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11 March 2014 @ 11:48 pm
Look what's new from Termite Terrace?  
I mentioned before that Warner Bros. Animation was one of my favorite cartoon studios, prior to the 2000s when they began outputting some REALLY BAD material (it was like the late 1960s version of the studio all over again, but much WORSE!) Since then, I haven't trusted the company when it came to putting out new stuff with the classic characters. It made me sad that what was once such a great animation department had really gone down the crapper.
Well luckily, that cruel creep of a studio president Sander Schwartz left the studio seven years ago, so that gave them a little time to recover from the damage he did, but when the CW decided to cancel Kids' WB, that really cut back on the work for the Warner studio, but they've been busy again since at least 2010. And after they ended their somewhat controversial "The Looney Tunes Show" and violent "Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated" last year, we were wondering when they would be making new shows with both franchises again (especially the Looney Tunes, as Warner doesn't seem to have much faith in them anymore...)
Well, guess what? They have two shows with them in the works! One of them is "Wabbit: a Looney Tunes Production"...

Going by the description, it finally goes back to the "shorts" format (ala their currently-in-production "Tom and Jerry Show" Flash-animated series), pitting Bugs Bunny in new adventures against old favorites like Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote, along with throwing in some new characters. It sounds promising, but it looks like they're going to still use redesigned character models, instead of going for the classic look (like that "What's New Scooby-Doo" scene featuring Wile E. and the Road Runner.) But only time will tell...

And they're coming out with another show that redesigned the main characters...

I am somewhat shocked by how they drew Scooby-Doo for this. He looks like he came out of a parody segment or something. It will still have the whole human gang, though. The premise is that this show will be more "comic" than the last three shows Warner did (two of them were far too much like "real life," and then there was that weird "Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue" that had a Loonatics Unleashed-esque premise and ghastly character designs and artwork.) All three mentioned shows also used redesigns of the characters, but at least the two "realistic" ones kept Scooby a bit closer to the classic design.
Though I will admit, a more comic version of Scooby-Doo WOULD be nice. A refreshing change of pace from the previously-mentioned shows. Plus, the original Scooby-Doo shows could be pretty comedic at times too.
I am wondering if David Feiss will be working on this; Scooby's design does look like something out of "Cow and Chicken" or "I.M. Weasel" (those were good, but I usually preferred "I.M. Weasel" of the two.)

At least it shows Termite Terrace will not be abandoning the Looney Tunes anytime soon (although nowadays it's probably "Terabyte Terrace," given how digitally-oriented the studio has been since the early 2000s.)