Bugs Bunny creator to make Webtoons

Timber Wolf, first Chuck Jones character in nearly 50 years, is preparing to make his debut on the Web

Chuck Jones, the creator of Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Le Pew and other memorable characters, is to give Warner Brothers' online community a boost with his first new character in nearly fifty years.

The character, Timber Wolf (aka Thomas T Wolf), will make his debut in a 13-episode series on Warner Brothers, online later this year. Jones, 87, is collaborating with voice actors Nancy Cartwright (better known as the voice of Bart Simpson) and Joe Alasky, writer Philip Vaughn and a team of animators.

Other animators, including "Ren and Stimpy" creator John Kricfalusi, have created Web-only animated stories, and sites such as AtomFilms have had some success distributing short films online. But the Warner/Chuck Jones series is the highest profile online promotion to date featuring a well-known animator.

"When we created the Looney Tunes, we concentrated on tight scripts, and grabbing the audience's short-attention span. No matter what the medium, it's the humanity, humour and emotion that bring new audiences to these cartoons. They play well on television and now we're giving the Internet a try," Jones said in a prepared statement.

The series, which begins pre-production this week, will follow the adventures of Timber Wolf in the American West. It will premiere on Warner Brothers Online and its Entertaindom site.

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