This week, Warner Bros. Animation will have a presence at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. And one of the projects that they’ll be highlighting is “The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie,” one of several animated features and TV series that HBO Max scrapped earlier this summer. The feature is still in production and looking for a new streaming home, and we’ve got the exclusive clip that you can watch above.
The clip not only captures the spirit of classic Warner Bros. characters like Porky and Daffy, but also because reveals that the film is seemingly traditionally animated, which harkens back to the company’s rich history of hand-drawn animation. What makes it so striking, too, is that the comedy in the clip is contemporary. Yes, it’s indebted to the past, but it’s not mired. It’s unafraid to be modern.
“When we were launching ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons,’ we had the opportunity to preview a number of the shorts at the Ottawa Animation Festival,” Pete Browngardt, executive producer of “The Day the Earth Blew Up,” said. “This movie is being produced with the same effort and love that made ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ such a success and it felt right to bring this little sneak peek to Ottawa and show the amazing work the team is currently doing.”
The “Day the Earth Blew Up” clip will be screening before Warner Bros. Animation’s “Batwheels” presentation (that show is still a go at HBO Max) and will be playing at the Warner Bros. Animation booth that’s part of the Animation Expose Fair. (A shorter version will be screened during the festival’s animated series competition but not in competition.)
Here’s the official synopsis for the new movie: “Planet Earth faces the threat of an alien invasion and humanity’s only hope lies with Porky Pig and Daffy Duck! Starring the classic animated odd couple, this sci-fi buddy action comedy turns Porky and Daffy into unlikely heroes when their antics at the local bubble gum factory uncover a secret alien mind control plot. Against all odds, the two are determined to save their town (and the world!)…that is if they don’t drive each other crazy in the process.”
Hopefully we’ll get word on where “The Day the Earth Blew Up” will show up (before it blows up) sooner rather than later.
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