During their recent slate presentation in France, Warner Bros Animations unveiled plans to revive classic cartoon series Looney Tunes.
The episodes will vary between 1 to 6 minutes in length, with WBA aiming to produce 1,000 minutes in all. All episodes will be in classical 2D animation. The series features veteran Looney Tunes voice cast members including Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen, and newcomer Eric Bauza taking the reins as Bugs, Daffy and Tweety. They are also in the process of developing 50 shorts that will also vary in length. One of which was shown to the audience at Warner Bros Group and Warner Bros Animation’s Annecy Fest Look Ahead.
“I wanted to go back to the ‘40s ‘Looney Tunes,’ late ‘30s, early ‘40s, super irreverent, super bananas, high energy. They pushed the surrealism, the high physicality of the animation, the expressions in the animation,” said executive producer Peter Browngardt.
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Looney Tunes had its heyday between from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation. The characters that made up Warner Bros cartoon series included Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Tasmanian Devil, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote and many others.
Looney Tunes’ name was inspired by Walt Disney’s musical series Silly Symphonies. They initially showcased Warner-owned musical compositions through the adventures of cartoon characters such as Bosko. The animation studio rose to greater fame following the arrival of directors Tex Avery and Chuck Jones and voice actor Mel Blanc. From 1942 to 1964, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were the most popular animated shorts in movie theatres.