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Looney Tunes The Chuck Jones Collection Mouse Chronicles (DVD)

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Legendary animator and director Chuck Jones first began animating cartoons for Warner Brothers in the early 1930s. By 1939, Jones had become an integral part of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon-creation team with his animated shorts about Sniffles the mouse. The first disc in this two-disc, remastered Chuck Jones collection is devoted completely to Sniffles cartoons. The 1939 "Naughty but Mice" opens the compilation and introduces Sniffles the mouse as a cute little rodent with a very big head cold. Sniffles's trip to the drugstore yields some unexpected side effects from an alcohol-laden cold remedy, including a surprising friendship with an electric razor. This first Sniffles cartoon is a slow-paced short aimed at kids (though modern parents will question the appropriateness of the extended drunken mouse scene), and it's just as enjoyable today as it was in 1939. The pace speeds up, the gags get progressively funnier, and Sniffles becomes a real chatterbox as Jones's work evolves. Sniffles encounters everything from protective owls and their eggs to a silent little bookworm, the noisiest nature walk ever, a little chick who grows up to be a hawk, and, of course, a cat who would like nothing more than to eat that little mouse. Also included on disc one is a commentary on "Naughty but Mice" featuring Jerry Beck. The second disc opens with the 1943 cartoon "The Aristo-Cat," which showcases groundbreaking background art that is bright, abstract, and expressionistic, and stars a new mouse duo, Hubie and Bertie. Hubie and Bertie are two mice who are about as different from one another as two mice can be, but the one thing they do share is a particular tendency for finding trouble. In "The Aristo-Cat," the mouse duo is pitted against a spoiled cat who's scared of everything--including mice! The spoiled cat returns in later Hubie and Bertie cartoons as Claude Cat, whose nervous disposition and hypochondriac tendencies are the source of much comedy. There are just seven Hubie and Bertie animated shorts on the second disc, but there's plenty more to watch with 11 bonus Warner Brothers mouse cartoons, including "Country Mouse," "Little Blabbermouse," and "Merlin the Magic Mouse," as well as two commentary tracks for "The Aristo-Cat" (the first featuring Eddie Fitzgerald, and the second, Greg Ford). Additional commentaries include Ford on "Mouse Wreckers" and Beck on "The Hypo-Chondri-Cat." The "Of Mice and Men" featurette details the evolution of mice in cartoons, beginning with Disney's introduction of Mickey Mouse in 1928, as well as Jones's growth as a director. Finally, there's a storyboard reel for "The Hypo-Chondri-Cat." The picture certainly isn't perfect in these cartoons and the sound is low and at times dull and muffled, but one can't really complain considering the age of the source material. What is spectacular is that this Chuck Jones collection finally offers all the Sniffles cartoons on one DVD and really highlights Jones's development as an animator and director. --Tami Horiuchi

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081LTIJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Both cartoons are good since they were made in the golden age of cartoons. Sniffles cartoons are cute and charming, even though he's a Looney Tunes character but his cartoons are mostly a resemblance of Disney cartoons. While Hubie and Bertie are really the Lonney Tunes that act looney, their cartoons are funny and hilarious. This is only for those who want both cartoons in a complete set.

Update: Original opening titles found on some cartoons recently that will appear on this release all remastard back to the cartoons - *

Here how the content will be on both discs (all are directed by Chuck Jones):
Disc 1: Sniffles the Mouse
Naughty but Mice (1939)
Little Brother Rat (1939)*
Sniffles and the Bookworm (1939) My personal favorite
Sniffles Takes a Trip (1940, previously seen as a bonus cartoon on Golden Collection Vol. 6) Note: it's completely remastard unlike its previous release which look ugly.
The Egg Collector (1940)
Bedtime for Sniffles (1940) kind of boring
Sniffles Bells the Cat (1941)
Toy Trouble (1941)
The Brave Little Bat (1941) pretty good
The Unbearable Bear (1943) kind of funny
Lost and Foundling (1944)
Hush My Mouse (1946)* very funny

Disc 2: Hubie & Bertie
The Aristo-Cat (1943, previously seen on Golden Collection Vol. 4)
Trap Happy Porky (1945)* Funny
Roughly Squeaking (1946) My personal favorite
House Hunting Mice (1947) Good
Mouse Wreckers (1949, previously seen on Golden Collection Vol. 2) great humor
The Hypo-Chondri Cat (1950, previously seen on Golden Collection Vol.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By yukon ho on September 22, 2012
Format: DVD
this release is outstanding. i remember watching these toons as a kid and besides bringing back a piece of my childhood they are beautifully rendered in fine vibrant colors. the sound is spectacular. this is one of the best out there if your looking for quality old school cartoons. it's too bad kids today don't get a chance to see real animation and genuine quality cartoons. These are the classics. it doesn't get any better than this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Gammill VINE VOICE on August 28, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
After letting their beloved "Golden Collection" DVD line end a few years back, Warner Bros is slowly redeeming itself in the eyes of fans with new-to-video collections like this on Blu-ray and DVD. And let me just say up front that if you are a true fan, Blu-ray is the ONLY way to go here. Aside from the obvious higher resolution images, the Blu set contains 11 additional mouse-themed cartoons, for a total of 30 shorts.

You probably already know if these are the kind of Looney Tunes you like. There's no Bugs Bunny here, or "the one with the singing frog." It's just what it says: mouse cartoons, and lots of 'em. Of course, the collection is also essential for fans of the great Chuck Jones. We all know that this doesn't quite represent the maverick director's funniest or most inspired work that he would achieve in his later cartoons. Looney Tunes in general, didn't exactly get, well, looney until the mid-40's anyway. But Jones was still a great visual storyteller, and even his more generic stuff (Sniffles, I'm looking at YOU), was often still colorful and charming.

My only complaint with the set is that the cartoons are not listed on the package, nor are there any helpful liner notes. The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume One (Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] contained a very nice and detailed booklet, listing and describing each short. I admit this is a minor problem, but as a hardcore fan, I expected a little more in the package.

So is the "Mouse Chronicles" essential viewing? For true LT fans, of course it is. Casual viewers, however, will probably be bored by some the older, and admittedly less amusing, shorts.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Erik Herrmann on July 30, 2012
Format: DVD
I'm looking forward to this set for one reason
(six, actually) and that is we finally get all
six Hubie & Bertie cartoons in one set. Four
of these have been previously released on other
sets, but it will be nice to finally get 'House
Hunting Mice' and 'Roughly Squeaking'. Hubie &
Bertie were two of my most favorite Chuck Jones
creations, though they were clearly inspired by
the repartee of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall of the
Dead End Kids / Bowery Boys pictures. Most of
the Sniffles cartoons (included here) suffered
from an overdose of Disney-inspired cuteness -
except for the final two, when they began to
pattern the character on the 'inquisitive kid'
from the old Fibber McGee & Molly radio show.
("Whatcha doin', mister? Huh? What's yer name?")
Sniffles is very funny in these indeed. I'm sure
one or titles on the extra disc will make the
whole thing a bit more worthwhile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roscoe L. Edge on October 5, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I received this DVD collection. I was amazed that all 12 of the Sniffles cartoons, and all of which make up the first of the two discs in this set, are here. The cartoons that have been de-Blue Ribbonized are "Little Brother Rat" and "Hush My Mouse" on disc 1, and "Trap Happy Porky" and "The Hypo-Chondri Cat" on disc 2.

And now, my complaints:
* The bonus cartoon, Mouse-Warming, should have been restored as the main cartoon for it was directed by Chuck Jones.
* The Mouse on 57th Street is another missing Jones short about a mouse.
* Among the bonus cartoons that should've made the cut: The Cat Came Back (directed by Friz Freleng), A Sunbonnet Blue (directed by Tex Avery) and Mouse-Placed Kitten (directed by Robert McKimson)

Overall, this is a good collection of shorts. Recommended for all those who want to see Sniffles.

~Ben
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