Cartoon Brew has an awesome commentary up today about why animation buffs should show apathy towards this rather than outrage. Their argument basically boils down to, "WB has bastardized the Jones/Clampett/Freling/Avery/McKimson characters so much that this can't do anymore damage, and everytime we show that we care WB gets the idea that these characters matter, so its worth doing something with them...which inevitably sucks hardcore."
Originally posted by Cartoon BrewTo display anger over LOONATICS means that Warner Bros. has won yet again. The executives love hearing affirmation that people still care about these characters; when somebody likes the cartoons enough to voice concern, they know their job is safe. It's not like they've created any cartoon characters of their own that audiences actually give a [fark] about. These classic characters are their lifeline to a weekly paycheck. So let me be the first to say to Warner Bros.: take Bugs and [fark] him however many ways you want - make him anime, give him pants and a spongy complexion, pair him up with Snoop Dogg and produce a Broadway rap-musical...I just don't care.
It's about time that we set aside our misguided reverence for Bugs Bunny and redirected that into respect for today's artists and the enormous potential that they hold.
It's a great point: these characters have nothing left to offer us, and their presence perhaps denies us new classic characters.
Hierarchy of Deities: Bryan Fuller > Sarah Vowell > Roger Ebert > Albert Pujols > Dee Brown > God
So, um, I don't want you to believe everything you hear at the parent-teacher conference, okay, 'cause...they lie. And they exaggerate. That's why they're teachers, right? Those who can't, right, Mom? Those who can't.
Well, I did always like the "Stephen Spielberg Presents" Warner Bros. cartoons, Tiny Toons Adventures (which I guess was just like this thing, with a reimaging of classic characters), Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brian, Freakazoid and so on. But yeah, Kids WB has been lacking lately. It seems like all they show are either dumb Japanese anime-type cartoons or superhero shows.
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"Of course you know, this means war." --Bugs Bunny
Or does it?
Nothing WB does today will affect the greatness of the original Merry Melodies and Looney Tunes cartoons. Let them produce another shitty series. Do the great minds who brought us "Sister, Sister" really think they would know what to do with a character as enigmatic and subtly subvervise as Bugs Bunny? Or with a character as tragically flawed as Daffy Duck? Maybe they do, but they're likely wrong. No one will watch it. They'll get the message...eventually.
If WB wants to do something worthwhile with these characters, they should edit the originals back into their original formats, the way there were meant to be seen in the first place, without omitted scenes, and run them at night so no one who's been in the habit of writing letters to the FCC will be offended by anything clever.
The Goal: SLACK The Method: The Casting Out of False Prophets The Weapon: Time Control The Motto: "Fuck Them All if they Can't Take a Joke"
Why does the WB feel the need to destroy my fondest child memories?
I think it's important to keep in mind that this cracked-out cartoon isn't supposed to replace the Looney Tunes characters so much as present an alternate version of them. (Not even them, really--the cartoon seems to be about their descendants.) So just as Cartoon Network's Baby Looney Tunes didn't irrevocably transform Bugs Bunny into a toddler, Loonatics won't permanently turn Bugs into something out of an unusually psychadelic episode of Samurai Jack.
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Originally posted by Mr. BoffoWell, I did always like the "Stephen Spielberg Presents" Warner Bros. cartoons, Tiny Toons Adventures (which I guess was just like this thing, with a reimaging of classic characters), Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brian, Freakazoid and so on. But yeah, Kids WB has been lacking lately. It seems like all they show are either dumb Japanese anime-type cartoons or superhero shows.
Amen, fellow cheesehead. Spielberg was about the only thing good about Warner Bros. animation in the 1990s. Right now, all that Kids WB has going for it, IMHO, is !Mucha Lucha!(Warner Bros.)
Star wipe, and...we're out. Thrillin' ain't easy.
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