Cartoon favorites hit the big screen in 3D
Warner Bros. animation recreates classic cartoon characters
Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, two of the most popular Looney Tunes characters of all time, are returning to the big screen in three all-new animated 3D shorts released through 2010.
Warner Bros. Studio will attach the cartoon shorts to three of its upcoming family features--all three features to be released this year in 3D.
The first short will be seen with "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," on July 30th; the second with "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," on September 24th; and the third with "Yogi Bear," on December 17, 2010. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.
Warner Bros. Animation Announces Three New 3D Theatrical Cartoon Shorts
Two of the Original Films Feature Voice Recordings Made by Mel Blanc
“Thufferin thuccotash!” Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner will all return to theaters in three original Looney Tunes 3D theatrical cartoon shorts produced by Warner Bros. Animation and directed by Matthew O’Callaghan (Coyote Falls). Two of the new shorts Daffy’s Rhapsody and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat will feature the voice of the late, great Mel Blanc.
The legendary actor/comedian known as The Man of a Thousand Voices brought to life some of the most revered characters in animation history during a celebrated career spanning six decades. Blanc will appear in the shorts which are created using state-of-the-art CG animation and rendered in stereoscopic 3D via original songs he recorded in character in the 1950s.
The announcement was made today by Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television, who oversees television animation for the Studio, and Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA). Register unveiled news of the three original shorts which also include an as-yet-untitled adventure featuring the Coyote and Road Runner during a presentation at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
“Everyone at Warner Bros. Animation grew up loving the Looney Tunes characters, and it has been both a great honor and an enormous challenge to continue the legacy of these animation icons and introduce them to a new generation of fans,” said Register. “And to have the incomparable Mel Blanc voicing these characters once more is nothing short of a dream come true for all of us.”
Register added, “This will probably be the last time that Looney Tunes fans will have an opportunity to see an original Mel Blanc short featuring these characters. We are honored to bring Mr. Blanc and his legacy to Looney Tunes fans once again.”
The new theatrical shorts follow closely after the launch of The Looney Tunes Show, an all-new modern comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation which debuted in May and airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. The animated sitcom finds Bugs and Daffy living together as unlikely roommates: Bugs is as brazen, sarcastic and ahead-of-the-game as ever, while Daffy despite his narcissistic, sociopathic and paranoid tendencies is Bugs’ best friend and seemingly permanent houseguest.
In 2010, Warner Bros. Animation unveiled its first three CG cartoon shorts, all of which featured Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. The first, Coyote Falls, was shortlisted for the Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Animated) and was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.