That’s not all, folks. If you’re a big film studio like Warner Bros., and you’re sitting on a treasure trove of branded characters you can endlessly reinvent, you keep trying every chance you get. That explains why Warners has hired Jenny Slate to write a new take on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang.
The last trip to this particular ‘toon well happened in 2003 and co-starred Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman alongside the animated regulars. That one failed to score at the box office, so here we are again.
Nothing has been revealed about Slate’s take, but we do know it’s another live-action / CG blend job. Dark Shadows writer Seth Grahame-Smith is on board to produce with partner David Katzenberg via their increasingly prolific KatzSmith company.
Naturally we’d expect to see Bugs and Daffy back, plus the likes of Porky Pig, Tweety (cue a Twitter gag?), Sylvester, Marvin The Martian, Taz the Tasmanian Devil and more. And while the loon-atics are always good for a laugh, bottling their particular brand of comic lightning outside of the original shorts has always been a tough challenge. Just ask Joe Dante…
Slate, who spent a season writing and performing on Saturday Night Live, has also appeared in the likes of Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, This Means War and voiced Ted’s mother in The Lorax.