Getting Looney About Road Runner and Coyote
TC: That's a great way of putting it: they were always adding something.
BD: And what was it like doing stereoscopic 3-D?
TC: The surprising thing was that until I actually noticed the jokes were funnier in 3-D, I didn't realize how much it adds to the humor. Nobody talks about comedy in 3-D, but because of this broad, physical comedy, it actually makes things better. We've all seen that canyon before, but seeing it in 3-D with a little more reality to it, was new. He really was falling far.
BD: And the story challenges?
TC: We wanted to keep the classic dynamic. These cartoons are three minutes so it had to be something that reads right away.
SB: There are lots of premises, but the ones we responded to were the ones we knew would work in 3-D, so the idea of the Coyote jumping off a bridge attached to a giant rubber band [in Coyote Falls] immediately sparked our interest. And Matt's team of storyboard guys came up with the best gags that would go together. And so there were many versions of Coyote Falls until the final one was selected.
TC: The Looney Tunes Show is mostly an animated, traditional sitcom [done principally by Rough Draft and Toon City] starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. In addition, there's a Merrie Melodies segment, which is kind of like a song parody that utilizes different characters and different musical genres, and, again, in most there's a CG Road Runner/Coyote cartoon done by Crew 972 in Israel.
BD: But as you said, more in keeping with the look of the show, not the theatrical shorts. What is the look of the show?
TC: We wanted to change up the style a little bit. It took a while to evolve: In the very beginning, the new design of the characters made them look a little young, but we've moved passed that and they're streamlined versions of their normal selves.
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.