Warner Bros. has announced this morning that more theatrical "Looney Tunes" shorts are on the way, to be animated with CGI and released in 3D. Two of the planned releases will feature archival material from the late Mel Blanc, who, responsible for a great deal of voice work, is best known as the original voice of Bugs Bunny.
The cartoon shorts, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and directed by Matthew O'Callaghan (who directed the previously-released "Coyote Falls"), will be titled "Daffy's Rhapsody" and "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" and will make use of Blanc's voice via original songs he recorded in-character in the 1950s.
The third short, still untitled, will feature the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
"Everyone at Warner Bros. Animation grew up loving the Looney Tunes characters, and it has been both a great honor and an enormous challenge to continue the legacy of these animation icons and introduce them to a new generation of fans," said Sam Register, Warner Bros. Animation's Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, "And to have the incomparable Mel Blanc voicing these characters once more is nothing short of a dream come true for all of us... This will probably be the last time that Looney Tunes fans will have an opportunity to see an original Mel Blanc short featuring these characters. We are honored to bring Mr. Blanc and his legacy to Looney Tunes fans once again."
The descriptions of the upcoming shorts are as follows:
"Daffy's Rhapsody": In the first of the new shorts, a persistent Elmer Fudd chases Daffy Duck (Blanc) on stage during a musical performance. The short features Blanc performing the song "Daffy Duck's Rhapsody." Daffy's Rhapsody is scheduled to debut in theaters on November 18, 2011, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures' release of Happy Feet 2.
"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat": A classic game of cat and bird transpires in Granny's apartment as Tweety Bird goes to great lengths to avoid the clutches of his arch-nemesis Sylvester the Cat. The short also features the hit song of the same name, which was performed by Blanc, and sold over three million copies worldwide.
Untitled Coyote & Road Runner: Wile E. Coyote's epic quest to capture the Road Runner continues in this all-new short. Will the Coyote finally get his paws on his elusive prize?
The below image is the first still from "Daffy's Rhapsody". Click on it for a larger version.