Cartoon Network recently announced their lineup of upcoming new series for 2014-2015. The main (heck, the only) ones which caught our interest were the 2 entries from Warner Brothers, Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!.
Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production: The hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny you love is back! From Warner Bros. Animation, Bugs stars in an all-new series consisting of comedic shorts that find the iconic carrot-loving rabbit matching wits against (and getting the best of) classic characters like Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote. Along the way, Bugs will encounter brand-new foes and he’ll have some help from new friends like Bigfoot and Squeaks the squirrel.
Be Cool Scooby-Doo!: Be Cool Scooby-Doo! is an all-new 22-minute animated comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. The Scooby gang is back with a modern comedic twist on the beloved classic. With high school over and one last summer to live it up, the gang hits the road in the Mystery Machine, chasing fun and adventure. But monsters and mayhem keep getting in the way.
We at Twinsanity would like to quickly give our first impressions of both of these shows, based on what admittedly little info we have on them. (BTW, we won’t be doing full reviews of either show after they premiere; if we find anything about either series noteworthy in some way, we’ll give ’em a shouty-shout or acknowledge them in some way, but we won’t be giving either of these shows a full-blown review.)
Regarding Wabbit: I’m slightly surprised that WB would embark on a new Looney Tunes series so soon after The Looney Tunes Show, but with Wabbit they seem to be returning to the franchise’s roots and going for more of a shorts feel than the sitcom style of TLTS, which will please many LT fans, including myself, who could tolerate TLTS for what is was but can also openly admit that it was quite notably flawed in some areas. The fact that the show’s title is written in Elmer Fudd-ese would seem to be a clear indication that the marble-headed hunter will be playing a significant role in this show, again a plus given how Elmer’s role on TLTS was very noticeably minor. I hope that Daffy Duck and the other LT stars will find their way into this show as well, and that if Daffy does appear, he won’t be portrayed as solely jealous of Bugs, an oblivious idiot or the worst living creature roaming the Earth. As for the prospect of new characters, I know some people will (and do) find that off-putting, but I’m at least open to the idea of adding new LT characters to the roster every so often. If they’re cool and they don’t step on any other characters’ shticks, then I’m fine with newcomers. I’m not so sure what I think of the art style, though; I’m not exactly feeling the (IMO) unnecessary details to Bugs’ design (those specks on his fur–why?), but then I actually liked Jessica Borutski’s stylized designs for TLTS back when it was going to be called Laff Riot. Of course all we’ve seen so far of this show is one image; I’ll hold off commenting further on the look of Wabbit until I see more of it.
Regarding Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: Clearly, this series will be going for a much, much looser and straightforwardly comedic style and tone than Scooby-Doo: Mystery, Inc., thus adhering to CN’s current “dumb comedy rules!” sensibilities. That could either turn out to be very good or very, very bad. Hopefully, as we did with SD:MI, we’ll get to see some other HB stars pop up in cameos or guest star roles, like Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Jabberjaw, Speed Buggy, Hong Kong Phooey, Captain Caveman and the like, since it’s become painfully obvious that none of those guys will be getting their own shows again anytime soon. Again, I’m not sure what to make of the art style, except that Scoob looks positively lobotomized in that illustration. He looks like a Butch Hartman character on acid. I’m almost afraid to see what the other characters will look like.
One final note: a new Tom & Jerry series was also announced, titled imaginatively enough, The Tom & Jerry Show.
We didn’t post our impressions on that show because, well, it’s Tom & Jerry. It’s what we’ve all come to expect from T&J: cat chases mouse, mouse outwits cat, lots of slapstick, violence and cartoon chaos, yada yada yada, you know the drill. But the new T&J series employs the voice talents of Jason Alexander, Grey Deslile-Griffin and Simon Helberg, never a bad thing.