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#1 of 32 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted May 31 2002 - 09:06 PM

It's going to be an animation/live-action hybrid (hopefully like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and not Cool World) and production starts in June.

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!)

#2 of 32 OFFLINE   Duane Robinson

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Posted May 31 2002 - 09:45 PM

Hope this turns out pretty good, especially since Space Jam sucked pretty hard and strong. Hope Taz has at least a cameo in this one since he's my favorite character along with Foghorn Leghorn and Marvin the Martian.
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#3 of 32 OFFLINE   Geoffrey_A

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Posted June 01 2002 - 04:55 AM

I hope they get back to the mischevious Bugs Bunny of the earlier cartoons. I don't know about anyone else, but I always felt bugs was funniest when he was tormenting Elmer Fudd or whoever just for the sheer joy of tormenting them. Later on Chuck Jones would pacify Bugs a bit, and make sure he retaliated in response to something. The bugs Bunny of Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the bugs I love, the middle design between the early tex avery and the later chuck jones. The Bob Clampett Bugs Bunny was by far the funniest of the lot.

If they can really give the Looney Tunes back the edge they've lost, I'll be very happy.
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#4 of 32 OFFLINE   Terrell

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Posted June 01 2002 - 06:26 AM

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If they can really give the Looney Tunes back the edge they've lost

I don't think that's possible. The charm of the old Looney Tunes, the animation, the voices, etc. I don't think they can get that back. If it says new Looney Tunes, then it's not true Looney Tunes.

#5 of 32 OFFLINE   Bruce Hedtke

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Posted June 01 2002 - 07:08 AM

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If it says new Looney Tunes, then it's not true Looney Tunes.

Agreed. You can redraw the characters but it won't be the same. Without Mel Blanc, I don't see hope. Noel Blanc tries hard, but he just isn't as talented as his dad was and his impersonations seem more distracting than engaging.

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#6 of 32 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted June 01 2002 - 07:56 AM

Joe Dante is THE director who could make a great new LT movie. He's a fan of the classic cartoons, too.


Joe Alaskey and Jeff Bergman did GREAT recreations of the classic cartoon voices. Alaskey's Yosemite Sam is great (he took over that voice in Who Framed Roger Rabbit when Mel Blanc had difficulty doing that voice).

Billy West was just awful for the voices in Space Jam...only Porky and Daffy require speed-up in sound...yet it seems like Bugs, Tweety, and even Elmer had sped up voices! Bleh.

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Posted June 01 2002 - 10:02 AM

Don't forget. JUNE BUGS is on cartoon network NOW!
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#8 of 32 OFFLINE   Kami

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Posted June 01 2002 - 10:12 AM

Screw this, just give me all the original Looney Toons on DVD please! Posted Image

That being said, let's hope this turns out good, though I agree it's going to be hard to capture the feel of the old looney toons. Ah well.


#9 of 32 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted June 11 2002 - 05:12 AM

According to Variety:

Brendan Fraser will star in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," a pic blending animation and live action that Joe Dante will direct. Pic begins production July 29 for a November 2003 release.


#10 of 32 OFFLINE   John Spencer

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Posted June 11 2002 - 05:31 AM

This could be good. Fraser does slapstick well. He was great in George of the Jungle.
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#11 of 32 OFFLINE   Todd Terwilliger

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Posted June 11 2002 - 05:58 AM

I'm not going to get my hopes up. All I want are the original cartoons on DVD. I was riveted to June Bugs when it aired on Cartoon Network. Nothing since has been able to capture that madcap hilarity.

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Posted June 11 2002 - 06:23 AM

This seems awfully quick to produce a feature with a significant animated component, and in fact the speed at which it is coming together is astonishing. I'm hopeful - Joe Dante seems perfect for this - but I must admit, I'm amazed it's happening.
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#13 of 32 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted June 11 2002 - 07:17 AM

If anybody can do it, Joe Dante can.

Space Jam can rot in celluloid hell. First movie I'd walked out on in a decade.

#14 of 32 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted October 24 2002 - 10:55 AM

(Takes a deep breath...)

The villain has been cast...

As the devious head of the Acme corporation...

Foe of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck...

Working with the brilliant Joe Dante for the very first time...

Steve Martin

(Early word was that he was set for a cameo appearance, but the wonderful bastards over at www.chud.com report that he now certainly seems to be the 'head baddie'.)

Am I nuts, or does this project (Brendan Fraser nonwithstanding) sound like a true gift from the heavens? (So far anyway...)

Anyway, this casting tidbit absolutely lit my entire day up, as the actor in question is one of my all-time lifelong heroes. Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

#15 of 32 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted October 24 2002 - 11:57 AM

Scott, that is killer casting!! And Fraser will be fine - he's got the goofy All-American hero thing going which will probably work quite well here.

Something to look forward to next year (in addition to RotK, of course).

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Posted October 25 2002 - 01:29 AM

Justice will be served if Pete Puma has a major role.

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Posted October 25 2002 - 01:49 AM

Boy, this sounds good. Now, please don't excommunicate me, but I have to be honest; I kinda, sorta half-way enjoyed parts of Space Jam. Bill Murray always makes me at least crack a smile Posted Image

But, the portrayals of these characters were not the ones I grew up with. I am in agreement with everyone else here in that Joe Dante is the perfect director for this project, and it seems like they really are making a solid attempt to recapture the old magic. I like the casting of Brendan Fraser and
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Looks like Warners is finally doing something right with one of their franchises. Can't wait Posted Image
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Posted October 28 2002 - 12:31 AM

Well, this just keeps on getting better and better: http://www.fangoria....icle.php?id=532
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#19 of 32 OFFLINE   Louis C

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Posted October 28 2002 - 01:49 PM

No one thinks this should instead be fully animated instead of mixed with live action?

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Posted November 01 2002 - 04:54 AM

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Well, this just keeps on getting better and better: http://www.fangoria....icle.php?id=532

Come on guys, I can't be the only one excited about this. Posted Image

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No one thinks this should instead be fully animated instead of mixed with live action?

I dunno; I think it could work either way. I'm just glad Dante is working on it.
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