Thursday, April 22, 2010

Eh, what's up, doc? Bugs and gang are back!

Cartoon Network is launching a new version of the classic Warner Bros. series "Looney Tunes."

The Looney Toons Show" will star Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, along with Yosemite Sam, Tweety, Sylvester -- the whole gang. Weirdly, the network is having each episode as a half-hour story along with "cartoons within a cartoon." The concept takes Bugs and Daffy out of the woods (awww) and puts them into the suburbs (arrrh!) with "colorful neighbors." You would think in the age of YouTube, re-embracing the show's original seven-minute short-form format would be the smart play here instead of trying for a weekly version of "Desperate Houseduck."

"Looney Tunes" will also having classic characters singing original songs in two-minute music videos called Merrie Melodies and the Road Runner and Coyote in CG shorts.

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