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19 items from 2016


Warners Plans A "Speedy Gonzalez" Movie

5 April 2016 6:57 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures is developing "Speedy," a new animated feature film based on Looney Tunes' sprinting Mexican mouse character Speedy Gonzales.

Beloved Mexican filmmaker/actor Eugenio Derbez will voice the mouse and his signature "Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!" catch cry in the new film, replacing the Mel Blanc who voiced the mouse in the original cartoons and the Oscar-winning 1955 short film that introduced the character.

Hank Nelken ("Are We Done Yet?") will pen the script which is being called a heist caper and 'Robin Hood'-style origin story. The film is also expected to be produced in both English and Spanish-speaking versions. Derbez and Ben Odell and Dylan Sellers will produce.

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Speedy Gonzales animated movie in the works at Warner

4 April 2016 11:29 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Manic mouse from Mexico Speedy Gonzales might be about to get his own animated feature - an origin story and "heist caper"...

As voiced by Mel Blanc and animated by Friz Freleng, Speedy Gonzales was one of the most popular characters in the Looney Tunes stable, nestling alongside the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. And now, more than 60 years on from his small-screen debut, it's being reported that this most fleet-footed of rodents is to get his own movie.

According to Deadline, the project's still in development under the short-and-snappy title Speedy, with Mexican actor and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez providing the voice.

"In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales," Derbez told the website. "He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pacho Villa. He watched out for the little people but with a »

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Speedy Gonzales Animated Film Makes A Beeline To Warner Bros.

4 April 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all of Mexico, is primed to make a beeline for the silver screen, with Deadline reporting that Warner Bros. has hatched an animated feature film based on the enduring motor-mouth.

A staple of the Saturday morning cartoon roster during the mid-1960s, the charismatic Looney Tunes mouse is now bound for cinema – oversized sombrero and all. Mexican filmmaker and actor Eugenio Derbez will lend his vocal chords to the racing rodent, who was originally brought to life by voice acting legend Mel Blanc during Speedy Gonzales‘ heyday.

No word yet on a director to take the reins, though we understand that Dylan Sellers along with producers Derbez and Ben Odell will help steer the animated feature during development. Drawing attention to the cartoon’s Mexican heritage, here’s what Derbez had to share with Deadline:

“In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales. He »

- Michael Briers

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'Speedy Gonzales' Animated Movie Is Happening at Warner Bros.

4 April 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we impatiently await an official announcement for Space Jam 2, one of the characters from that impending sequel is finally getting his own movie. It sounds like Speedy Gonzales and some of his friends south of the border are about to embark on a heist adventure. And Warner Bros. has landed Mexican royalty to help bring the super fast rodent to the big screen in his first ever solo movie.

Yes, Mexico's much believed actor and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez will be breathing life into Speedy Gonzales. At this time, there are no story details for this animated adventure. But unlike other recent Saturday Morning adaptations, this one won't have a live-action element. Eugenio Derbez had this to say about accepting the role originated by the late great Mel Blanc from 1953 to 1989.

"In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales. He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like »

- MovieWeb

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Eugenio Derbez Voicing ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ in Movie Adaptation

4 April 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. is developing a “Speedy Gonzales” movie with Eugenio Derbez voicing the iconic mouse character from Warner’s Looney Tunes library.

Producers are Dylan Sellers through his Rivers Edge Films, and Derbez and Ben Odell through their 3pas Studios.

The studio has hired Hank Nelken (“Saving Silverman”) to write the story of a heist caper, but a director has not been found yet.

Speedy Gonzales started out as a character in the 1953 Looney Tunes cartoon “Cat Tails for Two.” He then starred in his own cartoon “Speedy Gonzales,” featuring Sylvester the Cat guarding a cheese factory at the United States-Mexico border from a group of starving Mexican mice, who call in the energetic Speedy to save them.

The character, created by Friz Freleng and animator Hawley Pratt, was voiced by Mel Blanc. The 1955 short won the Academy Award for best short subject.

Speedy has appeared in more than 40 cartoons, »

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'Bugs Bunny' - 'I Wanna' Easter Egg, I Wanna' Easter Egg'

27 March 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Warner Bros. 500th animated short released in 1947 is "Easter Yeggs", a word play on 'Easter eggs' and on 'yegg', a slang term for a burglar or safecracker. The technicolor cartoon, directed by Robert McKimson, produced by Eddie Selzer, from a story by Warren Foster, stars Mel Blanc with music by Carl Stalling, featuring Warners characters 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Elmer Fudd':

In the cartoon, 'Bugs Bunny' finds the 'Easter Rabbit' sitting on a rock, crying. The Bunny tells Bugs that his feet are sore, so he cannot deliver the Easter eggs. Bugs takes up the job, not knowing that, every year, the Easter Bunny gets some 'dumb bunny' to do his work for him.

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- Michael Stevens

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"Woody Woodpecker" To The Big Screen

24 March 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to animator Bill Kopp, Universal Pictures is still developing "Woody Woodpecker" for a big screen, 3D, CG feature:

"It's been put on hold. It's not dead," said Kopp about the "Woody Woodpecker" feature. "It's just not breathing at the moment. 

"The script is in its second draft and is Really funny..."

"Universal Pictures has hired me to put the 'Woody' back in the 'Woodpecker'! Hooray!! 

"There will be 3 stories woven together into a feature length cartoon - plus a 6-7 minute short that we will put into theaters..."

'Woody Woodpecker' was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who laid the groundwork for 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck' @ Warner Bros. in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, alongside 'Andy Panda', distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, »

- Michael Stevens

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Remembering George Kennedy, Douglas Slocombe and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in February

2 March 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Joe Alaskey (1952-2016) - Voice Actor. He took over voicing Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck when Mel Blanc died and can be heard as those characters and more in the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, as well as many TV and video game works. He also voiced Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (hear him below), President Nixon in Forrest Gump and Grandpa Lou Pickles in the Rugrats movies. His other film credits include Spaced Invaders...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Win Jetsons, the Movie on DVD

8 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Jetsons, the Movie on 15th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. The original 1962 Jetsons animation was Hanna Barbera’s space age answer to the stone-age Flintstones. This movie from 1990 stars the cartoon’s original voice actors George O’Hanlon, Penny Singleton and Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc’s

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Joe Alaskey, Voice Of Bugs Bunny And Donald Duck, Dies At 63

5 February 2016 11:42 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Voice actor Joe Alaskey, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird and others, has died after a battle with cancer. Alaskey had taken over these roles after Mel Blanc’s death in 1989, winning himself an Emmy award in 2004 for his work as Daffy Duck in Duck Dodgers. Other notable roles of Alaskey […]

The post Joe Alaskey, Voice Of Bugs Bunny And Donald Duck, Dies At 63 appeared first on uInterview. »

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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63

4 February 2016 8:14 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joe Alaskey, who voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweetyand Sylvester the Cat, among other legendary cartoon characters, died on Wednesday of cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 63.

Alaskey’s spokesperson, K.P. Lynne, shared the news on the actor’s Facebook page, writing, “Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you. Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to his heart and life.”

Alaskey replaced Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck after his death in 1989, assuming the Warner Bros. characters during the 2000s, including in the film “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” He has also given voice to other Looney Tunes animated heroes, including Tweety and Sylvester. He served as the primary voice for Plucky Duck on “Tiny Toon Adventures” and Yosemite Sam on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

Alaskey won a Daytime Emmy Award for voicing »

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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Dies at 63

4 February 2016 8:09 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Looney Tunes" fans, today we raise a carrot for Joe Alaskey, modern voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester the Cat, and other cartoon favorites. According to Entertainment Weekly, Alaskey died of cancer at age 63. Sufferin' succotash indeed.

When Mel Blanc passed away, Alaskey was one of the voice actors to take on his iconic characters. In the 2003 movie "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," Alaskey voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Beaky Buzzard, and Mama Bear. In the 2000 animated movie "Tweety's High-Flying Adventure," Alaskey voiced Tweety, Sylvester, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Henery Hawk, and Colonel Rimfire. Phew!

In addition to Warner Bros. characters, Alaskey also voiced Grandpa Lou Pickles in the "Rugrats" movies and video games, and on the TV series from 1997-2004. You may also recall his voice as Droopy in the "Tom and Jerry" movies, Stinkie in "Caspter," Yosemite Sam in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit, »

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Joe Alaskey Dies: Latter-Day Voice Of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck During Long Career Was 63

4 February 2016 8:08 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63. Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugra… »

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Joe Alaskey Dies: Latter-Day Voice Of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck During Long Career Was 63

4 February 2016 8:08 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63. Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugra… »

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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Passes Away at 63

4 February 2016 8:03 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news for animation fans. Joe Alaskey, the modern voice for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, has passed away at the age of 63. His family confirmed the news earlier this week. The actor and voiceover artist succumbed to cancer.

Joe Alaskey was a successor to iconic Looney Tunes voice artist Mel Blanc, who passed away in 1989. Alaskey inherited the roles of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and countless other Warner Bros. animated characters, going to work to recreate their personalities starting in the 2000s. His most notable turn as these iconic and beloved characters came in the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back In Action.

Over the past few years, Joe Alaskey also gave new voice to such beloved icons of animation as Sylvester and Tweety. He served as the primary voice of Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures. In 1988, he voiced the role of Yosemite Sam in the blockbuster hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? »

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Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Voice Artist Joe Alaskey Dies

4 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Joe Alaskey, the voice actor behind iconic Looney Toons cartoon characters like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, has died after a battle with cancer, his spokesperson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. He was 63. Alaskey, who succeeded Mel Blanc in voicing characters like Marvin the Martian in 2001, most notably took on Bugs Bunny and gang for 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action feature film. Prior to that, the actor brought Rugrats' Grandpa Lou Pickles to life from 1997–2004, and Sylvester the Cat in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries from 1995–99. In addition, Alaskey could be heard as Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures and »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63

4 February 2016 7:57 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joe Alaskey, the man who voiced cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, has died of cancer. He was 63. The actor died peacefully in his home on Feb. 3, according to a statement obtained by TheWrap. Alaskey began his career as a stand-up comedian and broadcaster. His big break came when he replaced Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck after his death in 1989. “Looney Tunes” fans also remember the actor for voicing Tweety and Sylvester the Cat. Also Read: Crackhead Bob, Howard Stern Wack Packer, Dies at 56 In addition to his work on several “Looney »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck -- Voice Actor Dead

4 February 2016 12:45 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Joe Alaskey, who voiced legendary cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester the Cat has died. Alaskey's family members announced the news of the NY native's death Wednesday night. Alaskey voiced other Looney Tunes characters as well, including Marvin the Martian and Foghorn Leghorn.  Joe -- who was a successor of voice actor Mel Blanc at Warner Brothers -- voiced many of his famous characters from 1990-1995. Alaskey did some non-Warner Bros' work too, »

- TMZ Staff

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Interview: Alex Borstein, ‘Family Guy’ Voice of Lois Griffin, on Her New Role in ‘Bordertown’

9 January 2016 11:14 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Voiceover artist Alex Borstein is familiar to TV audiences as the legendary Lois Griffin of “Family Guy,” but she also is a stellar character actress, recently in a role on the HBO series “Getting On.” She is back in the animation saddle with a couple of voiceover parts in the new Fox Network show ‘Bordertown.’

Bordertown” is created by Mark Hentemann and is produced by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy.” It involves the Buckwald and Gonzalez families in a Southwest desert town on the Mexico-u.S. border, and Alex Borstein voices both the Buckwald mother Janice and her hapless daughter Becky. The show is sharp and funny, with the satire that is familiar to Seth MacFarlane animation fans. “Bordertown” premiered on the Fox Network on January 3rd, 2016, and is now on Sunday nights.

Alex Borstein (left), Voice of Becky and Janice Buckwald in ‘Bordertown,’ and Lois Griffin »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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