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Wabbit—A Looney Tunes Production
Wabbit logotype.svg
Genre
  • Animation
  • Comedy
Based on Looney Tunes
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s)
  • Erik Kuska
  • Sam Register
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original airing 2015 (2015)
Chronology
Preceded by The Looney Tunes Show

Wabbit—A Looney Tunes Production is an upcoming American animated television series on Cartoon Network from Warner Bros. Animation. Each episode contains four shorts, with Bugs Bunny as the main character. In the show, Bugs confronts other characters from the Looney Tunes shorts, as well as some new friends and enemies. The show was announced in March 2014, and is slated for a 2015 release.

Plot

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Each episode of Wabbit contains four shorts, starring Bugs Bunny from the Looney Tunes as the main character. Other characters, such as Wile E. Coyote and Yosemite Sam, show up to annoy him. Some characters are given new traits: Wile, for example, is Bugs' smart-aleck neighbor, while the Tasmanian Devil (renamed "Theodore Tasmanian") is employed as an accountant, though he represses his true self.[2] Added in are new characters—a squirrel named Squeaks and a childlike version of Bigfoot—who come to befriend Bugs. Likewise, Bugs faces new villains, but not without the help of his friends.[3]

Production

Wabbit was announced in March 2014, along with other reboots of Warner Bros. classics, such as Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! and The Tom and Jerry Show.[4] Sam Register, promoted to president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series a month prior, will be its supervising producer.[5] Episodes will run for a half-hour.[3]

The show was previewed in an article from a Comic-Con edition of TV Guide,[6] stating that the show was written to match the tone of the Looney Tunes shorts. However, the producers sought to avoid their clichés—in particular, the anvil gag. The crew placed their emphasis on writing original stories, as well as devising "modern heavy objects to cause pain", according to producer Erik Kuska. Bugs' villains may include "barbarians and ninjas and terminators", Kuska said, describing Bugs as "at his best when he's up against a really good adversary". In this way, Kuska felt Elmer Fudd may not be "the man" anymore.[2]

Broadcast and reception

Wabbit is slated for a 2015 release.[2] For Indiewire, Jerry Beck called the show's announcement the "biggest surprise", with the reveal of the new characters as the "scary part". He summarized to "cross our fingers and hope for the best".[7]

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 TBA TBA 2015 (2015)
 

Explanatory notes

  1. Early press kits give Squeaks a different appearance.[1]

References

  1. For example, see: Loveday, Samantha (October 6, 2014). "The Big Interview: Preston Kevin Lewis, General Manager, Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK & Ireland". Licensing.biz. NewBay Media. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. http://www.licensing.biz/big-interviews/read/the-big-interview-preston-kevin-lewis-general-manager-warner-bros-consumer-products-uk-ireland/040903. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
    • Compare with: Spiegel, Danny (July 22, 2014). "Coming Attractions". TV Guide (OpenGate Capital): 79. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Spiegel, Danny (July 22, 2014). "Coming Attractions". TV Guide (OpenGate Capital): 79. 
  3. 3.0 3.1
  4. Perlman, Jake (March 10, 2014). "Cartoon Network Reviving Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc.. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. http://family-room.ew.com/2014/03/10/cartoon-network-new-programming/. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  5. "Sam Register Upped to President of Warner Bros. Animation, Will Head New Digital Unit". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. April 23, 2014. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/sam-register-promoted-president-warner-bros-animation-digital-series/. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  6. Beck, Jerry (March 10, 2014). "Wabbit—A Looney Tunes Production Toplines Cartoon Network Upfront Presentation". Indiewire. SnagFilms. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/wabbit-a-looney-tunes-production-toplines-cartoon-network-upfront-presentation. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
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