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Looney Tunes Revival for WB

Warner Bros. plans Looney Tunes spin-off.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 26, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Daffy comes face to face with Marvin the Martian as the dispute heats up on planet X in "Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century"(1953).
© Warner Bros.

It looks like moviegoers may once again see Bugs facing off against Marvin the Martian in a theater near them. For years the classic property has been sitting quietly in the background while more modern cartoon properties received more attention but it seems Warner Bros. Pictures is nearing a revival of sorts for their Looney Tunes characters. And Heat Vision reports the central plot point bringing them all together again will be the running ACME gag that fans of old will remember.

The trade reports that writers Kevin and Dan Hageman have sold an original pitch to the studio, with the focus of a feature film revolving around the fictional ACME warehouse -- the manufacturer of anything and everything used by many of the Looney Tunes characters.  Much to his own chagrin, Wile E. Coyote was the most notorious user of the company's products in his quest to catch the Road Runner.

The studio hopes to relaunch the property to a new age of fans, with plans to have the feature film incorporate both live-action and CG. 

Did you watch the Tunes growing up? Chime in below!


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SarcasticCaveman 10/26/2010 2:39:27 AM

SERIOUSLY, give it a REST!  Short cartoons are great.  LOVE me all the old Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons.  Bought the first Golden Collection.  LOVE IT.  But it would seem that it's been proven twice that Looney Tunes just don't work in your standard length movie.  Granted, the Brendan Frasier one wasn't nearly as bad as "Space Jam", but to me that's kind of like saying Venus isn't nearly as hot as Mercury...may be true, but they're both still hot as hell.  I think WB needs to get over this obsession.  Seriously, how many full length movies was Mickey Mouse the star of?  How many full length movies was Woody Woodpecker in?  Sure, they were both in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", but so was EVERYBODY, and they weren't the main stars of it.  I would love to see the often rumored Roger Rabbit sequel, but leave Looney Tunes alone for all our sakes.

guygardner1 10/26/2010 2:49:53 AM

I took my daughters to see "The Legend of the Gaurdians The Owl's of Gahoole" here in Melbourne last month and to our surprise there was a Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote computer 3D short feature before it and it was bloody amazing. They laughed and laughed and I did as well. It was fresh, innovative and they had never seen these characters before being 9 and 3 and they fell in love with them. Bring on more I say. It was soo much more enjoyable to watch that than a preview or an advert. 

Calibur454 10/26/2010 5:46:27 AM

i hope it is better than the last revival they did. Trying to reimagine the toons was one of the worst ideas ever

samurai1138 10/26/2010 6:59:32 AM

sounds iffy. But as someone who actualy remembers cartoons playing before movies when i was a kid, i will say that the recent 3-D CGI Road Runner short that played before that 3D Owls movie (whatever it was called) was really good, very funny in an old school Looney Tunes way, and more of those would be a welcome addition to the movie going experience

FrozenFear 10/26/2010 8:51:20 AM

I agree with SarcasticCaveman: Let it go. You tried twice and failed. If you want to go full CGI like this new 3-D short apparently was, so be it. Leave the humans out of it.

littlemikey979 10/26/2010 10:08:10 AM

WB should have been making shorts like PIXAR does and putting them before their movies. Or they should start now. That way they can slowly intruduce the characters to kids today and not have to worry about adding human actors or using big names for voices to sell tickets. I would to take the kids to see a full length movie with Bugs and the gang. As long as its 100% cartoon.

monkeyfoot 10/26/2010 10:23:13 AM

From what I've read on the web, this movie will really be only about the mysterious ACME Warehouse and will deal very little with the regular Looney Tunes characters. I'm all for that idea. It sounds like an interesting take.

krathwardroid 10/26/2010 2:59:04 PM

What is it with them and this live action and animation stuff? Why not just a movie about the Looney Toons without live action people? *sigh*

renderman72 10/27/2010 5:47:46 AM

They can try but you'll never be able to recapture the magic. Today's animation just can't hold a candle to the original stuff.

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