Burbank, CA, January 30, 2012 — Moviegoers seeing the 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island are in for a bonus reel of laughs and action with Daffy’s Rhapsody. The original Looney Tunes cartoon short makes its theatrical debut in tandem with the feature film release from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures, opening nationwide Friday, February 10th.
In Daffy’s Rhapsody, a brand new escapade starring Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck, a relaxing evening at the theater turns into hunting season when Fudd is surprised by the unexpected appearance of his perpetual and ever-elusive target, Daffy. As Elmer gives chase, Daffy cleverly evades him while regaling the audience with a song that illustrates his plight–how hunters never leave him alone.
Featuring an original story and all-new animation, the short stars the voice of the late, legendary Mel Blanc in Daffy’s song, recorded in the 1950s, alongside acclaimed voice actor Billy West’s current characterization of Elmer Fudd.
Directed by Matthew O’Callaghan, it is the second in a new series of three original 3D cartoon shorts created for theatrical release, in keeping with Warner Bros. Animation’s commitment to present the Looney Tunes on the big screen as they were first enjoyed and embraced by audiences around the world.
Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation, served as executive producer on Daffy’s Rhapsody, as well as the first short of the series, last year’s I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. He says, “Everyone 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. To hear the incomparable Mel Blanc voicing these characters once more is nothing short of a dream come true.”
As with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Daffy’s Rhapsody will screen in both 2D and 3D, and in IMAX where available, in theaters across the country.