Eh, what's up doc? Not much, except the fact that brand-new Looney Tunes shorts are arriving in 2019 from Warner Brothers Animation. Yeah, the news is as shattering as a massive boulder falling onto the head of Wile E. Coyote. Each "season" will involve 1,000 minutes of Looney mayhem, which is to be distributed on a variety of platforms, from digital, to mobile, to broadcast.
“The Looney Tunes are one of the most beloved group of animated characters in the world” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Looney Tunes Cartoons places these characters into the hands of some of the best artists in the business and into an animated shorts format that will remind many of the time when they first fell in love with Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the rest of the gang.”
Cue the music!
Bringing together Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Taz, Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, and more, the upcoming shorts will range between one and six minutes, with their cartoonists allowed a good deal of creative control.
During the golden age of animation in the U.S., every single frame of every cartoon was drawn by hand and while modern day Warner will probably employ some modern technology to help the process along, you can bet they'll be trying to emulate the classic look from the Merrie Melodies offerings of the '30s and '40s.
This era didn't end with the greatest send-off for the characters. The 1968 short titled "See Ya Later Gladiator," was the last Merrie Melodies cartoon to feature any classic Looney Tunes characters, which happened to be Daffy and Speedy Gonzalez. Many fans consider it to be one of the worst ever produced by Warner Brothers, even if it did use the voice of the great Mel Blanc.
While there have been pseudo-revivals of the Looney Tunes over the years, the newly-announced one seems like it plans to return to the franchise's basic roots. Voices for the characters will be provided by Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen while Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) and Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) serve as executive producers.
Now, if we could just get that Space Jam sequel, we'd really be cookin' with fire!