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Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection (2007)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Dubbed: 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: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTPA5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection" on IMDb

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Frederick "Tex" Avery directed some of the funniest cartoons ever made, but he relied primarily on situations and moving graphics, rather than on the personalities of familiar characters. Droopy, the phlegmatic basset hound, was one of the few characters Avery used regularly: His low-key presence was the perfect counter to the extreme takes, fast cuts, frenetic action, and general mayhem going on around him. Avery is also noted for "self-reflexive gags:" the characters know they're in a cartoon and often comment on the fact. In "Dumb-Hounded,"a sprinting wolf cuts a corner too sharply, skids past the sprocket holes at the edge of the film, and onto the blank screen. Droopy frequently turns to the camera and comments, "You now what? I'm happy." Some of the later films in the collection, made by animators Dick Lundy and Michael Lah, lack Avery's manic panache. The last cartoons in the collection were designed for the CinemaScope format: Droopy's pudgy form looks lost in those vast frames, and the flattened graphics pioneered by the UPA studio distort his rounded shape. But those are minor caveats. Fans have waited impatiently for Tex Avery's seminal cartoons to be released on DVD in the US, and this collection is a must-have for anyone interested in animation.(Unrated, suitable for ages 6 and older: cartoon violence, alcohol and tobacco use, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

Droopy, a detective basset hound, lulls the bad guys into a false sense of security by acting slow and dumb when in actual fact he is a genius. The shrewd Droopy always outwits his enemies! Droopy Dog was a low-key animated movie character created by Tex Avery at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1943, this mournful deadpan witty Basset hound detective who spoke in a jowly monotone voice and, though he didn't look like much, was shrewd enough to outwit his enemies - the conniving Butch the Irish bulldog and the thieving, nasty wolf and English Fox.

DVD Features:
Documentaries:"Droopy and Friends: A Laugh Back" Â - a documentary retrospective featuring the highlights of Tex Averys iconic character and band of regular misfits, which made the collection so memorable and dear to our hearts. Â Peppered through the featurette will be moments reflecting on Texs early days, from inspiration, to his passions as an artist, entertainer and eventual auteur.
Gag Reel:'Doggone Gags" - a montage of great moments from the Droopy series, culled together in the fashion of a gag reel.


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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant early shorts make up for lame finales May 12, 2007
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Don't you just love Tex Avery? His zany work shines in this collection, which features his best-known character. I'm a big fan of Disney cartoons (note my byline below), but most of these Droopy shorts (sorry, couldn't resist) are just terrific. They're fast-paced, the characters are often well aware they are in a cartoon (they stop often to address the audience) and nearly every gag takes you by surprise. Avery created Bug Bunny and Daffy Duck at Warner Brothers, but really hit his stride when he left in a censorship fight for MGM, where he spent more than a decade creating these classics.

There's something here for everyone. The first few shorts introduce the deadpan doggie, but actually give more screen time to Avery's libidinous Wolf and slinky, um, woman. OK, dame. (This, by God, is a dame.) Not for kids at all, "The Shooting of Dan McGoo" and "Wild and Woolfy" are as lusty as anything you'll ever see that's sold on Amazon. Avery designed the two shorts with American G.I.s in mind, and they were shown at U.S. military camps during World War II. The other Avery girlie cartoons, "Red Hot Riding Hood" and "Swing Shift Cinderella," are currently out of print. (Want to see an early Avery effort? His 1936 "I Love to Singa" is a bonus feature on Happy Feet (Widescreen Edition).)

The rest of the cartoons here are more family friendly, with the Wolf often replaced by Spike or Butch, both G-rated bulldogs. The last few shorts on this set were produced without Avery by television outfit Hanna-Barbera. They will be of interest only to children.

Most all the shorts have been digitally restored, and they look fantastic. The colors are bright and the focus is sharp.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted to take a star away because disc #1 contains some un-restored cartoons, in particular the first. I actually think the Laserdisc looks better! The grain is the same, but the LD colors are brilliant while the DVD colors are faded. All other cartoons look better on the DVD.

It appears that disc # 2 is restored & newly remastered, all of the cartoons look brilliant & sharp.

The five stars are for the cartoons themselves! These are real gems of the golden age of cartoons! Tex was an expert at throwing gags at you faster than you would know what hit you. But Tex did tend to repeat himself, so viewing this entire set in one sitting may lessen the enjoyment of some later cartoons.

It should also be mentioned that while Tex Avery's name is on the title of this DVD set, he only directed 17 out of the 24 Droopy cartoons. Which also means that 7 cartoons from this set would not appear on any possible future Tex Avery DVD collection.

There is a mistake on the DVD sleeve title listing, the credit reads "Cartoons 1-18 are directed by Tex Avery", but not all of them are! I know the last one on disc #1 is not a Tex Avery 'toon.

The extras on Disc #2 leave alot to be desired, the documentary is full of clips from the cartoons you just saw, with interviewers telling you why you laughed. But there is no real new information here. This is followed by a greatest gags clip show, which is pointless if you just watched the cartoons or the documentary. It seems all of the good Text Avery bonus material has already been used in the LOONEY TUNES DVD sets.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected May 19, 2007
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After watching these classics on VHS, the DVD (Uncensored) were were a great surprise in quality. I can only hope that they'll be releasing the others along with more Droopy, such as Screwy Squirrel, Woolfy, etc. I can't say enough good things about this DVD collection!!
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Disclaimer - while made by MGM, they were put on DVD by Warner Bros. The disclaimer you read is the same one Whoopie Goldberg narrates on the Looney Tunes DVDs. On these, you only get the verbiage to read. Fair enough, some of these cartoon episodes could be considered racist, of which I shall now adumbrate:

Yes, some of these episodes have bits that could be perceived as racist or are unquestionably racist. An example of a questionable bit is when the Wolf in "The Three Little Pups" sticks his head in a bag, not realizing the pup escaped and put in a piece of dynamite, and the bag explodes, the result is a charred black face (not dark brown) with a puffed mouth. This could be seen as caricaturing a black man, yet the skin is charred black and drawn in a way that seems more outlandish than anything remotely deliberately disparaging. However, gags like that one were usually not edited for modern day (1980s/1990s) broadcast because they generally don't come across racist.

However, occasional scenes that truly are racist were edited out. These exist in their entirety in this collection set. "Droopy's Good Deed" features a scene where a rich British millionaire's hat is blown away by the wind. Droopy runs for it. Spike the dog, in hiding, intercepts the hat and puts in a bomb. Droops, not seeing this, later catches the bomb and returns it to the rich British guy. The rich guy says Droops deserves an award and counts out ten $5 bills. During this point, Spike kicks Droopy away. At the $55 mark, the bomb explodes. That must be an expensive hat...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Droopy was always my favorite
Seems Droopy and Tex ran the gauntlet. Great addition to any Walter Lantz collection, which is where I remember him from first so I keep him with that collection. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Martin Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Droopy :You know what thats good stuff Maynard!
I love Droopy cartoons and its great to have them all together.My children love them too.They dont make quality entertainment like that anymore.
Published 12 days ago by Melissa Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
I bought this as a gift for my brother who is collecting older cartoons. No collection is complete without Droopy.
Published 25 days ago by Penniless
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic cartoon show
This is an excellent classic cartoon series. You will enjoy watching this and can share this with your family. It is a very family friendly show. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ninja_008
5.0 out of 5 stars Tex = the king
There is not a funnier collection of cartoons, period, bar none. I am so proud to pass them on to my kids, abs they are laughing as hard ad i remember i did. Thanks, Tex!!
Published 1 month ago by Kendall W. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Very Entertaining!!
This is a Very Amazing and Awesome Dvd Set that is filled with all the Different Droopy Cartoons by Tex Avery and Micheal Lah. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindi Svoboda
5.0 out of 5 stars Droopy Rules!!
Only one thing that I found that caught me offguard was that is seems there are 2 differently named cartoons that are basically the same exact cartoon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul H Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of all time
I never got tired of these cartoons as a kid and I still love them as an older adult. Great animation and art work for the '60s.
Published 2 months ago by John T. Zipple
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of best cartoon ever.
Thanks to Amazon for finding this semi-rare collection of cartoons. Some would say they are slightly racist -but the content and culture represented in this media is they way it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bill Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
Who doesn't love droopy? I've always had a soft spot for the little guy. I'm glad I found this dvd pack online. When I went to the stores no one knew who I was talking about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kerry Ryan Maloney
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Will they REALLY find the uncut version of Droopy's Good Deed?
Actually, there is one more scene cut and it IS missing from this new Tex Avery set. The super rare first run 35mm theatrical print of "Droopy's Good Deed" contained a "high modality" punch line for the log house-burning gag. The original sequence to where Spike runs into... Read more
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