Warner Bros. live action/CG Bugs Bunny movie

Put down your pitch forks over Yogi Bear. We may have a bigger problem.

Nikki Finke is reporting that Warner Bros has hired Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum to write Bugs Bunny, a live action/CG feature film.

The images above are from a 1950s Viewmaster slide set. Why do I suspect these slides will be more visually interesting than this proposed film?


  • http://MBCraigMyLivesandTime/blogspot.com Mitchell Craig

    Gak.

  • MichaelDair

    Oh God!

  • RODAN

    impossible….just ridiculous.

  • The Gee

    Whew!

    I saw this on the TAG blog earlier. Obviously, I skimmed over the live action part.
    That explains the Space Jam comment someone made. I thought the live part was just the fact that it was a live action features writer scripting it.

    If the live part is on location shoots and no actors, mebbe it would be okay (but probably not. trees can’t act).

    If Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam are portrayed by great comedic thespians, it can’t fail! (as long as HBO buys long exclusive rights to air it later).

    I got it:
    MoCap. Yeah. It is so obvious. How else could it work? Animating each character or sumptin? hahaha! The future is now, baby! (or maybe its next year….)

    Seriuosly though:
    Reaction is such huge part of the Looney Tunes cartoons and the humor in them. Those characters need friends and foils alike that are as pliable as Silly Putty and the takes gotta stick like gum. Stuff like that…ummm…aren’t they called cartoons?…whatever…Stuff like that requires special acting that can only be toned down acting if it is people who were filmed. But, if they are toning it down and it is some sort of melancholy drama or something, onward and and forward, creative souls! Sail that boat, make it float!

    It’s a nice idea but tain’t worth it, McGee.

  • Isaac

    Come on Jerry. You saw the Road Runner theatrical shorts. There is hope.

    • http://highlyrecommended.blogspot.com Satorical

      Those have no dialogue. First, B. Bunny fails for me without Mel Blanc’s voice acting. Second, foils are indeed part of what makes Bugs funny. Third, while pasted-together shorts can work (see The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie), to have a 70+ minute movie likely takes Bugs away from his core: poking fun at things that are overly serious or ominous.

      Think about Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Bugs had a cameo, and it worked because of the nature of the film. But if Bugs had been cast in Eddie Valiant’s role, it wouldn’t have worked, because no one would want to see Bugs crabbing around on the road to redemption. I’m really skeptical about Bugs as the central character in a feature-length movie.

      Someone please explain where making a live action/CG feature based on a cartoon character with its origins in shorts has worked elsewhere.

      • Cyle

        Definitely. The biggest problem with this is taking Bugs Bunny out of his short film environment. I don’t think it’d be possible for them to make a good feature-length Bugs movie even if it was hand drawn. The fact that he’s interacting with real people in the real world is a bad idea too of course.

      • Mesterius

        Actually, a good, feature-length Bugs Bunny movie has already been made. It’s called Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

        (Yeah, I know, Bugs was far from the only main character in the movie, and Daffy did get more screen time… but still. Bugs was definitely one of the central players.)

      • http://www.atunmutante.blogspot.com abeltonia

        I agree. Back in action was surprisingly good. It kept in touch with the Looney Tunes original humor, including Daffy’s wacky personality. But the live action part could have been much better.

      • Mesterius

        Hmmm… I may agree to an extent about the live-action part, but I did like Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman and Steve Martin’s roles. And I’m glad Fraser and Elfman didn’t really overplay their parts or stand out more than they did, because that might have distracted from the true stars – the Looney Tunes. (I think the movie’s final act could have been even less about the humans, as everybody just wants to see Bugs and Daffy fight Marvin anyway.)

      • Funkybat

        “Back In Action” was an improvement over “Space Jam” but then again, that wasn’t really all that hard. I chalk up the improvement to Joe Dante’s sense of humor and reverence for the characters.

    • Trevor

      Those were made by a different studio. This will likely go back out to R&H given their previous experience on all these cartoon live action hybrid projects

  • http://cjcannonworks.com/ CJ

    Fuuuuuuuuck.

    Btw, I’m only 22, but I used to have those slides and loved them.

  • Was my face red

    Oh dear. They’re basically going to go through the cupboard, pulling out everything anyone ever made ever which the public still have a fairly high degree of awareness of and do a remake, almost certainly in 3D.

    But instead of all getting worked up (the real Bugs will abide) why not pitch our own ideas first and make some cash?

    * Woody Woodpecker. Brendan Fraser wants to pull down a forest to build a shopping mall.. until he meets a mad little woodpecker who gives him a hard time but eventually saves him from a forest fire, possibly started by an enraged safety bear turned eco-terrorist.

    * Top Cat. Still in the alley but now they’re a rap crew persecuted by the tough but ineffectual Officer Dibble (Dan Ackroyd) who they run rings around. But they join forces with da man after real criminals move in on their hood, learning to respect each other in da end.

    * Wacky Races. Washed up racing driver Brendon Fraser is Malcom Mutley, a professional racing banned from the big leagues after something or other breaks his spririt and loses him his wife. Desperate for cash he ends up competing in an illegal road race across the U.S.A, racing against all kinds of freaks and Jack Black. But his partner is a Dick and will do anything to win. Eventually Malcolm redeems himself by throwing the race to save a bus full of kids endangered by Dick and driven by his ex-wife.

    * Hong Kong Fuey. Jackie Chan is Henry… no, I can’t go on.

    • Studio Fatcat

      You’re hired!!! Here’s a billion dollars.

    • anon

      Haha…a Hong Kong Fuey cgi/live action hybrid is actually in the works…

      • Funkybat

        You’re f-in’ kidding me.

        Hong Kong Phooey.

        I mean…..wow.

        Don’t get me wrong, HKP was one of the first cartoons I ever really got into, something about it was just so odd & irregular. Probably explains why I love Darkwing Duck so much, I like these underdog, powerless heroes who are somewhat maligned by the very city they are sworn to protect.

        But still….a live-action hybrid Hong Kong Phooey!? I mean, they already tried this with Underdog, which was so divorced from the original that it almost is *less* offensive to us cartoon purists because it’s almost unrecognizable, unlike this Yogi flick. I keep waiting for the “Hollywood Remake Snake-eating-its-own-tail” phenom to implode, but no dice.

        At least TV animation still have a good amount of original ideas. Even if something is derivative of previous genres or styles, it’s better than a flat-out “rehash” (oops, I mean “re-imagining.”)

    • http://www.leonardomaciel.com Leonardo Maciel

      Genius man!

      You created three hollywood plots (ones they might actually use) effortlessly.

      Incredible!
      You should pitch them ideas, forget about your principles and make tons of cash! Actually, no, no one should do that!

      • Was my face red

        It honestly took me about ten minutes. You just get out the templates and trace round them. Glad that people enjoyed them. I felt I wanted to leave a comment that wasn’t the inevitable screams of pain!

  • Jorge Garrido

    Will it be in 3D?

    Before the contrarians pop in saying things like “It’s a movie for kids, don’t get worked up, you’re not the target audience!” or otherwise defending this movie, because they’re AWESOME, and we’re not, remember:

    1. People who love Bugs Bunny have a right to be upset.

    2. People who love Bugs Bunny should at least be included in the target audience After all, the original WB shorts were aimed at general audiences, which includes adults, and Chuck Jones always said they made the films for themselves.

    2. UNLIKE YOGI BEAR, BUGS BUNNY IS UNIVERSALLY ACCLAIMED. And I’d bet anything is going to be crap, based on everything Hollywood has said and done RE: classic cartoon properties in the last 10 years.

    I hope this revival ensures the completion of Bugs’ filmography on DVD.

    • Mesterius

      Jorge Garrido: My sentiments excactly:)

  • http://arschblog.blogspot.com/ Steffi-Alien

    NEIIIIIN!!!

  • Iain

    Not only do we have to put down our pitchforks at “Yogi Bear”, we need to re-use them from our earlier hate, and this time, toast them in fire so that they’ll be as affective as livestock branders.

    Bad, bad idea, Warner Bros.

    • Funkybat

      The ONLY effective “live-action/animation” crossover I’ve ever seen with classic characters was “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” At least in feature films, there are probably some commercials or short segments out there I’m forgetting.

      Even in “Anchors Aweigh” and “Dangerous When Wet” the contrast between the animated characters and live action characters/environments stood out. Of course, that was 1940s, but the modern idea is “with 3D we can bring all of Toontown into our world!” The problem is, it was done more convincingly, and with the characters *in character* 23 years ago. And without digital compositing, let alone 3D rendering.

      Besides, the classic characters were more like “guest stars” in WFRR than featured players. The scene with Eddie Valiant, Bugs and Mickey was cute for 20 seconds. For an hour and a half, it would have probably lost it’s charm.

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    AUGGHHHH!

    No, Please, no just please noo-hooo!

    stop, just stop!

    I used to watch Bugs Bunny long before I was obsessed with Paramount cartoons, and they decide to make a live-action/CGI movie.

    this has gone too far.

    and what’s worse is that Paramount isn’t jumping in on the bandwagon. The only thing close was Popeye with Robin Williams.

    • Mesterius

      Well, Paramount doesn’t own the Popeye library these days… It’s distributed by Warner Bros. in agreement with King Features.

  • erlab

    Thank Amid. Now I don’t even have to LOOK at the top of the page to see which blogger wrote this, in order to correctly guess which of you… okay I’ll look at the name below the title…

    JERRY?!?!!?

    Jerry wrote a post about a live-action Bugs Bunny movie?!! Now I seen everything!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

      What’s so strange about it? Jerry wrote the post about the live-action Tom and Jerry movie.

      (And of course, after that horrible announcement, we all secretly knew there was only a question of time before Bugs would be getting the same treatment. We didn’t want to admit it, we didn’t even want to think about it, but we knew it.)

  • Michel Van

    >Put down your pitch forks over…
    a pitch fork ? let’s get Tanks, Bomber and Nukes !
    this is War ! !

    that Movie project is final deathblow to traditional classic animation
    remember “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” ?
    this live action/classic animation/CGI atrociously from 2003
    Ooooh Warner has experience to build Boxoffice Bombs…

    enough rapping, so wat i want ?
    I want Bugs Bunny Movie in traditional America animation !
    NO 3D-COMPUTER GENERATES IMAGES !

  • http://smomotion.com :: smo ::

    jerry, who do i need to hurt for this?

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    And on Friday the 13th!

  • Stephen DeStefano

    Who cares about a CG Bugs film! I want to click on the above Viewmaster images and see them in a larger format! Yay, Jerry!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17894269586749112193 Eric

    Why? Just, why? Why can’t they just leave Bugs alone and do something original? Must they ruin everything for a buck?

  • fishmorgjp

    Wow… “Looney Tunes; Back In Action 2″! I can’t wait.

  • John Dorian

    Twenty steps forward with the new TV series, a hundred steps back regarding this announcement.

    The bad side of this is the fact that Bugs Bunny being in CG would turn off a lot of people (like me), and he’s probably going to look horrible like Yogi and will probably have a crudful synopsis.

    The good side of this? If the movie’s successful, then WB could release more Looney Tunes DVDs of unreleased material (and making animated DTV movies), and the success of the series would definitily boost up the success of the LT brand, even though it’s going to be in dreadful CG.

    So….bring it on, Warner Bros.

    • http://www.DigThisCrazyTestPattern.com Kevin Wollenweber

      No, folks, the release of a CGI BUGS BUNNY “live action” movie does *NOT* mean that we’ll get more uncut and remastered LOONEY TOONS cartoons. If the bastards release anything regarding LOONEY TOONS cartoons to plug this stupid movie, a contradiction in terms, believe me, they’ll just issue another rehash of the same old BEST OF with the same old titles, perhaps not even using the already prepared masters from the GOLDEN COLLECTION disks, only without the titles that need disclaimers. C’mon, folks, look at what they’re doing to TOM & JERRY. Did the release of this or that TOM & JERRY modern age product mean that we got the complete and uncut TOM & JERRY cartoons in master print quality similar to the LOONEY TOONS GOLDEN COLLECTION sets? NOPE!!

  • John

    You know how bad this is going to look. There won’t be any squash and stretch, and bugs will move like a human, he’ll have no facial expressions!

    • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139327142748827 Taco Wiz

      …That post…That name…

      Is this John KRICFALUSI?!

  • Kristjan

    I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m speechless.

  • Liam Scanlan

    Oh my gosh! They’re gonna shatter Bugs’s reputation! NOOOOOO!

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron H. Bynum

    Genius. What better way to resurrect merchandising and retail support for an ailing brand than to throw it into a blender so younger audiences can’t recognize what it was originally purported to be.

    More, we need more CG/live-action adaptations of legacy properties. CATHY is ending right? CG I say!

  • Liam Scanlan

    Somehow, I have a feeling that Robin Williams may play Elmer Fudd.

  • Martin Juneau

    This is a very sad new. What they really thinkin? What they seriously smoking anyway? Why most of those characters needed to be entered in a bland realistic/CGI look? Why not just leave them alone? By respect of the peoples who made it!

  • Joe

    You know, last week in Entertainment Weekly, the feature story spoke of the potential danger the James Bond franchise was in because of MGM’s financial troubles. MGM is in so deep in fact, that they can barely make any movies at all.

    That is one thing that came to mind when I read a comment by Jeff Harris at Toonzone forums. He was quick to point out that “Marmaduke” and Warner’s own “Cats & Dogs 2″ both failed miserably at the box office.

    You know, I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but Warner would STILL be a Karma Houdini if they were in the exact same miserable shape as MGM!

  • jAnsen

    Your post drips of disgust and hatred for a film not even close to production. as usual.

  • http://thadkomorowski.com Thad

    I’ve said for years WB has been trying to kill these characters. Everyone told me I was stupid. Who’s stupid now?!

  • Deaniac

    At this point I don’t even give a crap anymore. These CG/live action hybrids always fail, and people end up forgetting about them. I’m not going to get my self worked up over this, and neither should you.

  • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk DarylT

    I think I going to be sick.

  • VinceP

    I can’t wait to see the individual hairs rendered on Bugs Bunny. *cringe*

    Although someday they’re going to make a CG Charlie Brown, and…yeah.

    • Craig

      I agree. This is going to look terrible and overall BE terrible. If they ever make a Calvin & Hobbes movie with live action Calvin and CG Hobbes, I will probably have to drive off a cliff.

    • looney lover

      Hey but thankfully for now there is a beautiful retro designed peanuts dvd movie being made at wild brain.

  • Too Angry

    This is the end of civilization as we know it

  • Dan Ang

    Is the world ready for an unnecessarily realistic Bugs Bunny?

    Also I’m wondering what “classic” songs he’s going to sing and/or dance to, most likely in front of an annoyed human, probably one we haven’t seen in anything in a while (I wouldn’t rule out Michael Ian Black)

    My top 5 guesses
    -Baby Got Back- Sir Mix a Lot
    -Takin Care of Business- Bachman Turner Overdrive
    -My Humps- Black Eyed Peas
    -You Make My Dreams Come True- Hall and Oates
    -Do You Believe In Life After Love -Cher

  • http://sjcarrasblog.blogpsot.com Pokey the Horse

    [clangs head fifty times against wall]
    [clangs head fifty times against wall]
    [clangs head fifty times against wall]
    [clangs head fifty times against wall]

    Worse than the movie resurrecting yours truly and Gumby as rockers doing a farmers benefit. First I saw was on the GAC Forums page.

  • Spencer Morin

    WHEN WILL THE #%$!ING QUIT!!!!!!

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    This is my surprised face…

  • jake tashjian

    first marvin the martian, then speedy gonzelas, now this guy.
    who’s next, foghorn leghorn?

  • Dave

    I’ll start. Given the “quality” of this crap we’ve seen before, and what’s to come with the Yogi movie, I’ll venture a few guesses for the Bugs movie.

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Bugs Bunny

    Jennifer Love Hewitt as Elmer Fudd

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Yosemite Sam

    My voice casting makes about as much sense as what they’ll end up doing.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitschensyngk Kitschensyngk

    They’ve got to be committing some kind of taboo here.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    YOGI BEAR. BUGS BUNNY. These are the final fever dreams of hell, the wounded brain’s last, explosive misfire as its cells die. These movies don’t really exist. It’s sort of an OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE/JACOB’S LADDER thing.

  • http://detaillibrary.blogspot.com/ Dilly

    Oh GOD, no. =o

  • clark

    I think WB’s problem is they hire a screenwriter to do these Looney Tunes movies and they basically write it around archive jokes. They need to get improv groups and comedians to work on some fresh bits. They used to let the actual animators bring gags into the stories too.
    If they’re determined to do CGI, how bout something different. Maybe they could cast the roles like Robin Williams as Bugs, Jim Carrey as Daffy, Will Ferrell as Elmer, ect. Then either mix motion capture and animation, or just use what they improv into pure animation. But at least you’d get some new material. IDK just trying to put different ideas out there.

    • Giovanni Jones

      Look what Will Ferrell did for two other franchises: Bewitched and Land of the Lost.

  • CTM

    I usually try to be optimistic in these situations, but I just can’t see any good coming out of this…

  • udx

    *Hides in a tree trunk*

  • Rooniman

    Oh God. Go to Hell WB, go to Hell.

  • http://aalong64.blogspot.com Aaron Long

    Oh god, nooooooo…. Why do they do this? Even fans of the characters generally agree that they’re not suited to long stories.

    At least with Yogi Bear, I can imagine a movie being somewhat entertaining (although the one that’s actually being made doesn’t look like it) but I really can’t possibly imagine a live-action/CG Bugs Bunny movie being any good. Yogi has an established setting and basic plot that they can use. With Bugs, the setting and plot are different in just about every cartoon. There’s no story for them to use in a movie, just the character himself.

    I don’t think I’d want to see a 90-minute Looney Tune, even if it was done by the original Termite Terrace team in the mid-40′s. I just don’t think the characters and stories could support such length.

  • EricW

    Oh, I had a pitchfork out for the Yogi movie, but THIS calls for a mob of villagers and a vat of boiling oil.

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com Emmett Goodman

    I’m sorry, but are these movies actually making money? Are they actually successful? Why are they being made?

    Bugs Bunny is a step way, way, way, way too far now.

    • http://hunteachother.com Max W.

      Emmett, the only reason they make these movies is because they DO make money. Or they do in theory, at least… Bugs Bunny = $.

      • Mesterius

        The sad fact is… the moviegoers are responsible for the continued production of these cgi/live-action hybrids. As soon as people stop watching them, studios will stop producing them.

    • Joseph

      Actually I think most of the profit comes from merchandise and dvd sales. These movie bomb in the theaters.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

        Well, some of them certainly do bomb. I know Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties did, and deservedly so; one of the worst movies I’ve seen in my life! But then again, the first Garfield did pretty well (if not overwhelming), and the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies – which you can tell are god-awful just by looking at a still – have been successful beyond belief in theaters. So go figure. I’m certainly doing that right now…

  • Gummo

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  • http://joeywaggonerstoontime.blogspot.com/ Joey Waggoner

    Alright! That does it! I didn’t mind when they announced Yogi Bear and Marvin the Martian as live action features.

    But this is where I draw the line! And another thing…

    Wait I just thought of something. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO TO DAFFY!

  • udx

    Something else I wanna add. Remember the Scooby Doo movies? Remember how badly reviewed they were? Now remember how well they did and how many sequels(And direct-to-tv prequels) they did

  • http://www.fleabeemedia.com/ The Flea

    The 2012 prophecy is becoming more and more real to me. :[

  • dave

    Folks, I think you’re missing the point. While you all bemoan that this is some sort of “tragedy,” think about it. This is finally going to get some Producer that’s been stuck in animation OUT of this pathetic industry and finally into the big time! Live Action! You can’t tell me you’re not in animation because you enjoy it. Everyone knows that we all want to break into the live action realm, but we haven’t been able to hack it so we’ve been stuck making these..cartoons…I mean, who watches these? No one. Just children! And now that the technology has finally been developed to capture an actor’s face and movement, we can do it! We can finally make real film, and work with real people! We can go to parties with execs and agents! Big time baby!

  • http://kellytindall.blogspot.com Kelly Tindall

    I am rendered insensate due to shock. I can’t even imagine how it would be possible to make a good film out of this idea.

  • Billy

    They did the same with Space Jam/Back In Action. I don’t see how this is any different. The reception will be the same. If you do anything it should be to tell WB exactly WHY this sort of film hasn’t worked since Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It won’t stop them from making them but perhaps they will think more carefully about their formula.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

      Uh, maybe I’ve missed out on something here… but isn’t the big difference (visually, anyhow) that Bugs and any other Looney Tunes character that might appear in this film will be CGI-animated, and not hand-drawn like they were in Space Jam?

  • http://www.stringstornasunder.blogspot.com chris powell

    is there a petition that can be signed? seriously.

    if they are going to do to bugs bunny what they did to the chipmunks, that is just sad.

    i feel its possible to let a studio know we don’t want this to happen.

    its just movies, but hey maybe its worth a try

  • David Breneman

    Viewmaster had some excellent model makers during their heyday in the 1950s and 1960s. These models were made by artists in Portland, not Hollywood, and they’re frequently more on-model than the later animated cartoons themselves. They did an excellent 3-reel set of the *upcoming* Apollo moon landing that I have a copy of. You should really put up some of these as side-by-side stereo pairs. At the size of the images above, they’d be easy to freeview, even by a novice.

  • http://www.brianmorante.blogspot.com Brian m

    Of course you know this means war.

  • Baron Lego

    Haw haw! I can’t wait to see Bugs’ grotesque, cartoon/semi-realistic hybrid design. Don’t forget to add the creepy, glass-like eyes!

  • name

    maybe the movie will be about hollywood movie writers and executives using dark magic to bring a CG bugs bunny into their live action world. Bugs Bunny spends the whole movie trying to get out of their bad hollywood movie. then at the end of the film, he dies a horrible death.

    at the very least, maybe they’ll commission a new loony toons short to be in front of the film?

  • JD

    Here lies Bugs Bunny. His funny elasticity will remain in our hearts forever.

  • http://igbyandstan.com/ B Cavin 3

    But, it’ll be in 3D right? I mean 3d in 3D! Then it’d be like wow in three-dee. :p

  • Autumn

    Mother F@#$!

  • http://justforspite.blogspot.com Gene Hole

    of course, you know, THIS means war!

  • Roberto Severino

    What the hell, Warner Bros? If you really wanna revive the Looney Tunes, just show the cartoons on TV again. Wasting money making these awful revivals isn’t going to do any good.

    • Kristjan

      Since original Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were theaterical products Why dont they put them back in thaters, oh wait they are not widescreen.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

        That’s actually a brilliant idea! Select some of the very best classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, and play them in front of adult comedies! Seriously, the audience would have loved it… and it would certainly help put the Looney Tunes characters back into the spotlight:)

  • http://hunteachother.com Max W.

    Wait, this is actually a surprise to people? Do yourself a favor and accept the fact that every cool thing you love will eventually be CG – ified, it’ll save you some headache… Honestly the Roger Rabbit mo-cap humans/CG characters sequel sounds more horrifying to me than this…

    • Mr. Tat

      What we need is a random turn ______ into live action/CGI/mocap hybrid set to ______ music served with ______ jokes generator.

  • http://www.platypuscomix.net Peter Paltridge

    Who isn’t appalled? If they really plan to make him into a realistic-looking rabbit that break-dances, and strip him of any dignity whatsoever, this could be even worse than “Loonatics.” Which I didn’t think was possible.

  • http://mayberabies.blogspot.com Raven M.

    Its almost comical how many posts there are like this now. I have to laugh to keep from crying.

  • Marc Baker

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOH, I’M DYYYYYYYYYYYYYYIN! Seriously, I’d rather watch The Angry Video Game Nerd beat up the guy in the Bugs Bunny costume than watch this potential train wreck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139327142748827 Taco Wiz

    Oh god no.

    I liked Looney Tunes: Back In Action. That was actually clever and well…written. /shot

    THIS, however, will be terrible. It might work if they do someone in a big Barney-style Bugs costume, or something that’s cute and endearing.

  • http://www.WarnerArt.com Eric

    This is NOT good news. Live action / CG films seldom work. Do I really need to bring up the new Smurfs film? On the other hand, a CG Looney Tunes film that was entirely CG might actually be interesting.

  • Zekey

    If Paul Giamatti plays Elmer Fudd I will watch this film 10 times.

  • http://mattienotes.blogspot.com/ Mattieshoe
  • David Breneman

    Max W sez: “Wait, this is actually a surprise to people? Do yourself a favor and accept the fact that every cool thing you love will eventually be CG – ified

    I’ll draw the line at a new “Lost in Space” with a CG Dr. Smith.

    Oh, the pain; Oh, the pain!

  • Brendan Spillane

    As the Wabbit himself once put it: “Don’t be so danged literal!”

  • Scarabim

    To the Warner suits who greenlit this excrement: “You’re…dethpicable”.

    Taco Wiz sez: I liked Looney Tunes: Back In Action. That was actually clever and well…written.

    No it wasn’t.

    Oh my god…Bugs with realistically-rendered fur, and teeth, and…and…PUPILS.

    “Shoot me now! I demand you shoot me now!”

  • DonaldC

    Good Grief.

  • http://mrscriblam.tumbler.com mrscriblam

    jesus christ not another one

  • http://doubled8.blogspot.com/ jeaux janovsky

    CG DIE.

  • Christopher Cook

    First, the screenplay hasn’t even gone into outline yet, let alone written. We can only pray that it goes through so many revisions that W-B finally says to hell with it and drops the movie. But this us 21st Century Hollywood we’re talking about. The same group of collective suits that keep giving Larry the Cable Guy feature films abd giving Paris Hilton a skillion dollars just to show up at parties. They may surprise us yet.

  • Chris S

    Dang! When I saw the Viewmaster slides I got all excited…

    • Dora Standpipe

      I have those!

  • randy V

    To all the negative people, there are positives too. First, no matter what they do in a cgi movie, the original cartoons will always be there. Nobody will change them or take them away. Take a deep breath. Second, it may not be awful. I’d be surprised but it might actually be good. Who knows?

    • Deaniac

      Yeah, I don’t know about the latter, but I will play the devil’s advocate on this: perhaps the movie will make Bugs Bunny (and maybe even the Looney Tunes as a whole) popular again, thus motivating people to watch the original shorts, resulting in higher DVD sales of the Golden Collections/other LT DVDs. Maybe it’ll even encourage CN to air the original shots on a daily basis on a GOOD timeslot.

      Like I said, playing the devil’s advocate.

    • looney lover

      In response to your comment “nobody will change them” well check out the new looney tunes super stars dvds. Nice cartoon choices considering the target audience but they released 20 of the 30 in wide screen, instead of full frame!

    • http://hunteachother.com Max W

      Actually, I heard that the existence of this CG film will instantly eradicate any previously existing Loony Tunes shorts.

  • http://inconstruction Tony Claar

    YIKES !!!!! That’s DESPICABLE !!!!

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  • http://www.goodaboy.com Rajesh

    I can’t wait for the character arcs and hero’s journey – Bugs goes from a tree-hugging mischievious asshole to a rabbit who sympathizes with his human animal brothers while protecting the rainforest. Or maybe that is Elmer’s journey.

  • Gerard de Souza

    “There is currently a formula for success in the entertainment medium, that is — beat it to death if it succeeds.” – Ernie Kovacs

  • http://soccerorassociationfootball.blogspot.com Bob

    I personally don’t think that this will work out all that well. Just give me the classic theatrical shorts with Bugs and his WB cartoon friends. I’m still waiting for Columbia to come up with a live action/CGI feature starring Scrappy with guest appearances by the Fox and Crow.

  • http://www.brandoncordy.com Brandon Cordy

    For WHAT??? © Jamie Foxx/Foxxhole Radio

  • The Gee

    In hindsight, while my earlier post made fun of the possibilities for this movie, I got to admit, it doesn’t really matter all that much what happens with this movie. Well, it doesn’t matter to me, that is.

    Like anything else, the choice can be made to not watch it. At the worst, all that would need to be dealt with is whatever hype there is associated with the marketing during the time of its release. And all of that usually ends within a couple of weeks of its opening.

    So, for those who are dealing with angst over this…relax. It ain’t all that horrible.

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    It’s official… I am going to ignore these “live action/CG” adaptions for as long as I live.

    • Funkybat

      That’s my plan. I intend to avoid the Yogi Bear movie, despite the “car accident” allure. if I do see it, it will probably be via sneaking in after a better movie. I refuse to pay good money to support these trends.

  • Warhead

    What were they thinking?

  • Mike Matei

    CG-I sucks when applied to living creatures. And it sucks more when they ruin great characters like Bugs Bunny with it. If they want to make a Bugs Bunny movie, go for it. But make it traditionally animated, and no celebrity voices or fart jokes.

  • http://deviant.art Jayla Bobbit

    No…no no no no NO, I only accepted the kind of live action speacial effects used in Looney tunes:Back in Action and Space Jam…that is it, this is just….dumb…Just no no no no……NO FRIGGIN WAY, this cannot happen! Wait a sec, if a ten year old boy can change the designs of the Loonatics before they air…why not the premise of this film?

  • http://cafegraphique.blogspot.com Miss-Shell

    Okay, seriously Hollywood stop ruining my childhood!

  • Stephen Rhodes Treadwell

    I doubt I’ll like this very much. I’m not much of a Bugs Bunny fan.

  • http://www.cranidos-toad.deviantart.com Xandra

    WHAT!?!? Looney Tunes is a cartoon, not a live action cgi crappy thing…This is ridiculous….The only live actioon WB should do is Space Jam.etc. Why are they ruining peoples childhoods, and furthermore I will never watch cartoons that are live actions. I mean anime live actions aren’t so bad, and Scooby Doo was awesome but Looney Tunes!?!?!? That’s despicable