In a grey, wet week where the prospect of Boris Johnson bumbling his way into 10 Downing Street looks ever more real, salvation has come in the form of a brand new Looney Tunes cartoon, the aptly titled Dynamite Dance.
It’s almost as if the animation overlords at Warner Bros could tell we needed cheering up.
As comforting as stepping into a warm bubble bath with a bowl of cottage pie for company, this brand new 90 second short – the first of what we’re informed is around 200 new episodes of the classic cartoon – features Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd doing what they do best; cavorting in an energetic and explosive tango full of the mild peril that made the original cartoons such an uninhibited joy.
Warner Bros premiered a dozen of the new shorts this week at the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival in France. Talking to entertainment industry publication Variety the series’ executive producer Peter Browngardt says, “our mantra on the shorts is story, comedy and reverence for the classic Looney Tunes of the ‘30s and ‘40s and the way they used a more cartoonist driven animation.”
Intriguingly, the mega-batch of potential future classics have been entirely generated by the animators, with no screenwriters being involved. It is, Peter says, “a group of cartoonists together in a room,” who get together and “we draw funny gag drawings and come up with wild scenarios.”
It’s currently unconfirmed as to how Warner Bros plans to release all this new content (known simply as Looney Tunes Cartoons) with Variety reporting that the 1000+ minutes of Tex Avery-inspired throwback cartoon goodness could “end up on traditional broadcast networks, digital platforms or perhaps accompanying feature films in the theatre.”