When Mondo announces a new series, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be focusing solely on that series until it wraps. Instead, Mondo seems to like keeping us on our toes by having about half a dozen different series in play at any given time. Some of ‘em wrap quickly, while others keep going for quite a while. Take their Looney Tunes series: Tom Whalen kicked off that license with a Duck Dodgers print all the way back in March (at the opening of the Mondo Gallery).
He’s handled each of the Looney Tunes print that followed, and most expected him to see the series through to its conclusion. But today Mondo announced something surprising: not only are they dropping two new Looney Tunes posters tomorrow…but neither of them was created by Tom Whalen. Surprised? Wanna see who is handling the next two prints in this series? Meet me after the jump, folks.
This week on Blu-ray, Wes Anderson’s latest comes to home video, the highest grossing film of all time gets a non-exclusive 3D release, and the Christmas season officially begins with a holiday favorite Blu-ray upgrade. Here’s a brief look at this week’s offerings:
Hit the jump for all the details.
Cue that iconic opening music: Looney Tunes is relevant again! Former SNL comedienne Jenny Slate has been tapped by Warner Bros. to pen the feature reboot. Much like Sony’s successful adaptation of The Smurfs, the Looney Tunes reboot would blend CG and live-action in order to bring the characters to life on the big screen. Although no word has been released as to Slate’s take on the property, fans can be almost certain of seeing Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Tweety Bird and more. Hit the jump for more on Slate and the Looney Tunes movie.
Believe it or not, but with everything else that’s been going on lately—Gallery1988’s Breaking Bad series (and that crazy gallery show), Ltd. Art Gallery’s PRESS START exhibition, Bottleneck Gallery’s More Than You Imagined, Mark Englert’s new stuff, and everything else we’ve covered over the past couple weeks—it’s actually been quite a while since we checked in with the Mondo guys. And as it turns out, today’s a perfect day to do just that: not only is the Austin-based dropping two new posters from Kevin Tong and Tom Whalen this afternoon, but they’ve also just issued a formal announcement about their latest gallery show. Wanna know more? Of course you do. Meet me after the jump.
For more than fifty years, June Foray has been the voice behind Granny, the Looney Tunes’ character tasked with taming Sylvester and Tweety Bird. Warner Bros. Animation celebrated the actor’s historic career at a private reception last night, along with a screening of the new Looney Tunes 3D short I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. The short, obviously featuring Foray as Granny, will debut ahead of Happy Feet Two in theaters on November 18th. Hit the jump for images from the new short.
In terms of comedy aimed (in theory) at children, no property is quite so timeless as Looney Tunes. Warner Bros. is prepping a major comeback, with feature projects in development for Bugs Bunny, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, and the ACME warehouse. The studio laid the groundwork with theatrical shorts last year and a new Cartoon Network series that premiered in May. Before any Looney Tunes features, WB will unveil three more 3D theatrical shorts — two of the shorts feature the legendary Mel Blanc, the voice of pretty much every character you can name off the top of your head. Blanc died in 1989, but the animators will use old Blanc recordings from the 1950s, including original songs.
Hit the jump for the official announcement, including full details on the three shorts and a high-resolution image from Daffy’s Rhapsody.
Warner Bros. is intent on reestablishing the Looney Tunes brand in the marketplace. These efforts include theatrical shorts, a show on Cartoon Network, a live-action/CGI Bugs Bunny movie, and a seemingly ill-advised Mike Myers-voiced Pepé Le Pew film. The latest project is also the most tangential, in that borrows from the Looney Tunes universe without featuring any of the, you know, characters.
The untitled live-action/CGI hybrid revolves around the fictional Acme Corporation. As you may recall, Acme Corp. produced a slew of shoddy products — anvils, bombs, rockets, and the like. Looney Tunes is not the exclusive domain of the Acme brand name, but it is certainly the most prominent, notably in the Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner shorts. Hit the jump for more details on the project and a look at the Acme catalogue.
Mike Myers is set to voice the overly-amorous skunk Pepé Le Pew in a new live-action/CGI adaptation. Vulture reports that Warner Bros. is trying to take advantage of their cast of Looney Tunes characters, but I personally think Le Pew is an odd place to start. All of his shorts were the same: Penelope Pussycat gets white paint on her, Le Pew thinks she’s a skunk, and then tries to mount her for the rest of the sketch until he discovers she’s actually a cat. However, the character did star in the Oscar-winning animated short For Scent-imental Reasons in 1949, so maybe his shtick wasn’t tired back then.
But how do you make that character appealing over sixty years later? Live-action/CGI hybrid! In the upcoming adaptation, Le Pew and Penelope will be CGI but everything else will be live-action. Market-research-that-I-just-made-up shows that kids will only like classic cartoon characters if those characters are placed in live-action settings.
Warner Bros. is currently revamping the Looney Toons brand, a process which includes a new series on Cartoon Network and fresh 3D shorts in theaters. It appears that step number three will return the studio to feature territory, with a live-action/CG hybrid film centered around Bugs Bunny in development. According to Deadline, David Berenbaum (Elf) will pen the script; as of this writing, no producer has boarded the project, so this one could still be a ways away.
Bugs recently entered his eight decade of existence, first appearing on screen in the 1940 short A Wild Hare. He has starred in more than 163 animated shorts, and last graced the big screen opposite Brendan Fraser in 2003′s Looney Tunes: Back in Action. I’m gonna go watch Space Jam.
In case you haven’t heard, Warner Bros. is launching a new Looney Toons animated series on Cartoon Network along with new 3D shorts that are slated for theaters. According to the press release, Cartoon Network will air The Looney Tunes Show a half-hour animated television featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck living together in the suburbs. Also in the neighborhood will be Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. I wouldn’t be surprised if other Looney Tunes characters pop up along the way.
They’re also doing 3D shorts out later this year are three 3-minute 3D CG short films starring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. Each film will screen before a major WB family film. Coyote Falls will be attached to Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (July 30th); Fur of Flying will be with Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (September 24th); and Rabid Rider will show in front of Yogi Bear (December 17th).
Hit the jump to read the press release and see images from the new series and the 3D shorts.