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What-a-wha?

Okay, so my mom and the bro drmercurious told me on the phone last night about the WB updating the Looney Tunes. Now, I had heard of this, but I thought it was a fan joke...primarily because I saw the design of the "new" Loonatics:



In this image released by The WB Network, Bugs Bunny and his pals are shown updated for the future. The WB network will take the famed Looney Tunes characters as models for a new children's series this fall. The characters' descendants -- Slick (Wile E. Coyote), Roadster (Road Runner), Spaz (Taz), Lexi (Lola Bunny), Duck (Daffy Duck) and Buzz (Bugs Bunny) -- will be superhero action figures for a cartoon set in the year 2772.


Unhhhhhh, okay then.

*sporks eyes*

Is it me, or does it look like really, really bad anime? No. Seriously.

Can you see why I thought it was a fan thing?

You know it's never a good sign when the work turned out by "the professionals" can be mistaken for work put out by "the fans." You know it. I know it.

*headdesk*

Naturally, Fandom_Wank is aaaaallllll over this.

So's Television Without Pity.

Worth reading for the snark alone.

*headdesk headdesk*

So let me take the pulse of my day.

John Raitt (dead), Sandra Dee (dead), Hunter S. Thompson (dead).

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil (shotguns pointed at their collective heads).

What makes this doubly upsetting is that I've been grooving on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 2 thanks to Netflix and chilling to the historical commentary. In watching the set, I've learned a lot of the status of adult humor (yes, Bugs and pals were never intended for children, the cartoons were aimed at adults), discussion of different animators and animating styles, insight into the famed Termite Terrace, and...oh my, it's a history lesson in cartoon form in many ways.

I mean, I even learned the difference between Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies by watching this collection, for heaven's sake!

I just look at those designs above and I remember these quotes from Chuck Jones:

You have to understand: We thought that these cartoons would be shown once or twice and that was about it. That's why we just did what we thought was funny. No one ever thought we'd be watching them 50 years later.

and

Disney was the place where they made the Rolls Royces. All of us thought we were turning out the Model T Fords. But that's not the point. The point is we were professional about turning out those Model T Fords. That's the real point.

NEWSFLASH: The corpses of Leon Schlessinger, Tex Avery, Bob Clampet, Carl Stalling, and Mel Blanc have turned up in China. It appears they were spinning so fast in their graves that they drilled right through the center of the earth. Film at 11...
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