‘Coyote vs. Acme’: Why Hollywood Revolted Against Warner Bros. because of a Looney Tunes movie

Bugs Bunny during the Symphony II concert on July 5 and 6 at the Hollywood Bowl. It will specifically feature the new 3D cartoons created for the concert and the ways Warner Bros. tries to update the Looney Tunes cartoons to make them relevant to a new generation. Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote star in the Looney Tunes 3D theatrical short film Coyote Falls (Photo Credit: WBEI. LOONEY TUNES and related characters and elements are TM and WBEI.)

‘Coyote vs. Acme’: Why Hollywood Revolted Against Warner Bros. because of a Looney Tunes movie

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Christi Carras

November 15, 2023

Filmmakers unite behind ‘Coyote vs. Acme’, the little Looney Tunes movie that earned a death sentence from Warner Bros. Discovery might survive.

Warner Bros. Discovery has been under fire in recent weeks


dropping “Coyote vs. Acme”, which had already been completed and shown to test audiences.

Amid mounting criticism from entertainment industry figures and beyond, the studio giant later reversed its decision to bury the film, allowing director Dave Green to sell the title to other distributors, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Since Warner Bros. and Discovery merged last year, creating the mega-company and its president, David Zaslav

The decline in the creative community resulted in a grim reputation

for killing movies after apparently making them for tax write-offs.

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After witnessing the brutal demise of other completed Warner Bros. projects (rest in peace, “Batgirl” and “Scoob! Holiday Haunt”), it appears the fall of “Coyote vs. Acme” was the final straw for filmmakers, some of whom reportedly canceled meetings with the studio in protest

via THR


“For three years I was lucky enough to make a film about it

Wile E. Coyote

the most persistent, passionate and resilient character of all time,” Green said in an email last week rack.

“I was surrounded by a brilliant team, who poured their souls into this project for years. … I am beyond proud of the final product and beyond devastated by WB’s decision. But in the spirit of Wile E. Coyote resilience and perseverance wins the day.”

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Now that “Coyote vs. Acme” has been revived, members of the film community have continued to support the feature on social media in hopes that it will find a new home.

“I saw COYOTE VS ACME and it’s delightful,” filmmaker

Christopher Molenaar

known for the


“Spider-Verse” and “Lego” films wrote on X on Wednesday: “Funny, charming, good physical comedy timing, with a surprising amount of heart. I hope different studios get after it so the world can see all the good work people have been doing.”

“I can confirm!” echoed the producer of “Blindspotting” and “One Night in Miami.”

Keith Calder

. “Dave Green and his team have made a damn good movie. One good enough to keep me coming back to Twitter to support it.”

“COYOTE VS ACME rules so hard, a million jokes a minute, real filmmaking, lovable characters, a movie for the ages,” wrote the “Skull Island” creator and producer

Brian Duffield

. “If this isn’t the goal of studios, maybe we should rethink studios.”

But wait, that’s not all, folks.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) has urged the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Warner Bros. Discovery for shelving completed films in favor of tax write-offs. The congressman called Warner Bros. Discovery took to social media Monday amid the uproar over ‘Coyote vs. Acme’.

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“The @WBD “The tactic of scrapping fully made films for tax breaks is predatory and anti-competitive,” Castro further wrote X.

“As the Department of Justice and [Federal Trade Commission] review their antitrust guidelines, they should review this behavior. As someone commented, it’s like burning down a building for the insurance money.”

Representatives from Warner Bros. Discovery did not respond


to The Times’ request for comment.

As streaming services become more economical, changes in programming are leaving Hollywood creators in disarray

This isn’t the first time Castro has gone after Warner Bros. Discovery, which has undergone mass layoffs and a major creative overhaul since Warner Bros. and Discovery officially merged last year under Zaslav’s leadership.

The politician has written multiple letters to the Department of Justice expressing his concerns about the merger of the two companies, stating that the merger “promotes anti-competitive practices that limit consumer choice and harm workers in affected labor markets.” ”

In November 2022, Zaslav doubled down on his business strategy, emphasizing that he is motivated by “more than just a dollar count” of what the company has “saved in costs” in getting rid of staff members, films and TV shows.

“It’s more than just a number,” he told analysts at the time.

“We are fundamentally rethinking and reimagining the way this organization is structured. And we empower the leadership of our business units to transform their organizations with an ownership mentality and a vision of quality and responsibility.


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