Looney Tunes Cartoons

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Looney Tunes Cartoons
Looney Tunes Cartoons poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre
Based onLooney Tunes
Developed byPeter Browngardt
Directed by
  • David Gemmill
  • Ryan Kramer
  • Kenny Pittenger
  • Pete Browngardt
Voices of
Music by
  • Carl Johnson
  • Joshua Moshier
Opening themeMerry Go Round Broke Down by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin; adaptations by Carl Johnson and Joshua Moshier
Merrily we Roll Along by Eddie Cantor, Murray Mencher, and Charles Tobias; adaptations by Carl Johnson and Joshua Moshier
Ending themeWhat's Up Doc? by Carl Stalling; adaptations by Carl Johnson and Joshua Moshier
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (30 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Rebecca Palatnik
  • Alex Kirwan (supervising)
Editor(s)
  • Tommy Meehan
  • Nick Simotas
Running time11 minutes (30 seconds–6 minutes per segment)
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarnerMedia Entertainment
Release
Original networkHBO Max[1]
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseMay 27, 2020 (2020-05-27)[2] –
present
Chronology
Preceded byNew Looney Tunes (2015–20)

Looney Tunes Cartoons is an American animated web television series developed by Peter Browngardt and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on the characters from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.[3] The series made its worldwide debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2019,[4] and premiered on HBO Max on May 27, 2020.[1][5]

Production[edit]

Browngardt came up with the idea with rebooting the Looney Tunes in its classic 1940s form.

In 2017, after Browngardt finished Uncle Grandpa, he met with Audrey Diehl, the creative executive at Warner Bros., at a lunch meeting. She was talking about a project that he wasn't interested in so he talked about what project he was interested in. As they wrapped up lunch, Pete said "You know, what I really want to do is to direct a Looney Tunes short." She was surprised that he liked the Looney Tunes and got him with a meeting with Sam Register. Browngardt basically said he wanted to do it like the old 40's cartoons. He then planned his cast, which was immediately set to Bauza, and he was really a fan of Jim Soper's art on Instagram, so he hired him as a character designer.[6]

On June 11, 2018, Warner Bros. Animation announced that a new series, which would "consist of 1,000 minutes spread across 1–6 minute shorts", would be released in 2019 and that it would feature "the brand's marquee characters voiced by their current voice actors in simple gag-driven and visually vibrant stories". The style of the series is reminiscent of the classic Looney Tunes shorts made by Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson and others. Warner Bros. Animation President Sam Register (creator of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi and The Looney Tunes Show) and Peter Browngardt (the creator of Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and Uncle Grandpa) serve as executive producers for the series.[4][7] The characters are designed by Jim Soper, with the model sheets copyright dating back to 2018.[8][9][10][11] The initial designs for Looney Tunes Cartoons were previewed in the Warner Bros. Animation logo that was first shown before Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. [12]

The series brings all of the Looney Tunes characters together under one roof, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin The Martian, Granny, Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog, Taz, Beaky Buzzard, Cecil Turtle, Hubie and Bertie, Petunia Pig, Pete Puma, Gossamer, Mama Buzzard, Cicero "Pinky" Pig, Dr. Frankenbeans, The Gashouse Gorillas and The Gremlin as well as more obscure characters along the way.[13]

Looney Tunes Cartoons is animated by being outsourced to different animation studios. While studios like Yowza! Animation animate the shorts through applications like Toon Boom Harmony, other studios like Yearim Productions, Snipple Animation and Tonic DNA animate the shorts in a more traditional fashion. A trailer for the series was released on April 21, 2020. The short Pest Coaster was released on May 5, 2020 on the WB Kids YouTube channel as a sneak preview ahead of the release date, but without the intro, opening credits and outro sequences.[14]

Producers include copious amounts of cartoon violence and Acme Corporation weaponry, but exclude any depictions of firearms; Elmer Fudd, for example, now uses a scythe and other weapons to hunt Bugs Bunny instead of his shotgun, which has gained controversy.[15][16]

Voice cast[edit]

Other characters confirmed to appear include The Gremlin,[22] Petunia Pig,[13] Pete Puma,[13] Cicero "Pinky" Pig,[13] and The Gashouse Gorillas[23] Several archival recordings of Mel Blanc are used from numerous miscellaneous characters, such as the tiny Daffys in "Bubble Dum".

Wile E. Coyote[22] appears, but does not speak.

Shorts[edit]

Seasons of Looney Tunes Cartoons
Season Shorts Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 30 10 May 27, 2020 (2020-05-27) HBO Max


Reception[edit]

The first 10 shorts debuted at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2019 and were met with very positive reactions, being described as true to the spirit of the original Looney Tunes shorts. Movie reviewing site Oneofus.net noted "While only time will tell if these shorts will become classics, they decidedly will be seen as a noble attempt to bring the “Looney” back into Looney Tunes. The cartoons are manic, beautifully animated, and feature amazing voice acting. Even the music tries to recapture the spirit of the originals." Even the characters are doing like what they did in old 30s and 40s shorts.[13]

The official launch of the first 10 episodes with HBO Max was also met with very positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 88% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 8.75/10. The critics consensus reads: "A vibrantly goofy return to form, Looney Tunes Cartoons is perfectly calibrated cartoon comedy."[27] Metacritic gave the series a weighted score of 71 out of 100 based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28]

International[edit]

In Canada, the series will air on Teletoon on October 2020.[29]

References[edit]

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