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Warner Bros. producing new Looney Tunes shorts with Mel Blanc's voice

Jun. 10, 2011by: Mike Sampson
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God knows they've tried, but things haven't been the same at Looney Tunes since Mel Blanc, the voice of the vast majority of those characters, died in 1989. There are some voice actors who've had the unenviable position of trying to voice Bugs, Daffy, Elmer and crew since but it just isn't working. It would be like recasting Moe, Larry and Curly and trying to make a THREE STOOGES movie (wait...).

So in an effort to help revitalize the brand, Warner Bros. is producing new theatrical shorts that will feature archival vocal recordings of Blanc as some of his most famous characters. In the first, "Daffy's Rhapsody," Elmer Fudd is chasing Daffy on stage during a musical performance. The short would include audio of Blanc performing "Daffy Duck's Rhapsody." The original song, which can be heard here, was recorded as a novelty song in 1950 but was never animated.

"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" will be a new Sylvester and Tweety cartoon that follows the usual structure of their shorts and will include a song by the same name. Blanc also recorded that song in the 50s, as Tweety, and it even became a hit in the UK.

While both of these shorts include new songs once recorded by Blanc as his famous characters, I'm assuming there will also be some vocal recordings by new actors. How that will mesh and work remains to be seen. The first of these shorts will run before HAPPY FEET TWO later this year.

Extra Tidbit: Another Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner short is also in the works.
Source: EW

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2:22PM on 06/13/2011

He was the master

With due respect to the pretenders who tried to step in an replace Mel after he passed on... there simply will never be another adequate voice for these characters. If WB wants to keep making the Tunes, they SHOULD use his voice. (The dialog will be compromised, though) Either that, or come up with new characters, new voices, and retire the classics. Those voices ain't Mickey Mouse. End of story.
With due respect to the pretenders who tried to step in an replace Mel after he passed on... there simply will never be another adequate voice for these characters. If WB wants to keep making the Tunes, they SHOULD use his voice. (The dialog will be compromised, though) Either that, or come up with new characters, new voices, and retire the classics. Those voices ain't Mickey Mouse. End of story.
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11:02PM on 06/10/2011
I love Looney Tunes. The Looney Tunes collection and Disney is everything I think animation should be. It's talented, funny, clever...but with what kida are into now-a-days, I fear even for kids....it would be too...childish.
I love Looney Tunes. The Looney Tunes collection and Disney is everything I think animation should be. It's talented, funny, clever...but with what kida are into now-a-days, I fear even for kids....it would be too...childish.
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2:38PM on 06/10/2011

GREAT

carry on the tradition. by the way the Coyote and Roadrunner short that was shown before Legend of the Guardians was fucking AWESOME! bring it on baby!
carry on the tradition. by the way the Coyote and Roadrunner short that was shown before Legend of the Guardians was fucking AWESOME! bring it on baby!
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11:38AM on 06/10/2011
nothing new since cartoon network is already showing new looney tunes episodes & not just shorts. Talk about out with the old in with the new.
nothing new since cartoon network is already showing new looney tunes episodes & not just shorts. Talk about out with the old in with the new.
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10:13AM on 06/10/2011

Missing Mel

It wasn't just his voice, it was his personality. You can tell he enjoyed being a smart ass through Bugs Bunny.
It wasn't just his voice, it was his personality. You can tell he enjoyed being a smart ass through Bugs Bunny.
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9:30AM on 06/10/2011
If a sound studio can make Kesha and Britney Spears sound like they can actually sing, how can a sound studio not emulate Mel Blanc's voice
If a sound studio can make Kesha and Britney Spears sound like they can actually sing, how can a sound studio not emulate Mel Blanc's voice
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