Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 6
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Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 6 (DVD)
We've saved the best for last… more of your favorite Looney Tunes…your wish is our command. The concluding release from the Golden Collection Series is a 4-disc set with 60 more of the most looneytic Looney Tunes ever unleashed. Plus, 15 bonus shorts to make this the biggest collection of Looney Tunes ever! Indeed, some have never before been on home video! Disc 1 – Looney Tunes All Stars, featuring best loved characters in classic shorts Disc 2 – Patriotic Pals Disc 3 – Bosko, Buddy & Merrie Melodies. Enjoy rare treasures from the original looney toons before they were Looney Tunes! Disc 4 - Most Requested "Assorted Nuts" Favorite shorts that defy classification!]]>
Fifteen cartoons dating from World War II give Volume 6 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection more focus than previous sets. Many of the 1940's cartoons remain very funny. Bugs Bunny dresses up as Brunnhilda and rides in to the strains of "Tannhauser" in "Herr Meets Hare" (1945), a gag Chuck Jones re-used to greater effect in "What's Opera, Doc" a dozen years later. In "Russian Rhapsody" (1940) some of the gremlins who sabotage Hitler's bomber are caricatures of the Warner Bros. artists. Chuck Jones appears as a chunky, pinkish-tan homunculus swinging a mallet; Friz Freleng is a little green man with a saw-like nose. Younger viewers may find the references to wartime shortages puzzling--or fail to recognize the caricatures of Hermann Goering, Hideki Tojo and Joseph Stalin. Some of the other cartoons can still bring down the house, including "Satan's Waitin'" (1954), in which Sylvester manages to lose all nine of his lives in pursuit of Tweety, and "Bear Feat" (1949), another exercise in futility for Jones' Three Bears. The early musicals featuring Bosko, Foxy (or Freddy Fox) and Buddy have not aged well. Created by Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising, these characters were modeled on Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse, but lack charm and personality. Some more recent films reveal how social attitudes have changed. "Wild Wife," a spoof of a suburban housewife's tribulations, may have seemed hilarious in 1954; today, it's just a laundry list of sexist gags. Like the previous installments, Volume 6 comes loaded with extras. The rarest are five shorts Friz Freleng directed at MGM in 1938. Producer Fred Quimby lured Freleng away from Warner Bros.--only to insist he adapt the comic strip "The Captain and the Kids," Rudolph Dirks' version of "The Katzenjammer Kids." Freleng correctly predicted the films would flop as the characters were "the meanest little bastards in the world," and soon returned to Warners. (Unrated, suitable for ages 6 and older: cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes, mild risqué humor, alcohol & tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Hare Trigger, 2. To Duck or Not to Duck, 3. Birth of a Notion, 4. My Little Duckaroo, 5. Crowing Pains, 6. Raw! Raw! Rooster! 7. Heaven Scent, 8. My Favorite Duck, 9. Jumpin' Jupiter, 10. Satan's Waitin', 11. Hook Line and Stinker, 12. Bear Feat, 13. Dog Gone South, 14. A Ham in a Role, 15. Often an Orphan, 16. Herr Meets Hare, 17. Russian Rhapsody, 18. Daffy the Commando, 19. Bosko the Doughboy, 20. Rookie Revue, 21. The Draft Horse, 22. Wacky Blackout, 23. The Ducktators, 24. The Weakly Reporter, 25. Fifth Column Mouse, 26. Meet John Doughboy, 27. Hollywood Canine Canteen, 28. By Word of Mouse, 29. Heir Conditioned, 30. Yankee Dood It, 31. Congo Jazz, 32. Smile Dam Ya, Smile! 33. The Booze Hangs High, 34. One More Time, 35. Bosko's Picture Show, 36. You Don't Know What You're Doin'! 37. We're in the Money! 38. Ride 'em Bosko, 39. Shuffle Off to Buffalo, 40. Bosko in Person, 41. The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, 42. Buddie's Day Out, 43. Buddie's Beer Garden. 44. Buddie's Circus, 45. A Cartoonist's Nightmare, 46. Horton Hatches the Egg, 47. Lights Fantastic, 48. Fresh Airedale, 49. Chow Hound, 50. The Oily American, 51. It's Hummer Time, 52. Rocket Bye Baby, 53. Goo Goo Goliath, 54. Wild Wife, 55. Much Ado About Nutting, 56. The Hole idea, 57. Now Hear This, 58. Martian Through Georgia, 59. Page Miss Glory. 60. Norman Normal)
Commentaries by Animators, Historians Profiling Specific Cartoons, Characters and Creators
Music-only and Music-and-Effects Tracks on Selected Shorts
Bonus Rarities from the Vaults, Including Friz Freleng at MGM Cartoons and The World of Leon Schlesinger Gallery
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Disc 4 in this set represents perfectly one of the main problems with these Warners collections. The fourth disc is loaded with awful latter day (late 50s-early 60s) cartoons in a horrendous UPA style ("Norman Normal" or "Now Hear This" represent, in my opinion, the studio at its nadir). There was a clear drop in quality at the studio after 1946 (due both to changes in the cartoonists union, as well as the gradual negative influence of UPA). From 1947 onward, the quality only gets worse and worse, until by the late 50s the cartoons become painful to see, and very sad given the high bar previously set. There are exceptions obviously, but for the most part, those latter toons never approach the quality of the pre-1947 toons. These Warner cartoon sets, for whatever reason, don't focus enough on that period. I find it hard to believe good prints don't exist, since the Bosco and Foxy material from the early 30s looks terrific.
I admire Chuck Jones, but at times you'd think he was the only director Warners ever had. After awhile, his style wears thin when it's all seen time and time again. I'd love to see a set featuring the entirety of Clampett's output (particularly the Porky toons from the late 30 to the early 40s), and other, more logical collections from the late 30s through 1946.
Inexplicably, the 1938 Avery classic "Page Miss Glory" sits in the middle of disc 4, which makes zero sense and forces you to skim through some pretty terrible stuff to get to it. It's quite jarring to jump from, say, a 1958 Warners toon to one from 1938 — the difference in quality and background detail is astounding. Hard to believe they're from the same studio.
Sigh. Perhaps one day there will be HD on demand packages of these cartoons and we'll be able to choose the years and individual cartoons we want to see. Until then, fans of the classic period such as myself will have to suffer with Warner's infatuation with their post-1947 period.
Having said that, kids will enjoy this set, as well as adults who aren't as familiar or concerned with the studio's history. My review is probably more suited to hard core fans.
Like many others, I grew up with the Warner Bros.cartoons on Saturday. There I was introduced to all the characters done in the 50's and 60's era style. Loved them. Then, on occasion, a cartoon from the 40's would turn up and I was amazed at how different they were from the regular fare from Freleng and Jones. That's when I discovered Clampett, who had left Warner's by the 50's. I also noted that the work of Jones and Freleng were different then too. Richer and funnier to me. Anyway, that era became my preference and I am glad that this collection has a load of them.
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