Sunday, November 08, 2009

Laff Riot Getting Retooled

As of Friday, Warner Bros Animation laid off most of the crew working on Looney Tunes: Laff Riot for "retooling".
http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/layoffs-and-hirings.html
The people in charge are taking the show and revamping it and won't be back in production until January.
Tom Ruegger, who has worked on other WB shows in the past, had this bit of info listed on the Toon Zone forums:
"On Friday, without warning, much of the staff and crew on "Laff Riot" was let go (with a severance package and vacation pay included). The show has ceased production and is being "retooled." This 26 half hour re-imagining of the Looney Tunes franchise has been in production since May. The crews have finished storyboards and recordings of close to 12 half hours already. Some episodes are in animation, so to shut the series down at this point is a costly event. No word as to who made the decision to close it down. A skeleton crew of senior artists is being kept on to help "retool" the series along with the management team and the producers. If it gets back on track again, it would resume production some time early in 2010."
http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?p=3431935#post3431935
Unfortunate news indeed. Hopefully this "revamp" doesn't hurt the new show's future. I was starting to get excited in seeing this after reading an earlier article.
http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/at-warner-bros-animation.html
"We started off with Darrel Van Citters's models, now we've got a lot of Clampett influence and we're moving toward Chuck Jones ..." Sounds like the designs were moving in a good direction.

5 comments:

Jeff Cook said...

Very unfortunate. Many animators and Looney Tunes fans are waiting for this show and any little bits of information surrounding it... But not this sort of information.

David Germain said...

Methinks I smell the grotesque boney hands of too many executives involved.

Bubbashelby said...

Wasn't most (all?) of the magic of the original Termite Terrace productions due in large part to the lack of the "higher-ups" involvement?

This does not bode well.

Nic Kramer said...

According to Cartoon Brew it was because someone thought it would be a good idea to give the character UPA-ish angler designs since everyone else was doing it. They ended up doing it for their first episode and needless to say, the test screening was a failure.

Folks, just use these types of designs on the layouts, NOT the actual characters. They hardly didn't do this in the original shorts. Don't try to be like almost everyone else.

And save the 3-D Road Runner bits for a video game. We should probably want one for the DS anyway.

Anonymous said...

What everyone out there needs to remember is you have to stick with what was successful. This 3D animation and cheap looking art will only lose money in the long run even if it saves labor in the short run because it will fail to resonate with the audience and keep them coming back for more. WB has the character model sheets of geniuses like Chuck Jones and Tex Avery - for the love of Bugs Bunny please use them! Then they need the strong writing and storyboard of the classics - the successful tradition of quick wit, gag humor and simple story works so much better than these new zany out of this world concepts that are too fast paced and over the top. (eg: hour after hour of Daffy bashing that goes nowhere). And if they think this is what the kids like to watch it is simply not true! I am a kid and all I can say is that brevity is wit!

Looney Tunes was the Family Guy of the 40s and 50s - it should maintain that cutting edge with the adult aimed satire that won over audiences years ago. Children will like what their parents like and will continue to watch it as they grow older even if they do not understand all the references to begin with. This will keep the programs running for years to come. The original show was successful as a break away from the family orientated shorts and features of Disney. It must recapture that audience through the same formula and not try to compete with the contemporary shows of today. Space Jam was probably the best contemporary Looney Tunes revamp I saw - and some of the later shorts were good to in that they kept to classic gags - eg: "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers." People are itching for more of these classic Looney tune shorts. And most true fans would probably would rather watch the originals over and over than some new attempt at a "re-branding". The brand is good as it is and lets keep it that way - there is just no need to take the greatest cartoon characters of all time "back to the ole drawing board!"