Tom may catch Jerry on occasion but no one really believes the adorable little mouse will come to harm. After all, it would have also meant the end to the most popular and beloved cat and mouse act in show business. This is the third and final Spotlight Collection Volume from the Hanna-Barbera era of theatrical shorts. It showcases 35 classic cartoons - 15 newly re-mastered in their original CinemaScope widescreen format. On any screen large or small, Tom and Jerry remain the friskiest animated adversaries of all time. Catch them if you can.]]>
Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection: Vol. 3
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Two shorts, "Mouse Cleaning" and "Casanova Cat," will not be included in the third and final "Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection" of theatrical animated shorts from the Hanna-Barbera era at MGM. Although this collection is intended for mature audiences and collectors (not for children), Warner Home Video made the decision to omit these two shorts because, regardless of their historical context and artistic value, the offensiveness of certain scenes containing inappropriate racial stereotypes would diminish the enjoyment of the Collection's 35 other classic cartoons for a large segment of the audience.
How's that for corporate PC jibberish.
We should really be reviewing what is included on this set! While the cartoons are not restored like the Looney Tunes & Popeye Cartoons Warner has put out, these still look good. And they are a joy to watch. But I have to take a star away for the one cartoon, HIS MOUSE FRIDAY, that has a shot re-framed to crop off a black faced character. After having to replace censored discs on the first two sets, Warner still goofs and includes a censored cartoon on this set.
But in all fairness, here is my original review of 9/12/07:
Note: I am not saying that black stereotypes are acceptable.
Here is the inside information as to why the censoring:
"The Tom & Jerry collections (and all other Warner cartoons - including the Hanna Barbera collections) are supervised by the "Family Department". The POPEYE and LOONEY TUNES dvds are supervised under another department - the classic films department - and they will be uncensored." So these are issued by the wrong division of Warner Home Video.
To see what all the censorship was about I pulled out my "Art Of Tom & Jerry" Laserdisc that Ted Turner released in the previous century . It has all of the classic Tom & Jerry Cartoons!
First let me say that both cartoons excluded from this set have Mammy Two Shoes, but then she is included in about half of the other 1940's T&J cartoons on these DVD sets. So she is not the issue.Read more ›
However, a question looms over this third and final volume of the Hanna and Barbera Tom and Jerry cartoons: The cover art for the back of the box advertises 35 shorts in this collection -- but there are in fact 37 HB shorts that Warner still hasn't given us after the first two volumes.
Is this just a misprint on the box? Or are we really being shorted two cartoons?
If so, which two? Maybe the controversial "Mouse Cleaning" and "His Mouse Friday"?
It's all just speculation until Warner releases further details on the contents of Volume Three. And until these questions are answered, a provisional 3-star rating for this volume, for now.
It's hard to believe Warner could really allow another screw-up, after mistakes on the first two volumes forced them to give away replacement discs to make things right. But if they think that the outraged collectors who inundated them with complaints about edited 'toons in the first two volumes are now simply going to shrug at being left two cartoons short in the final volume and then quietly go about their way ... then I guess Warner deserves what they will undoubtedly get.
Let's hope it's just a misprint on the box -- or else, if they really did leave out two cartoons, that they'll think better of it and add them into the set before this volume hits the shelves.
Again, Tom and Jerry Spotlight Volumes One and Two are wonderful, once you've got the replacement discs. Just don't pooch us on the last volume, Warner.
8/10/07 EDIT: Specs have now leaked out (thanks to J.Read more ›
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