Looney Tunes cartoons were the kind of animated shows that a lot of us grew up watching. For another generation, it was the Pokemon anime shows that were a part of their childhood. Now, there’s a perfect crossover between both those franchises. A new Poketoon anime short, styled very much like those Looney Tunes cartoons is winning over fans. The Pokemon Company’s latest short comes as a surprise during a Pokemon-drought due to COVID-19. With many anime and manga delayed or postponed indefinitely, there’s a lack of Pokemon content these days. So this Poketoon anime short is very much appreciated by Pokemon fans.
Classic Looney Tunes Cartoons Made Childhoods For Many
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Warner Bros. classic Looney Tunes cartoons were the cartoons entertained generation after generation. The short snippets of slapstick animated humor shaped the minds and perspective of kids. The majority of WB’s animated characters are from the Looney Tunes shows. So much so, that they featured in two live-action adaptations, most notably being Space Jam with Michael Jordan (with a forthcoming sequel starring LeBron James). With the launch of HBO Max, there is something of a Looney Tunes revival happening right now. So it makes sense why The Pokemon Company would create a Looney Tunes inspired Poketoon anime short.
Pokemon itself is a massive juggernaut when it comes to multimedia franchises. The small creatures have everything from movies, TV shows, video games, merchandise, and much more to their name. So a smaller Looney Tunes style short makes sense for the franchise that has everything else.
Poketoon Anime Short Homages Looney Tunes
The 4-minute Poketoon anime short came out on the official Pokemon Kids TV YouTube channel. The short perfectly captures the spirit of the classic Looney Tunes shows. Beginning with muted and circular title cards, the short announces its name as Chase The Beans. Featuring the Pokemon Scraggy on his misadventures while looking for a snack, the short looks exactly like an old WB cartoon. The slapstick humor, sound effects, running in the air, and more are all staples of that WB brand of silliness that my generation loved growing up. Seeing Pokemon characters in this light must be a treat for newer audiences too, even if they’re unfamiliar with Looney Tunes.
The Poketoon anime short is on the Pokemon Kids TV Youtube channel right now.
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