Warner Bros. Animation is bringing back short-form cartoons starring the Looney Tunes. Animated shorts were what first introduced audiences to characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Sylvester the Cat. Now fans will get to see their favorite Looney Tunes return to the platform that made them so popular in the first place.
Audiences have been watching Looney Tunes since the first animated short was released in 1929. Over a thousand cartoons under the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies banners saw theatrical releases between the 1930s and 1960s. Production of Looney Tunes shorts greatly reduced following this time period, but the brand has remained relevant through other mediums, including video games, films, TV shows, and comic books.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. Animation is working on a new series of Looney Tunes animated shorts. These one-to-six minute shorts will be written and drawn by cartoonists in a way that will allow the artist to express their own style and personality. One season is expected to consist of 1000 minutes. The shorts will release across multiple formats, such as broadcast, mobile, and digital.
Veteran voice actors Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, and Eric Bauza, who all have ties to the Looney Tunes franchise, will join the voice cast for the series. Bergman and Bergen have been the voices behind Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig respectively since the early 1990s. Over the years, Bergman has also lent his voice to a number of other Looney Tunes characters including Sylvester, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn, and Peppy Le Pew. Bauza has voiced Marvin the Martian since 2011. All three currently star on Warner Bros.' New Looney Tunes series.
The announcement speaks to Warner Bros. Animation's continued commitment to the Looney Tunes brand. In 2011, the company launched The Looney Tunes Show, an animated sitcom which sent Bugs and Daffy to the suburbs of Los Angeles. It was cancelled after three seasons and replaced with New Looney Tunes, which restored the franchise to its roots in slapstick comedy.
Fans have been waiting for a long time to see Bugs, Daffy, and the gang in the same format that they were originally viewed by audiences. The return to animated shorts may allow fans to see more exciting chase scenes between Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, games of cat-and-mouse with Sylvester and Tweety, and Bugs and Daffy arguing over when rabbit season is.