Thursday, February 17, 2005

Though scary is exciting, nice is different than good

I liked this "re-imagining" of the Looney Tunes characters better the first time, when it was called Duck Dodgers. (And I don't even care for that, much.) Check out the fairly horrifying (no permalinks; scroll down to February 16) new version of Bugs Bunny. I don't think WB Animation has ever (with the exception of the Dodo shorts) created anything quite so close to good old-fashioned nightmare fuel; he's just menacing. Innovation in character design is never a bad thing. When I was younger, I delighted in spotting the variations in design between the works of the various Looney Tunes directors, as their works were (unbeknownst to me at the time) butchered, on The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show. Tex Avery and Chuck Jones alike had radically different, yet equally interesting takes on Bugs Bunny - though not as bizarre as this coming one. It'd be sad indeed if classic animated characters were condemned to be forever stuck in their original milieus, firmly in the lingering vaudeville traditions in Hollywood of the 1920s-1940s, true; but to dilute a beloved franchise badly is to both insult the goodwill of the fans, and devalue the product on the general market. (cf. Enterprise.) (Via Jaime Weinman.)

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