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Looney Tunes, Tiny Toon Adventures: Voice Actor Joe Alaskey Dies at 63

Voice actor Joe Alaskey died February 3, 2016, at the age of 63. Reports indicate the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Grandpa Lou Pickles, Marvin the Martian and more, died from cancer.

Alaskey lent his voice to characters from many many TV series, including Rugrats and sequel All Grown Up, Loonatics Unleashed, and as Daffy Duck on Duck Dodgers, for which he won an Emmy in 2004. Alaskey also narrated the Investigation Discovery TV series, Murder Comes to Town.

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Childhood Memories and The End of Saturday Morning Cartoons

2014 marked the end of many traditions that pop culture fans hold dear. One of the most surprising announcements was the official heralding of the death of Saturday morning cartoons. In September, the CW network’s parent company, Warner Bros., officially ended their run of morning long schedules of animated series, and reverted to cheaper educational programming in a time slot that barely filled three hours.

The CW was the last holdout in what was once a large race by television networks for advertisers, toy companies, and food corporations to win over young audiences. Once upon a time before cable television and the Internet every Saturday morning was a feast of animation and occasional live action fare for kids to enjoy.

Back in 1988, I fondly remember waking up very early on a Saturday to watch cartoons, and would officially pack up and prepare for the day the minute twelve drew near
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New Looney Tunes Film In The Works

It’s been awhile since the Looney Tunes tried their hands in the realm of cinema, but they are all set to return in a new film scripted by SNL cast member Jenny Slate. The film is going to be produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith via their KatzSmith production company. Over the last few decades the Looney Tunes have had mixed success, with 1997′s Space Jam reaching $230 million worldwide, but their 2003 effort Looney Tunes: Back In Action only totalled $68 million worldwide. Was it the quality, was it the timing, or was it that Michael Jordan is a bigger attraction to people of all ages than Brendan Fraser? No matter how this film turns out, it can’t be any worse than the ill-conceived Loonatics Unleashed TV series.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Big Banging Kaley Cuoco Hosts Teen Choice

In television news today, a host was chosen for this year’s broadcast of the Teen Choice Awards. Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory on CBS will do the honors. The live ceremony will air on the Fox network on Sunday, August 7th. You may recall that last year the hosting gig went to musical artist Katy Perry and the boys of the Fox series Glee (that is, Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, Chris Colfer and Kevin McHale).

Cuoco a formidable comedian, is also known from 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter where she shared the small screen with John Ritter. She also enjoyed stints on Loonatics Unleashed and Prison Break, but is most recognizable as Penny, the pretty woman surrounded by geeks on Big Bang. She also starred in Easter-themed picture, Hop.

We have heard guest performances can be expected from the likes of Jason Derülo, Will.I.
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Warner Brothers Likes New Looney Tunes Pitch on “Acme Warehouse”

Warner Brothers has just signed onto a new pitch for a live-action/CGI hybrid Looney Tunes film revolving around the classic Acme Warehouse, the mysterious provider and distributor of explosive devices within in the Looney Tunes universe.

Brothers Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman will be writing the script from their pitch. Warners Bros. owns Looney Tunes, and hopes to build a franchise around the idea. The plan is to make a live-action CG hybrid featuring the many outlandish devices of the company. It will not feature the Looney Tunes characters.

There was a Wii video game that came out back in 2007 that was called Acme Arsenal, but it didn’t directly relate to company that is referred to quite often in the cartoons.

Acme was famous for outlandish and downright dangerous products that fail catastrophically at the worst possible times. A.C.M.E. has also been used as a
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Looney Tunes 3-D Animated Shorts Are Returning to Theaters

Before they were entertaining me on TV every Saturday morning when I was younger, Warner Bros' classic Looney Tunes served as their first animated theatrical series playing before movies in theaters from 1930 to 1969. Since I'm technically all grown up now, I'm not all up to date on the current state of cartoons for kids these days, but I'm well aware that Looney Tunes is certainly not the staple it once was on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and that's just sad. However, NY Times is reporting that kids will finally discover (or maybe re-discover) characters like Bugs Bunny all over again in 3-D shorts hitting theaters this summer. After the abysmal attempt at the Looney Tunes revival that was "Loonatics Unleashed" (essentially an action comedy cartoon with anime Looney Tunes characters that completely missed the train), WB is anxious to get back to the core of what made the original ...
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First Look: Looney Tunes Characters Returning to Theaters Via 3D Shorts

First Look: Looney Tunes Characters Returning to Theaters Via 3D Shorts
Last time Warner Bros. tried to reinvent the classic Looney Tunes stable of characters, the result was a disaster. The Loonatics Unleashed featured absurd 'extreme' versions of the characters that were booed off television within two years. Now WB is trying again with a new cartoon series and a set of 3D shorts that will play in theaters. Why would you even think about having confidence in this new approach? Because the studio is going back to the basics, and the New York Times says that art from The Loonatics Unleashed is "framed and hanging in Warner’s animation offices as a reminder of what not to do." In October of last year, Brendon talked about how the underperformance of Looney Tunes Back in Action basically killed feature animation at the WB. Brendon's suggestion to revive the characters was simple: "Of course, a fool could tell you that a good
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The Looney Tunes Return ... Again

The Looney Tunes Return ... Again
I think it's safe to say that Loonatics Unleashed was a proverbial "wrong turn in Albuquerque" for the Looney Tunes characters -- an adrenaline-fueled superhero show starring Bugs and the gang, that focused more on action and less on funny. Was it the right way to re-vitalize the characters after Looney Tunes: Back In Action laid a goose egg at the box office? Probably not, but, hey, points for trying something new.

Personally, all I want from my Looney Tunes cartoons is for them to be funny. Maybe The Looney Tunes Show, a new half-hour cartoon starting this fall on the Cartoon Network, will be just the ticket? They're bringing back the classic characters with computer animation that looks somewhat like the original hand-drawn cartoons -- certainly more faithful than the angular, weird Loonatics designs. Now, please, God, just let them be funny.

It's strange how Warner Brothers hasn't been
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