Looney Tunes – ToonBarn http://www.toonbarn.com Cartoon news from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Hub, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, CG animation, anime, movies, or any kind of cartoons! Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 4530339 June Foray: Voice of Rocky The Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Witch Hazel and Granny (Sylvester and Tweety Shorts) passes away at 99 http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/june-foray-voice-rocky-squirrel-natasha-fatale-witch-hazel-granny-sylvester-tweety-shorts-passes-away-99/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/june-foray-voice-rocky-squirrel-natasha-fatale-witch-hazel-granny-sylvester-tweety-shorts-passes-away-99/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:41:55 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=84878 In a time where most forget history, the history that made art, animation and cartooning stand up as a form of cultural mark in the nation, June Foray, was one of its greatest defenders. One of the biggest voice actresses of her time, and possibly the biggest female voice actress in the western animation world, […]

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In a time where most forget history, the history that made art, animation and cartooning stand up as a form of cultural mark in the nation, June Foray, was one of its greatest defenders.

One of the biggest voice actresses of her time, and possibly the biggest female voice actress in the western animation world, she stands as one of the greatest defenders of the medium. While there weren’t many in her field, she paved the way for others to enter.

Her greatest accomplishment may have been the most quaint – she convinced (with many others) as a member of the Academy to allow Animation – to be apart of the Academy Awards (OSCAR) both in the short and long form entries. For years they bandied about – but in 2001 she succeed.  She was one of the founders ASIFA Hollywood, and later in the 1970’s created the Annie Awards.

While Peggy Charren and others fought against animation at every turn (ultimately succeeding by 1991), June Foray worked to bring animation out of the gutters. Without her voice and her influence, many animators and those connected in the animation industry would have never made the moves they did during the 70’s and the 80’s which gave a chance – if in many major cases unsuccessful as we see in more recent times – animation in US something more than what the rest of the mainstream thought it was.

She is pretty much, the genesis (good or bad) of animations movement towards more mature works. Even though her claim to fame were hitting a cat trying to eat the cute little bird. And on that front – while many of her male counterparts retired, she came back in the 80’s with the Duck Tales series, reprise her role of Granny on the Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries in the late 90’s and did other smatterings of works.

Of the greats of any century, This is one the great losses animation has bared to witness.

Chuck Jones, the greatest of his age, once remarked: “June Foray isnt the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc is the Male June Foray”

She will be deeply, exceptionally at this time in animation, DEEPLY Missed.

Cartoon Brew has more details, and we will update this as more follows.

Animation Scoop (Jerry Beck) also has more details.

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Top 5 Controversies Involving Cartoon Shows http://www.toonbarn.com/pokemon/top-5-controversies-involving-cartoon-shows/ http://www.toonbarn.com/pokemon/top-5-controversies-involving-cartoon-shows/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:00:59 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=81084 While there are cartoon shows that are clearly targeted towards a more mature audience, as a medium they have generally been considered as predominantly targeted towards children, or at least meant to be safe and uncontroversial. This is why it is always interesting to read about cartoons that have been embroiled in a controversy, for […]

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While there are cartoon shows that are clearly targeted towards a more mature audience, as a medium they have generally been considered as predominantly targeted towards children, or at least meant to be safe and uncontroversial. This is why it is always interesting to read about cartoons that have been embroiled in a controversy, for transgressing either viewers or regulatory bodies’ expectations. Here are 5 of the most notable examples:

#5 Dexter’s Laboratory – Rude Removal Episode

One of the pioneers from Cartoon Network, Dexter’s Laboratory is lauded for being accessible to children while subtly tackling mature themes and topics in its episodes. There was no problem for the most part as it was structured in a way that the mature elements were completely invisible to viewers who are not ready for them. The episode Rude Removal, on the other hand, was an exception because some of the more sensitive elements were on full display.

The episode is controversial for a couple of things, first is that the plot involves Dexter and Dee Dee being split into bad and good versions of themselves, resulting in the bad versions going around repeatedly swearing. While the profanities were censored, it was still pretty clear what they were doing. The other controversy is the title card itself – which featured Dexter mooning the viewers while Dee Dee gives flips them the bird.

#4 Pokemon – Beauty and the Beach

The 18th episode of the original Pokemon series featured all of the show’s female characters entering and competing in a beach beauty contest. The concept of a beauty pageant is not something you’d expect from a kid’s show about monster breeding, but it’s fairly uncontroversial. What made this episode controversial is that the male characters, such as Ash and Brock, being stunned by Misty’s bikini-clad figure. Furthermore, the male antagonist James joined the pageant by wearing an inflatable suit that gives him artificial breasts. The sexualisation of characters that look to be minors and the emphasis on body image led to the episode having 40 seconds cut from the Western dubbed version, with the episode itself being excluded from the English home video release.

#3 Tiny Toons – One Beer

Tiny Toons is a spin-off of the Looney Tunes franchise, featuring a cast of young characters based off of the Looney Tunes’ roster of cartoon characters. The series, despite featuring younger characters, is oddly heavier than its sister show and would tackle more mature topics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the episode “One Beer,” in which the protagonists decide to steal a single beer from their parents’ fridge.

The episode’s plot dealt with “the evils of alcohol,” and went to strange places that include showing the children being drunk, sporting a stubble, and living in an alley. It reached its zenith when the characters end up stealing a police car and crashing into a cemetery, with the characters dying and their spirits floating away.

#2 The Simpsons – Homer’s Phobia

You might not expect The Simpsons to be in this list, mostly because a.) the series is meant to be for a mature audience and b.) it’s still fairly sanitized for a mainstream adult audience. Basically, it’s intended to address adult topics, but it’s not meant to shock or offend (you would have to turn to South Park, if that’s what you’re looking for.)

This episode probably counts. It features Homer being revealed as homophobic. To its credit, the episode means well, as it aims to attack homophobia and by the end of the episode, Homer has learned that he is homophobic, and that it is a wrong view to have. The episode was even lauded for promoting more progressive views on homosexuality. However, the episode itself is fairly controversial for showing a beloved main character as homophobic. Homer has always been depicted as clumsy, dumb, and lazy but that’s fine because the character is still fairly harmless to anyone but himself but painting him as intolerant of a marginalized segment of society turns him into an unsympathetic character that leaves “such a nasty taste in the mouth,” as TV critic Steve Williams says in his review of the episode.

#1 Pokemon – Electric Soldier Porygon

This episode of Pokemon deserves the top spot in this list, because while the other examples are very controversial, it’s only because they contained offensive or taboo subjects. They never hurt anybody physically or directly. The same can’t be said of Electric Soldier Porygon.

The episode featured Pikachu blowing up some missiles in cyberspace, resulting in an explosion depicted in strobing red and blue lights. The scene is very dangerous because it was capable of triggering epileptic seizures among viewers, and there are also reported cases of people who do not suffer from epilepsy, but still had nausea and vomiting spells after watching the scene. The incident has since been dubbed as the “Pokemon Shock,” and was so contentious that it affected Nintendo and Pokemon stocks.

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Its Saturday Morning – And The Room Is Empty. http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/ http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:47:43 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57589 Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way) Note: The Opinions shown on this essay does not reflect the views of Toon Barn and its affiliates. Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday […]

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Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way)

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Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday rolls around again, the next Friday is 2016 and then the first day of the new year – Saturday rolls around again.

But the room is empty.

Children are sleep – or trying to go into lessons of music, art or sport in a what has become a rarity in this late 2015 – frost. Not much snow, not much of a winter. And some on twitter worry that its a bad omen…even those that dont believe in a creator.

Its strange to hear that – those who are my friends on twitter usually are headstrong, racing against those with differing opinions – sometimes in a passive aggressive way, other times for legit reasons, still others to talk in jest, tact etc.

But some say the spirit of Christmas overrides these worries.

They may have been right in a past time – before things changed – some for the better – and some for the worse.

But all changes effect us in many ways.

This year – the Christmas spirit seems to be tempered by the Star Wars machine. And as the new engine of the creation of a “Corporate Safe Space” start in earnest, three films before 2020, many TV series – other animated spots – video games, toys and other trinkets; its more of a cynical promotion of the greatest and most secretive fan fiction ever created.

In any other time – it would have been just one of the many major blockbusters – didn’t effect next weeks numbers or so on. We would have other things to pass the time. But the concept of the “Corporate Safe Space” is much more insidious – it promotes the other products from other companies it competes with as the literal manifestation of evil, and their own product – as the good work – the holy work – the one you turn to when all is lost.

Made simple and plain by this post on twitter:

to people who complain about some movies being too long: do you realize your own garbage life goes on like forever

make good movies last as long as possible. 3 hours, 100 years, forever. put us out of our misery

And Misery loves Company. Its the end as entertainment as a way to relax, and at times to wonder about our human condition, or even to have fun. It now has become a cradle to grave mantra of endless content creation for the content men who via their advertising agencies promote a existence that doesn’t exist in reality.

I could tell other stories. How, why and for what reason things arnt the way it seems anymore. But more often than not – its because people, companies, multi-nationals, educators and even those who were meant to represent us dont. They turn out to be more of a maguffin. A sad fate of madding ideals mixed with the most banal pragmatism.

I just want to focus on us. The fans of animation.

Its hard to deal with but – just because a show has some merit doesn’t mean its good.

We have seen with My Little Pony (and Equestria Girls), Steven Universe – and even the weaker shows such as Regular Show and Gumball – the sense is that they talking above the adults and the children are just asking questions about things that are in the show and they just become so lost. Their fanbases are taken over not just by adults who just love the show by its own merits, but by those who feel the show creates a space where everything else feels lost to them. They didnt develop strength and character even when the show was dark – now as the animated series promote a light hearted fare – it becomes a way to promote all sorts of dank memes and even more politically charged language, and using the concept of sexuality as a way to  ease a man or a womens shadow natures into quiet repose. In the west and most western animation Its a sad, banal attempt to extend ones love of a work of fiction or genre. The east handles this better – and sees it as it is – integration, fashion, technique and embracing the work as is and nothing more or less.

We talk about what happened to Zamii, and the media has done so in many ways. But what people dont realized is that when the creators backed down from comments made by those who wished Zamii dead, it proved to me that nobody knows when to stand their ground and say – enough. It started from the day the Thundercats got canned, to the day that they made the move for Korra, to the issues with Steven Universe and the issues with their fanbase. The Internet given voice, the voice given form and now it has power even over the creators of these shows.

Its because the executives and the fans are from the same economic structure. The creators not only have to cowtow to said executives when it comes to content – which always been a problem for years, now have to deal with the views that has the money. The advertising agencies may aim for most viewers, but we seen now, even despite advertising laws made in order to make sure that children dont become mindless consumers, it just made things worse for all involved.

It has been mentioned before about education and the E/I. I also mentioned about the scandal concerning the lowering of wages and collusion in the theatrical animation sector. Did you know that Ed Catmull  bought a 12 million dollar house? This is after the trial finds out that the Disney board knew about these issues.

Welcome to Poof Poof, Glitter Boots, the force is with us. Netflix is about to spend five Billion dollars on “content creation” while Netflix is overvalued in the stock market by a value of 400X its price. Its the time of complaints of how a animated character looks via the eyes of a fan. Its the time when ratings “dont matter”, its audience share, that # social network outreach, insta connections and all the rest. In a world when ignorance is awarded, all those who run entertainment – and in animation, “create”and manufacture the look and feeling of a inglorious look. Not for satire, not even to make fun of the world – but to create safe spaces that don’t challenge the characters, nor the setting – and most important the viewers.

Increasingly, the Holiday classics take more importance. Years ago, they were apart of a extended program of network kids shows and which many popular shows joined in specials during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Today these holiday specials stand as the guard of a time long  past. For the shows now air on Cartoon Network/ Nick and Disney XD  are now run by feckless creators, some who feel that kowtowing to powers and those that perceive they have power, only hurts the show in the end of the day. They are not creators, they are PR men, propaganda for either a education mandate that doesn’t work, a form of social uplifting of the misfits of the world that doesn’t uplift anything but Pateron accounts and Kickstarter Funds, and content that all dines in the mesh and morrass of pesudo-scarlet letter trigger warnings, slights of political gotcha checks, and all and all out purriance. Its the wonderful world of dung emoji and it been that way since that’s all what the “Corporate Safe Space” will give us.

And in one of the sad ironies of the time, Toys has lost wonder – even Lego uses Japanese culture tropes to sell product. You usually have team ups with diffrent shows in many of a Japanese product – but it doesnt happen in the states…unless you Lego and have more clout than most other franchiser in the kids business.

It even reaches Toonami in a sense. After the announcement that they were bringing back Samurai Jack, Mr Demarco stated he wanted one of the newer Lupin series, Yukyo Mine. Not the best of the Lupin works. But even he was told by the censors he couldn’t. Its strange. Lupin hasnt been apart of American culture – so it becomes to most hardest of sells to even put it on Toonami. Of course he would get Wakfu, but then they are on Netflix.

The fact that a dude who makes Adult Swim money over fist – gets denied a show – while the Creators of the Steven Universe are allowed to get away with everything – and the creators bows down to pressure from people who wish other fans of their show dead, is sad to me. Mine(And Lupin for that matter) isn’t going to cause your network problems, the show you promote next  to the 5th iteration of legendary Looney Toons characters has become more problematic and the fact they don’t see this tells me all i need to know.

They have given up on us. The American people – the American audience. who they feel are too lost in their “common sense” to talk to. We got so many was to view the content – they think its OK to delay shows for months on end. They will watch it again and again, old episodes – six, seven times a week. It will be greater than everything we have done before.

Then the holiday classics come on. The humanity. Coming from puppets, from animation, from the voice overs, the backgrounds. They stood, even when things were being built for children around, and torn down by government edict. Yes, animation is for all.

But at times, the little ones are to be reminded there are things beyond numbers, letters, and such things we as people need to be in the world. They need the journey of the heroes, the power of belief and the joy of overcoming life’s grand trials. And these folks who would easily falter to the hands of those willing to kill don’t understand and never did truly loved the work. They loved the fame, and sold their souls to the oligarchic power structures they trying to fight against and say they are against, but in reality work for them and are in tandem with them.

They are nothing more than the Grinch.

He could be redeemed, but I doubt they can.

Can anybody be redeemed?

Not so.

Thats why these specials, are truly are. They show us were we have fallen – the simple reasons why – and putting complications on it – and excusing it only causes us to lose the plot.

“Baby stuff”, Charlotte said to Virgina there is no Santa.

“Baby stuff”, when those demons said to Zamii when they said to her kill herself – “You know how she looks LIKE!”

But its that spirit of Christmas, that these specials represent show the best of ourselves, the hope in a manger. The hope in a child born in poverty gets the only thing that can get him out of it, a football. The hope in a woman who is homeless – to get 100 bucks from a man, not for favor, but out of his heart and his own reasons. The hope of a man, who after being told after he comes back from war, that the people he fought for calls him names, cishet, warmongerer, etc. That he – suffering from a lost hand, and lost heart and mind, can find a home, an honest job, and finally a smile from a grateful nation.

But for 345 days of the year, America is “We The Spiteful”. It feels more like pity.

We don’t know what we had until its gone.

And these holiday specials remind us every year of what we truly lost, the sense that good will truly win, and hope never truly dies.

They used to be apart of a place children could go.

Now these shows, these specials that only come one time a year, are now the gold standard of the industry.

Its not a popular opinion.

But in the end, the facts remain.

Maybe we adults can never be redeemed.

But Tomorrow isnt not the far away…

And the young must find that tomorrow.

Even if time runs short.

This Saturday and for the foreseeable future of every Saturday, the rooms of the American living room is quiet like the grave…

But its never silent.

Yes, Virgina there is a Santa Claus…

If only they just believe…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Wabbit Interviews: Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, JP Karliak & Gary Hartle http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/wabbit-interviews-jeff-bergman-bob-bergen-jp-karliak-gary-hartle/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/wabbit-interviews-jeff-bergman-bob-bergen-jp-karliak-gary-hartle/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:55:03 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57274 Each episode is comprised of 5 1/2 minute shorts featuring Bugs Bunny in his most iconic form – the “everyman hero” who uses all his wit, cleverness and guile to outsmart his foes. The show also brings back some of Looney Tunes classic characters such as Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote, Porky Pig and Yosemite Sam.

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Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production stars Bugs Bunny in a variety of shorts reminiscent of the classic material that made Bugs Bunny a cartoon legend. Each episode is comprised of 5 1/2 minute shorts featuring Bugs Bunny in his most iconic form – the “everyman hero” who uses all his wit, cleverness and guile to outsmart his foes. The show also brings back some of Looney Tunes classic characters such as Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote, Porky Pig and Yosemite Sam. Wabbit — A Looney Tunes Production premiered on September 21, 2015 on Cartoon Network and October 5, 2015 on Boomerang. As of November 9, 2015, episodes of Wabbit are airing first-run on Boomerang at 8 PM ET each weekday.

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ToonBarn Head Writer Marc Morrell interviewed 3 of the voice actors and 1 of the Producers of Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production at New York Comic Con. Check out the first video below to see Jeff Bergman, who plays Bugs Bunny, and Gary Hartle, Producer. The other video has Bob Bergen, who plays Porky Pig, as well as JP Karliak, who plays Wile E. Coyote.

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X-Men: First Class Scribes Join Looney Tunes-Inspired Acme Feature http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/x-men-first-class-scribes-join-looney-tunes-inspired-acme-feature/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/x-men-first-class-scribes-join-looney-tunes-inspired-acme-feature/#respond Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:00:07 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=50178 According to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has just tapped X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz in order to pen a currently untitled Acme movie in development. The director’s seat is currently vacant, as the studio is still negotiating with Crazy Stupid Love’s directors Glenn Ficarra and John […]

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According to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has just tapped X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz in order to pen a currently untitled Acme movie in development. The director’s seat is currently vacant, as the studio is still negotiating with Crazy Stupid Love’s directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

The Acme feature is said to be a CG/live action hybrid and is rooted in Warner Bros’ classic Looney Tunes cartoons. The project is being produced by the duo behind The Lego Movie, Dan Lin and Roy Lee. No plot details have been released yet, but the project is said to have originated from a pitch that Kevin and Dan Hageman sold in 2010.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter (via AWN.com)

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Never Before Seen Episode of The Looney Tunes Show: Superrabit http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/never-seen-episode-looney-tunes-show-superrabit/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/never-seen-episode-looney-tunes-show-superrabit/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:00:20 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=50158 If you’re a big fan of The Looney Tunes and Superman, Warner Bros. Animation’s most recent promo video and teaser gallery should be interesting, as it shows off the iconic Bugs Bunny donning what looks to be a Superman costume. Of course, the title of the clip is a dead giveaway: Superrabit. According to Warner […]

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If you’re a big fan of The Looney Tunes and Superman, Warner Bros. Animation’s most recent promo video and teaser gallery should be interesting, as it shows off the iconic Bugs Bunny donning what looks to be a Superman costume. Of course, the title of the clip is a dead giveaway: Superrabit.

According to Warner Bros. Animation’s description of the episode, Superrabit finds Bugs explaining to Daffy Duck how he was Super Rabbit for a while but gave it all up for specific reasons. As for what those reasons were, you’ll just have to watch the episode when it airs on Sunday, August 31 at 6:30 pm on Cartoon Network.

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Classic Looney Tunes Returns to Boomerang on October http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/classic-looney-tunes-returns-boomerang-october/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/classic-looney-tunes-returns-boomerang-october/#respond Sun, 29 Sep 2013 19:00:12 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=42712 This coming October 5, one of the greatest franchises in theatrical animated shorts will be returning to Boomerang, as the 24-hour classic animation network brings back Warner Bros’ classic Looney Tunes shorts via a one-hour block that airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 am. The classic Looney Tunes cartoons were first produced from […]

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This coming October 5, one of the greatest franchises in theatrical animated shorts will be returning to Boomerang, as the 24-hour classic animation network brings back Warner Bros’ classic Looney Tunes shorts via a one-hour block that airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 am.

The classic Looney Tunes cartoons were first produced from 1930 to 1969, which is considered by many as the golden age of American animation. The cartoons originally showcased Warner-owned musical compositions via the adventures of cartoon characters like Bosko and Buddy, but soon introduced a roster of new toons that eventually rose to popularity and became synonymous with the industry itself: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Taz, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Pepé Le Pew, and Speedy Gonzales. The cartoons last appeared on Boomerang in May of 2007.

“LOONEY TUNES still stand today as the most clever and entertaining theatrical shorts ever produced,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang. “We’re thrilled to bring them back to Boomerang on the weekends, offering true cartoon fans the opportunity to enjoy again these incredible shorts.”

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Video: The Looney Tunes Show – Christmas Rules http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/video-looney-tunes-show-christmas-rules/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/video-looney-tunes-show-christmas-rules/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=36168 Bugs, Daffy, and the rest of the Looney Tunes Show gang are ready to greet the holidays with all the hilarity and fervor that you would expect from the long running animated comedy franchise. In order to tease fans, Warner Bros. has released a new Merry Melody for “Christmas Rules.” As the video shows, “Christmas […]

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Video: The Looney Tunes Show – Christmas Rules

Bugs, Daffy, and the rest of the Looney Tunes Show gang are ready to greet the holidays with all the hilarity and fervor that you would expect from the long running animated comedy franchise. In order to tease fans, Warner Bros. has released a new Merry Melody for “Christmas Rules.”



As the video shows, “Christmas Rules” doesn’t refer to things that you have to follow during Christmas. Rather, it’s about Christmas being awesome. The episode itself, which airs tomorrow, Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on the Cartoon Network, is about Lola staging her own version of A Christmas Carol in order to renew the town’s holiday spirit, while Daffy and Foghorn go on a journey to the North Pole in order to set up a gigantic fan that will blow cold air down to their sweltering town.

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I Say, I Say . . . Son! – A Tribute to the McKimsons http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/say-son-tribute-mckimsons/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/say-son-tribute-mckimsons/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:00:56 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=35637 When people think about the golden age of Warner Bros’ cartoons, the first name that comes to their minds is either Chuck Jones or Friz Freleng, which is understandable considering the contributions those two directors made not just to Warner Bros, but to the industry as a whole. However, it seems unfair that Robert McKimson […]

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I Say, I Say . . . Son! – A Tribute to the McKimsons

When people think about the golden age of Warner Bros’ cartoons, the first name that comes to their minds is either Chuck Jones or Friz Freleng, which is understandable considering the contributions those two directors made not just to Warner Bros, but to the industry as a whole. However, it seems unfair that Robert McKimson and his siblings Charles and Tom weren’t given as much adulation and reverence, especially since the three of them together have been responsible for the look and feel of Warner Bros. cartoons more than anyone else in the industry.

Fortunately, Robert Mckimson’s son, Robert Jr., along with the Mckimsons’ industry peers have worked together to publish “I Say, I Say . . . Son!”: A Tribute to Legendary Animators Bob, Chuck, and Tom McKimson, which is a long overdue look at the art and history of the individuals who helped solidify the golden age of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, as well as helped define the look of Warner Bros’ flagship characters – particularly Bugs Bunny, whose overall look was improved and streamlined by McKimson Sr. in the early 40s.

The book starts with a poignant foreword from Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, which explains his admiration for the McKimson brothers’ works, followed by an intro from veteran director Darrell Van Citters, who also shared the effects of the McKimsons’ work on his own.

Robert Jr then uses the majority of the text in the book to share his father’s long, storied history as he started out at Disney and the Romer Grey studio to the earliest days at Harman-Ising. Of course, this being a celebration of people who made a living off animation, it wouldn’t be complete without any art supporting the text; the book contains stunning pencil art from Bosko (from Schlesinger) and Binko (from Romer Grey) framing Bob Jr’s text.

As for the McKimson’s own art, the book also contains a ton – from reproductions of comics, animation layouts, model sheets, water color paintings, storyboards, and everything in between. The images you’ll see in the book are all beautiful and raw art from the McKimsons, not the cookie cutter cliparts featured in lesser books related to animation.

I Say, I Say . . . Son! – A Tribute to the McKimsons

The book is available now through Amazon, in both Kindle (digital) and Hardcover formats: http://www.amazon.com/Say-Son-Legendary-Animators-McKimson/dp/1595800697

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New Looney Tunes Theatrical Shorts http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/looney-tunes-theatrical-shorts/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/looney-tunes-theatrical-shorts/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2012 06:00:45 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=34849 Have you ever wondered what the classic Looney Toons cartoons featuring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner’s hilarious cat and mouse (er-road runner and coyote) games would look like if updated with brand spanking new CG graphics? In Looney Tunes’ new Theatrical Shorts, you’ll see brand new CG-animated takes on the classic toons. For instance, […]

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New Looney Tunes Theatrical Shorts

Have you ever wondered what the classic Looney Toons cartoons featuring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner’s hilarious cat and mouse (er-road runner and coyote) games would look like if updated with brand spanking new CG graphics?

In Looney Tunes’ new Theatrical Shorts, you’ll see brand new CG-animated takes on the classic toons. For instance, in “Rabid Rider”, Wile E. Coyote tries to use an ACME Hyper Sonic Transport to catch the unsuspecting but eternally lucky Road Runner. As expected, the transport has a few problems that prevent it from working effectively. In “Fur of Flying,” Wile E. resorts to a makeshift copter-helmet in order to catch the elusive Road Runner. Unfortunately, he also needs to avoid heat-seeking missiles.

Of course, this being Looney Tunes, we can expect the outcome of every single attempt by Wile E. to fail. The one we have to watch out for is exactly how it will transpire. Is it a result of pure bad luck, or is it a defect in whatever contraption he’s using? You can watch the videos below to find out:

For more exclusive Looney Tunes shorts, you can visit their Youtube Channel @ http://www.youtube.com/looneytunesshorts

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The Looney Tunes Show New Premiere Date and Time: Oct. 2 at 8/7c http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/looney-tunes-show-premiere-date-time-oct-2-87c/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/looney-tunes-show-premiere-date-time-oct-2-87c/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:17 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=34670 The Looney Tunes Show will be making its grand return to Tuesday Nights this October 2 on the Cartoon Network. Catch the season premiere of the hilarious prime time animated sitcom featuring Bugs, Daffy, Porkey, and the rest of the Looney Tunes universe as they try to coexist in a single neighborhood, with madcap hilarity […]

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The Looney Tunes Show New Premiere Date and Time: Oct. 2 at 8/7c

The Looney Tunes Show will be making its grand return to Tuesday Nights this October 2 on the Cartoon Network. Catch the season premiere of the hilarious prime time animated sitcom featuring Bugs, Daffy, Porkey, and the rest of the Looney Tunes universe as they try to coexist in a single neighborhood, with madcap hilarity often ensuing.

The season premiere begins with the episode ‘Bobcats on Three,’ in which Daffy’s fibs and Bugs’ vices cause all kinds of trouble in the neighborhood. The problem lay in the fact that Daffy, aka Dr. Duck, has already tried every known occupation known to man (at least, that’s what he thinks) except for one: Coach. When Gossamer and his friends ask Daffy to serve as the coach of their water polo team, Daffy gladly accepts, despite not knowing the first thing about water polo, or even swimming for that matter. The kids teach him a life lesson about winning and losing, and he also learns that horses don’t belong in the pool.

The episode also follows Porky as he tries to get his catering business off the ground, but his healthy fare leaves lots to be desired. At Bugs’ urging, Porky starts using his grammy’s old recipes which are full of all things delicious like butter, sugar and heavy cream. All of which Bugs developed an addiction to, and all of which led to the rabbit putting on more weight than he can imagine. It wasn’t until Daffy needed Bugs’ help in the final water polo that he realized just how large he has become.

You can catch the season premiere of The Looney Tunes Show on October 2, Tuesday, 8/7c at the Cartoon Network.

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The Looney Tunes Returns for its Second Season http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/looney-tunes-returns-season/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/looney-tunes-returns-season/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:00:30 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=34453 The Looney Tunes Show will be returning for its second season on October 3, at 7:30 PM ET/PT on the Cartoon Network, and you can expect the whole gang to bring the same brand of hilarious, off-the wall comedy from Warner Bros. Animation’s long running animated half-hour comedy series. Iconic Looney Tunes characters such as […]

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The Looney Tunes Returns for its Second Season

The Looney Tunes Show will be returning for its second season on October 3, at 7:30 PM ET/PT on the Cartoon Network, and you can expect the whole gang to bring the same brand of hilarious, off-the wall comedy from Warner Bros. Animation’s long running animated half-hour comedy series.

Iconic Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzales, and slightly newer ones such as Lola and Tina will be returning as mismatched roommates on a suburban cul de sac, with their larger than life personalities and egos (especially egos) constantly clashing, resulting in a humorous situations and endless possibilities for fun.

This season will delve into what would happen if Bugs became addicted to Porky’s buttery catering, or when Lola mistakes a Witch’s spell book for a bed time story and accidentally transforms Gossamer into a frog.

CartoonNetwork.com will support the 2nd season of The Looney Tunes Show by launching a game based on one of the previous season’s favorite Merrie Melodies on October 1. The game is titled Daffy Duck’s Behold The Wizard! in which you help Daffy reach the guardian of infinite power, Celestia, using his wizardly abilities to defeat monstrous creatures along the way and navigating the treacherous environment full of rising and sinking platforms.

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Bridge Direct Becomes Master Toy Licensee for Looney Tunes http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/bridge-direct-master-toy-licensee-looney-tunes/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/bridge-direct-master-toy-licensee-looney-tunes/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:00:50 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=27263 Warner Bros. Consumer Products has recently announced that The Bridge Direct, Inc is now the master toy licensee for Warner’s Looney Tunes property, which includes its latest TV series incarnation, The Looney Tunes Show. Under the deal signed by The Bridge Direct, the global children’s consumer products company will be allowed to develop a comprehensive […]

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Bridge Direct Becomes Master Toy Licensee for Looney Tunes

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has recently announced that The Bridge Direct, Inc is now the master toy licensee for Warner’s Looney Tunes property, which includes its latest TV series incarnation, The Looney Tunes Show.

Under the deal signed by The Bridge Direct, the global children’s consumer products company will be allowed to develop a comprehensive product line that will be based on Warner Bros iconic characters Bugs Bunny, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Taz, Road Runner, and more. The product line will include plush toys, action figures, playsets, vehicles, and even roleplay items. The first batch of products is scheduled to debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York this month, followed by the retail launch in fall 2012.

“The Looney Tunes continue to transcend generations of fans and we couldn’t be happier to partner with The Bridge Direct as the master toy licensee of this cornerstone property,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “With these beloved characters, and the fresh new The Looney Tunes Show animated series, we are excited to offer fans of all ages so many new and exciting toys and products to bring their imagination to life.”

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Superbowl Sunday Cartoon Marathons http://www.toonbarn.com/phineas-and-ferb/superbowl-sunday-cartoon-marathons/ http://www.toonbarn.com/phineas-and-ferb/superbowl-sunday-cartoon-marathons/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2012 03:22:38 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=27011 Just last Sunday, roughly three-quarters of the nation, and a decent-sized chunk of the world, was enthralled with the Super Bowl battle between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. As the NFL season comes to a close, every football fan does what they can to soak in the day. But let’s not […]

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Superbowl Sunday Cartoon Marathons

Just last Sunday, roughly three-quarters of the nation, and a decent-sized chunk of the world, was enthralled with the Super Bowl battle between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. As the NFL season comes to a close, every football fan does what they can to soak in the day. But let’s not forget, even with that huge audience, there are still people out there who would rather spend their time cartooning. Thankfully, several channels and networks did what they could to offer an alternative to the big game, including a bunch of Super Marathons.

The below list captures just a few of the marathons. Were you watching any…?

  • Phineas and Ferb on Disney XD (11am to 5pm EST)
  • The Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network (11am to 5pm EST, Note: There seems to be an hour-long block of The Looney Tunes Show nestled in the center of this one)
  • Spongebob Squarepants on Nickelodeon (6pm to 8pm EST, preceded by two hours of iCarly and 2 hours of Victorious)
  • DragonBall Z Kai on Nicktoons (3pm to 5pm EST, preceded by 2 hours of Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
  • Strawberry Shortcake on The Hub (1pm to 3pm EST)

So for those of you who enjoy colorful cartoons and over the top violence… hope you enjoyed the bowl. The rest of us were watching animation all day! 🙂

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Point, Laser Point http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/point-laser-point/ http://www.toonbarn.com/looney-tunes/point-laser-point/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 01:28:10 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=27090 The Looney Tunes gang we’ve come to know and love is absolutely no stranger to entertaining. Between their cinematic appearances, dozens of TV series, and countless commercials and guest spots, they’ve been entertaining us for generations. On this latest episode of The Looney Tunes Show, the challenge will be entertaining one of the eldest in […]

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Point, Laser Point

The Looney Tunes gang we’ve come to know and love is absolutely no stranger to entertaining. Between their cinematic appearances, dozens of TV series, and countless commercials and guest spots, they’ve been entertaining us for generations. On this latest episode of The Looney Tunes Show, the challenge will be entertaining one of the eldest in these generations; Granny.

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Sylvester and Tweety

Sylvester and Tweety

When Sylvester becomes obsessed with a laser toy, Bugs and Daffy are forced to keep an otherwise very lonely Granny entertained. Now, we’ve been watching Granny adventures for years, typically involving her separating Sylvester from her beloved bird, Tweety. So just how different will it be now that everyone has a new focus? Be sure to TOON in to Point, Laser Point on Cartoon Network’s The Looney Tunes Show for the full story to find out how Bugs, Daffy, Granny, and Sylvester learn to deal with their new assignments.

Daffy and Bugs in yoga

Daffy and Bugs in yoga

Skydiving with granny

Skydiving with granny

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Then, stick around for an all new Merrie Melodies video, Table for One, where Speedy gives Porky dating advice. Bonus points for the readers that remember Porky’s on-again, off-again relationship from years past.

Porky and Speedy with the band

Porky and Speedy with the band

After that, see Wile E. Coyote hunt down the Road Runner yet again in Shut Your Trap. This time, Wile E. might actually have caught the Road Runner, once and for all — but what to do with him then??

Road Runner and Wile E Coyote on film

Road Runner and Wile E Coyote on film

“The Looney Tunes Show” © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies” and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros.

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