Many of us remember a time when Saturday mornings was for cartoons. Be it Nickelodeon cartoons, Disney cartoons, or Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes, many people born in the 90s and before remember eating breakfast and enjoying the slapstick comedy brought to us by such stalwarts as Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, Pepe Le Pew, Michigan J. Frog, and many, many more.
In a move I’m not sure anyone saw coming, Warner Brothers Animation announced that they were bringing Looney Tunes cartoon shorts back. Speaking to Variety before the Annecy International Animation Festival in France this week, executive producer Peter Browngardt said, “We are approaching each short as its own film, and not as an episode in a series. Our mantra on the shorts is story, comedy and reverence for the classic Looney Tunes of the ‘30s and ‘40s and the way they used a more cartoonist driven animation.”
Fans who’ve missed the classic cartoons rejoice!
Warner Brothers halted production on Looney Tunes back in 2004, but 2019 and into 2020 looks to be their time to shine once again. The WB Animation team, comprised of Browngardt, Jim Soper, Alex Kirwan, and Audrey Diehl plan to release 200 new Looney Tunes shorts all ranging from 1 minute to 6 minutes long. That will amount to over 1000+ new content in the coming months.
Browngardt went on to say that many of the shorts don’t rely on scripts. “We didn’t use scripts, we used drawings,” he mentioned during a break in the showing. “We are a group of cartoonists together in a room and we draw funny gag drawings and come up with wild scenarios. I feel like that is what made the classic Looney Tunes so fantastic. It wasn’t screenwriters; they were thinking completely visual all the time. I feel like the best cartoon animation comes from that process.”
For those of us not lucky to be in France at the festival, Warner Brothers uploaded one of the complete new shorts for the audience to feast their eyes on.
“Dynamite Dance” is only one minute in length but it harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts in every aspect. The short utilizes Amilcare Ponchielli’s classic “Dance of the Hours” instead of dialogue to punctuate the drama. In true Looney Tunes fashion, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd go at it, and as always, Bugs gets the upper hand.
I will admit it’s not the funniest short they probably could’ve released, but it’s still wonderful to receive new content.
As of now, there is no plan for distribution for these new shorts. But, if the past is anything to go by, these new shorts will either be broadcast on television, digital platforms and possibly in front of movies in the cinema.
For now, you can watch “Dynamite Dance” below.
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