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The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection

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Relive all of the hilarious, crazy adventures of Woody Woodpecker, everyone's favorite wacky red-headed bird, in The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection! Created by renowned cartoonist Walter Lantz, these 75 original theatrical cartoons - all digitally remastered and completely uncut - showcase some of the wildest antics in animation history. Join Woody and his friends Chilly Willy, Andy Panda, Wally Walrus and Buzz Buzzard in hours of outrageous adventures. Featuring rare treasures from the Walter Lantz archive, including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Cartune Classic and Swing Symphony cartoons, this side-splitting collection will keep fans laughing out loud time and time again!

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Walter Lantz produced cartoons for Universal for more than 40 years, from 1929 until 1972, but his studio's output remained the animated equivalent of "B" pictures. His cartoons broke no new ground in animation, story telling, or humor. This generous set includes the first 45 Woody Woodpecker cartoons, 10 "Cartune Classics," five "Swing Symphonies," and five shorts with Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, and Oswald Rabbit (a character originally created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks). Woody Woodpecker made his debut in "Knock Knock" (1940) as a loony-bin zany, similar to the very early Bugs Bunny. But Woody never developed the kind of nuanced personality Bugs displays in later cartoons, despite the impressive array of animators and directors who passed through the studio. Tex Avery directed "The Legend of Rockabye Point" (1955), probably the funniest cartoon Lantz ever released, but he failed to make any lasting changes in the house style. Some cartoons are more interesting as historical documents than entertainment. In "Confidence" (1933), Oswald cures the effects of a spectre labeled "Depression" with a hypodermic needle full of confidence that he gets from Franklin Roosevelt. The "Swing Symphonies" and "Cartune Classics" feature performances by noteworthy jazz musicians, including Jack Teagarden in "The Pied Piper of Basin Street" (1945). But they lack the lavish beauty of Disney's "Silly Symphonies" and the rambunctious energy of the Fleischer jazz cartoons, their obvious models. "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company 'B'" (1941) earned Lantz his first Oscar nomination, but decades later, it's little more than a collection of spot gags featuring unflattering African-American stereotypes. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: violence, tobacco use, ethnic and racial stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Walter, Woody and the World of Animation
  • Cartoonland Mysteries
  • The Origin of Woody Woodpecker (Episode #1)
  • Drawing Woody and Andy (Episode #5)
  • Creating the Stories (Episode #6)
  • Animating Woody (Episode #8)
  • The Development of Woody (Episode #9)
  • Directing Animated Cartoons (Episode #10)
  • The Woody Woodpecker Show Halloween Episode

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Mel Blanc
    • Directors: Walter Lantz, Tex Avery
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: 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: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
    • Run Time: 555 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000PC1PAW
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Finally, The Walter Lantz classics are fianlly being released. This collection includes the first 45 Woody Woodpecker cartoons from "Knock Knock"(1940)to The Great Who Dood-It(1952). These are the cartoons where Woody Woodpecker is really insane with his famous laugh. Besides Woody Woodpecker, this collection also includes the first 5 cartoons of that loveable penguin- Chilly Willy. This collection also includes amny of the "Swing Symphonies" and "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" Cartoons and 5 choice Andy Panda cartoons. These shorts are all uncut and restored and remastered from the original Universal Pictures Master Negatives. You won't want to miss this set. If this set sells well, there might be a volume 2.
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    First the packaging. This set is a textbook case of how to make an absolutely great DVD set. No annoying ads when you start the discs. Easy to navigate menu that makes watching individual cartoons easy and fun. Some of the cartoons, however, are simply three stars. The box has a disclaimer that the set is intended for collectors and "may not be suitable for children". "There's a difference between violence and slapstick", Walt Lantz once said. Nevertheless, he edited some of these 'toons when they appeared in 1970 on The Woody Woodpecker Show. These are every bit as violent as vintage Tom and Jerry 'toons, and parents have to make the same call. My view is that kids remember characters, not stories, and have an innate "cartoon sense" which enables them to tell "toons" from "reality. "Toons" are sometimes worse, but often better than "reality". Parents' real concern should be the extreme "live-action" shows on the rest of the airwaves.

    That said, parents doing cartoons without cable will find this a perfect set. It's easy to play one cartoon a day as if it were on TV. Both kids and collectors will appreciate the bonuses in this set, which include one full show and six segments from the Woody Woodpecker Show. This innovative program combined live action Lantz and animated Woody in the studio, Lantz showing kids how to draw cartoons. I would love to have that whole series on DVD. This also recalls the approach of the other Walt (Disney), beginning with the Disneyland show, of similarly mixing live action and animated characters. However, the live Lantz makes very clear the difference between the 'toons and the live animators drawing them, and can say, "hey kids, let's watch this cartoon together". The key word is "together".
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    Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Collection dvd set is a must-see, must-own dvd set for every classic cartoon fans. Think about it, You have Woody Woodpecker cartoon with chronological order and some of the finest Walter Lantz studio classics in your hand. This is amazing collection.

    Woody Woodpecker is one of animation histories most popular characters. He is manic, funny, violent one of a character. And, who could ever forget that hysterical laughter! If Bugs Bunny said "Ah, What's up, Doc" then Woody Woodpecker don't need words, he just goes crazy mode and laughs! Hysterically funny. Early Woody Woodpecker is especially my personal favorites.

    First official Woody Woodpecker cartoon is Knock Knock. Actually it's Andy Panda cartoon, but everybody remembers Knock Knock as Woody Woodpecker's incredible debut cartoon. And he stole every second of it from poor Andy Panda and his father. Several years later Woody Woodpecker cartoon called Barber of Seville appeared, and many fans regarded this as best Woody Woodpecker cartoon of all time. Personally, it's not my favorite Woody Woodpecker cartoon, my candidate for best Woody Woodpecker cartoon is Hot Noon. But, I agree Barber of Seville is one great cartoon. I believe every classic cartoon fans had his or her own favorite Woody Woodpecker cartoon. So, buy this set, and judge for yourselves.

    This collection not only have many classic Woody Woodpecker cartoons with chronological order, but other memorable Walter Lantz studio's classics also including this set. Some of them never released any kind of format in home video market before! My personal favorite is short called Musical Moments from Chopin. This Oscar-nominated cartoon is musical themed cartoon, and one of the funniest.
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    Animation buffs will find a treasure trove of Walter Lantz cartoons in this fascinating DVD set. It's worth having solely for the classic contributions from Tex Avery ("I'm Cold" and "Sh-h-h-h-h-h") and Shamus Culhane ("The Barber of Seville" and "Abou Ben Boogie"). That's not all, folks! The Lantz collection includes most of the producer's Oscar-nominated shorts: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" (1941), "Musical Moments From Chopin" (1947) and Avery's "The Legend of Rockabye Point" (1955). Along the way, you will find 1933 rarities such as "King Klunk" and "Confidence." Even if you're not a fan of Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda and Chilly Willy, the three-disc set has enough Lantz gems to compensate for the occasional misfires.
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    Now this is something I've been waiting on for YEARS! At long last, Woody Freakin' Woodpecker is FINALLY coming to DVD.!!! Didn't think we would see these for a long time, if even at all. Apparently the petitioning worked and Universal finally caved in to all the requests, no, DEMANDS for these long-lost classics.

    I remember when these cartoons were shown almost daily on my local TV station, as well as being a vintage Saturday morning staple. Sad, but it seems that although cartoons are still shown on Saturday mornings, this practice still seems like a bygone era. Kids today don't seem to appreciate shows like these anymore. If it isn't "SpongeBob SquarePants", "South Park" or "Family Guy" or Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim", then it isn't cool. None of those are even the least bit cool, in my opinion. And if Cartoon Network or even Boomerang were worth their salt, they would be showing these in heavy rotation, instead of the latest incarnation of "Scooby Doo" (never liked that one, either). Suffice it to say, they don't and anymore, they aren't.

    So, welcome back, Woody and friends. It's been long enough. We've missed you. And we'll see you on 7-24.
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