DON’T DO IT! Bugs Bunny to Get Extra Fuzzy with CGI Fur

Say it isn’t so.  Looks like another production studio is getting ready to flush your childhood dreams down the toilet.  Deadline reports that WB is preparing to reboot Bugs Bunny via a CGI/Live action vehicle penned by the guy who wrote Elf. Hm. Sounds-not-so awesome.

Warner Bros scored with the 1996 film Space Jam, mingling Looney Tunes characters with NBAsuperstars led by Michael Jordan, but its feature momentum ground to a halt with the 2003 Brendan Fraser-starrer Looney Tunes: Back In Action.

You don’t say!  How did that fail? I mean, they had Brendan Fraser, the finest comedic actor of this generation. This is just another piece of evidence that goes to show you that film studios have NO FUCKING IDEA what will be good and what will be bad.  These guys throw darts like nobody’s business.  But you can’t do this to Bugs.  I understand that at this point Pixar has done all the heavy lifting and now it’s actually cheaper to pump out the frames via computer than paying several artists to hand-draw the same character, and I understand that because of that, there’s no way this won’t happen.  But this is a horrible idea for one simple reason: the movie is marketable to nobody.  At $15 per person, plenty of people are getting extremely selective with the film scene.  And I don’t see any fan of Space Jam ponying up that dough to see the fur-texture on Bugs’ crackhead-tranny ass. It’s all just a little too real.  If your goal is to introduce the character to a new generation, do it on TV, where it’s free for the kid to get a taste.  When Yogi Bear got his horrific 3D remake, you didn’t hear me say “boo(boo),” but Bugs is different.  He’s always been smarter, more iconic, more meaningful – a freakin war hero.  He conquered Nazis, communists, you name it.  Single-handedly saved this country from the Depression.  You can bet your life he would have solved the economic crisis if he was still in syndication today.

While the rabbit was toned down in later Looney Tunes incarnations, the 1940 Tex Avery creation was the centerpiece for smart, topical, sophisticated and sometimes subversive cartoon shorts, marked by the vocal versatility of Mel Blanc, who also voiced Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and others.

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Smart, topical, sophisticated, voiced by Mel Blanc: 4 things that you can guarantee a new Bugs Bunny movie won’t be.

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