It seems that everything old is new again. Popular movies from the ’80s are getting reboots, game shows from the ’60s are on TV, and Bugs Bunny will once again be gracing screens around the world.
Warner Brothers Animation, the studio behind the Looney Tunes cartoons, recently dropped an ACME sized bomb on attendees at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival as they premiered a brand new short starring everyone’s favorite rascally rabbit.
While many reboots get a major facelift to bring them into the new millennium, some things need no such adjustment. The ever-present feud between Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny is one such example. For over 80 years, these two characters have entertained both young and old, spanning multiple generations and always making us laugh.
While the new clip “Dynamite Dance,” doesn’t have any dialogue, it still delivers in a way only Elmer and Bugs could pull off, mixing classical music with zany antics – Truly a recipe for success.
The short is part of a new initiative by the studio to release 1,000 minutes of new animation each season which will be streamable across multiple platforms and devices. Initially announced last year, the new shorts will employ a more cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling.
“Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and other marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be ‘written’ and drawn by the cartoonists, allowing their own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.”
Warner Bros. produced the original Looney Tunes cartoons from 1940 to 1969, although they’ve been enjoyed by kids from every generation since. The new shorts are slated to debut later this year.