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Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection
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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.]]>
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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.Read more ›
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.
I assume the producers of this collection thought the best way to sell Avery's work is to give the public a well known star who had a TV show years ago. That may sell more DVDs than a disc set called The Crazy World of Tex Avery, but in Averys case they are simply selling a once popular name and not the artist's best work. Avery's best shorts were not cartoons that featured the same star over and over. While a few of the Droopy shorts are brilliant, it appears Avery's producer or the front office at MGM told him they wanted more of the same. As a result too many of the shorts on the disc are full of variations of the same plots and gags. To make matters worse there are several late Droopys directed by Mike Lah after Avery left MGM that are disapointing for many reasons.
If you are an Avery fan the set is worth buying for the 5 or 6 gems on it and to understand what happens when the boss says give me more of the same. Seeing the set also helps explain why Avery felt he had to leave directing theatrical cartoons. I hope enough copies of this DVD set sell so in another year or two we will be treated to a much better selection of Avery classics. Many of those shorts do not feature a star, but are brilliant "one off" films; wonderful works of surreal humor. Avery is still in my mind the king of cartoons, but you might not agree he was that great after seeing this selection that features too many of his lesser works.
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Always have been a fan of droopy and Tex Avery. The slap stick and situational comedy is very distinct.Published 10 days ago by JM
I enjoy the overall set very much, and it delivers what it promises. However, I was always under the impression that the "Red Hot Riding" episode would be included in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mikereview
Love it! These are what cartoons are all about. Good old fashioned fun!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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
May 27, 2007 by Chris Larken | See all 10 posts
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