Saturday, March 7, 2009

Warner Bros. Sing-Along: Oh, the HORROR!

Back in the late 90's, Warner Bros. created a direct-to-video Looney Tunes special entitled "Looney Tunes Warner Bros. Sing-Along". The idea was an obvious attempt to cash in on the success of Disney's sing-along videos for kids, which compiled musical moments from classic Disney movies.

It seems innocent enough, in theory. Until you try to WATCH the thing. I'd never been brave enough to even try, let alone buy the video. Someone put it on Youtube recently, and I'm sorry I ever clicked on it! Basically, it's a "cheater" cartoon using "Show Biz Bugs" as the loose framework. What makes it so bad is the random redubbing of the voices. Billy West and Joe Alaskey are talented enough, but when they're used to redub classic footage of Mel Blanc, but not consistently (some of Blanc's original vocals remain and the difference is jarring)it's just grating. Then there's the chorus of kids who "sing along" to such original tunes as "Call Me Wacky Daffy Duck", which completely ruins any hope of enjoying what could have been the only enjoyable part of this "special".

Watch if you dare...there's a reason they only made one of these!




5 comments:

Nic Kramer said...

Yessh, I remember this! They didn't even include Daffy's famous daredevil act that he can only do once.

Warners also did a animal investigation series but that only used redubbed footage of Bugs and the gang and that wasn't memorable either.

Nic Kramer said...

I should also note that Warners also did a second sing-along tape promting the animation flop that Warner had high hopes for, "Quest for Camolot". That too had some "Looney Tunes" song moments, mainly "Robin Hood Daffy".

At least they didn't try to use "Any Bonds Today" (edited, of course). Not that kids would understand anyway or "Gremilns from the Krimlins".

Brubaker said...

I "love" how they explained the different costumes when trying to connect the footage from "Show Biz Bugs" to the opening of the "Bugs Bunny Show" by having Daffy noting that they're in a wrong costume.

coltom said...

it wasn't thaaaaaaaaaaaat bad

colton said...

actually it was

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