This weekend, director Shane Black returns to the big screen with The Nice Guys, starring the unlikely comedic duo of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, who have been winning rave reviews for their performances in this 1970s period piece. Last month, Warner Bros. debuted new webisodes showing the two stars going through "couples counseling," during their promotional tour, giving fans a tiny taste of their comedic timing. With the movie hitting theaters this weekend, Warner Bros. has released a new animated short, which showcases these unlikely partners in a new way.

Fans of 1970s and 1980s Saturday morning cartoons will likely recognize the familiar animation style and music used in these shorts, which feature snippets of dialogue from Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling that are used throughout this one-minute animated short. This video, which debuted on the Warner Bros. YouTube page earlier today also sheds new light on both of these unique characters, including how Russell Crowe's Jackson Healy recently quit drinking, while Ryan Gosling's Holland March is a notorious drunk. Despite their much different outlooks on life, Jackson and Holland must work together on an unusual case.

Oscar winner Russell Crowe and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling star in Silver Pictures' action comedy The Nice Guys from director Shane Black. The Nice Guys takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

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The film also stars young actress Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David and Oscar winner Kim Basinger. Shane Black directed the film from an original screenplay he wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi. Joel Silver produced the film under his Silver Pictures banner. Ken Kao, Hal Sadoff, Alex Walton and Michael J. Malone served as executive producers. The Nice Guys has been rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use.

The Nice Guys will go up against Sony's animated comedy The Angry Birds Movie and Universal's comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in what should be a very interesting weekend at the box office. All of these newcomers will also have to fend off two-time box office champ Captain America: Civil War, which is already closing in on $1 billion worldwide. Take a look at this new animated short featuring the colorful characters from The Nice Guys, before you see this period comedy in theaters this weekend.