Oh Hollywood. It really is for every awesome thing you do, there’s bound to be dozens that anger me.
Here’s the latest – Mike Myers has decided the next step on his “Kill My Career” tour will be to voice Looney Tunes skunk/possible rapist Pepe Le Pew in a headlining film!
Oh wait, it gets better/worse (depending on how much you enjoy me ranting about these things), the movie is intended to be a live action/CG hybrid, like the god awful Alvin & the Chipmunks films, and the sure to be terrible Yogi Bear and Smurfs movies.
According to inside information, this is all a part of Warner Bros plan to recharge the Looney Tunes franchise, which has fallen in popularity and public awareness over recent years. In turn, Warner Bros idea (much like how they’re stripmining the DC Universe) is to take all of the available characters and turn them into films.
Let’s take a step back, shall we?
Looney Tunes is losing its cultural relevance, and the idea to reinvigorate the popularity of the cartoons is to rush a series of (sure to be terrible) films to the big screen. I don’t think that’s the right idea at all.
Over the past two decades, after having a renaissance due to the Tiny Toon Adventures franchise, Bugs, Daffy and the gang were pushed off of TV (the old cartoons were deemed too controversial), thrown into terrible movies like Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and then made into a terrible cartoon titled Loonatics, which was supposed to reinvent them for a modern audience, all dark and extreme. Suffice to say, THAT is why the toons are no longer relevant. Pushed to DVD only release, it’s no wonder that kids aren’t familar with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the rest.
Here’s an idea – GET THEM ALL BACK ON TV! When I was a kid, a daily block of Looney Tunes filled the Nickelodeon afternoons, alongside Tiny Toon Adventures and Taz Mania on Fox, and then the toons were all over Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Cut to today, when Cartoon Network is filled with live action programming, why can’t they just fill the afternoons with quality content which kids (and families) were raised on for decades past?
I know that they’re working on new 3D shorts, and a new cartoon to air on Cartoon Network, but there are literally hundreds of hours of content sitting in the vaults, when it could be making children of all ages smile today.
You want Looney Tunes to be relevant, WB? Don’t piss away the past with the Love Guru, remind us what we loved THEN by giving it to us again NOW.