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Former SNL Player Hired To Write 'Looney Tunes' Reboot, No Word On An Acme Sponsorship

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All that anyone needs to say is "Looney Tunes" and pretty much any person will be instantly flooded with childhood memories and Saturday mornings.  Sufficed to say, the beloved characters are a large part of our collective cultural history.  This makes the decision to reboot the franchise all the more confusing.  Similar to the previously reported upon Brave Little Toaster remake, Looney Tunes, which was recently adapted into a new TV show, will also be getting in on the live-action/CGI reboot extravaganza.  

It was also confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter that former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate will be penning the script for the new film.  I just hope they have the budget for all of the anvils.

The new film will also be produced by longtime Harry Potter producer David Heyman, as well as David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) and Seth Grahame-Smith, who was the writer for Dark Shadows.  This film also marks the first Looney Tunes film since 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which wasn't exactly the most successful endeavor for Warner Brothers.  

With that said, however, many could view Space Jam as a reboot of the Looney Tunes franchise, and that turned out pretty dang well.  As of right now, there are no details on how Slate will be adapting the material or what sort of wacky scenario we'll find the crew deep within.  Seeing as it's being billed as live-action/CGI hybrid, you can bet your bottom dollar there's going to be a slew of hot actors peppering the vibrant cast of cartoon characters.  That could benefit the project or completely drown it, we'll just have to see.

I'm a fan of Jenny Slate's one seasons worth of comedy, as well as her popular youtube video turned book, Marcel The Shell With Shoes On.  Then again, those aren't really clear indicators of how she'll fare turning over seventy years of animated antics into a 90-minute film that will appease old fans and gather new ones.  It's a tall order, that much can't be denied.  With all of these reboots and remakes being thrown around, I urge those of us who still remember to preserve the classics, otherwise the next generation will grow up with mere shadows of the greatness that is reformed time and time again.

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I liked what they did with the Animaniacs as simply a modern rendition of the Looney Toons STYLE rather than simply trying to make the familiar characters all over again. Those are great comic characters from their time - a fusion of the writing, animation, voicework and music from that mid twentieth century period. Sure they're endearing and appealing still, but they're just NOT going to be brought to life in THIS era with the same comic sensibility. The attempts from "Space Jams" and after come off as imitations - 'cause that's what they ARE. If a new version of these characters can genuinely tap in to the same sensibility of those shorts being made for EVERYBODY - kids... but mostly for adults, then they may genuinely be bringing them back. I'd much more prefer them continuing and expanding the Animaniacs.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

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