by Jeremy Kahn
For those not aware (or maybe you are and are just smart enough to avoid it) WB has recently put on the air waves a new Looney Tunes series (or some animated series that just happens to star the Looney Tunes cast). Now, before this so-called Looney Tunes Show aired, there were three theatrical shorts released in preparations for the series. These three shorts stared Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner and were rendered in 3D animation. These shorts were pretty well received and gave a good throwback to the original shorts of the same name. For those curious, during The Looney Tunes Show, every now and then similar Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts are played.
Now here is where things get interesting. As part of this Looney Tunes revival, WB will be releasing another three shorts to theatres. The first of such has been confirmed to be appearing in front of Happy Feet Two (hey, I can think of way worse things to put it in front of, *cough*Yogi*cough*Bear**cough*). Truth be told, I’ve actually been planning to see this movie anyway, so this is a great added bonus.
Okay, time for the good parts. Two of the three shorts will feature Mel Blanc voicing the lead character roles. You heard right. WB is using some old songs Mel Blanc recorded, and animating them. The two songs that were selected for this special treatment are “Daffy’s Rhapsody” and “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat“.
I remember first listening to “Daffy’s Rhapsody” on a Dr. Demento record I had, then eventually a set of CDs I got of the same name. Now I actually have both these as well as “I’m Glad I’m Bugs Bunny” on my iPod. I know ever since I first heard these my old Dr. Demento records and cds I always imagined them being animated someday. While I’m glad to see this finally happen, and with Mel Blanc’s voice recordings still in tact, I just wish they would have used traditional animation.
For those interested, you can purchase both songs through Amazon MP3 download.
“I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat“.
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