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Ok - Now For A Really Horrendous Re-Design! Something to give those in the cheap seats perspective!

Hey folks, Harry here with the little aborted fetus, the WB calls LOONATICS - their reimagining of the Looney Tunes gang. Now my reaction is that obviously this is really really bad. BUT - you could look at it like a totally different thing altogether - but they're promoting it as being the new direction they're taking the characters - as if the old designs were gong bye bye. Well - check out this

Thought all of you guys would have an interest in this.... there's no finished animation from the show, but all the characters are identified by name now...

  • Slick (Wile E. Coyote)
  • Roadster (Road Runner)
  • Spaz (Taz)
  • Lexi (Lola Bunny)
  • Duck (Daffy Duck)
  • Buzz (Bugs Bunny)

and then there's Maxima, who according to the preview is the one responsible for setting up this group in the future... sounds and looks like Syndrome's assistant in "The Incredibles"...

Edison Carter

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  • Seriously, let them kill this franchise quick. But, yah, its not as if the original Looney Toons will be scoured from the earth, never to be seen again.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Would be better if...

    by reverendvader

    Looks like it could be okay. But, personally, I'd enjoy it more with the original characters, as they are -- design-wise and personality-wise. If WB wants to focus on redesign, then they should probably just do completely new characters. As for people panicked about this blasphemous redesign... relax. Think of it as WB's attempt at another Tiny Toons... only larger... and in the future...

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 3:41 p.m. CST

    We had it coming...

    by Lazarus Long

    I guess that's what we all get for not going to see Looney Tunes: Back in Action. This may be the WORST thing I have ever seen in my entire life. If Bugs Bunny's humor is too fast for modern audiences, civilization is truly crumbling. May god have mercy on our souls.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 3:46 p.m. CST

    WB screws the pooch again!

    by Gorf

    This is a horrible idea. Why not just create all new characters? Let the Looney Tunes be the Looney Tunes. They don't need to be made "cool". Another example of catering to the lowest common denominator.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 3:55 p.m. CST

    The "Buzz" is from the CRACK WB is smoking

    by Ninja Nerd

    Geez, I'm nearly 50 and all, but I can't imagine anyone of any age liking this crap. It just reeks.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST

    speaking of horrendous redesigns...

    by matrix69

    what is up with aintitcool.com? Not that it's ever been a shining example of good web-usability, but the new look physically hurts me.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:27 p.m. CST

    OH... MY... GOD...

    by Ziggurats'R'Us

    The WB has raped my childhood!

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Does noone remember Tiny Toons?

    by Lizzybeth

    Where they already basically did this?

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:33 p.m. CST

    WB filled w/ idiots

    by Bong

    Oh and they have now raped my childhood

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Kill it! Kill it quick!

    by Childe Roland

    Before it gets to the children!

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST

    AAAIIIGH!!!

    by Joe Cool #2

    Make the pain go away, George... Tiny Toons was a masterpiece compared to that grim display. I'm glad Friz, Chuck, Mel and the others ain't around to see this. (Oh, and the new site's sexy and all, but too difficult to read. Nice try, but no bullseye.)

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Where's Poochie?

    by Mike Fornes

    If they'd Rasta-fy them by... 10 percent or so, I'd watch.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:46 p.m. CST

    At some point, around the time Roger Rabbit came out, WB decided

    by rev_skarekroe

    And it's been all downhill since then.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:50 p.m. CST

    FIGHTING AND CHALLENGE AND CHALLENGE AND FIGHTING, TONIGHT!

    by Kiyone

    I wrote about this one in my blog: "Hmm... take an existing American cartoon franchise... change the character desgins to make them more streamlined and Japanese anime-esque... add a bit of fighting... set it in the distant future? That idea sounds vaguely familiar, but I can't quite place where I've seen that done before... maybe I'll remember in a minute or two? Actually, most of those character designs look okay, so I wouldn't touch them, but I never liked Lola Bunny, the "Skeeter" of the Looney Tunes world created for Space Jam just to add a token female character. If a character doesn't have an unseen penis, it's not a true Looney Tunes character, damnit! So I suggest dumping the character based on Lola Rabbit and adding another character who would bring a strong male presence to the show. And what kind of character would personify a "strong male presence" better than a "real wrestle man"? That's right, Stinkoman, the Strong Bad of the future, would fit in perfectly in the amazing year 2772, though what would make Loonatics even better would be if it was set in 20X6 (pronounced "Twenty-Exty-Six")! If you couldn't follow the preceding paragraph, don't worry! I made a helpful Photoshop picture of my idea of how to improve Loonatics, or, as I like to call it, Looney Tunes 20X6!" (See http://kiyone.blogspot.com/2005_02_13_kiyone_archive.html#110875875151642900 for the graphic, if you want.)

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 4:52 p.m. CST

    What's the big deal?

    by Jack Burton

    They are turning the characters into superheroes, could be cool. Could be a parody of the WB's other superhero cartoons. That promos seemed a bit too serious to be taken seriously. Still, this doesn't appear to be a redesign of Looney Toons, it appears to be an offshoot like Duck Dodgers or Tiny Toons. I'm a huge Looney Toons fan, I'll wait and see if the show is going to be worth while or not. By the way, "Back in Action" is pretty damn good. Totally blew away "Space Jam". I was really surprised that I liked it quite a bit. It has a lot more of the old-school craziness the Looney Toons is known for.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5 p.m. CST

    So I guess Buzz Bunny ain't gonna be prancing around in make-up

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    With a name like Buzz and a voice like Clint Eastwood, this bunny sure ain't a fairy, thank God!

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5 p.m. CST

    I approve of this. A toon with TWO words in their name is just t

    by scrumdiddly

    *tick..tick*

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5:18 p.m. CST

    That promo was AWFUL... this whole concept reeks of Poochiness..

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    And WTF is up with the names? "Spaz"?? (Taz still sounds better and is just as "futuristic" sounding.) Same thing with "Slick" -- that sucks too. How about something like "Wild Eye" for the Wile E. Coyote character? And all they could come up with for Daffy's counterpart is just "Duck"?? (I would have suggested "Daft".)

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Wow, thats bad

    by Yamato

    To quote Stan from South Park, "Last year I saw two men kissing on a bench in the park, and until today, that was the gayest thing I have ever seen". This is a joke right? This is the worst idea since Jar Jar Binks.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5:32 p.m. CST

    this just proof of how creatively bankrupt

    by Tal111

    Warner Brothers has become. This looks like something Saturday Night Live would put on as a spoof...only this isn't a spoof. This is as sad and pathetic as it gets and this is the state of animation today.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5:38 p.m. CST

    On second thought, the idea of a reinvention of the Loony Toons

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Loonatics reeks of a concept assembled together from heavy audience testing of young kids. Let's take the Loony gang, slick up their designs, give them superpowers and kewl nicknames, set it in the future, and have them fight crime! This whole thing has been engineered to sell toys -- I bet there's a Loonatics-mobile and Loonatics-jet. A far more interesting idea would be to create a "dark mirror universe" of the Loony Toons world. It might be a challenge to do such a thing for a children's show, but creatively that would be more interesting.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's WB's version of New Coke...

    by Wungolioth

    We'll all hate this version so much that a new appreciation for the old version will ensue, not that I needed a reminder, personally.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by symphy

    ....who feels like 70% of talkbackers automatically agree with anything said, 20% automatically disagree with anything said, and 10% share an original thought? :) I bet you anything if Herc or Harry or Mori had said "hey guys check out this awesome slick new reimagining of the Looney Tunes! Pretty slick, huh?" this talkback would be filled with "hey neat idea! this should be fun!" comments.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Huh.

    by SpacePhil

    Looks like someone in the WB animation department has been hitting the ganja pretty hard...

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Though, on the other hand, it does kind of make me happy that th

    by SpacePhil

    So that's how he survived all those cliffs.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:17 p.m. CST

    WTF!! & UGH!!!

    by lonesomerhodes

    Mel Blanc and Chuck Jones must be spinning right now.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Lame

    by macgruder

    But kids will eat it up. Is The WB trying to compete with Adult Swims great cartoons? Lets hope this can get boycotted well enough for it to fail.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:19 p.m. CST

    don't panic

    by bluebottle

    seriously... this is just a one off, it's not re-imagining the whole loony toons concept... man you guys are getting more and more hysterical by the day. climb down off the chair and replace the dress for a pair of pants, ladies. It's ONE SERIES... And it looks like it's a PARODY of superhero shows. it could be funny.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:38 p.m. CST

    GODDAMN WARNER BROTHERS TO FUCKING HELL!!!

    by robogeek.com

    Shithead sacriligious bastards.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:52 p.m. CST

    the emperor's new cartoon

    by Stan the Bat

    I'm 'hysterical', am I, if I call bullshit on this? Crap doesn't stop being crap just because you manage to get used to the taste.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 6:58 p.m. CST

    No worse than Space Jam

    by PantherMatt

    This looks no worse than that other piece of recent Looney Toons hell: Space Jam. What a miserable piece of crap that was. At least these things only bear a slight resemblence to their classic counterparts. And it certainly looks better than that Tiny Toons shit. Granted, this still looks awful, but it doesn't look to be the worst thing WB has done to these once great properties. If Looney Toons were Michael Crighton movie adaptations, Loonatics would be the "Sphere" and Space Jam would be the "Congo"

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Boooo! I sent this in to Herc and go no love!

    by Noriko Takaya

    What's a girl gotta do to get an article posted around here?! Wait - don't answer that. Anyway I don't care - as long as I can still get the origionals on DVD, uncut and uncensored (Looney Tunes - Golden Collection Vol. 1 & 2; praise be to Suncoast!) I am fine with this. It's not as though they could ever get me to smoke enough crack to wanna watch it after all! By the way Lucas, this is precisely why people get pissed at you for not allowing the origionals of Star Wars to exist while making revisions! People wouldn't care so much if the old versions were readily available on DVD. Ah, but I digress - as long as I can access Ye Olde Skool Looney Tunes, WB can go ahead on with it's bad self. Who knows, maybe it'll turn out allright - Tiny Tunes was fun, and Animaniacs kicked ass!

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 7:59 p.m. CST

    get the toilet paper

    by stvnhthr

    Wow, I didn't think it was possible, but that actually left a foul smelling brown stain on the inside of my monitor.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Kill it with fire!

    by Veraxus

    Oh my god. How could this happen?

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I was getting around to it!

    by Hercules

    Yeesh, such a hurry you kids are in!

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Why do they look so sinister and demonic?

    by JAGUART

    They really look Evil.

  • So a woman who arguably has no business in a KidsWB! cartoon recruits a bunch of super-powered, badass, ink black, anthropomorphized animals who look like they'd just as soon kill you as save your life? If I showed up on the WB lot to pitch a kids' show like this they'd put a restraining order on me. Then again, if you're gonna whore out your canon, might as well make it as unrecognizable as possible. It doesn't hurt as much that way.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Well

    by performingmonkey

    If you want a spellcheck, buy a dictionary.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 10:15 p.m. CST

    I clicked on this because I thought it was about the new site de

    by Darth TJ Mackey

    Seriously. Also, the Bugs thing reminds me of "Poochie died on the way back to his home planet" :)

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 10:15 p.m. CST

    HEY!!!! WHERE'S PORKY??????

    by MoviePirate

    Don't tell me they ate the pig??the pig???the roasted pig????aarrrggghhh, fucking warner bro bastards!!!!!!

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I read a rumor that the bad guys will be remixed versions of Yos

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Now I wonder if they are going to have versions of Pepe Lepew, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, etc. in this too.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Ugh

    by Playhouse

    Worse than the Batman redux.

  • Feb. 18, 2005, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Loonatics-Worse Than Cancer???

    by Ollie Q

    New Coke.The Star Wars Special Editions.Weapons of Mass Destruction.Poochie The Rocking Dog.Loonatics is worse than all of these combined.Loonatics may very well be the worst idea in the history of bad ideas.This aint Tiny Toons folks....Tiny Toons at least respected the source material.This is some corporate hodge-podge of committee produced garbage.I can see it now...one suit says "you know whats hot....The Matrix" and then another suit brought up the X-Games and "Doing the Dew" and then the dreaded anime word was brought up and this is the result."Oh and lets have em fight crime,like the ninja turtles,cause ninja turtles are hot again".Thank you Warner Bros for defecating all over 4 generations of childhood memories and proving once again that there isnt an original thought left in Hollywood.Of course you realize...this means war!!!!

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Not to kick a man when he's down, but...

    by Ribbons

    ...I also love the fact that this show is set in "2770" or some bullshit like that forgives its aesthetic. Plus, how random is 2770? Why not just say "far, far away?"

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Shoulda just called it "Ultimate Looney Tunes" . . .

    by jocutus

    or Merry Melodies All-Stars. And that's the problem. Can WB animation not come up with anything original or are the suits just to chicken to greenlight anything without a proven track record? That ad seemed like a poorly done parody of big studio creative decisions (a la Poochie as many noted. I'm still having trouble beliebing this is real. EXECUTIVE (pause) We at the network want a dog with attitude. He's edgy, he's "in your face." You've heard the expression "let's get busy"? Well, this is a dog who gets "biz-zay!" Consistently and thoroughly. KRUSTY So he's proactive, huh? EXECUTIVE Oh, God, yes. We're talking about a totally outrageous paradigm. MEYER Excuse me, but "proactive" and "paradigm"? Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? Not that I'm accusing you of anything like that. I'm fired, aren't I?

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Well, I like the way the topic boxes light up when the cursor ho

    by HanFiredFirst

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 3:02 a.m. CST

    No seriously.

    by prickle28

    I can't believe this shit. I almost cried when I saw the fucked up trailer. When this turd bombs I hope the asshole that green lighted it ends up selling pizza at the mall; just like the prick that came up with "New Coke". Fuck the WB!!!

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 3:18 a.m. CST

    i'm not even a looney tunes fan and this pisses me off

    by Toe Jam

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050217/482/ny11502172330 if you want to see just how retarded this is

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Look Good

    by Duty

    I grew up on the Loony Toons and this dosent look all that bad. Whay the hell not? I would watch a movie with the idea a 100 miles an hour!!! Don't kill the Loon till you seen it poo!!

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 3:51 a.m. CST

    May WB rot in hell for this

    by moviemaniac-7

    Already the worst idea of the year. They should give Razzies for this: "Worst Executive Decision". This is a clear sign of a panic attack. Find some old and trusty characters and put them in a "cool" (read: Incredibles rip-off) setting. It will be only months, weeks or days that Disney will fuck Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse up with something similar. Face it, there has never been anything funnier than the Roadrunner / Wile E. Coyote cartoons and there will probably never be anything funnier. I hope this is a joke or just a bad idea that will be turned back soon.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 4:38 a.m. CST

    naw guys seriously this looks sick

    by RevSam

    i mean come on the wb television department has put out good stuff in the past right this'll be fun

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 4:44 a.m. CST

    damn them all to hell.

    by dr.bulber

    they finally did it.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 5:43 a.m. CST

    You know, Jim Jam, this *does* look like a Mirror-universe versi

    by Noriko Takaya

    It looks like the kind of thing that kids in DC's Earth 2 universe (where the Crime Syndicate reign) would watch. I mean, they look so, well, eeevil. Grant Morrison would have hella fun with *that* concept, lemmie tell ya. And if the WB had *any* imagination at all that's just the way they'd spin this - as a set up for a confrontation between the two Tunes. Two Looneys. Two *Looney* Tunes. Whatever! It could be all kinds of funny if handled right, but well, they're the WB, so whattya gonna do? Toppu o Nerae!

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 9:07 a.m. CST

    WAKE THE FUCK UP, WARNER BROS.!

    by mbaker

    I use to have alot of respect for Warner Bros. in the early 90's. They use to make great cartoon shows like 'Tiny Toons', 'Animaniacs', 'Taz-Mania', 'Pinky & The Brain', and 'Freakazoid'. These shows captured the magic of the original 'looney Tunes' while bringing those sensibilities into the modern world with new concepts. On the exact same coin, Warner Bros. tried to revive their ansamble characters with dissasterous results. 'Space Jam' was nothing more than a puff piece for Michael Jordon, and 'Looney Tunes: Back In Action', while more amusing than 'Space Jam', was a box office flop. The less said about 'Baby Looney Tunes', the better. At least 'Duck Dodgers' still maintains what little integrity the studio still has left, but the overall show suffers from mediocer animation, substandard writing, and lack of a full piece orcestra. I'm even more angry at Warner Bros. for shoving 'Scooby-Doo' down our throats with endless movies, and episodes! A concept that should've died a loooong time ago as far as i'm concerned! What Warner Bros. needs to do is create new concepts that have the Termite Terrace sensibilities like they did durring the early 90's. And Warner Bros. also needs to bring back their irreverent sence of humor and satirize the current pop culture. So many cartoons these days lack that kind of humor, and there's are alot of crap going on in pop culture that's just screaming to be made fun of in cartoon form! Until Warner Bros. wakes up, and comes back to their sences, they will never get back the respect they once had!

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Perhaps one of the worst things I've ever seen...

    by RenoNevada2000

    I've had to physically restrain my girlfriend from jumping out a window and I feel like I need to scrub my eyes clean with sandpaper...

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Poochie?

    by RenoNevada2000

    What am I missing here?

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    NPA Commentator just blasted this

    by RenoNevada2000

    Two quotes- "Reimagining means that someone has run out of imagination." and "Bugs and Daffy already have super powers. They make kids laugh."

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Spaz = ********** in UK

    by Siluri

    Spaz = UK: derogatory slang word for disabled person or persons displaying some sort of disability.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Shit ! Are they actually TRYING to piss us off ?

    by RobinP

    Bug Bunny looks like Batman Beyond ? And this is a GOOD idea ? Somewhere, Chuck Jones & Friz Frieling & Mel Blanc and all those stalwarts of Termite Terrace are spinning in their graves.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 11:46 a.m. CST

    RenoNevada2K: Poochie

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    http://www.snpp.com/episodes/4F12.html

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Hey Noriko Takaya...

    by Aphex Twin

    I've seen your posts over the years and everytime I read 'em I always wonder what Toppu o Nerae means..I'm bad with Japanese. Back on subject, WB is raping my childhood.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Lame. Retarded. Stupid. Awful.

    by The Thinker

    I don't have much of an affinity for Looney Tunes like alot of you guys, but I watched that trailer in disbelief that I was seeing something so horrendous.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Looney Tunes Beyond

    by Billy Goat

    What is it with the Flash animation style? Is it supposed to be the new sign of hipness, or something? Sheesh, just put "Jackie Chan Adventures" back on the air already.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 5:26 p.m. CST

    The intro creeped me out more than anything

    by the G-man

    The way it started with the almost-sepia toned, Capraesque depiction of a young animator drawing the original Looney Toons (plus some unnamed female) seemed to be a misguided attempt to tell us that this is somehow an "honor" or "continuation" of the brilliant work of Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, etc., instead of cheap marketing.

  • Warner Bros. has a legacy with animation. They might haven't always been smart about it, but they've always shown some respect... okay, well not always. I mean, the fact they'd rather go with "Loonatics" instead of brand new (non-Flash animated) Looney Tunes is saying something. But come on? Can you honestly imagine Buzz and Duck walking around Six Flags in black, neon-colored suits? Or kids eating a "Loonatics" Happy Meal? Well, I guess it doesn't matter, because someone at Warner Bros. did imagine it. Character designers, voice actors, casting directors, and all sorts of people are gonna be hired to do this work, and they could care less. Either that, or they're going somewhere with this, and it's a big (and hopefully temporary) joke. All I can say is, you better pick up those classic Looney Tunes DVDs quick, before WB pulls a "Disney Vault" and yanks them off the shelves.

  • Feb. 19, 2005, 9:28 p.m. CST

    The Loonatics' outrageous attitude is totally IN MY FACE!!

    by TheWoodMan

    This may seem hard to fathom, but remember, this is the same Warner Brothers that was 100% ready to put Superman in a black leather bondage outfit... 'cause that's how the X-Men and Neo dress... and have him fight a giant spider... 'cause that's what they did in "The Lord of the Rings". I wouldn't put anything past these ass clowns!

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 12:29 a.m. CST

    It means "Aim for the top," Aphex! Which is always a good thing

    by Noriko Takaya

    You know, sometimes I wonder if this isn't all just a practical joke on the WB's part. . .

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 3:05 a.m. CST

    These new "Xtreme" characters will rock children's faces!

    by Miracleman

    Kid's faces will literally MELT once they get kicked in the teeth with these awesome, "in your face" characters. They're lean, they're mean... and they've got ATTITUDE. Bah.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Anime-ish?! Arghhhhhh

    by turk128

    Seriously, this is the second time I've read someone ignorantly describe this as anime-ish (other time... http://www.cartoonbrew.com/archives/2005_02.html#000877 ). There's nothing remotely anime-ish about this visual diarrhea re-design, so please don't shift the blame; crap is crap. And I see an X-treme Sportz street graphitti abortion of a style here.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 4:27 a.m. CST

    To paraphrase from "The Simpsons":

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    KIDS WB EXEC: "We at the network want characters with attitude. The Loonatics are edgy; they're 'in your face.' You've heard the expression 'let's get busy'? Well, the 'Loonatics' are the Loony Toons characters who get 'biz-zay!' Consistently and thoroughly." WB ANIMATION EXEC: "So they're proactive, huh?" KIDS WB EXEC: "Oh, God, yes. We're talking about a totally outrageous paradigm." LOW-PAID WB ANIMATOR: "Excuse me, but 'proactive' and 'paradigm'? Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? [backpedaling] Not that I'm accusing you of anything like that. [pause] I'm fired, aren't I?" WB ANIMATION EXEC: "Oh, yes."

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 4:54 a.m. CST

    my thoughts....

    by Chaotic Blue

    All right. I was initially concerned, just reading the article, that WB was going to flush the old characters and do this Hip New Thing. Now, it's mroe that sort of thing that I'm kinda disgusted with, because it doesn't fit. Tiny Toons was a fun reimagining of the thing, especially with cameos from the original cast. This...seems to lack any real semblance of Looney Tunes. And that's my problem. It's not funny.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 6:03 a.m. CST

    More inspired "Simpsons" dialogue... :-)

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    FOCUS GROUP MAN: "How many of you kids would like Bugs and his friends to deal with real-life problems, like the ones you face every day?" KIDS: [clamoring] "Oh, yeah! I would! Great idea! Yeah, that's it!" FOCUS GROUP MAN: "And who would like to see them do just the opposite -- getting into far-out situations involving robots and magic powers?" KIDS: [clamoring] "Me! Yeah! Oh, cool! Yeah, that's what I want!" FOCUS GROUP MAN: "So, you want a realistic, down-to-earth show... that's completely off-the-wall and swarming with magic robots?" KIDS: [all agreeing, quieter this time] "That's right. Oh yeah, good." WB ANIMATION EXEC: "You kids don't know what you want! That's why you're still kids; 'cause you're stupid! Just tell me what's wrong with the freakin' show!"

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Fair enough if they're making a whole new spin-off, which they o

    by Monkey Butler

    I mean, it looks like shit, but so does most of the animation on TV. The fac that they're raping Looney Tunes for the character designs doesn't make it any worse; what makes it worse is the fact that the redesigned characters look shit. How many action figures can the expect to sell if they're all black with like a stripe of some other colour? That's just stupid. And the angular, wanna-be-manga (not anime dipshits, anime is short for animation) design is just boring.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 8 a.m. CST

    Warner Brothers is raping my childhood again!

    by K0NY

    So first they took the classic WB cartoons I grew up with and removed the violent scenes. Now they are removing all the characters with speech impediments like Tweety, Sylvester and Porky? It would be nice if those responsible for this were forced to wear the equivilent of a scarlett letter on their chest everywhere they went so they may be scorned and shunned everywhere they go.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Well, if Warners would stop hiring twenty-something morons to co

    by Mister Man

    Come on, folks, this is really so very OBVIOUSLY a bad, BAD idea. Thanks, Warners, for giving me a reason to have a cocktail for breakfast. (Hell, it is the weekend.) Scrappy Doo, anyone?

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    "Looney Toons: Back in Action"...

    by Drunken Rage

    was surprisingly enjoyable. And didn't WB do this before with "Tiny Toons" or "Animaniacs" or something? They all run together. Oh, and "Hide and Seek" is a piece of shit.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Evil Bugs

    by Siluri

    Just seen on ABC news of a small kidd being shown a picture of the New Bugs Bunny and he was asked who it was, his reply was "its an Evil Bugs Bunny"(did i chuckle) Bet WB marketing are looking for a poor sap to be a scapegoat allready.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Is this really worse than the crappy stuff we watched?

    by sofalord

    I'm sure you've probably forgotten all the really crappy cartoons that HB used to put out in the Sixties (sure they had some good ones but they also produced just as many bad ones)? There was almost always a super hero team that ALSO was a ROCK BAND. Whoo-Hoo! You can imagine some 50-ish Execs sitting around a table trying to think up what would appeal to kids and not having a clue so you can't just say it's because they are hiring 20-ish Execs. Age is irrelevant. Its what they have between their ears -- I mean brains. Stupid is ageless.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 11:50 a.m. CST

    This is so bad

    by williammunny

    This looks so bad, its actually looks like a parody of the kind of thing that someone would use in a comedy sketch about the bad ideas that hollywood executives come up with.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    So where's Elmer Fudd ("Shotgun")?

    by sofalord

    I think I would have made a revamped version of Elmer Fudd -- call him "Shotgun" -- and made HIM the weapons expert. Heh heh..I can see it now. "I'm hunting al Quaeda. Heeeh heehh heehh.. Where are you Wascally Iwaqqi Tewwowists? I'm gonna bwast you to smitheweens!"

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 6:41 p.m. CST

    What a revoltin' development...

    by Pan Demonium

    ...TO THE EXTREME!!!

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Overreact-me-do!

    by kiddae

    In NO WAY WHATSOEVER did that trailer even hint that these designs were intended as replacements. Christ you are some reactionary fucks. As for the show, it's not the automatic disaster you'd like it to be, but "Buzz Bunny"'s voice had my eyes rolling out of my head.

  • Feb. 21, 2005, 9:41 a.m. CST

    This is so shitty it should be written by Paul WS Anderson and d

    by SalvatoreGravano

    And let me guess... just as "Space Jam" was set to (c)rap "music" of "the era", this one will have "Buzz" fighting in slow motion to the noise of nu-metal?

  • Feb. 21, 2005, 9:52 a.m. CST

    And...

    by SalvatoreGravano

    BTW, maybe you can find the phone number of the WB exec who greenlit this in the address book of Parishitlon's cellular :-P - http://gorillamask.net/book.html

  • Feb. 21, 2005, 1:42 p.m. CST

    i hate you

    by studio planter

    WB....this is fucking pathetic. obviously this is they "easy" way out for them to make a quick buck at which point soonafter the franchise will tank. so you're shitting on the legacy of classic cartoons to have one semi-popular show for a single season(don't expect anything more either, let's be realistic). FUCK YOU

  • Feb. 21, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST

    wouldnt it be better if

    by slappy jones

    they were just the same characters ..same personalities but they get blessed with new powers and have to learn how to use them...and daffy duck is the only one who doesn't get a power but thinks he has and is insane with his new 'powers' but in reality he is the only one who is still normal?? .