Warner Bros Studios released a still of the completed Looney Tunes Cartoons short ahead of its premiere Monday at the Annecy International Animation Festival.
The still shows Bugs Bunny evading an angry, ax-wielding Elmer Fudd. Reminiscent of the classic 30s and 40s style of Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett, it’s a familiar scene to many fans that will end with Bugs performing some sleight of hand to turn the tables on his hapless pursuer.
When Warner Bros. teased Looney Tunes Cartoons with an in-progress short at the studio’s animation showcase last year, the series received enthusiastic support. Since that preview, the studio has completed more than 20 shorts. Executive producer Peter Browngardt anticipates the number will grow to more than 200, with a total running time of 1,000 minutes.
Browngardt spoke to Variety about the creative process behind the gag-driven stories, which always begin with a visual gag. This in turn drives the animation and then the series’ storylines and updated dialogue.
“I feel like that is what made the classic Looney Tunes so fantastic,” Browngardt said. “It wasn’t screenwriters. They were thinking completely visual all the time. I feel like the best cartoon animation comes from that process.”
On Wednesday, Browngardt and supervising director Alex Kirwan will showcase the completed shorts, animatics and storyboards in a behind-the-scenes look at the series. And based on last year’s uproarious reception, Looney Tunes Cartoons should be well received by audiences.
“Annecy is going to be a blast,” said Browngardt. “This is my fifth year going and it’s one of the coolest places around. It’s beautiful. They love the art, and you that every day you’re there. It’s just a wonderful thing.”