Warner Bros. Animation Announces New Looney Tunes Shortform Episodes
During the Annecy Animation Festival this week, Warner Bros. Animation has announced that it will produce new Looney Tunes shortform content called “Looney Tunes Cartoons” which will feature classic cartoons icons such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety and more. Each cartoon episode will vary from one to six minutes in length, each featuring the animator’s personality and style, fifty episodes are currently in production. The new Looney Tunes cartoons will be available on multiple platforms and formats including digital, mobile and television and each season will have a total of 1,000 minutes of content which is expected to be released in 2019.
Warner Bros. Animation will emulate the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, with episode storytelling driven by each cartoonist. At Annecy Animation Festival’s MIFA (French: Marché international du film d’animation, English: International Animation Film Market), Warner Bros. Animation has showcased a sneak peek of the new content with an animated short called “The Curse of the Monkey Bird”, the animated short had a strongly positive response at the festival. The animated short was shown as part of Warner Animation Group’s and Warner Bros. Animation’s Look Ahead event which was held in Annecy yesterday (11/06/2018), which also included sneak peeks of Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, Smallfoot and also The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
The new Looney Tunes cartoons will feature experienced Looney Tunes voice cast members including Eric Bauza (voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety in the new shorts), Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go! executive producer and creator of Cartoon Network’s HiHi Puffy AmiYumi) and Peter Browngardt (Creator of Uncle Grandpa and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome) serve as executive producers.
Sam Register, the president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, said: “Looney Tunes Cartoons places these characters into the hands of some of the best artists in the business and into an animated shorts format that will remind many of the time when they first fell in love with Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the rest of the gang.”
According to Peter Browngardt, he wanted to go back to the late 1930s, early 1940’s Looney Tunes art style, which he refers to as “super irreverent, super bananas and high energy”.
In other Annecy related news, Cartoon Network will host its popular Picnic By the Lake event on Thursday 14th June (12.30pm to 2.30pm), the event will be held in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation to help promote the cinema release of Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.
From The Warner Bros. Animation Press Release: Warner Bros. Animation Launches New Short-Form Content Program Looney Tunes Cartoons
Warner Bros. Animation is announcing its most ambitious Looney Tunes content initiative to date with Looney Tunes Cartoons, a series of new short form cartoons starring the iconic and beloved Looney Tunes characters. With multiple artists employing a visual style that will resonate with fans, each “season” will produce 1,000 minutes of all-new Looney Tunes animation that will be distributed across multiple platforms – including digital, mobile and broadcast.
Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists allowing their own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.
“The Looney Tunes are one of the most beloved group of animated characters in the world” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Looney Tunes Cartoons places these characters into the hands of some of the best artists in the business and into an animated shorts format that will remind many of the time when they first fell in love with Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the rest of the gang.”
Looney Tunes Cartoons is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and features veteran Looney Tunes voice cast members including Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) and Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) serve as executive producers.