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