I was told back when my favorite movie that I've never seen came out that they played this brand-new CGI Warner Brothers cartoon featuring Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner before the show. Well now it's on the internet and I watched it, and... I guess I'm not sure how I feel about it. I don't really have any ill-will to the transition from hand-drawn to 3D (I mean it's not a process that I particularly care for to begin with but it could be worse), I just think they could've picked a more interesting cartoon to make. Take a look for yourself:
Okay! You've seen it. Glad you did? Good. Me too. Our relationship will only grow because of it. Let me break down my own personal opinion regarding this cartoon.
What I liked: I think they did a great job of avoiding the stiffness that you see a lot of in CG. These characters stretch and bend and come as close to their hand-drawn counterparts as I've seen. I think the general mood of the short is pretty spot-on too... I mean I guess it'd be pretty hard to screw up a Wile. Coyote cartoon.
|They got that swooshin' animation down! Mmmm...|
What I ... didn't like: I mean I guess if you don't laugh at the Coyote being hit by a truck the first time you're probably not going to laugh the next fourteen times it happens (I counted). Is that really a great idea to bring to the table for a new Wile E. Coyote cartoon?
WRITER: "Ok, remember sixty years ago when we had that gag about the coyote getting hit by a truck? Let's do that again, but...
DIRECTOR: "... I'm listening."
WRITER: "But we do it 15 times in 2 minutes. That's 30x more laughs!"
WRITER: "... and we'll make it in THREE-DEEEE."
DIRECTOR: "Sold. We'll call it Coyote Falls for some reason."Also, what better screams 3D ANIMATION better than opening on a particle effect?
|Living up to the original's particle effect scripting. Oh you cad, Chuck Jones!|
It's not like I want to see him get beheaded or anything, but give me a little payoff and a chance to breathe in-between all the bumper denting. Here's what we get instead:
|"Who else looks as bored as I do right now?"|
A sad-faced reaction shot and a black eye are all I'm asking for, folks. I guess it's harder to render realistic-looking charred coyote fur than it is just to draw it in a cartoon. Maybe they should've just stuck with that.
DISCLAIMER: If I seem to hold Looney Tunes on a pedestal, it's generally because I try to ignore everything that happened with the brand after the early 60's when they moved production to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and beyond. That includes all the weird and cheap-looking Looney Tunes from the 70's, Space Jam, That Other Movie they did with Brendan Fraser, Loonatics, etc. However, I do have a special place in my heart for the likes of Tiny Toons and Tazmania.
|Loonatics. Because we're out of ideas.|