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Friday, February 18, 2005

What's that sound?

Why, it must be Chuck Jones whizzing along in his casket at about 9,000 rpm. What's up with Bugs? Cartoon legend and friends get makeover from Warner Bros.

By Marietta Homayonpour and Heather Barr

Well, at least the buck tooth is still there.

Othewise, a new version of cartoon legend Bugs Bunny looks nothing like the smart-aleck, carrot-chewing, "What's up, Doc?" spewing original.

That's because Bugs' corporate parents have given him an extreme makeover.

The same goes for the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil. The new Looney Tunes look is more streamlined, angular and aggressive looking. Some compare it to anime, the Japanese cartooning style. [...]

The folks at Warner Bros., the entertainment giant that makes the Looney Tunes cartoons, don't seem to be worried that they might have a "New Coke" situation on their hands.

They explain that the old Bugs and Daffy aren't technically being replaced. Instead, they say the new versions have been created to star in a new Saturday program that will air this fall. The show is set far in the future and the new characters – to be known as the Loonatics – are "descendants" of the originals.

"They are all new characters," said Janice Aguilar-Herrero, a spokesman for Warner Bros., calling them "reimagined" cartoon figures. "They are descendants of our classic, legendary icons. These are super, futuristic heroes." [...]

Just keep saying it, and someone might believe you. But I think they look like crap.

And I'm not the only one who thinks so.

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