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 »
Warner Archive is fast becoming one of the more valuable facets of the DVD landscape. the company is Warner Bros.’ method for direct-marketing the DVD and digital release of many films that have artistic and cultural value, but no great commercial prospects.
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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In May we told you that Warner Bros. would be reinvent the classic Looney Tunes stable of characters as a series of new 3D theatrical short films and a new 26-episode half-hour Cartoon Network television series called The Looney Tunes Show. The pitch for the new series is that Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck will be “odd-couple roommates in a contemporary cul-de-sac” with neighbors Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian and Porky Pig.
We showed you a preview of the new Bugs and Daffy, but now we have images of the entire Looney Tunes clan from the Licensing Expo (thanks to CartoonBrew). Check them out, after the jump.
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Last time Warner Bros. tried to reinvent the classic Looney Tunes stable of characters, the result was a disaster. The Loonatics Unleashed featured absurd ‘extreme’ versions of the characters that were booed off television within two years.
Now WB is trying again with a new cartoon series and a set of 3D shorts that will play in theaters. Why would you even think about having confidence in this new approach? Because the studio is going back to the basics, and the New York Times says that art from The Loonatics Unleashed is “framed and hanging in Warner’s animation offices as a reminder of what not to do.” Read More »