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New ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ Batch Coming to HBO Max

Pete Puma’s looking to snack on ‘Bugs,’ Daffy is bested by a photocopier, and offers legal advice to Elmer Fudd, in a new set of 10 shorts dropping April 29.

10 new episodes of the Looney Tunes Cartoons are coming to HBO Max, debuting Thursday, April 29. In this newest batch of cartoons, Bugs’ relaxing afternoon is interrupted by a hungry Puma looking for a “hare-y” snack; Daffy meets his match with an office photocopier; helps Porky find his keys; and offers legal advice to Elmer Fudd. Taz, Tweety, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner also star.

For over six decades, the manic and hilarious world of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Tweety Bird dominated Saturday morning cartoons. The five-time Oscar-winning Looney Tunes cartoon shorts first began airing theatrically in the 1930s, and quickly became one of the most popular animated staples for slapstick humor, back when going to the picture show meant a newsreel, a cartoon, and sometimes two feature films. 

Looney Tunes, directed by animation legends like Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, and Bob Clampett, have been revered for generations as some of the greatest animated films ever made. And while Looney Tunes had laid relatively dormant since Baby Looney Tunes and Duck Dodgers appeared on the scene in the early 2000s, Warner Bros. Animation rebooted the beloved cartoon comedy franchise with the brand-new Looney Tunes Cartoons.

Launched along with the new HBO Max streaming platform last May, Looney Tunes Cartoons is a series of 1-6 minute shorts featuring classic Looney Tunes characters like Bugs and Elmer, Daffy and Porky, Tweety and Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, and others. Packaged into more than 80 11-minute episodes, 1,000 minutes in total, the cartoons echo the high production value and process employed on the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, with a cartoonist-driven approach to simple, gag-driven, and visually compelling storytelling. They feature a talented group of voice cast members including Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen; they’re executive produced by Emmy Award nominee Peter Browngardt (Steven UniverseUncle Grandpa) and Sam Register (Ben 10Teen Titans Go!), and produced by Alex Kirwan (My Life as a Teenage Robot). 

Browngardt recently signed an exclusive, multiyear cross-studio deal with Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Cartoon Network studios (CNS); under terms of the agreement, Browngardt will develop and produce original animated programming, with access to the extensive character and franchise libraries at each studio, for a range of audiences including preschool, kids, adult, and family/co-viewing across all WarnerMedia platforms, as well as external outlets and services.

Source: Warner Bros. Animation

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