Meep meep. Making a quiet debut into theaters this weekend for the first time in decades is a short starring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, continuing the endless, wordless zen-like chase, this time in 3D.
“Coyote Falls,” a 3-minute “Looney Tunes” short that precedes the sequel “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.” Already, it’s been getting better reviews for not only keeping true to the Chuck Jones creation, but for better using the 3D format.
It’s the first of three new Roadrunner/Coyote shorts that will appear in theaters this week. Another, “Fur of Flying” will precede the 3D “The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” Sept. 4. The third will accompany “Yogi Bear” (with Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake as the voices of Yogi and Boo Boo) Dec. 17.
It’s all a part of a campaign to bring back a mostly faithful representation of the classic Warner Brothers cartoons by the studio, which will also be putting on redesigned classic characters on “The Looney Tunes Show” on the Cartoon Network.
“One of the questions that came up is, ‘How do you do something new to the characters?’ And in some cases, we redesign them or we redraw them,” says Sam Register, Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Animation.
In the case of the Roadrunner, he says, it “was the medium that has changed.”
“What we did is try to stay as classic to the original Chuck Jones Road Runner/Coyotes as we possibly could,” Register says.
The results have received unprecedented support from the studio,” Register says. “They’ve really stuck with us. They spent more money than I thought they would.”
The shorts also effectively revitalize the Acme company for the big screen.