Here is a fact so unbelievable that we had to double-check it – there has never been a feature-length Looney Tunes movie. Despite being one of the best-known entertainment franchises for the past 90 years, the upcoming The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie is the first time these characters have starred in their own full-length animated film.
We can already hear you typing in the comments “But what about Space Jam?” but both the original film and its disappointing 2021 sequel were crossover films, while The Day the Earth Blew Up is a fully animated movie exclusively featuring Looney Tunes characters. It is wild to us that it has taken this long – the first Looney Tunes short was released in 1930 – for this to happen. The Day the Earth Blew Up stars Porky Pig and Daffy Duck trying to save the world from a hostile alien invasion. Originally, it was being developed for streaming on Max but has been looking for a new home since Warner Bros. Animation axed it in its ongoing corporate cutbacks.
We’re fascinated by how the team behind this upcoming film will handle pacing the manic energy of Looney Tunes, which typically thrives in short 10-minute bursts, into a 90-minute-long story. Looking at the single promotional still that has been shared so far, it looks like the movie will borrow heavily from Tex Avery’s art style, which laid much of the foundation for early Looney Tunes humor and animation.
Warner Bros. Animation will be bringing The Day the Earth Blew Up: A Looney Tunes Movie to the American Film Market next week, so we’ll hopefully get to see a full trailer shortly. The Day the Earth Blew Up is currently slated for a mid-2024 release window.
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