animated short films. Three new 3D short films feature Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote (and three more are in development). The first short, “Coyote Falls,” premiered in front of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore this past weekend.Two more shorts will premiere this year: “Fur of the flying” is attached to Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and “Rabid Rider” is being attached to Yogi Bear. I’m guessing that 99.9% of /Film readers wouldn’t have been caught dead in Cats & Dogs 2. So for those of you who missed it, here is a 26 second clip from the “Coyote Falls.”
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