"Looney Tunes Cartoons" Premier on YouTube a Day Before HBO Max Launches

One of the main draws for animation fans who are on the fence about subscribing to yet another streaming service (HBO Max in this case) are the new "Looney Tunes Cartoons" which promise to have the spirit of the classic shorts with modern day sensibilities.  Warner Bros. has debuted two of those shorts on YouTube a day before the service launches and we can see that 'spirit of the classic shorts with modern day sensibilities' pretty much means using old music and sound effects over visuals that evoke 'Ren & Stimpy' style humor.  Granted, that's not really a bad thing provided they aren't inspired by the 'Adult Party' series.  The shorts that we see here are fairly entertaining.  There is a brief Bugs Bunny gag in the middle (probably from another short) that is positively hilarious!  That said, the two shorts are a little strange and not entirely what I expected from Looney Tunes shorts. 

Of the two, I found I enjoy the Tweety & Sylvester short more entertaining, because it feels closer to the original shorts in spirit than the other one.  It involves Sylvester thinking he finally ate Tweety (he just ate a cupcake) and then spends the rest of the cartoon thinking that a powered Tweety is a real ghost.  It contains modern references to Ghostbusters (among other things), but it's funny and mostly in the same style as the classic shorts.  The Daffy Duck short is a little less successful, leaning a little more on the gross-out gags as Daffy resorts to some drastic body mutilation after a fight with street gum goes wrong.  It's not bad but it feels a, lets say.  Not that this will all matter too much; the full 79 new shorts will premier tomorrow on HBO Max, and like the past shorts, some will be good and some will fall flat.  The best thing about these is that Warner Bros. is investing in Looney Tunes shorts after years of not doing anything with the property!

Your Comic Book Guy - Kevin

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