Looney Tunes and Mel Blanc return to movie screen

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Daffy's Rhapsody

Daffy’s Rhap­sody

Thuf­ferin thuc­co­tash!” Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coy­ote and the Road Run­ner will all return to the­aters in three orig­i­nal Looney Tunes 3D the­atri­cal car­toon shorts pro­duced by Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion and directed by Matthew O’Callaghan (Coy­ote Falls).

Two of the new shorts — Daffy’s Rhap­sody and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat – will fea­ture the voice of the late, great Mel Blanc. The leg­endary actor/comedian known as The Man of a Thou­sand Voices brought to life some of the most revered char­ac­ters in ani­ma­tion his­tory dur­ing a cel­e­brated career span­ning six decades. Blanc will appear in the shorts — which are cre­ated using state-of-the-art CG ani­ma­tion and ren­dered in stereo­scopic 3D — via orig­i­nal songs he recorded in char­ac­ter in the 1950s.

The announce­ment was made Wednes­day by Warner Bros. Tele­vi­sion pres­i­dent Peter Roth, who over­sees tele­vi­sion ani­ma­tion for the stu­dio, and Sam Reg­is­ter, Warner Bros. Animation’s exec­u­tive vice-president for cre­ative affairs. Reg­is­ter unveiled news of the three orig­i­nal shorts — which also include an as-yet-untitled adven­ture fea­tur­ing the Coy­ote and Road Run­ner — dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Festival.

Every­one at Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion grew up lov­ing the Looney Tunes char­ac­ters, and it has been both a great honor and an enor­mous chal­lenge to con­tinue the legacy of these ani­ma­tion icons and intro­duce them to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans,” said Reg­is­ter. “And to have the incom­pa­ra­ble Mel Blanc voic­ing these char­ac­ters once more is noth­ing short of a dream come true for all of us.”

Reg­is­ter added, “This will prob­a­bly be the last time that Looney Tunes fans will have an oppor­tu­nity to see an orig­i­nal Mel Blanc short fea­tur­ing these char­ac­ters. We are hon­ored to bring Mr. Blanc and his legacy to Looney Tunes fans once again.”

Daffy’s Rhap­sody is the first of the new shorts. In it, a per­sis­tent Elmer Fudd chases Daffy Duck (Blanc) on stage dur­ing a musi­cal per­for­mance. The short fea­tures Blanc per­form­ing the song “Daffy Duck’s Rhap­sody.” Daffy’s Rhap­sody is sched­uled to debut in the­aters Novem­ber 18 in con­junc­tion with Warner Bros. Pic­tures’ release of Happy Feet 2.

In I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat, a clas­sic game of cat and bird tran­spires in Granny’s apart­ment as Tweety Bird goes to great lengths to avoid the clutches of his arch-nemesis Sylvester the Cat. The short also fea­tures the hit song of the same name, which was per­formed by Blanc, and which sold over three mil­lion copies worldwide.

Wile E. Coyote’s epic quest to cap­ture the Road Run­ner con­tin­ues in an all-new, unti­tled Coy­ote and Road Run­ner short. Will the Coy­ote finally get his paws on his elu­sive prize?

The three new shorts are all directed by O’Callaghan and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Reg­is­ter (The Looney Tunes Show, Teen Titans, Ben 10). The pro­duc­ers are Spike Brandt and Tony Cer­vone (both of The Looney Tunes Show and Duck Dodgers).

In 2010, Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion unveiled its first three CG car­toon shorts, all of which fea­tured Wile E. Coy­ote and Road Run­ner. The first, Coy­ote Falls, was short­listed for the Acad­emy Award for Best Short Film (Ani­mated), and was nom­i­nated for an Annie Award for Best Ani­mated Short Subject.

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