One of the more baffling mysteries in contemporary pop culture is the handling of the Looney Tunes franchise. Not so long ago, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety, Porky Pig, et al ruled the cartoon roost in terms of recognizability and cultural cachet.
But the IP has struggled in recent years, largely coasting along on goodwill and the occasional revival while the prospect of new projects — such as the long-in-development Space Jam 2 — are dangled in front of fans who still believe that there is much life left in these characters.
Friends, it is my job today to inform you that this is very much the case.
A new series of shorts given the branding of Looney Tunes Cartoons is well under way, with a dozen of the works getting their debut at the Annecy International Film Festival in France this week. (These collective works will form a “season” of over 1,000 minutes of original material showcasing the classic characters). As of this writing, its unclear on when or where these finished toons will air but, if the Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd short “Dynamite Dance” is any indication, the brand is now 100% back to where it should be.
Directed by David Gemmill, “Dynamite Dance” has been made available to the public, and this is the funniest thing you’ll see all week. Take a look:
Absolute perfection. A ballet of slapstick and violence, this is pure Looney Tunes mayhem — a return to form for a franchise that has needed a creative shot in the arm for awhile now. We’ll have more on the Looney Tunes Cartoons project in the months ahead, but for now rest assured that these characters are being honored with new shorts that honor their comedic legacy.