The man behind the camera for this will be Joe Dante, a filmmaker who holds a special place in hearts of movie freaks all over the world. (Innerspace, Explorers, Matinee, Gremlins, Gremlins 2, The Howling, The 'burbs, Small Soldiers and Piranha! What a career!)
So back to this Looney Tunes movie. Here's the quote that compelled me to share this news with you all:
|Dante calls this project the "Anti-Space Jam" movie and says Warner Brothers executives have acknowledged that the Micheal Jordan film was a real piece of crap that basically "homogenized the classic characters to the point where they had no real personality or future creative potential." Dante wants to bring the "edge" back to the characters displayed in the original cartoons.|
And here's another solid quote:
|He says the animation work in the film will be traditional 2-D animation, and sites "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" as an example how some "flat, 2-D characters should NEVER be produced in 3-D computer animation." Details about the cast and story are being held in secret at the present, but whispers in the air at Wonderfest suggested that Jackie Chan would be starring opposite Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the other cartoon icons. Since Jackie is basically a live-action, slapstick cartoon character anyway, it's not hard to imagine how this could work.|
I'm a bit leery of any "new" Looney Tunes productions, but it seems as if Warner hired the right director for the job. I'm tentatively excited to hear more about this project.
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(Thanks to Dark Horizons for the scoop!)