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New ‘Looney Tunes’ Series Coming in 2019

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Warner Brothers Animation has just announced plans for a brand new series of Looney Tunes shorts, coming next year! The new series, to be title Looney Tunes Cartoons, will be different from both of the previous incarnations of these characters, The Looney Tunes Show, and Wabbit, or New Looney Tunes, as it was called in its second season.

Warner Brother made this announcement on Monday at the Annecy Film Festival, where they screened one of the upcoming shorts, The Curse of the Monkey Bird, an imaginative spoof of an Indiana Jones style adventure, starring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. According to Variety, this new short was met with thunderous applause.

The studio said that the production values of Looney Tunes Cartoons will be as high as they were back in the days of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, and the show will use the same processes that the original shorts did as well. They say that this focus on the art, and the control given to the cartoonists will let their let each artist’s personality and style come through in every cartoon.

This new series will give full control over the shorts to the animators, and it will not follow a traditional ‘season’ structure, instead the first season will consist of 1,000 minutes of animation, and the artists will determine the lengths. Variety is reporting that there will be 50 shorts, these will vary in length from one to six minutes, and each one will be written and drawn by the cartoonists.

“I wanted to go back to the ‘40s ‘Looney Tunes,’ late ‘30s, early ‘40s, super irreverent, super bananas, high energy. They pushed the surrealism, the high physicality of the animation, the expressions in the animation,” said executive producer Peter Browngardt.

This cartoonist-driven method of animation will mean that the style and designs of the characters and setting will vary widely depending on the artists working on each cartoon. Browngardt also said that all episodes will be in classical 2D animation, which sparked another large round of applause from the audience.

“The Looney Tunes are one of the most beloved group of animated characters in the world” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation. “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 will not be exclusively a television show either, as Warner Brothers has said that the shorts will debut on a variety of platforms, including digital, mobile, and broadcast. The show will feature cast members from several previous Looney Tunes projects such as Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen, as well as Eric Bauza. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) and Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) will executive produce.

What do you think of this news?
Will you be watching Looney Tunes Cartoons in 2019?

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About Jonathan North

Jonathan North is writer, photographer, video editor, and animation fan from Iowa. He studied advertising and design at Iowa State University, and also has degrees in multimedia and art. His favorite movie is Fantasia, and his favorite cartoon is Gravity Falls. Or maybe Steven Universe. He can’t decide. You can find more of his work on his blog, as well as his YouTube channel, where he reviews all manner things, including (almost) every version ever of Alice in Wonderland. His favorites are the 1999 version starring Tina Majorino, and of course, the 1951 Disney version. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, @jonjnorth.
  • Dave 52

    Not only is this phenomenal news, but this is a BRILLIANNT way to bring the Looney Tunes back into relevance by having the shorts be cartoonist driven like the original shorts. This could be WB true equivalent to the Mickey Mouse shorts if done right. Can’t wait!

    P.S. I am so glad they got Pete Browngardt, one of my inspirations, is working on this return of the characters. I believe he proved with Uncle Grandpa that he knows how to make wonderfully wacky cartoons that embrace the fact that they are cartoons He has made comments on how he wants to capture the “super irreverent, high energy, and bananas” spirit of the early shorts of the 30’s and 40’s and I couldn’t be happier.

    • I wasn’t too impressed with Uncle Grandpa, but I’ve only watched a few episodes as I was reviewing a DVD for this site a few years ago. Perhaps it has improved since then, I have been meaning to check it out again. Either way, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters, I did enjoy the very surrealist style of humor, and I thought that if I liked the characters more, I would enjoy the show. If that style of humor was directed toward the Looney Tunes, I am thinking that it could be a perfect match. I am looking forward to seeing how his influence will impact the show.

      • Dave 52

        I understand how not everyone could like Uncle Grandpa for certain reasons or not really be that impressed by it. It’s no masterpiece or even one of CN’s best but it was enjoyable cartoony, hilarious surreal, and took pride in what it was. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled without CN even telling the crew. I also feel that the show does get too much hate for ridiculous reasons. However, Browngardt is one of the people I feel could do justice to Looney Tunes and capture what made the original shorts work in the early 30’s and 40’s. I could really seeing him doing what Clampett did for the characters.

  • Blake Taylor

    Well this is cool! I agree, has a Mickey shorts vibe to it, but even moreso with the animation style being consistent with the originals. Interesting about the season order being by minutes and not by episode – should be neat to see where the artists take that and how the different-length shorts mesh together. Can’t wait!

  • Jordan Briskin

    Well, if I knew which network the show would be airing on, I’d certainly keep my eye out for it.

    Funny, the drawing style for this show reminds me of that of someone I follow on DeviantArt. Here are a couple of examples of their work:

    • Warner Brothers has not yet announced a network. So far they’ve just said that it will be rolled out on digital, mobile, and broadcast, so I would imagine that eventually you might be able to watch it on YouTube, like Disney does with its Mickey Mouse series. I believe they premiere on the Disney Channel, after which they go up on their YouTube channel. I’m going to assume they’ll have more info next year before the premiere, and if so, I will most likely do a follow-up article.

      Great artwork! It does bear some similarities, especially Big Bird. 🙂

  • This is really exciting!

  • Bob Smith

    So they want to make the shorts feel like the classic ones? I wonder how that will turn out.