In One Eye

Thursday, April 28, 2005
 
In a decision that makes as much sense as the introduction of New Coke® did, Warner Brothers recently decided to change the visages of a number of its cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny. One Tulsa area pre-teen would have none of it.
Eleven-year-old Thomas Adams thought Warner Bros. had gone daffy when he saw the company's plans for a new cartoon called Loonatics, based on Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals.

The grimacing, hollow-eyed, power-fisted prototypes of a futuristic Bugs, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner struck the boy as dark and scary ...

Now, nearly two months after starting an Internet petition drive against the TV series' fall debut, Thomas has gotten their attention.

Warner Bros. Entertainment spokesman Scott Rowe said his company wants the thousands of fans upset by the made-over characters unveiled in February to know "that's NOT all, folks."

Those "early drawings" have been revised into characters that are softer and less menacing, he said.

"We heard the outcry from fans, including Thomas," Rowe said.
People just don't like to have their icons messed with, and this episode shows it.

My God, the next thing you know, we'll be having red, white, and blue bases at baseball All-Star games and teeny-bopper performers at Super Bowls.

Oh, wait ...