• wiley207
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Currently there's a batch of very rare (and very EXPENSIVE) animation cels made by Warner Bros. Animation during the infamous Warner Bros.- Seven Arts era of 1967-69 (in a way, it now feels like a precursor to the current Warner Bros. Discovery mess) that are all pitches for potential new projects from the cartoon studio! Fellow animation enthusiast on Facebook, Anthony White, has saved copies of the images and has given me permission to re-post these images. I am posting this to commemorate today being the 20th anniversary of the premiere of "What's New, Scooby-Doo?", a show from the same company 35 years later that I've often compared to the Seven Arts cartoons (but are a lot more realistic).
These were bought by someone else at the William Hendricks Estate Sale a few years back (Hendricks was executive producer at Warner Bros. Animation during that time), and according to Jerry Beck, sold for hundreds of dollars. But now you can see them all HERE on my blog:
Come take a look at What Could Have Been during that turbulent era... or what we're glad didn't happen due to Kinney National buying Warner Bros.- Seven Arts, kicking Seven Arts out of the picture and closing WB Animation (until they reopened in 1980). Don't expect a lot from your favorite Looney Tunes pals, as during this time Warner Bros.- Seven Arts didn't really want to use their classic cartoon stars in new material, since they already had a good-sized library of shorts to rerun on television, and they wanted to try and work on fresh new ideas and characters (and veteran director Robert McKimson sure wasn't happy about that).
I don't care, some of this stuff had a lot of promise.
PopKorn Kat
There's several reoccurring problems that plague most of these pitches: either they're derivative of series currently being produced by other studios (Spooky, Innocents Abroad, Arabian Nights), rely on outdated cliches (Hobo Bo, The Villain Still Pursues Her), or had already been done better in the past (Toyland, Robin Hood).

My biggest problem is that all of these, sans the "Cartoon Specials", come off as trying to be the next Bugs Bunny. Note the influx of new characters and the hopes for a series for each of them. They don't feel like an artist is behind them. I imagine that if these did get made, they'd only get one or two shorts like what happened to Quick Brown Fox and Jack Rabbit.
S. C. MacPeter
I look at the Circus one and Toyland and I think "Were they trying to do 1932 Terrytoons stories in 1969?!"

Seriously, WTF
Originally Posted by: S. C. MacPeter 

I look at the Circus one and Toyland and I think "Were they trying to do 1932 Terrytoons stories in 1969?!"

More like early 1930s' style Merrie Melodies ideas that the studio already did.