‘Looney Tunes’: Mel Blanc’s voice will return to theaters with 3-D cartoons

June 09, 2011 | 3:06 p.m.

looney tunes Looney Tunes: Mel Blancs voice will return to theaters with 3 D cartoonsTh-th-th-that’s all folks?” Well, maybe not … Lee Margulies reports at 24 Frames that in the near future Warner Bros. will use today’s technology to return in a big way to the studio’s cartoon past. An excerpt from his post:

Warner Bros. is producing three new 3-D cartoons with its classic Looney Tunes characters to show in theaters before the studio’s movies — two of them featuring the talent of legendary voice actor Mel Blanc, who has been dead for nearly 22 years. Blanc, who for decades provided the voices of such beloved characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird, will be heard again via two recordings he made in the 1950s, the studio said Wednesday. One of them, “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat,” performed in the voice of Tweety, sold millions of copies when it was released in 1951. The song will be featured in a new cartoon using the same title, with Sylvester — of course — on the prowl for the little bird.

The other song is “Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody” from 1950, in which Blanc gives voice to the famed fowl explaining that the reason he’s “daffy, and so gosh-derned riff-raffy, and so screwy and laffy, is because those hunters won’t leave me alone.” It will be used in a new cartoon with Daffy and Elmer Fudd, “Daffy’s Rhapsody,” that Warners plans to release Nov. 18 alongside the feature film “Happy Feet 2.” The third theatrical cartoon will feature the Road Runner and his long-time nemesis, Wile E. Coyote. They also were featured in three theatrical shorts that the studio released last year.

This comes on the heels of a major return of the “Looney Tunes” brand on television as well ….

— Geoff Boucher


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