There’s great news for fans of Bugs Bunny and friends, as well as for the youngsters the elder fans want to indoctrinate into the Looney Tunes fold. HBO Max is bringing Looney Tunes back with a series of new cartoons created with great style and panache by Peter Browngardt.
With a name that’s as uninventive as the actual animated shorts themselves are delightful, Looney Tunes Cartoons, as the series is called, takes its style and substance directly from some of the earliest origins of Warner Brothers cartoons.
Creator Browngardt said he’s been in love with Looney Tunes since he went to a screening of classics, and met animator Chuck Jones when the animation master was signing his book ‘Chuck Amuck’. At the series’ unveiling at Annecy in 2019, Browngardt explained he and his production partners wanted to go back to how the original animation was made in the 30s and 40s. Mission accomplished. The short Dynamite Dance, starring Bugs and Elmer, evokes Bob Clampett’s Corny Concerto, from 1938, and even Tex Avery’s A Wild Hare, which features Bugs in his first official appearance in 1940.