HBO Max launches on May 27, and the streaming service will debut a new series that same day: “Looney Tunes Cartoons.” The series will consist of animated shorts featuring your favorite classic Warners Bros. cartoon characters, including Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Elmer Fudd and more.
The original “Looney Tunes” were short, animated features that played before feature films in movie theaters in the 1930s.
There have been many incarnations of the cartoon in the decades since, and the “Looney Tunes” gang has been featured in movies, comic books, video games, music and amusement park rides.
The latest reboot seeks to evoke nostalgia for the classic animated series’ roots. Peter Browngardt developed the new series and is executive producing it with Sam Register, president of Warners Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.
“This is a love letter, a passion project,” Browngardt told Forbes. “I grew up knowing these characters, the classic directors. And I thought, ‘Why can’t we do that anymore?'”
Ahead of the official launch on May 27, WarnerMedia dropped a full episode of the new series online. Check out the 11-minute installment on YouTube:
Browngardt says that modern audiences are delighted with the slapstick humor and surreal style of the original cartoon in this updated version.
“I asked if we had ever focus-grouped the classic animation, and we never had,” he told Forbes. “So we showed them to the kids and their parents, without telling them they were 50, 60, 70 years old. They thought they were new. We showed them a bunch of stuff and it worked perfectly.”
HBO Max promoted the new episode in a tweet on May 23:
Looks like Roadrunner just found out there's a brand new episode of Looney Tunes Cartoons to watch! Streaming NOW on the HBO Max Family Facebook page! https://t.co/vb3MyVyUpY pic.twitter.com/duRyhdSaUF
— HBO Max (@hbomax) May 23, 2020
“Looney Tunes Cartoons” consists of 80 episodes, each 11 minutes long, plus holiday-themed specials. The iconic characters are voiced by Eric Bauza (“Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Jeff Bergman (“The Bugs Bunny Show”), Bob Bergen (“The Looney Tunes Show”), Fred Tatasciore (“Family Guy”), Candi Milo (“Tiny Toon Adventures”) and Michael Ruocco (“BoJack Horseman”).
This looks so cute! Will you tune in for some nostalgic cartoon viewing?