First I want to give a huge thanks to the always amazing Cartoon Brew website for the heads up on this video interview with Joe Dante (Piranha, Gremlins) in which he discusses the project that he and co-writer Charlie Haas (Over the Edge, Tex, Gremlins 2: The New Batch) worked on with the aid of Chuck Jones and input from the surviving animators of Warner Bros. legendary Termite Terrace. The nickname given to the tiny little animation building that Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, and Robert “Bob” Clampett, Friz Freleng, Arthur Davis, Robert McKimson, and Frank Tashlin worked and honed their craft to bring us the likes of Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes!
Sadly this look back at the Golden Age of animation wasn’t given the green light by Warner Bros. as they had their sights set on what would become Space Jam. Which is quite frankly a crime as I cannot think of a better Director to handle such as project as Joe Dante, who was not only friends with Chuck Jones, but often is able to insert classic Warner Bros. shorts into his feature films on a pretty regular basis like in Gremlins, Innerspace, and especially in his segment “It’s A Good Life” from the 1983 Twilight Zone movie to point out a few.
So take about 7 minutes out of your busy day and let Joe Dante explain what could have been with Termite Terrace.