There’s been a lot of Looney Tunes reboots in recent years, but there’s one adjective that’s always been missing from those projects: “cartoonist-driven.”
That all changes with today’s announcement. Warner Bros. Animation has just revealed an incredibly exciting project: new Looney Tunes shorts that will be written and drawn by cartoonists, which the studio says will allow the cartoonists’ “own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.”
This is the closest we’ve been in a long time to the old Warner Bros. system where individual directors like Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Frank Tashlin, and Bob McKimson had free creative rein to make the cartoons they wanted to make. The best of those cartoons that they made became classics that have stood the test of time, and if these shorts follow that pattern, they’re guaranteed to draw new attention to the iconic Looney Tunes gang, who have largely been forgotten by today’s kids.