Warner Bros. recently dropped an anvil on Looney Tunes fans everywhere when it announced that the fully completed Coyote vs. Acme would be shelved in order to get a tax write-off. Luckily, the studio changed its mind less than a week later and allowed the film to be shopped around to buyers. This is good news because, by all accounts, the movie rocks!
As Good As Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Website Cartoon Brew published a first-hand account of editor Amid Amidi’s opinion on the film after he was lucky enough to attend a screening recently. Amidi had nothing but good things to say about Coyote vs Acme, going so far as to give the film the highest compliment possible for a cartoon/live-action hybrid.
Despite a whole generation’s misplaced nostalgia for the mediocre at best, Space Jam (1996), there’s only one truly great film that mixes 2D animation with live-action—1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Amidi claims that Coyote vs. Acme is so good it ranks right next to the Bob Hoskins classic, which is high praise indeed. Amidi describes the movie as “SUPERB!” and said that apart from the usual “gags, laughs, slapstick, and broad visual comedy” found in most Looney Tunes projects, the film also delivered an “emotional gut-punch” the avowed lifelong Looney Tunes fan never thought possible from his favorite talking cartoon animals.
The Makers Of The Spider-Verse Give It High Praise
Amidi isn’t the only one praising Coyote vs. Acme. Christopher Miller, one half of Lord and Miller, the duo behind the Lego Movie and Spider-Man Across the Spider-verse, took to social media platform X a few days ago to express his love for the movie. Miller described the movie as “funny” and “charming” while making note of the film’s “good physical comedy timing” and “surprising amount of heart.”
Miller’s partner in crime, Phil Lord, also went on X to gush about Coyote vs. Acme, calling it “wonderful” and praising director David Green for his directing job on the movie.
The Best Version Of The Looney Tunes
Meanwhile, comedian, actor, and co-host of the How Did This Get Made? podcast Paul Scheer chose Threads as his platform of choice to talk up the movie. “Coyote vs. Acme might be the best version of the Looney Tunes on the Big Screen ever.” wrote Scheer, not mincing words.
Lord, Miller, and Scheer attended a screening of Coyote vs. Acme earlier this week, along with the movie’s cast and director, David Green. Also at the screening was Deadpool producer Aditya Sood, who said that the movie was so good that Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote creator Chuck Jones “would be very, very, proud.”
John Cena And Will Forte Star In Coyote Vs. Acme
Coyote vs Acme was inspired by a satirical New Yorker article with the same name from 1990. The movie follows perpetual loser Wile E. Coyote as he finally becomes fed up with a lifetime of faulty Acme products and decides to sue the company. Will Forte plays the equally unlucky lawyer the Coyote gets to take his case.
The film also stars John Cena as the evil C.E.O. of the fictional Acme corporation and voice-over actor Eric Bauza as the Coyote.
The Movie Is Still Being Shopped
Warner Bros. is currently trying to find a buyer for the previously shelved Coyote vs Acme, with streamers such as Apple+, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix expressing interest. With any luck, a deal will be finalized soon, and Looney Tunes fans will be able to experience the movie everyone is showering with compliments for themselves.
Who would have thought that Warner Bros. would prove to be a bigger adversary to Wile E. Coyote than The Roadrunner?