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Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection: Vol. 2 (DVD)

Trends come and go; but the chase is eternal, just like the evergreen appeal of animaton's supreme cat-and- mouse team! This second Spotlight Collection of Tom and Jerry's cartoon capers boasts 40 restored and remastered shorts (including their screen debut Puss Gets the Boot, in which Tom was called Japser). This delicious assortment covers their golden years - including three Academy Award nominees* and six in their rarely seen widescreen CinemaScope - and includes spiffy, character-profiling Special Features. Get ready to duck, weave, jump and laugh and the hapless feline and the wily rodent take each other on.

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The second Spotlight Collection features both the first "Tom and Jerry" short and some of the last films in the series. In 1940, the cartoon unit of MGM was under pressure to produce more, so story man Bill Hanna and animator Joe Barbera were allowed to direct a cartoon. "Puss Gets the Boot" received an Oscar nomination, and introduced the duo that would become Tom and Jerry. (Tom was originally "Jasper.") The series ran for 15 years and won seven Oscars. Many of the cartoons follow the pattern set in "Puss Gets the Boot": Mammy Two-Shoes (Lilian Randolph) warns Tom that if he makes a mess or lets in any mice, he's out on his ear ("O-W-T, out!"). Jerry overhears the threat and makes trouble. The look of the characters changed more noticeably over the years than the storylines: their rounded designs didn't really suit the widescreen format, so they were drawn flatter and more angular.

It's interesting to see how some of these cartoons prefigure the later work of Hanna and Barbera: the underwater antics in "The Cat and the Mermouse" anticipate Tom and Jerry's frolic with Esther Williams in Dangerous When Wet (1953); Yakky Doodle on The Yogi Bear Show (1961) was copied from Little Quacker. In several cartoons, Mammy Two-Shoes' voice has been redubbed, and the subtitles offer cleaned-up versions of her dialogue. In "Old Rockin' Chair Tom," she declares, "If you is a mouser, I is Lana Turner, which I ain't!" The subtitles read, "If you're a mouser…I'm Lana Turner, which I'm not." Whoopi Goldberg discusses the use of stereotypes in the introduction, and these later reworkings falsify history. (Unrated, suitable for ages 7 and older: cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon


Special Features

Audio Commentary: Audio Commentaries: Commentary on Saturday Evening Puss, Puss N' Boots, The Night Before Christmas, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mouse by Madtv's Nicole Parker and Animation Historian Earl Kress. Documentary: Animators as Actors: Actor's workshop of where the inspiration for character personalities come from. Featurette: The Comedy Stylings of Tom And Jerry:Tom and Jerry have kept audiences laughing for years. Find out who Hanna-Barbera drew upon to create this great comedy duo. Introduction: Tom and Jerry Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg Production Sketches: 1941 Pencil Sketch: "Midnight Snack": A side by side comparison with the color episode and the black and white pencil sketch of this famous episode.Audio Commentary: Audio Commentaries: Commentary on Saturday Evening Puss, Puss N' Boots, The Night Before Christmas, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mouse by Madtv's Nicole Parker and Animation Historian Earl Kress. Documentary: Animators as Actors: Actor's workshop of where the inspiration for character personalities come from. Featurette: The Comedy Stylings of Tom And Jerry:Tom and Jerry have kept audiences laughing for years. Find out who Hanna-Barbera drew upon to create this great comedy duo. Introduction: Tom and Jerry Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg Production Sketches: 1941 Pencil Sketch: "Midnight Snack": A side by side comparison with the color episode and the black and white pencil sketch of this famous episode.Audio Commentary: Audio Commentaries: Commentary on Saturday Evening Puss, Puss N' Boots, The Night Before Christmas, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mouse by Madtv's Nicole Parker and Animation Historian Earl Kress. Documentary: Animators as Actors: Actor's workshop of where the inspiration for character personalities come from. Featurette: The Comedy Stylings of Tom And Jerry:Tom and Jerry have kept audiences laughing for years. Find out who Hanna-Barbera drew upon to create this great comedy duo. Introduction: Tom and Jerry Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg Production Sketches: 1941 Pencil Sketch: "Midnight Snack": A side by side comparison with the color episode and the black and white pencil sketch of this famous episode.Audio Commentary: Audio Commentaries: Commentary on Saturday Evening Puss, Puss N' Boots, The Night Before Christmas, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mouse by Madtv's Nicole Parker and Animation Historian Earl Kress. Documentary: Animators as Actors: Actor's workshop of where the inspiration for character personalities come from. Featurette: The Comedy Stylings of Tom And Jerry:Tom and Jerry have kept audiences laughing for years. Find out who Hanna-Barbera drew upon to create this great comedy duo. Introduction: Tom and Jerry Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg Production Sketches: 1941 Pencil Sketch: "Midnight Snack": A side by side comparison with the color episode and the black and white pencil sketch of this famous episode.Audio Commentary: Audio Commentaries: Commentary on Saturday Evening Puss, Puss N' Boots, The Night Before Christmas, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Mouse by Madtv's Nicole Parker and Animation Historian Earl Kress. Documentary: Animators as Actors: Actor's workshop of where the inspiration for character personalities come from. Featurette: The Comedy Stylings of Tom And Jerry:Tom and Jerry have kept audiences laughing for years. Find out who Hanna-Barbera drew upon to create this great comedy duo. Introduction: Tom and Jerry Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg Production Sketches: 1941 Pencil Sketch: "Midnight Snack": A side by side comparison with the color episode and the black and white pencil sketch of this famous episode.

Product Details

  • Actors: Lillian Randolph
  • Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ADS61M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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180 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Aja on November 14, 2005
It has become something of a full-time job tracking DVDs, not because of the sheer number of discs being released, but because of the editing done to our favorite TV shows, movies, and cartoons on the format. One of the more spectacular examples in recent memory was the first Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection, which featured 3 edited shorts and was quickly followed up with promises from both Warner Bros. and animation historian Jerry Beck that this error would be rectified.

Fast forward a year, and Volume 2 is announced with renewed claims that the shorts contained are uncut. While some of the shorts featuring the now-controversial character Mammy Two-Shoes have the original voice (which belies a reference to Hattie McDaniel of Gone With the Wind fame), others feature the redubbed "politically correct" voice that Turner created in the '90s. The bottom line here is that Warner Bros.' (or at least their children's video division) can't be trusted to produce an uncut DVD set (or even a restored set, as most of the prints here are the same ones seen on Cartoon Network and Boomerang), much less to be honest with their intentions. Of course, with a growing list of edited, time-compressed, and music-replaced cartoons on DVD, the average viewer quickly gets the idea that most studios view classic animation as disposable entertainment not worthy of a correct, well cared for release. And until we stop buying such shoddily-produced DVDs, that view will continue to prevail.
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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful By joseph Corey on October 27, 2005
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Not only are 4 cartoons using redubbed voices for the maid, but my favorite Saturday Evening Puss is poorly mastered and looks worse than any cartoon on this set. Plus they repeat Texas Tom from Vol. 1. Did nobody involved in this project look at the set list and notice that Texas Tom already came out? And it wasn't even one of the three cartoons snipped on the first set. Expect to see it on Vol. 3.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By xxgrendelxx on January 21, 2006
I was truly looking forward to a DVD Tom and Jerry set that included "Puss Gets the Boot" and the other first ten cartoons, but it seems now (and forever?) I will have to be satisfied with my laserdiscs for seemingly complete and uncut episodes.
What puzzles me is that the Mammy Two-Shoes character is hardly a negative portrayal of an older Black woman. I find Elmer Fudd and Mr. Meek more negative white stereotypes *laughs*!
Besides, weren't Mammy's vocal inflections and style of speech being hailed as "Ebonics" just ten years ago by the very community that is now expected to be so offended? I ride the bus to work every day and I hear very similar vocalisations. And no one complains, much less the people speaking.
No, the likely truth is that a paranoid, guilt-plagued elite of Caucasian men are responsible for butchering these wonderful, and without a shred of mean-spiritedness, cartoons.
When will it end? When no one buys this junk, and makes their wishes known to the manufacturers.
Warner Entertainment, please clean the cartoons up, collate them, and present them on DVD. Nothing more is required for the publics' entertainment or security.

***UPDATE - July 12,2009**
So, I saw this set at Target for [...] and figured "okay, it's steal". And the box said something about a NEW intro by Goldberg. And it SEEMED like Mammy Two-Shoes was back, until I read a fellow reviewers comments that only the copies where Jerry isn't holding cheese and Tom is kinda upside-down are the completely unedited versions. Four cartoons are edited, apparently.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Butch Ediocy on February 5, 2006
It's hard to read these "These cartoons are edited" reviews on Amazon, simply because they don't give a brief explanation on exactly WHICH cartoons are missing cuts or containing the redubbed voices of Mammy-Two Shoes.

After buying this set, I am able to find out which cartoons contain the redubbed voice of Mammy-Two Shoes. Out of the 37 cartoons (excluding TEXAS TOM which is already included on Volume 1), only four contain the redubbed voice of Mammy, which are:

Saturday Evening Puss
Knit-Witty Kitty
Polka Dot Puss(?)
The Lonesome Mouse

Now after reading those "These cartoons are edited" reviews, I thought at first Warner Bros. only used the Cartoon Network/Boomerang prints which leave out minor cuts, but amazingly, these cartoons, which have been literally edited on Cartoon Network/Boomerang (or any other major TV network)--

Puss Gets the Boot
Fraidy Cat
Dog Trouble
Puss n' Toots
The Mouse Comes to Dinner
Mouse in Manhattan
Trap Happy
Part-Time Pal
Old Rockin' Chair Tom
Safety Second

--ARE PRESENTED IN THEIR ORIGINAL UNEDITED FORMS RIGHT HERE IN THIS DVD SET!! That was more than what I would expect when it comes to the WB releasing MGM cartoons on DVD. The rest of the cartoons in this set are presented unedited as well! How about that?

I wouldn't know whether or not to recommend this DVD set to anybody, depending on how they are writing reviews here on Amazon, but I would pinpoint my opinion on this set: On the downside, it's still a disgrace to have a few cartoons contain redubbed voices of Mammy, and neither is it any better than Volume 1. But on the upside, it's still a lot better than how Tom and Jerry cartoons have been airing on TV these days.

But that's just me. What do you guys think?
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The CORRECT phone number is 1(800)553-6937. Replacement discs are being given for Vol 1, disc one and Vol 2, disc 1 and 2.

19 Sept 2007 - my replacement discs arrived in the mail today. They arrived with a prepaid envelop to mail back the original "edited" discs. I'm don't think... Read More
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Volume 3 came 9/11/07. Also Warner Brothers does not suck.
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