See Animation Tests for 'Hong Kong Phooey' & 'Marvin the Martian'
Over a year ago, Alcon Entertainment announced that Eddie Murphy would be lending his voice to the titular character in the live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of Hanna-Barbera's 1970's animated series Hong Kong Phooey. And three years earlier, Warner Bros. decided to utilize their rights to the Looney Tunes library, capitalize on the trend of families buying into the live-action/CG hybrid adaptations of cartoons like Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs, and bring Marvin the Martian to the big screen. However, now it seems like both those projects are dead as director Alex Zamm has posted animation test footage for both of these films, and that likely wouldn't happen if both the projects were still happening. See here!
We're not entirely sure if this means these projects are already dead (maybe Speedy Gonzales and Bugs Bunny are too?) or if Zamm is just no longer working on them. Either way, it's interesting to see this footage come out now. Maybe it's a ploy to try and drum up interest so the studio can see if they should move forward. With the Hong Kong Phooey footage, that's definitely someone impersonating Eddie Murphy, but you get a good idea of how his voice would work with this character, and his interaction with Spot the cat. Sadly, it's a lot of low brow humor, and doesn't seem like there's a lot of cleverness in this potential idea.
However, with Marvin the Martian, rather than crafting a couple of scenes with the character, they've gone the classic Looney Tunes route and made a short with the character. Not only that, but it's a Christmas short that uses the Home Alone Soundtrack and everything. This one is actually a little more tolerable because it has flares of the classic cartoon (there's even a reference to the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator), and the animation doesn't look at weird because Marvin doesn't need to look like any real-life animal. I could easily see this playing before a Warner Bros. family movie and playing just fine.
If I had to choose, I'd rather see Marvin the Martian come back to life and get off the ground. But perhaps it would also be cool to see another Space Jam type film that brings back all the Looney Tunes in this live-action/CG hybrid form (they've come close with the new 3D shorts). After all, Jenny Slate of "Saturday Night Live" and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is already working on a script for a new Looney Tunes film. Of course, Space Jam worked just fine with the 2D and live-action combination, so it's not really necessary.