That’s Warner Brothers! Getting a Little Loony

So, this year, Warner Bros Media announced that Cartoon Network will begin airing the international preschool programming block Cartoonito to the CN US starting this September.

“Uh………yay?”

The reason why I’m bringing this up here is because there are no less than three (3) shows coming to the block that are based on Warner Brothers owned properties. One of which is Batwheels, a series set in the DC universe that focuses on the exploits of the Batmobile.

Well, OK, then. So that’s a thing that’s happening.

But what’s more interesting to me is two other shows based on WB properties that are coming. One of which is a new Looney Tunes animated series titled Bugs Bunny Builders.
What it’s about (source: TheTVDB.com) – Bugs Bunny Builders brings the wackiness, humor and slapstick we’ve grown to love to a new preschool audience. At ACME Construction Company Bugs Bunny and Lola Bunny manage a crew of builders that, quite frankly, should not be anywhere near a construction site. However, by working together as a team, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety and others use their tools and wild vehicles to pull off some of the looniest construction jobs ever.

My Initial Thoughts:

I know that we’ve been down this road before with Baby Looney Tunes, but this series seems to be a tad more ambitious than that series was. BBB isn’t just a clone of Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies.

This series at least has an original premise (well not so original. Bob the Builder anyone?), and this series claims to incorporate some of the Looney Tunes’ signature zany humor. Now, I don’t know how well that’s going to translate on a show aimed at preschoolers, but it’s certainly an ambitious endeavor.

Also, based on the few images that I’ve been able to find, it looks as though Builders will focus mostly (if not solely) on the characters of Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Lola and Tweety. I’m guessing that if any of the other LT characters appear at all, they’ll appear as either guest stars, supporting players or make the odd cameo now and then.

Side Bar: I read a comment about this show on YouTube in which someone responded with:

“No…Pepe LePew! (sob)”

OK, seriously. I like Pepe LePew as much as anyone else, but can you all please stop crying about Pepe LePew whenever the subject of something Looney Tunes related comes up? I agree that it sucks that Pepe’s one scene in Space Jam: A New Legacy was cut, but it was just one scene, which wouldn’t have made a huge impact on the film even if it didn’t get cut. And yeah, I agree that WB doesn’t need to remove the character going forward., but the fact of the matter that Pepe’s chief shtick (jumping on anything with a pulse) didn’t age well. That’s really all there is too it.

Pepe was problematic, but not unfixable. WB could at least try to give the character a new shtick for the modern era. New Looney Tunes (an underrated show, in my opinion) was on the right track when they turned Pepe into a parody of James Bond. In those shorts, Pepe’s advances were strictly toward his female partner, but she would routinely rebuff his advances and tell him to keep his dirty mind focused on the mission at hand. As for Bugs Bunny Builders, Pepe was never an A-list character. He was B or C-list at best, so it wasn’t a given that he’d be in this show anyway, at least not as a central character.

End Side Bar.

Is it just me, or do the Looney Tunes appear to be drawn to look a little younger than usual? I guess that makes sense, seeing how this show aimed at preschoolers.

And if this picture is any indication, it looks as though we’ll be getting the 1940s crazy version of Daffy Duck here. That puts a smile on my face. And on that note…Producers, please make Lola funny on this show. Having Lola revert to her earlier boring, dull as dishwater self in Space Jam: A New Legacy was such a letdown! Please tell me that we haven’t seen the last of kooky, distsy, zany Lola.

I don’t plan on watching this regularly, since I’m not 4 years old, but I must admit that I am curious to see just how WB plans to execute this idea. When it’s ready to air, there will undoubtedly be clips for it on YouTube and sites similar to that, so I’ll likely check those out in order to satisfy my curiosity.

Moving on…

The last show based on an established WB property that was announced was a show being called Tom & Jerry Junior.

And if you thought Warner Brothers was being tight lipped about Bugs Bunny Builders, the studio is being super secretive about this show! The notes on Tom and Jerry Junior must be locked up in a vault and that vault must be buried 6 feet underground! So far, we’ve got no synopsis, no trailer, no premiere date and the only image for the show that I could find was the above title card that doesn’t even have any characters on it. Literally, all we know about this show is that it’s going to air on Cartoonito, it has something to do with music and Tom & Jerry are in it. That’s it!

I’m legit curious about this show’s title. Why is it called Tom and Jerry “Junior” (singular) and not “Juniors”, with an ‘s’? Is the word “Junior” in the title because it’s a preschool show? Or is it another kiddification like Tom & Jerry Kids was?

We just don’t know.

Usually, when a studio is this secretive about one of it’s projects, it means that said project is either very good or very bad. But this is Warner Bros. we’re talking about, so I’m pretty sure that it’s not a case that WB has a major bomb-a-saurus on it’s hands. Most likely, the studio hasn’t ironed out all of the details yet.

A few weeks ago, Cartoon Network made a trailer for Cartoonito and none of the aforementioned shows were anywhere to seen in it. It’s clear that all of these shows must still be in development, so we’ll just have to wait a little longer to learn more about Bugs Bunny Builders and to find out what the hell Tom & Jerry Junior is. This is why I didn’t do this as a full blown Peeks segment. This was just a little taste.

Kind of like mini cakes, only not as delicious.

3 thoughts on “That’s Warner Brothers! Getting a Little Loony

  1. “Is it just me, or do the Looney Tunes appear to be drawn to look a little younger than usual? I guess that makes sense, seeing how this show aimed at preschoolers.”

    Not only do they look younger, but Bugs and Lola bear a noticeable resemblance to Buster and Babs; further cementing something I said earlier: the Looney Tunes and the Tiny Toons don’t need to appear together in a Looney Tunes project. If you have the former, then you don’t need the latter.

    As to why they’re so young looking, near as I can figure the producers felt that if the characters resembled kids, they’d be more relatable to a kid audience.

    While none of these particular projects are apparently ready yet (Jessica’s Little Big World, a Craig of the Creek spinoff for tiny tots, was also notable by its’ absence from the first Cartoonito trailer), it seems that Tom Ascheim and company aren’t playing around this time; they’re pulling out WB’s big guns for this block: Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, DC. Cartoon Network is clearly aiming for the US Cartoonito to not be a flash-in-the-pan like Tickle U was. Cartoonito is going to take up a whopping 8 hours of CN’s daytime schedule. This is looking to be a more ambitious undertaking than Big Bag and Small World. (Anybody remember those?)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. OK., here’s a quick update: Tom & Jerry Junior is now being called Tom & Jerry Time. Still no pictures yet, but the new title is mentioned in this article:

    https://pressroom.warnermedia.com/na/media-release/warnermedia-kids-family-host-virtual-birthday-party-new-cartoonito-preschool-launch?language_content_entity=en

    Based on how it’s been described, it sounds like Tom & Jerry Time won’t be a half hour show, but rather interstitial segments airing between programs similar to Jim Henson’s Muppet Time on Nick Jr. (anyone remember those?). Tom Aschiem described Tom & Jerry Time as having T&J doing their usual cat and mouse shtick but with a voice over counting “1…2…3…4…” as they smack each other around. That kind of thing.

    And for those who are wanting an all ages Tom & Jerry series, keep in mind that there’s still Tom & Jerry in New York on HBO Max, which will likely come to Cartoon Network at some point.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. A sneak preview of both Bugs Bunny Builders and Tom & Jerry Time (formerly Junior) has been uploaded:

    OK, we must be living in Bizarro World. These preschool shows have more fluid animation than some all-ages shows I’ve seen. Both of these look better than they have any right to. And Lola is actually funny in this. It’s quite a leap to go from Space Jam: A New Legacy, where Lola was “too cool for school” and sounded like Zendaya to this; they’re like different characters with the same name. Meanwhile the Tom & Jerry Time‘s animation and art style look downright theatrical; I’d like to get a bona fide Tom & Jerry show drawn and animated like this.

    Hopefully we’ll see a clip featuring Daffy soon. I can’t wait to see what BBB’s take on Daffy will be.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to goldstar Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s