Bugs and Daffy Return in Cartoon Network's New 'Looney Tunes'
by Gary Susman, posted Apr 21st 2010 3:00PM
It's wabbit season! No, it's duck season!
Actually, it's both. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and all the old-school Warner Bros. animated characters are coming back for 'The Looney Toons Show,' a series on Cartoon Network consisting of all-new half-hour episodes and shorts starring the classic cartoon characters.
The cable channel, which revealed its upcoming schedule to advertisers in its annual upfront presentation to advertisers today in New York, announced that 'Looney Tunes' and several other new series and specials would join the Cartoon Network lineup, alongside such returning favorites as 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars,' 'Destroy Build Destroy' and 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold.'
'Looney Tunes' will present a digital age spin on such decades-old characters as Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, Sylvester and Yosemite Sam, who will now all be suburban neighbors. Instead of the traditional seven-minute 'Looney Tunes' shorts that were a staple of movie theater programming and Saturday morning television for generations, the new episodes will be half-hour-long stories, though they'll be interrupted by cartoons within the cartoon. There will be two-minute 'Merrie Melodies' music videos -- original songs sung by such characters as the Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzalez, and Marvin the Martian - and two and a half minute Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote shorts, which will be computer-animated.
Also on Cartoon Network's forthcoming lineup is 'MAD,' an animated sketch comedy based on familiar characters and features from MAD magazine, including mascot Alfred E. Neuman and 'Spy vs. Spy.' Other new animated series include 'Robotomy,' about two teenage robots undergoing the tribulations of high school on an all-robot planet; 'Secret Mountain Fort Awesome,' about a clan of monsters yearning for acceptance in a human world that treats them as untouchables; and 'Young Justice,' about teen DC Comics heroes (Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, and others) trying to prove themselves worthy of the Justice League.
Cartoon Network also plans some live-action sports-themed programming. 'Run It Back Sunday' will condense an NBA game of the week into an hour, dotting it with bite-sized infographics and pop-ups. Short-form reality series 'My Dad's a Pro' will return, this time with Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his eight-year-old son, Nikko. And the network plans an awards ceremony for pro athletes called 'Cartoon Network's Hall of Game.'