Tom and Jerry - Spotlight Collection, Volume 2
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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.]]>
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
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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.
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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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
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
Puss n' Toots
The Mouse Comes to Dinner
Mouse in Manhattan
Old Rockin' Chair Tom
--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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Loved every minute of it. I watched this everyday after work for a weekPublished 3 months ago by Jaime
Grandson watches this over and over. It's great to hear his belly laughs. And the intro by Whoopi Goldberg is important for him to hear.Published 11 months ago by Jean Farrell
Adults love this, kids love this, but there is no way on this earth that this is not suitable for children!Published 11 months ago by Curly Q
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