Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and their Looney Tunes brethren are back in TV land with the premiere of Cartoon Network's 'The Looney Tunes Show' (Tuesdays, 8PM ET), a fresh spin that puts our beloved cartoon faves in a cul-de-sac setting ... yep, Bugs has gone to the 'burbs.
In honor of the Looney gang's comeback, we're counting down our 10 all-time favorite classic Looney Tunes. Narrowing it down to just 10 was tough, and other 'toon fans probably have a thing or two to add about their own favorites, so, sufferin' succotash, feel free to sound off in the comments.
Unless of course you are a rabid fan of Bugs Bunny! Today, not one, not two, but three DVDs hit the shelves.
If the Road Runner and Yosemite doesn't do it for you, perhaps 'Parks and Recreation' is more your speed. The complete season 2 DVD drops this week as well.
Check out the entire list of new releases after the jump!
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.
TV actor and comedian George Lopez has been tapped to provide the voice for the beloved Speedy Gonzales in a new big screen movie adaptation of the beloved Warner Brothers 'Looney Tunes' franchise.
Now I understand that big names bring big bucks to the box office, but this really the first time in my mind that a famous Looney Tunes character is being re-voiced by a star instead of a trained voice actor who can mimic the immortal voice of the late Mel Blanc. Voice actor Billy West, an outspoken critic of celebrity voice over characters, once described it in an earlier interview I did with him for Arriviste Press magazine as "most artless, bloodless, Godless idea I've ever heard."
The latest features Elmer Fudd. Kudos on being able to use Looney Tunes characters, Geico!
- At 6AM, BBC America has a Doctor Who marathon.
- Boomerang has a Tom & Jerry marathon starting at 6.
- LOGO has a Buffy The Vampire Slayer marathon at 6.
- Sleuth has a marathon of The Unit at 6.
- Syfy has a Twilight Zone marathon at 6.
- At 8, Cartoon has a marathon of Looney Tunes cartoons.
- History Channel has an Ice Road Truckers marathon at 8.
- Also at 8: WGN has a Barney Miller marathon.
Everyone, I need your attention! I am about to do something that rarely pops up in my life and, I'm guessing, in yours as well. It might be a little shocking, so I want to make sure that you're near a chair. Deep breath, here it goes...
I want to thank my cable provider. I'll wait until you can sit down. Need a drink of water? Breath of fresh air?
I'm being serious here! I know that it's rare that someone publicly thanks the utility that sucks their money away and provides little if any variety, but I think this time it's merited. You see, for years now the networks have been lacking a very important series of programs that are important to the proper education of our youth. I speak about Looney Tunes cartoons.
- Sci-Fi's Twilight Zone marathon continues from last night.
- AMC is showing classic westerns all day.
- Cartoon Network has Looney Tunes all day.
- Hallmark has Christmas movies all day.
- At 6am, USA has a Monk marathon.
- At 7, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning, America, and CBS' The Early Show will all have New Year's tips, predictions, advice, and recipes.
- At 8, TNT has a Bones marathon.
- History Channel has Ice Road Truckers episodes all day starting at 8.
The complete series sets seem to be coming fast and furious these days, though there really isn't anything here that I want to spend the cash on (already have The Outer Limits). I have the first Man From U.N.C.L.E. complete series set that Time-Life did several months ago (this one is from Warner). The Starlost? Maybe as a curiosity, but I doubt it. The Incredible Hulk? Eh. Knight Rider? God no.
- According To Jim - Season 1
- Ben 10: Alien Force - Season 1, Vol. 1
- Dynasty - Season 3, Vol. 2
- Family Guy - Vol. 6, Freakin' Sweet Party Pack, and Total World Domination Collection sets
- The Incredible Hulk - Complete Series and Season 5
- Knight Rider - Complete Series
- The L Word - Season 5
- Looney Tunes - Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 6 and Spotlight Collection, Vol. 6
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Complete Series
- The Naked Brothers Band - Season 2
- The Outer Limits (Original Series) - Complete Series
- Route 66 - Season 2
- The Starlost - Complete Series
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 2, Vol. 2
It's that festive time of year when children put tinsel on the television antennas and hang mistletoe over their favorite DVDs. Where celebrities check into rehab to spend the holidays with all their celebrity friends. And where the rest of America is invited to corporate non-specific, non-religious, non-alcoholic generic winter holiday luncheons where they can mingle with their co-workers and say things like "Remember when this company used to have real Christmas parties?"
But while political correctness may have ruined most holiday functions, nothing can ruin Festivus! That magical season in which TV Squadders hope and pray for televisions dreams come true. And I know just what I want...
Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.
- Angel - Collector's Set
- Arrest and Trial - Best Of
- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 3
- The Benny Hill Show - Thames Years 1969-89 Megaset
- Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes - Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 5
- CSI: Miami - Season 5
- Checkmate - Best Of Season 1
- Cimarron City - Best Of
- Dark Shadows - The Beginning, Vol. 2
- Everybody Loves Raymond - Complete Series
- Family Affair - Season 4
- Family Guy - Freakin' Party Pack
- Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 3 (Canada)
- Laredo - Best Of Season 1
- Magnum, P.I. - Season 7
- The Mickey Rooney Show - Hey Mulligan
- My So-Called Life - Complete Series
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Vol. 12
- October Road - Season 1
- The Outer Limits - Vol. 3
- The Real McCoys - Season 2
- Riptide - Season 2
- Riverboat - Best Of
- Scrubs - Season 6
- Sgt. Preston of the Yukon - Complete Collection
- Tate - The Complete Series
- Twin Peaks - Definitive Gold Box
Here's some cool animation stuff I found over the past week or so:
Cartoon Brew has a lot of cool stuff, so I'll start there first. First of all, Jerry Beck has a new book, The Hanna Barbera Treasury. The book will focus mostly on the Hanna Barbera series created in the '50s and '60s. It comes out in October.
Also via the Brew comes this documentary about the life and work of animator Tex Avery, the man who was arguably the one most responsible for putting the "looney" in "Looney Tunes," and later brought that same magic to MGM. The doc is from 1988 and is split into several parts.
When people talk about the greatest voice actors in cartoons, Mel Blanc is always at the top of the list, and for good reason: he solely provided the voice of the majority of the Looney Tunes characters, save for Elmer Fudd, who was voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan. His first real contribution was providing the voice of Porky Pig, a gig originally given to an actor named Joe Dougherty whose genuine stutter made it impossible for him to control the character's voice.
Blanc also worked in radio before and during his time at Warner Bros., working with such legends as Jack Benny, Abbot and Costello, and Burns and Allen. It was radio that helped him to create solid but unseen characters, a talent that carried over beautifully into animation.
After the jump is a clip from the Tonight Show featuring the man himself being interviewed by Johnny Carson. It's rather bittersweet to see these two great comedic minds on screen together, and to think of what the world of entertainment lost when they each passed away.
All day today, Boomerang is broadcasting cartoons about love and romance. You didn't forget it was Valentine's Day, did you? This is the day lovers exchange socks, shave their heads and carve a menagerie of mythical creatures out of frozen mayonnaise. Okay, that's not true, I'm just trying to start a new trend beyond all this boring "flowers and chocolate" nonsense.
At any rate, if you love yourself some cartoons, keep checking into Boomerang today for love-laced cartoons featuring the Looney Tunes characters, the Smurfs, Popeye, Top Cat, Speed Buggy, the Flintstones, 2 Stupid Dogs, Droopy, Tom and Jerry, and others. You can see the schedule here.
If you don't have Boomerang, you can always watch some of those same shorts over on the In2TV site.
In2TV recently added a Looney Tunes channel to its ever-growing collection of TV shows. My first thought was, "hey, that's pretty awesome." I mean, it is awesome. There's a whole bunch of great shorts to pick from, including the very first appearances of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. This is another chance for people to see these cartoons, and that's a good thing.
However, as someone who adores these old classics, I have to say there are better ways to view these cartoons. Refrederator is an excellent video podcast that features a ton of old cartoons from Warner Bros. and other studios that you can download, and it's always worth digging through Archive.org for public domain cartoons that can also be downloaded to your computer.
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