Cartoon Network finally announces the new Looney Tunes

Cartoon Network unveiled their new line-up of content today at its annual Advertising Upfront presentation at New York’s Time Warner Center. The network announced that coming later in the year would be an “all-new re-imagined version of the Warner Bros animated classic shorts, Looney Tunes.” From the press release:

The Looney Tunes Show: A new half-hour animated comedy series starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. No longer confined to 7-minute shorts, Bugs and Daffy are out of the woods and living in the suburbs among such colorful neighbors as Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. In addition to each episode’s main story, The Looney Tunes Show also features “cartoons within a cartoon.” The Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian and other classic characters sing original songs in two-minute music videos called Merrie Melodies and the Road Runner and Coyote are featured in 2-1/2 minute CG shorts. This all new series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer. Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers, Back at the Barnyard, Space Jam) are the supervising producers.

In addition to the new Looney Tunes and the MAD show we posted about yesterday, the other good stuff revealed today includes:

Robotomy: The animated Robotomy tells the story of Thrasher and Blastus, two outsider teenage droids who are only slightly less horrific than the ultra-powerful robots that populate their planet, Killglobe. Now they face their greatest challenge yet: high school. Armed with a desire to fit in (and little else), Thrasher and Blastus navigate their lives with varying degrees of success. Created by Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm) and Joe Deasy and co-executive produced by Christy Karacas (Superjail), Robotomy, a quarter-hour series, will be produced in New York.

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: When a portal to the world opened and unleashes underground monsters, so goes the premise for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. The human world had everything these creatures could ever want. The only problem is, humans hate monsters, and they treat them like second class citizens. How unfair! This is their world too. Created by Chowder writer and artist Pete Browngardt, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome follows this clan in their dim-witted efforts to break free of human oppression. The animated series is being produced at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank.

Young Justice: In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over–to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice–Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis–will found out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. This all-new series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon characters from DC Comics. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman Doomsday, The Batman) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, W.I.T.C.H.) are the producers.

The network is also going full blast into live action and sports programming. Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game will premiere in early 2011. Partnering with Sports Illustrated, “this high-energy, multi-platform experience will let viewers decide who’s got game from the world of sports. This first-of-its-kind sports award event for kids is created and produced by global sports and will introduce the SI KIDS’ Sports Kid of the Year Award.

“Last spring we talked about how ‘our voice was changing’ and announced an ambitious slate of diverse and compelling content,” said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer of Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division. “This year we’re delivering and adding great brands and beloved franchises that represent the breadth and scope of Cartoon Network’s ongoing evolution.”

“We’re expanding beyond the boundaries of traditional kid’s content,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “This new programming lineup brings event-quality entertainment to our prime time.”

You be the judge. Other highlights from today’s presentation:

Run It Back Sunday: Cartoon Network takes The NBA on TNT’s game of the week and remixes it for basketball fans of all ages. Run It Back Sunday is a full NBA game in one power hour, complete with fun facts, amazing highlights and explosive special effects. From jams, passes and steals to fun facts and unique analysis, Run It Back Sunday presents an all new way to catch the game of the week.

KROG: KROG is a half-hour scripted live-action comedy pilot from Cartoon Network Studios. To their fans, KROG is an awesome monster costume band sent from Middle Earth to conquer and enslave the human “surface dwellers.” Their fans love them! In reality, however, the members of KROG are indeed monsters sent to conquer mankind. KROG is created by Mark Rivers (Metalocolypse, TV Funhouse).

Unnatural History: Cartoon Network’s first live-action mystery series delivers a new case of cinematic, action-packed comedic adventure each week.

Tower Prep: A one-hour, live-action scripted series premiering this fall, Tower Prep tells the story of a rebellious teen, Ian (Drew Van Acker), who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped at a mysterious prep school that offers no escape. This series is executive-produced and created by Paul Dini (Lost, Batman Beyond).

Sym-Bionic Titan: From creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack) comes an exciting hybrid of giant robot battles and high school comedy. Sym-Bionic Titan follows the lives of three alien teenagers who crash-land on Earth and must protect their new home from alien invaders while navigating the perils of high school life. Sym-Bionic Titan is being produced at Cartoon Network Studios and will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

Regular Show: Created by J. G. Quintel, Regular Show was developed as an animated short for Cartoon Network’s Cartoonstitute. A 15-minute animated series, is produced at Cartoon Network Studios.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. From Warner Bros. Animation, Sam Register is the executive producer. Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone are the supervising producers.

Firebreather: Cartoon Network’s first original all-CG animation movie, directed by Peter Chung, created and co-executive-produced by Phil Hester, and executive-produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket).


  • http://deosanimation.com Chris Allard

    Please, no more Scooby…

  • Thomas Dee

    In an attempt to switch to all live action, they’ve decided to make only lousy animated content.

    Very sneaky, ‘Network.

    I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take anymore!

  • Captain_M

    With a lineup like this, Cartoon network may as well change its name to “Cartoons about robots/monsters/aliens/superheroes who go to high school” network. There’s already been a successful Teen Titans cartoon, why do it again with Young Justice? And what kind of robot-alien logic put the guy who made Teen Titans and Ben 10 in charge of Looney Tunes?

  • Angry Anim

    All I see is, “blah, blah, blah, blah, SYM-BIONIC TITAN, blah, blah…”

  • Alissa

    I thought watching their ratings plummet after the fiasco of “CN Real” would have slapped some sense into them; what’s with all this sports/live action/nausea-inducing crud?

  • http://chippyandloopus.com/ John S

    More live action and sports?
    Um….generally speaking, kids who like the kind of stuff on Cartoon Network HATE sports. The stuff they are talking about is EXACTLY the kind of shit I hated as a kid.

  • Grant Beaudette

    I can’t wait for “Regular Show” which is sure to be an iconic hit.

    Did you hear it’s 15 minutes long?

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

    The Looney Tunes Show:
    Why are they in the suburbs? Building skyscrapers, freeways and things over Bugs’ modern suburban house sounds a lot less plausible, not to mention characters like Elmer Fudd would pretty much be wasted outside of a woodland setting.

    Are they going to have families and white-collar jobs too?

    Regular Show:
    That is the most misleading and unappealing title for a cartoon I have ever heard.

    The plot seems to be on par with Chowder and Flapjack, though, and those turned out to be hits, so we’ll see what happens.

    KROG:
    They’re trying scripted live-action again for the first time since Out of Jimmy’s Head was canceled. Heaven help us all.

    Shame, though, because that idea might make a pretty good cartoon.

    Live-action sports shows:
    Blah blah ratings whore blah blah change your name etc., etc., etc.

    Everything else:
    What’s with all these shows about kids in school rebelling or trying to fit in? What is this, One Saturday Morning?

    Come on, Karacas, you made SUPERJAIL for Pete’s sake!

  • http://spritzer93436.tripod.com/ Art Binninger

    What! No show about Icelandic superheroes who save the world from active volcanoes? You know, Kick Ash? OK, I’ll sit down now.

  • NC

    Why the hell would they broadcast abridged basketball games? Earth to CN the kids who are into to sports will be watching the real thing on TNT with their dads.

    As for the CN’s Hall of Game it sounds awfully like Nick’s Kid’s Choice Awards. Just sports themed. Way to take someone else idea and rename it.

  • robiscus

    The KROG idea, presented how it is, strikes me as a complete rip off of the band GWAR.

    I’m gonna forward this to them.

  • Kristjan

    Ok, how does this help the classic material?

  • NC

    @Robiscus

    I thought the exact same thing!

  • Grayson Ponti

    It seems that new uses of the Looney Tunes characters are getting progressively worse. First there was Tiny Toons, then Space Jame, then Back in Action, and now now only a horrible Speedy Gonzales CGI movie that will totally take away the meaning of the character but also a suburbs living community that I’m sure is just zombies of the original characters.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    A ripoff of GWAR? Sanitized for infants? Why does that sound good?

  • http://hunteachother.com Max W

    How can you all pass such harsh judgment on these upcoming cartoons without even seeing them? Or at least seeing any visuals from them? Ridiculous.

  • Brokenshell

    Young Justice: YAY!!!!!
    Everything else: MEH.
    But like Max W said, we havn’t seen anything about these shows, maybe they’ll all rock and Young Justice will suck. Who knows?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/omnitarian/ Omnitarian

    Very glad Regular Show is being given a shot, I’m certain it won’t disappoint in either quality or ratings.

    Having three “non-humans in a human high school” series is totally unconscionable. The rest doesn’t instill much confidence either. But at least they’re actually making animated programming, so… it’s a start? Who knows, maybe some of this will turn out to be a pleasant surprise.

  • Chris A.

    Sports and fucking dramas?! They neeeeeeeeeeeeever learn do they? I am looking forward to the action stuff though. Other than that. LIVE ACTION SCRIPTED COMEDIES?! And CN still won’t let the dudes and andrew go. Oh, cartoon brew? You guys need a forum.

  • Spencer Brandt

    I agree you can’t judge this stuff until you see it. Personally though, I’m blown away with what I’ve seen of The New Looney Tunes show. There’s a lot of great people working on it.

  • EatRune

    Seriously? Sports? And I thought their live-action programming did really bad in the ratings? Why would they order more?

    Don’t they get that kids who watch Nickcoms and Disney Channel, if they wanna see that stuff, they’ll WATCH IT ON NICKELODEON AND DISNEY CHANNEL.

    But Sym-bionic Titan! Hurry for Genndy!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deaniac

    At least the animation (8 new animated series this year) outweighs the live action (3 new series), as compared to last year (8 new live action series and NO new animated series). And with any luck, the live action will bomb anyways, just like CN Real.

    All of the animated shows this year sound really good. (Live action aside) 2010 is shaping up to be a good year for CN.

  • Art Fern

    Spencer is Spike’s son. Don’t blame him.

  • djjuice5

    guys come on now. we haven’t even seen any of these shows. we can’t pass judgement on them yet. i agree that the “teens to have powers, go to school, and save the world” cliche as been used far too often recently and it’s getting old but remember even shows that are cleary merchandise driven can be classics if the right people are working on them. I don’t think the new looney tunes will be that bad consdering they have people from Duck Dodgers working on it. I’m definitely looking forward to Young Justice. It defintely will not be another Teen Titans. I think this will be more in line with Justice League. Greg Weisman is working on it for crying out loud. Have you see Gargoyles!? Or Spectaular Spiderman. He took what could’ve easily been forgettable, merchandise driven garbage and turned it into a classic.

  • Jessica Britton

    “Firebreather: Cartoon Network’s first original all-CG animation movie, directed by Peter Chung, created and co-executive-produced by Phil Hester, and executive-produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket). ”

    Original? Actually it’s based on the comic book mini-series by Hester and Andy Kuhn.

  • matt

    Symbionic Titan!!! Sure, maybe a load of other crap except for Firebreather, but I don’t care – the return of Genndy!!!

  • Peter H

    To be fair, people are not passing judgment on the unseen shows themselves, but on the promotion of the shows! It’s that the concepts of the shows, as presented, seem to promise mediocrity rather than something exciting.

    Why, for example, must the Looney Tunes characters be seen to be neighbours in a suburb, instead of just co-existing in a non-specific cartoon world? Pesumeably because execs have said that this is how cartoons shows must be – because all the successful shows of the last few decades have had the ‘suburban family’ setting (ie Simpsons, Rugrats, King of the Hill, American Dad etc – all cartoon versions of the traditional sitcom).

    No matter how brilliant the stories and animation may turn out to be, reading this kind of uninspired “hey! now reduced to be even more like everything else!” copy is hardly going to get many fans feeling optimistic.

  • Ike Iszany

    So “Looney Tunes” cartoons have been popular for like 70-80 years and you would change the format why……?

  • Ike Iszany

    There’s a character called “Miss Martian”!? You gotta be kidding me?

  • http://underseriousdaydreaming Tony Claar

    YYYAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN……….

  • http://pizzasketchbook.blogspot.com Kingfish

    Disappointed not to see “John K Presents” on here.

    If they’re going to continue to withhold classic Looney Tunes shorts, which is a shame, couldn’t they at least create the new ones in the spirit of the originals? This suburban setting where they are all neighbors sounds pretty lame and contrived. And the look on Bugs’ face suggests that he’s got that arsehole-attitude they saddle him with in modern iterations.

  • James Roberts

    I don’t want to disparage anyone who’s happy with this news, but I am now thoroughly disgusted with Cartoon Network. As a cartoonist & animator, I used to hold out hope that I might one day develop something that would find a place on a network devoted to all types of animation. There is so much untapped talent and potential out there for new and unique animated programs, and in this day and age of 2D & 3D animation software within the reach of artists that in the past would never had had the opportunity to get involved, it’s just ridiculous that they’re going down the same road as (M)TV with all this live action programming.

    Seriously guys, you no longer derserve to even use the word “cartoon” in your name. MTV dropped “music” from their logo, you might as well follow suit and rename yourselves “Random Youth Programming Network” or something more fitting. Why on earth can’t these channels that start out with a solid idea and identity just do what they’re supposed to do. Why? Because inevitably some idiot takes over and thinks he knows how to “rebrand” the channel and and a “fresh new programming slate” to “improve” the franchise. Please give me a king-sized break!

    Was it really that hard to just have animated programs on the channel? Did we really NEED yet another channel trying to do the same thing as G4/Spike/MTV/Teen Nick, etc? I’m doing my best to keep opinion regarding the new “programs”, and not start insulting them (although one of the only animated ones looks like a cringingly embarrassing insult to the classics). They may not be my thing, but they shouldn’t be CARTOON Network’s thing either!

    Like John K, I’ve long lamented the lack of real cartoons with the spirit and classic principles of the original Looney Tunes, but I’ve also been a bit more accepting of some of today’s flatter, computer-driven styles. At this rate, it looks like even those are due to be replaced by a bunch of teenagers flying a model plane on fire into a wall or whatever it is they now think we all want to see.

    There are hundreds (if not thousands) of cartoonists and animators and creators with great ideas for shows, many that could be produced for much less than the animated shows of old thanks to new technologies. As one of them, I’d just like to wholeheartedly thank Cartoon Network for giving us all the finger.

    Just couldn’t stand being what you named yourselves anymore, guys?

  • http://ryuuseipro.blogspot.com/ John Paul Cassidy

    More adolescent teenage high school crap. Yawn.

    Everything sounds more like a tired rehash of BEN 10 (one of my least favorite cartoons; the epitome of generic adolescent male power fantasies). Is BEN 10 the next SCOOBY-DOO, where the 70s became the Scooby-clone era? Are we in for the Ben 10-clone era?

    Even SYM-BIONIC TITAN is guilty of being in that category, even though that’s one of the few cartoons that I look forward to seeing, as Genndy Tartakovsky hasn’t done much these days (other than seemingly dropping out of THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, which I not only thought was an unnecessary sequel, but seems to be in production hell).

    I also agree that YOUNG JUSTICE is no replacement for TEEN TITANS (which I enjoyed). At least it’s not another Batman cartoon! As if we hadn’t had enough of them already. (I enjoyed THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, though.) I’m not exactly looking forward to it, though. (It’s based on newer DC comics, which I’m not exactly fond of; except for DC: THE NEW FRONTIER.)

    The LOONEY TUNES series looks like it could be interesting! On the one hand, the idea of them living in the same house is not a good one at all (considering MUPPETS IN SPACE did the same thing, to no good effect). Why not a Looney Tunes Town with different locales (a forest for Bugs & Daffy, a house for Elmer Fudd, a saloon for Yosemite Sam, etc.)? But on the other hand, at least they’re not using the same exact Chuck Jones-styled licensing character models for decades! I like to see how this’ll turn out.

    SCOOBY DOO: MYSTERIES INCORPORATED (which I saw the pilot for) was a mixed bag. How many times do we have to see Mysteries Inc. “come out of retirement?” (The movies did that already.) And this one’s a lot more cynical. On the plus side, the original looks for the characters were brought back (Freddie’s ascot and all), and it looks like the show’s trying to give Velma a romance with Shaggy.

  • http://www.flickr.com/robertryancory Robertryan Cory

    Maybe I’m biased because I’m currently working for CN..but things are really exciting there. Adventure Time continues to get amazing artist working on it…and it looks like Regular Show is going to be really funny. I’m on Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (people may know Peter Browngardt’s work from his awesome short Uncle Grandpa) and what I can tell people is I’m going much crazier then I ever did on Spongebob.

  • Spencer Brandt

    Art Fern says:
    “Spencer is Spike’s son. Don’t blame him.”

    So far my judgment on The Looney Tunes Show is positive because I honestly believe that, not because my father is a part of it. There’s a lot of fun ideas if you’re okay with change. I don’t think that anyone needs to blame me, especially for a show that most people haven’t even seen yet.

  • James Roberts

    I just wanted to temper my previous rant by saying I’m not attempting to judge any of the programs on their own merits, just the network for not being able to stick with such a easy premise.

    Even if many of those shows weren’t my “thing”, I liked having a channel that I knew I could turn to and at least expect to see something animated. When “CN Real” first started I was outraged that another channel with a clearly defined purpose just couldn’t handle staying on course and felt the need to copy their competitors.

    I also hope it was clear that I meant CN was giving all us not-employed-as-but-should-be artists and animators the “finger”, not the audience. It can’t be that much more expensive to have a small team make something interesting with Flash and After Effects in a single studio office than it is to have a whole crew traveling around with the new Gary Coleman.

    I accept the fact that I didn’t have the same drive John K had to wade through the mess of the 80s and get his name on the map. All that stuff scared me into not putting the effort into trying to break into the field. When things got a bit better again after R&S I was caught unprepared and less able to pick up and chase the dream.
    Now that I can put something together myself at home it’s all eroding all over again. Sure, I can make little shorts and post them online for the 8 people who might stumble across it, but I still can’t break free of the need to make my living in the general job market, using none of my real talents for anything but my own amusement.

    I’m assuming there must be hundreds just like me who have always felt the big closed door or the industry barring them from ever realizing these dreams of a career doing what they really could do and want to do. For us, the talents we have is just as much a curse as it is a gift. A strong desire to do the things that we see the select few actually doing while we’re actively discouraged from even trying.

    Oh, how much easier it would be to have no such drive inside, and to be happy to sit on the couch with everyone else watching teenagers blow up their homemade robots in a parking lot on a “cartoon” channel.

  • NightmareIsNear

    Man they really need to get rid of Stu Snyder and Robert Sorcher now. There has to be a way nothing illegal but in a way to make them look really bad like what they really think of animation and how much they hate it, I have a feeling that they do. They really need to be fired.

  • josh

    will these shows be on canada’s teletoon?

  • ddf

    Ben-10 is awful.

    it completely lacks realism and if you watch it the only thing you think is a hope Ben will get seriously injured (like wham.. off with his legs).
    They talk and make lame jokes in the middle of life thretening situations. That’s stupid. I’d let a kid watch that only if I wanted him to grow up retarded, so I can laugh and say:”haha, cartoons made you retarded”

    And Looney Tunes.. please.. stop exploiting this awesome brand. They were the best, let them rest. Greedy idiots. Cannot think of anything original and are making these iditic sequel-type shows.

  • George Carlin

    “But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero?”

    oh, lord save us ..

  • ttttt

    “teenage droids”

    … no.. I am speechless. Can you possibly comment on this?
    .. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU you CN

  • Charlie

    It’s almost December, and the series has yet to debut. So, when will see it? Could it be that they will use the old shorts as a lead up, then show the new series? Can you let me know?

    • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

      The new series starts airing in March 2011. There are no plans to use old shorts as a lead up.

      • Charlie

        Jerry,

        Charlie here. Thank you sooooooooooooooo much for the info. As a lifelong fan, I’ve always said that Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and company always got a raw deal. You ask any kid nwoadays who they are, and they don’t know. Now, I sure hope that these icons can be passed on to a new Generation, Let’s hope the new series is good. Have you seen any completed episodes? Thanks again