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I share some fans' viewpoint that the 1940s Woody starring vehicles are the best. But many Woody viewers appreciate the 1950s Woody shorts -- the body of this collection -- for other reasons. These are the Woody shorts from which generations of nostalgia come.
"The story you are about to see is a big fat lie..." "Now I've gotcha, Chief Charlie Horse!" "YAAAAAY!" "Make with them keys, Maestro, and don't stop!" Face it: you remember these beloved Woody cliches even if you no longer recall the specific cartoons (UNDER THE COUNTER SPY, CHIEF CHARLIE HORSE, NIAGARA FOOLS, CONVICT CONCERTO) from which they come. You're getting them. All of them.
And that's not even starting on the supporting features, a mini-anthology of highly inspired choices. Andy Panda's MOUSIE COME HOME envisions codependence in crazed cartoon form; Chilly Willy's HALF-BAKED ALASKA has its unforgettable patter routine ("More butter? More syrup?"); and THE HAMS THAT COULDN'T BE CURED is a hot jazz Three Little Pigs send-up.
Finally there's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the star Walter Lantz inherited from an earlier (1927-28) Walt Disney/Ub Iwerks regime at Universal. Disney reacquired some rights to Oswald in 2006; last year saw a selection released in their Walt Disney Treasures line. But Universal retained rights to its own Oswald material, and Woody Vol. 2 brings us another small, tempting quintet.
The inventive, vital black and white classics are a fascinatingly different viewing experience from anything else on this box, as wannabe hero Oswald is smacked by Tex Avery's earliest gags. A long-lost color Oswald featuring girlfriend Fanny, SPRINGTIME SERENADE, is here too.Read more ›
The GOOD NEWS is that there will also be non-Smith Woodys and 30 Walter Lantz non-Woody cartoons produced from 1930-1960 in this set, and these classics will be well worth getting this for! With DVDs you can just skip over the Paul J. Smith clunkers and cue the menu to these.
The Classic Cartoons will include these new-to-DVD titles:
SHE DONE HIM RIGHT (1933) w/Pooch The Pup B&W
FIVE AND DIME (1933) w/Oswald Rabbit B&W
WAX WORKS (1934) w/Oswald Rabbit B&W
SPRINGTIME SERENADE (1935)
A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1939)
FAIR TODAY (1941)
BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN (1943) A Swing Symphony
THE PAINTER AND THE POINTER (1944) w/ Andy Panda
+ 22 more!
The Woody Woodpecker cartoons in this set are:
(previously released to DVD by Columbia House unless noted "new to DVD")
TERMITES FROM MARS (Don Patterson)
WHAT'S SWEEPIN' (Don Patterson)
BUCCANEER WOODPECKER (Don Patterson)
OPERATION SAWDUST (Don Patterson)
WRESTLING WRECKS (Don Patterson)
BELLE BOYS (Don Patterson)
HYPNOTIC HICK (Don Patterson) - originally shot in 3-D, but this will be standard 2-D here.
HOT NOON (spoofing the movie High Noon) (Paul J. Smith)
SOCKO IN MOROCCO (Don Patterson) - new to DVD!
ALLEY TO BALI ( aka Bali Ho ) (Don Patterson)
UNDER THE COUNTER SPY ( aka Secret Agent FOB, a Dragnet spoof) (Don Patterson)
HOT ROD HUCKSTER (Paul J.Read more ›
That said, parents doing cartoons without cable will find this a perfect set. It's easy to play one cartoon a day as if it were on TV. Both kids and collectors will appreciate the bonuses in this set, which include one full show and six segments from the Woody Woodpecker Show. This innovative program combined live action Lantz and animated Woody in the studio, Lantz showing kids how to draw cartoons. I would love to have that whole series on DVD. This also recalls the approach of the other Walt (Disney), beginning with the Disneyland show, of similarly mixing live action and animated characters. However, the live Lantz makes very clear the difference between the 'toons and the live animators drawing them, and can say, "hey kids, let's watch this cartoon together". The key word is "together".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a well done collection, but the resolution could have been a bit better. Worth the price as my niece loves watching the old cartoons.Published 16 days ago by Lamar W. Reynolds Jr.
Has all the cartoons I grew up on, which looking back is disturbing. I do not allow my 5 year old to watch these...wow!Published 2 months ago by Re
I loved these old tunes and to see how old these tunes actually are was surprising. On the box it showed when they aired for the first time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Verbal Kentz
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