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Pepe Le Pew will seduce the big screen, courtesy of Max Landis

07.25.2016

I have a very distinct memory from my childhood of my mother calling out to me, “Bugs Bunny is on!” I was on the swing set at this time, so I flung myself off, crashed onto the ground, and got the wind knocked out of me for the first time. I still managed to stumble inside to watch the cartoon rabbit, because like Hell I was gonna let that a-hole gravity stop me.

If anyone is truly human then chances are they've loved TUNES at some point, and with all this popularity around resurrecting old childhood passions, it would seem inevitable that the beloved cartoon goofs would get their shot at a modern iteration. Thanks to writer Max Landis, one of those adorable characters will be getting that shot at nostalgia-fueled glory.

During a DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY panel at Comic-Con, Landis broke the news that he was writing a Pepe Le Pew movie for Warner Bros. News is that Landis wrote a treatment of the character that the studio quite liked and is now pursuing with Landis attached.

Le Pew is of course known as the French skunk who trolls around looking for his “l’amour”, and in doing so gives off a pretty perverted vibe. His usual attempted conquest is a black cat (Penelope Pussycat) who gets mistaken for a skunk after some kind of accident paints a white stripe down her back. She often rejects his advances, not only because he is a skunk and she is a cat, but because Le Pew is a total creeper.

Now you may be thinking those jokes about Le Pew being a total frat dude are harmless, but I truly think that making a Le Pew movie may not be the wisest move. Le Pew is considered a somewhat antiquated stereotype of French men, with his exaggerated accent and abundant sex drive. Not to mention, with today’s climate surrounding sexual abuse, many may not want their kids watching a skunk sexually harass a cat.

But maybe Landis found a way around it, making him more affable and less perverted. I mean, I’ve always gotten a kick out of the French skunk, but in today’s more politically correct society it may be best to try a more…subtle approach.

Though I can attribute the aforementioned memory as being the cause of my fear of playground equipment, I still get warm, fuzzy feelings when thinking about mornings spent watching TUNES, cereal on my lap and boogers in my nose. So, of course, I would love to see a new TUNES movie—a real TUNES movie—and this may be exactly that movie. And no, a sequel to a terrible TUNES basketball movie doesn’t count as a real TUNES movie. Yes, I am saying SPACE JAM is a terrible movie. Wanna fight about it?

Landis' next movie, POWER RANGERS, is set for March 24, 2017.

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10:59PM on 08/02/2016

Um...

Am I the only person who knows the word "Looney," anymore?
ps// Max Landis is a hero and you would all pay extra to suck his toe during an Uber ride.

Fuck the bozos!
Am I the only person who knows the word "Looney," anymore?
ps// Max Landis is a hero and you would all pay extra to suck his toe during an Uber ride.

Fuck the bozos!
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8:49PM on 07/25/2016
I hate this doucebag.
I hate this doucebag.
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7:04PM on 07/25/2016
I love the character and all the tunes, and the SJW and PC crowd can lick my sweaty nuts after a workout. But I join the others in saying you lost me at Max Landis. Sorry not liking his work at all regardless of what role he has in a project.
I love the character and all the tunes, and the SJW and PC crowd can lick my sweaty nuts after a workout. But I join the others in saying you lost me at Max Landis. Sorry not liking his work at all regardless of what role he has in a project.
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1:49PM on 07/25/2016
Great! I loved Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element!
Great! I loved Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element!
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12:55PM on 07/25/2016

Honest question...

I know Max Landis has an often less than charming personality, but his writing seems to be at least pretty good. I haven't seen a ton of his work, but I really liked Chronicle which I think he wrote.

Why does the hate train run so strong for this guy?
I know Max Landis has an often less than charming personality, but his writing seems to be at least pretty good. I haven't seen a ton of his work, but I really liked Chronicle which I think he wrote.

Why does the hate train run so strong for this guy?
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5:08PM on 07/25/2016
Combination of annoyance and jealousy.
Combination of annoyance and jealousy.
10:55PM on 08/02/2016
Yeah, his 'screenplays written:age' ratio is so high it bugs some people, especially the sad bozo crowd.
Yeah, his 'screenplays written:age' ratio is so high it bugs some people, especially the sad bozo crowd.
12:15PM on 07/25/2016
For good or for ill, many cartoon and comic-book characters are being reformed these days. For example, they no longer smoke. They are represented by a different race or gender than they were originally presented. They do not offer politically-incorrect terms or attitudes appropriate to their historical settings. They are products altered to appeal to underserved demographics and markets. They are art made new. They are art appealing to the target young demographic who desire certain safe
For good or for ill, many cartoon and comic-book characters are being reformed these days. For example, they no longer smoke. They are represented by a different race or gender than they were originally presented. They do not offer politically-incorrect terms or attitudes appropriate to their historical settings. They are products altered to appeal to underserved demographics and markets. They are art made new. They are art appealing to the target young demographic who desire certain safe zones, free of an older generation's aesthetics. Altered characters are gimmicks that grab attention and drum business.

Perhaps, Pepe Le Pew will experience such reformation. I would think that he is a prime target for (politically) progressive evolution. He is an icon of past sexual politics. I would think that a studio (such as WB) might want to sanitize the skunk for many or all of the reasons that I indicate above. Iconoclastic deconstruction can have a large and (potentially) healthy effect. Potentially, a she-Thor and redacted history expands minds and teaches the right lessons. Potentially, erasing and marginalizing past literary representations is akin to book-burning and other means of eliminating a culture that you do not want people free to consider for themselves (e.g. foolish Pepe Le Pew, cigar-smoking Nick Fury, and stereotypical Mandarin might be too dangerous for children--and adults--to consider the complexity of on their own).
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12:10PM on 07/25/2016
Bad haircut
Bad haircut
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12:09PM on 07/25/2016
On one hand, I'm glad there's going to be a new Looney Tunes movie. On the other hand, I have zero interest in Max Landis' project.
On one hand, I'm glad there's going to be a new Looney Tunes movie. On the other hand, I have zero interest in Max Landis' project.
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10:40AM on 07/25/2016
I love the Looney Tunes as much as the next guy, but I'm not interested in anything regarding Max Landis. I'll take a huge pass on this.
I love the Looney Tunes as much as the next guy, but I'm not interested in anything regarding Max Landis. I'll take a huge pass on this.
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10:28AM on 07/25/2016
Lost me at Max Landis.
Lost me at Max Landis.
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