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Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection - 15 Winners, 26 Nominees (2008)

Tom & Jerry , Bugs Bunny , Joe Barbera , Bill Hanna  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Superman
  • Directors: Joe Barbera, Bill Hanna, Chuck Jones, Max Fleischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZOXDKA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents: Academy Award(r) Animation Col lection 15 Winners, 26 Nominees

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The Oscar for Animated Short Film has been a useful if not entirely accurate gauge of the state of American animation, as this three-disc set demonstrates. The Academy created the category in the early '30s to honor Walt Disney's contributions to the art form. But most of the films in the collection date from the '40s and '50s, when Warner Bros. and MGM artists won most of the Oscars for pushing the Hollywood cartoon in a new direction that was fast-paced, violent, and very, very funny. Many of these cartoons remain hilarious, decades after they were released: "Birds Anonymous," "For Scent-imental Reasons," "Blitz Wolf," and "High Note." Others have aged less gracefully. Changes in racial attitudes have reduced Speedy Gonzales and Mammy Two-Shoes in the Tom and Jerry shorts to uncomfortable reminders of a less respectful era in American history. The collection also demonstrates that the Academy voters' taste can be capricious at best. Many of the best Warners shorts--"A Mouse Divided," "What's Opera, Doc?" "Duck Amuck," "Rabbit of Seville" and "One Froggy Evening"--weren't even nominated. Tex Avery, who did more than any other director to move cartoons in that brash, funny direction, is represented only by "Blitz Wolf" and "Little Johnny Jet." Like Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe, Avery never won an Oscar. Most of the transfers were made from first-rate prints, although a few are missing their credits and the framing of the Cinemascope films is problematic. The rarest item in the collection is "So Much for So Little," an animated documentary that earned Chuck Jones his first Academy Award. Extras include commentaries by animators and historians, and the interesting new documentary, Drawn for Glory. (Unrated, suitable for ages 5 and older: cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Milky Way, 2. Yankee Doodle Mouse, 3. Mouse Trouble, 4. Quiet Please, 5. The Cat Concerto, 6. Tweetie Pie, 7. The Little Orphan, 8. For Scent-Imental Reasons, 9. So Much for So Little, 10. Two Mouseketeers, 11. Johann Mouse, 12. Speedy Gonzales, 13. Birds Anonymous, 14. Knighty-Knight Bugs, 15. The Dot and the Line, 16. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor, 17. Peace on Earth, 18. A Wild Hare, 19. Puss Gets the Boot, 20. Superman, 21. Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt, 22. Rhapsody In Rivets, 23. The Night Before Christmas, 24. Blitz Wolf, 25. Pigs in a Polka, 26. Swooner Crooner, 27. Walky Talky Hawky, 28. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mouse, 29. Mouse Wreckers, 30. Hatch Up Your Troubles, 31. Jerry's Cousin, 32. Little Johnny Jet, 33. Touché, Pussy Cat! 34. From A to Z-Z-Z-Z, 35. Sandy Claws, 36. Good Will To Men, 37. Tabasco Road, 38. One Droopy Knight, 39. High Note, 40. Nelly's Folly, 41. Now Hear This, 42. "Drawn for Glory: Animation's Triumph At The Oscars®," 43. What's Cookin' Doc?)


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205 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a description of each cartoon February 10, 2008
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Don't you just hate it when the description of one of these classic cartoon sets doesn't include a description of the cartoons? In this case, they are really worth mentioning, as some, such as Disc Two's "Peace on Earth," aren't exactly kiddie fare, and many others are true animation classics (I've starred the ones I think best earn that honor). With that in mind, here's a description of each cartoon, written as I watch them:

DISC ONE

Each of these was honored by the Academy as the Best Cartoon of the Year:

1. THE MILKY WAY* (MGM, 1940)
Clear color, great clarity and a nice period song highlight this restored cute classic. When three little kittens lose their mittens, they're sent straight to bed -- where they dream that they sail a hot air balloon up into the Milky Way, a land overflowing with milk geysers and springs. The cartoon was the first Oscar winner that wasn't produced by Disney.

2. YANKEE DOODLE MOUSE* (MGM, 1943)
Typical Tom and Jerry antics doused in patriotic instrumentals such as "Anchors Aweigh" and "Over There." Dynamite, egg grenades and champagne-bottle corks are the weapons of choice. I'll admit I'm not the biggest Tom & Jerry fan, but my 13-year-old daughter loves this one.

3. MOUSE TROUBLE (MGM, 1944)
Tom's the one in trouble as he attempts to rid the house of Jerry, using the ideas in a book called "How to Catch a Mouse (A Random Mouse Book)."

4. QUIET PLEASE* (MGM, 1945)
Even I like this one. In fact, I LOVE this one! Though it's directed by Hanna and Barbera, Tex Avery's jaw-dropping influence is all through it. Funny gags, great character expressions! When a sleepy Spike threatens to kill Tom if the cat doesn't keep quiet ("If I hear one more sound I've gonna skin you alive, get it?
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a description of each cartoon February 10, 2008
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There's been a lot of vintage cartoon sets in the past year, but this one is one of the best for kids. Unlike the otherwise superb Chronological Donald Vol. 3 or Popeye the Sailor Vol. 1, this one features a wide variety of characters so it never starts to wear thin. And since it's only one disc, it doesn't require you to lay out big bucks in order to own some re-mastered classics. If you're a real animation buff, you may be happier with the expanded Warner Bros. Academy Awards Animation Collection - 15 Winners, 26 Nominees. It's this disc plus two more, with many other gems, all at a good price.

Here's a description of the cartoons on this DVD. I've starred my favorites:

1. THE MILKY WAY* (MGM, 1940)
Clear color, great clarity and a nice period song highlight this restored cute classic. When three little kittens lose their mittens, they're sent straight to bed -- where they dream that they sail a hot air balloon up into the Milky Way, a land overflowing with milk geysers and springs. The cartoon was the first Oscar winner that wasn't produced by Disney.

2. YANKEE DOODLE MOUSE* (MGM, 1943)
Typical Tom and Jerry antics doused in patriotic instrumentals such as "Anchors Aweigh" and "Over There." Dynamite, egg grenades and champagne-bottle corks are the weapons of choice. I'll admit I'm not the biggest Tom & Jerry fan, but my 13-year-old daughter loves this one.

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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This set will include the separately released Winners disc Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection - The 15 Winners, pluse two discs of nominees. Warner Brothers Home Video owns 38 nominated cartoons, but they have chosen to only release 26 of them. I don't know why 12 were omitted.

From the Warner Brothers Home Video press release:

Disc 1:

Academy Award® winning shorts featured on the DVDs:

1) The Milky Way (MGM),
2) Yankee Doodle Mouse (MGM, Tom & Jerry),
3) Mouse Trouble (MGM, Tom & Jerry),
4) Quiet Please (MGM, Tom & Jerry),
5) The Cat Concerto (MGM, Tom & Jerry),
6) Tweetie Pie (WB),
7) The Little Orphan (MGM, Tom & Jerry),
8) For Scent-Imental Reasons (WB, Pepe Le Pew),
9) So Much for so Little (a special educational Warner Brothers short),
10) Two Mouseketeers (MGM, Tom & Jerry),
11) Johann Mouse (MGM, Tom & Jerry),
12) Speedy Gonzales (WB),
13) Birds Anonymous (WB, Tweety & Sylvester),
14) Knighty-Knight Bugs (WB, Bugs Bunny)
15) The Dot and the Line (Chuck Jones classic MGM cartoon).

Discs 2 & 3:

Academy Award® nominated shorts featured on the DVDs include
1) Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad The Sailor (Paramount/Fleischer)
2) Superman (Paramount/Fleischer)
3) Walky Talky Hawky (WB, Foghorn Leghorn)
4) One Droopy Knight (MGM, Droopy)
plus 12 more un-announced titles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The feedback I get from their respective parents is that this is one...
I purchased this item as a Christmas gift for my great-nephews and great-nieces. The feedback I get from their respective parents is that this is one of their favorite things to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by David Petrie
5.0 out of 5 stars but they still give you great entertaining fun
These cartoons are over 60 years old, but they still give you great entertaining fun. I would recommend this set to anyone who enjoys MGM and WARNER BROS cartoons. Read more
Published 9 days ago by gary conaghty
5.0 out of 5 stars Collectable cartoons
Good cartoon set for best color and content of cartoons
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Souza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrifc cartoons for children and child/adults too!
Published 2 months ago by Melanie Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars 41 ANIMATION SHORTS ON 3 DVD's
I STRONGLY SUGGEST THE 3-PACK OF 15 WINNERS & 26 NOMINEES, FAR MORE THAN THE 15 AWARD WINNERS, ONLY! Read more
Published 2 months ago by 63x927is58401
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
no comment
Published 2 months ago by Teddy Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue!
This is perhaps the ultimate animation collection for classic cartoons from rival studios, though also controversial. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great video of classic animation. My kids love watching it over and over again. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Smora13
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect!
Only for the very, very young. Won't put a smile on your face if you're looking for some fun times.
Published 4 months ago by The K9Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Misrepresented on cover
The cover depicts mostly Warner Brothers cartoon characters, so I was expecting the collection to be mostly Warner Brothers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Williams
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uncensored?
All of the cartoons , namely Blitz Wolf and Puss Gets the Boot, are uncut.
Mar 1, 2008 by J. Hudak |  See all 2 posts
Cinemascope shorts not enhanced for widescreen TV's?
I had the same problem. I reviewed this disc (<http://www.lacitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/bugs_tom_jerry_and_oscar/6712/>) and mentioned that the three tracks *weren't* "enhanced for widescreen TVs," as claimed on the outer sleeve. The young publicist I've been dealing... Read More
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