Looney Tunes: Golden Collection
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Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, The (DVD)
They're the crown princes of animation. They're the international ambassadors of cartoon comedy. They're the fabulously funny friends you grew up with! And now, 56 of the very best animated shorts starring the very wackiest Warner Bros. cartoon characters have been rounded up on DVD for the first time ever in The Looney Tunes Golden Collection! Just barely contained in four special edition discs, each specially selected short has been brilliantly restored and re-mastered to its original, uncut, anvil-dropping, laughter-inducing glory! Featuring some of the very earliest, ground-breaking on-screen appearances of many all-time Looney Tunes favorites, it's an unprecedented celebration for cartoon-lovers eager to re-live the heady, hilarious, golden age of Warner Bros. animation! Sparkling with one unforgettable, landmark animated marvel after another, there's that icon of carrot-crunching aplomb, Bugs Bunny, in a dazzling assortment of his very best classic shorts. Also highlighted in their own delightfully zany series of cartoon gems: the ever-flustered Daffy Duck and eternal straight-man Porky Pig. Plus, all the rest of the beloved Looney Tunes lineup starring in some of the most wildly imaginative cartoon shorts ever created! Including an array of exclusive bonus DVD features from expert commentaries to insights into the evolution of these classic characters, this is the ultimate animated experience for anyonewho's ever thrilled to the timeless query: "Ehhh? what's up, Doc?"]]>
For years, animation buffs have waited impatiently for the Warner Bros. cartoons to appear on DVD. The Warner shorts never commanded the budgets and prestige of the Disney and MGM films, and won fewer Oscars than they deserved. But decades after the best ones were created, they remain the quintessential Hollywood cartoons: brash, fast-paced, aggressively funny and uniquely American. Virtually everyone in the U.S. under the age of 60 grew up on these films, in theaters and on TV. The 56 cartoons in the set (out of a studio output of over 1,000) were transferred from good prints--which means the viewer can see dust, scratches, and occasional mistakes by the cel painters. The films are all presented uncut, in defiance of the killjoys who have insisted on censoring alleged "violence" in the versions shown on television. Warner Bros. is obviously testing consumer response with this set. Although the erratic selection includes many classics, purists will argue (correctly) that it offers neither a fair representation of the directors' oeuvres, nor anything approaching a coherent history of the characters or studio style. (Nearly half the films were directed by Chuck Jones; only three are by Bob Clampett, and there's nothing by Tex Avery or Frank Tashlin.) But it seems petty to carp about omissions and biases when the discs offer excellent, uncensored prints of some of the funniest films ever made in the U.S.--or anywhere else. (Rated G, suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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ARTWORK ON THE DISCS THEMSELVES
Volume 1--It's stupendous! It's colossal!....
Volume 2--Not bad...
Volume 4--Just OK
I guess they ran out of steam (or money).
A fantastic array of goodies on all volumes...
HOWEVER.....On Volume 2, Disc 4 is listed as having "Sinkin' in the Bathtub". On the disc, I can't find it. Was it in an Easter egg I missed?
And in Volume 4, Disc 2, there's a SNAFU cartoon called "The Goldbrick". Warner cartoons zip and sparkle at the industry standard film speed of 24 frames per second. Warner Bros. DVD has very lovingly transferred this gem at the wrong film speed of 18 frames per second! The soundtrack slogs along through the mud, and the animation looks jerky. To the meatball at Warner's who made the executive decision to pull this little stunt, I say, "You're dethpicable!"
THE MEANING OF "RESTORED AND REMASTERED"
I cringe every time I see these words on DVDs of classic animation, because they mean whatever the manufacturer chooses, NOT Daniel Webster.
On Disc 4 of Volume 2, two of my all-time favorites "Hollywood Steps Out" and "Have You Got Any Castles" challenge the definition of "restored".
The beginning and ending of "Castles" includes scenes which were cut from the laser disc edition. As the camera pans over to a town crier, 2 BIG, THICK vertical scratches run through, marking the start and end of the part to be edited. My God! I hope this isn't the original negative! But not to worry. Nowadays, digital cut-and-paste technology allows frame-by-frame restoration of such defacing on any computer. But Warner's did NOT restore this. It's a jarring, disturbing experience. Way to go!
In "Hollywood", there is a scene of The Three Stooges, and HERE is where the Warner's digital computer wizardry was used. On each and every frame, Moe's hair has been beautifully painted PURPLE. So, instead of using the computer to restore "Castles", they spent endless hours at the computer, frame by frame, giving us purple hair on Moe, which nobody ever wanted anyway. Imagine the guy at Warner's who came up with THAT bright idea. What a maroon.
I'm a little bit wary to watch more of these cartoons, afraid of whatever other "improvements" I may unearth. In any case, every time I encounter this digital fiddling, I can't help but think "This is no way to run a railroad".
Wabbit Twouble - west and wewaxation with the larger Elmer
Elmer's Candid Camera (Bugs has a different voice characterization)
Tortoise wins by a Hare - Cecil Turtle #2
The Foghorn Leghorn
Daffy Duck Hunt
Yankee Doodle Daffy
But, after watching some of this DVD, I can't help but wonder a few things...
Where is Duck Twacy ?
How about Cecil Turtle episode #1 ?
Where is the singing frog episode ?
There are also 3 other "fat" Elmer episodes that are really good.
And my pet peeve - The "Porky in Wackyland" remake, "Dough for the Do-Do". If you have ever seen "Wackyland", then watching "Dough for the Do-Do" is somewhat of a letdown; a few scenes/items were altered/replaced. However, I will take into account that when making this DVD they went with picture quality over originality.
I was very pleased to see the full length version of "Water, Water Every Hare" make it onto this DVD. For many years I believe this cartoon had been shown on TV in a chopped up best of Bugs Bunny version.
Let us hope for a volume 2 !!