Well, as far as 3D is concerned, I’m not convinced, despite it’s increasing presence in the market place. However, after all my time criticising post-rendering in 3D or how certain films don’t necessarily need the gimmick, maybe it’s about time I got a little bit excited about 3D and stopped complaining so damn much. Or at least recognised that it’s not all bad. The good news of which I speak? The Looney Tunes are coming back… in 3D.
Okay, the “… in 3D” bit is a bit of an afterthought. The best part is that – like the muppets – we may have a Looney Tunes revival on our hands. Remember when they used to show Looney Tunes shorts in cinemas before films? No, I wasn’t alive either, but I’ve read about it. It was in the golden age of movie-going, before everybody with some sort of business could subject you to a cheap advertisement on the big screen. When going to the cinema was more than seeing a movie – with trailers for movies you hadn’t heard of and short films before the feature presentation – it was an experience.
Okay, maybe it wasn’t as fantastic as I make it out to be. I’m fairly sure there were were always advertisements for non-movie-related products mixed in with the trailers. Still, everyone likes short films, right? Hell, that’s a big part of the fun of any given Pixar film, isn’t it?
And the Looney Tunes… well… I own the boxsets. I’m a fan. I’ll concede that there is cause for worry here. Let’s face it, maybe they’ve had their day. I mean, we all remember the disaster that was their last attempt at a come back, Looney Tunes: Back In Action. No? No one remembers that? It had Steve Martin in it? Still nothing? And Brendan Fraiser? Nope? I give up. Even before that, Space Jam was a perfectly serviceable bit of fun that never really managed to capture the essence of the original shorts.
I’m fairly sure that the Looney Tunes don’t really work as feature length projects. They work as shorts. Five minutes of pure, wonderous, ridiculous magic put up on film. Anything else is like that guy at a party who tells a joke, but feels the need to draw it out… for hours. Don’t be that guy. The shorts are a format which suit the rapid-fire wit and wonderfully simple premise of the material.
And, you know what? I think that 3D might complement these new shorts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s as much a gimmick here as it is anywhere else and Warner Brothers aren’t going to pull an Avatar on us by revolutionising the field. However, projecting depth probably works better with objects that can be entirely manipulationed (like animation) and – let’s face it – if anything justifies the format, it’s the notion of eyes popping out of heads as the Coyote realises he has been duped or Daffy getting literally blown off the screen when one of his plans backfires.
The first short is called Coyote Falls. No points for guessing it is a Road Runner short – they are my personal favourites, just because of the simplicity of the premise and the wonderful sight gags they afford. It will be debuting ahead of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Pussy Galore, which means I am highly unlikely to see it. Though this could convince me to see Harry Potter in 3D. You might otherwise worry that a side event could be more appealing than the main attraction, but these are the Looney Tunes.
It’s good to have them back…