Cartoon Network‘s The Looney Tunes Show premieres this May, in a setting where Bugs and Daffy, roommates, leave the forest and move into a suburban neighborhood full of a bunch of weird neighbors (in other words, the rest of the Looney Tunes).
So there are two problems here that I can chalk up to something other than the whining of my affronted nostalgia, which the makers of the show shouldn’t care about anyway because everybody who already likes the Looney Tunes can watch them on YouTube. They’re trying to get the attention of all the kids today who’ve never had a place to regularly watch them.
(Three more clips behind the jump.)
Number One: When you put Bugs and Daffy together… Bugs usually has to be the straight man. Put Bugs and Elmer Fudd together, now Bugs gets to be the stinker we all know and love. In fact, I was having trouble remembering why the following clip seemed so familiar until I replaced Daffy with Rusty Venture and Bugs with Brock Samson and realized that it reminded me of the way their characters interact.
Warner Bros is not putting enough money into this show, or they’re not showing us the right clips. Which, given the history of the Looney Tunes in animated film of the last century, is a great tragedy. For a good example, note how frequently the characters in this clip stop moving when they have no dialogue.
And of course there’s only one moment of slapstick in any of these four clips. The shows will be broken up by computer animated Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner shorts (unfortunately not the really incredible ones that ran with CG kids movies this past summer), and with “”Merrie Melodies”, two-minute music videos showcasing classic characters singing original songs,” so they may be pushing the more classic slapstick antics to those segments.
But that said… the writers have nailed Daffy and Bugs, even if Bugs is a little sane and sober in what we’ve seen so far. Daffy’s dialogue in that top clip approaches the manic back and forth of Rabbit Seasoning. I look forward to seeing more clips of it on YouTube, at the very least.
(via Bleeding Cool.)
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