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Bugs, Daffy and Wile E. Coyote returning to theaters in 3D shorts

May. 20, 2010by:

Back in 2007, Walt Disney decided to relaunch the concept of animated shorts before their films with some classic Disney characters. (Here's an example: "How to Hook Up Your Home Theater") But while Pixar seems to be continuing that tradition, the classic Disney shorts haven't been continued. But now Warner Bros. is looking to bring back some of their classic characters for theatrical animated shorts.

Warner Bros. Animation will debut "Coyote Falls," a 3D animated short starring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner this summer attached to CATS AND DOGS 2. There are three other shorts currently in development and an additional three have been greenlit. While this should be great news, nothing in the recent catalog of Looney Tunes animation has been even remotely entertaining. Luckily, this is something that WB Animation is all too aware of.

"The bar had gone so low that we could only go up," Executive Vice President of WB Animation Sam Register told the New York Times. They're taking this time with these shorts and spending a decent amount of money on them as well.

I'm slightly geeky when it comes to Looney Tunes so I'll reserve judgment until I see more but I do think it was smart to start off with a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. They're usually the easiest to replicate because there are no voices.

I'm definitely wary of using 3D and CGI to hark back to a classic era of animation but at least their heart is in the right place. I just hope this pops up online eventually so I don't have to go see CATS AND DOGS 2...

Extra Tidbit: I'm sorry but they've never found anyone who was even remotely able to fill the shoes of Mel Blanc.
Source: NY Times

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2:50PM on 05/20/2010

I fully support this

Let me tell you why.

Even if the new Tunes suck, at least there's exposure. For the longest time, the Looney Tunes has been out of the public conscience, and this is a great way to bring back these characters for the new generation.

Also, parents need to show their kids the old Tunes on DVD.

The bottom line was that I thought that the Looney Tunes were gonna die out and fall into obscurity. That's not right. Looney Tunes plays a huge part in our pop culture. If WB allowed them to die,
Let me tell you why.

Even if the new Tunes suck, at least there's exposure. For the longest time, the Looney Tunes has been out of the public conscience, and this is a great way to bring back these characters for the new generation.

Also, parents need to show their kids the old Tunes on DVD.

The bottom line was that I thought that the Looney Tunes were gonna die out and fall into obscurity. That's not right. Looney Tunes plays a huge part in our pop culture. If WB allowed them to die, then that's friggin' sad.

So I applaud WB for at least trying.
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11:18AM on 05/20/2010

T..d..d..d..d..d..d..t...That's All, Folks!

Looney Tunes are great. I remember watching them over and over when I was a kid and still catch one or two these days when channels decide to air "classic cartoons". Space Jam was such a blast for me when I was a kid...heck I can still watch it today. This looks like a good move. As long as they bring the essence and heart of the Tunes, it doesn't matter if it's CGI or 3D or not...it'll be great.
Looney Tunes are great. I remember watching them over and over when I was a kid and still catch one or two these days when channels decide to air "classic cartoons". Space Jam was such a blast for me when I was a kid...heck I can still watch it today. This looks like a good move. As long as they bring the essence and heart of the Tunes, it doesn't matter if it's CGI or 3D or not...it'll be great.
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11:10AM on 05/20/2010
Honestly I still watch some old Looney Tunes cartoons on Youtube nowadays. They're such a classic that modern cartoons can't be compared with them. I still think another Space Jam-esque would be nice. But not Looney Tunes Back in Action. That's just me anyway.
Honestly I still watch some old Looney Tunes cartoons on Youtube nowadays. They're such a classic that modern cartoons can't be compared with them. I still think another Space Jam-esque would be nice. But not Looney Tunes Back in Action. That's just me anyway.
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10:15AM on 05/20/2010
So so lame. The modern Looney Tunes shorts suck.
So so lame. The modern Looney Tunes shorts suck.
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9:31AM on 05/20/2010

cool idea

This is a really sweet idea, just a major shame it's before cats & dogs 2. Speaking of which 9 years after the original seems an odd time to release a second cats & dogs, won't most of the original audience have grown up and moved on?
This is a really sweet idea, just a major shame it's before cats & dogs 2. Speaking of which 9 years after the original seems an odd time to release a second cats & dogs, won't most of the original audience have grown up and moved on?
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9:38AM on 05/20/2010
My thoughts exactly, dude
My thoughts exactly, dude
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9:16AM on 05/20/2010

Love Love Love

This idea! Animation + 3D = uber awesomeness. How To Train Your Dragon proved that!
This idea! Animation + 3D = uber awesomeness. How To Train Your Dragon proved that!
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9:15AM on 05/20/2010
hell yeah!
hell yeah!
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