Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, 4-disc DVD 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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The only question in the air is... the animated shorts are REALLY uncensored? The press release form Warner Home Video claims that the shorts are "uncut", but who knows... (it's not the same "uncut" than "uncensored"; if you don't believe me, ask the "Fantasia" DVD (with the "UNCUT" version, with the pastoral scene censored))
The only flaw that i notice in this collection is that, apparently, the shorts are not chronological (unlike the Walt Disney Treasures)...
I hope that in some years, WB would release the early LT in DVD in all their B&W glory, (Foxy, Bosko, Buddy, even the B&W Porky shorts) and not only the "modern technicolor" LT.
Buy this collection instead of the "Premiere collection", only in this way, WB will be pleased to release this collection the following years
One feature that this set has that later ones do not is a feature that, as you select each cartoon title, displays a descriptive frame from the cartoon. Since most people remember WB cartoons by content rather than by name, this is most helpful.
I have always been amazed that anyone took the MGM or Disney cartoons with any degree of the seriousness that I take the Warner Brothers cartoons. To be honest, apart from Tex Avery's work at MGM, I to this day never crack a smile watching old Disney or MGM cartoons. Tom and Jerry bores me, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck irritate me, and most of the rest completely fails to capture the tiniest degree of my interest. But despite having seen many of the Warner Brothers cartoons a few dozen times, I still watch these cartoons over and over with enormous pleasure and interest. Essays could--and have--been written on a cartoon as brilliant as the Keatonesque (that's Buster Keaton) "Duck Amuck," recently voted the second greatest cartoon ever made (followed only by Bugs and Elmer's remake of Wagner, "What's Opera Doc"--though I would definitely put the former ahead of the latter, and by a wide margin). C. S. Lewis said that we should judge a work of art by the kinds of thought and reflection that it can inspire. A great work of art, he claimed, was something that was susceptible to be reading in a great way. In my mind, you can get to the end of any Disney or MGM cartoon in one viewing, but in a host of these Warner Brothers cartoons, you can think and ponder and reflect on them for hours, and if Lewis is right (and I think he is), that is a sign of their greatness.
Excepting Tex Avery (who left, of course, Warners after creating some of the key characters included in this collection, including Bugs Bunny, though others would undertake most of his development), the one thing that strikes anyone watching the MGM or Disney cartoons, and then these, is there outrageous zaniness (Avery always retained that Warner Brothers wackiness he helped to establish). For instance, there is a moment in a great 1941 Bob Clampett Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Wabbit Twouble," that could never have appeared in any other studio (except, of course, for Tex Avery). Elmer is on vacation in Jellystone National Park, and Bugs is, of course, doing one horrible thing after another to him. While leading Elmer to the edge of a canyon (into which he will fall, of course), Bugs suddenly turns his head to the audience and says of his antics, "I keep doing things like this to him all through the picture." It is absolutely impossible to imagine any Disney character saying anything like this, yet easy to imagine many of the Warner Brothers characters doing so.
A word about the violence: Yes, these are some extremely violent cartoons, and my ex-wife and I argued about whether to let our daughter watch them growing up. She felt that to do so would be to teach her that violence was OK. I felt that they would have no effect on her attitudes towards violence (I think kids recognize cartoons as cartoons), but was scared of her not having the imaginative stimulation that they would provide, and that she wouldn't laugh as much. I'm sure this debate has continued in many households. My daughter today, I'm happy to report, is a sixteen-year-old spectacularly nonviolent, pacifistic child. With, I might add, a very highly developed sense of humor. I think Bugs and Co. had something to do with that.
The only negative thing I have to say about this set is an anticipatory one: it will reek if this is the last one that they intend to do. I hope to god that they do five or six or seven more. I would love to see hundreds of Warner Brothers cartoons available on DVD. And with luck, maybe we will get them.
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