LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN
This time we didn’t forget the gravy!
That’s all folks! Its been a good run, but LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION: VOLUME SIX ($65) marks Warner Home Video’s final collection of sixty classic theatrical animated shorts to be released in the present format. Perhaps Warner will move their future releases of these animated shorts towards high definition or into smaller themed collections, but I liked golden collections for the simple fact they offered fans so much treasure, in such a small package. Even with six collections released into the marketplace, the Warner vaults are still overflowing with enough cartoons to fill at least another ten volumes. And not surprisingly, even with this final golden collection, The Censored Eleven are still missing from any official release. Will classic animation fans ever see quality releases of Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land, Sunday Go To Meetin' Time, Clean Pastures, Uncle Tom's Bungalow, Jungle Jitters, The Isle Of Pingo Pongo, All This And Rabbit Stew, Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs, Tin Pan Alley Cats, Angel Puss or Goldilocks And The Jivin' Bears?
Growing up and even now, I still can’t get enough of the classic Warner Bros. animated shorts. This isn’t to say there wasn’t other great animation out there. I will give Disney all the credit in the world, there shorts are technically brilliant and beautiful; they are even tastefully amusing. However, I am the kind of person that wants to bust a gut laughing, and that’s what the Warner Bros. cartoons allowed me to do on a consistent basis. Additionally, I will give MGM the nod for their Tex Avery shorts, but for me, there is nothing quite as good as the animated shorts produced at Termite Terrace. This brings us to LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION: VOLUME SIX, which delivers another box load of laughter.
Disc one is Looney Tunes All Stars and features the following animated shorts: Hare Trigger, To Duck….. Or Not To Duck, Birth Of A Notion, My Little Duckaroo, Crowing Pains, Raw! Raw! Rooster, Heaven Scent, My Favorite Duck, Jumpin' Jupiter, Satan's Waitin', Hook, Line And Stinker, Bear Feat, Dog Gone South, A Ham In A Role and Often An Orphan.
Disc two is Patriotic Pals and features the following animated shorts: Herr Meets Hare, Russian Rhapsody, Daffy--The Commando, Bosko The Doughboy, Rookie Revue, The Draft Horse, Wacky Blackout, The Ducktators, The Weakly Reporter, Fifth Column Mouse, Meet John Doughboy, Hollywood Canine Canteen, By Word Of Mouse, Heir-Conditioned, Yankee Dood It.
Disc three is Bosko, Buddy &, Merrie Melodies and features the following animated shorts: Congo Jazz, Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!, The Booze Hangs High, One More Time, Bosko's Picture Show, You Don't Know What You're Doin'!, We're In The Money, Ride Him, Bosko, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Bosko In Person, The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, Buddy's Day Out, Buddy's Beer Garden, Buddy's Circus, A Cartoonist's Nightmare.
Disc four is Most Requested Assorted Nuts and features the following animated shorts:
Horton Hatches The Egg, Lights Fantastic, Fresh Airedale, Chow Hound, The Oily American, It's Hummer Time, Rocket-Bye Baby, Goo Goo Goliath, Wild Wife, Much Ado About Nutting, The Hole Idea, Now Hear This, Martian Through Georgia, Page Miss Glory, Norman Normal.
Warner Home Video continues their tradition of producing marvelous presentations for the classic animated shorts contained in LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION: VOLUME SIX. All sixty of the theatrical cartoons have been transcribed in their proper 1.37:1 full screen aspect ratios. As always, these cartoons look pretty terrific. Sure, the animated shorts are not perfectly restored, but they look terrific anyway. Like the five preceding sets, these presentations easily blow away all previous broadcast and home entertainment incarnations. Each animated short a better level of sharpness and detail than what has been seen previously. The color shorts are usually well saturated, while the black and whites shorts demonstrate excellent grayscale. There are some blemishes contained in the individual shorts, although none display excessive signs of age. Some grain noticeable much of the time, but one has to remember that many of these cartoons are over six decades old and originated on motion picture film stocks that were inherently grainy. Digital compression artifacts keep a low profile.
The Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks hold up very considering their age and the limitations in recording technologies at the time they were produced. As expected, there are variations in quality between the individual shorts. Of course, all the soundtracks of all the cartoons contained in the collection have been cleaned up. Therefore, the majority of the background hiss and other audible anomalies have been eliminated or greatly reduced. No surprises here… the fidelity is limited, but the music and zany sound effects sound rather good. Dialogue is always easy to understand, plus the wonderful vocal characterizations of Mel Blanc (amongst others) sound just fine. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English subtitles are provided.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the a nice array of supplemental features, which pertain to individual cartoons, as well as those being relative to the Warner Bros. cartoons as a whole. There are Audio Commentaries provided for various cartoons spread across the set, as well other cartoons that feature Isolated Musical Tracks, Music And Effects Tracks or Voice Only Tracks. Mores supplements are spread throughout the for disc collection. Looney Tunes Television Specials: include Bugs Bunny In King Arthur´s Court and Daffy Duck´s Easter Egg-Citement. Four Bonus Shorts: Boyhood Daze, Hippety Hopper, Rabbit Rampage & Sniffles Takes A Trip. Fritz Freleng At MGM Shorts Gallery: The Captain´s Christmas, A Day at the Beach, Mama´s New Hat, Poultry Pirates & Seal Skinners. Three More Bonus Shorts: Confusions of A Nutzy Spy, The Fighting 69½th & Hop And Go.
The World Of Leon Schlessinger Featurette Gallery: Introduction By Martha Sigall And Jerry Beck, Crying For The Carolines, Haunted Gold Title Sequence & Schlessinger Productions Christmas Party. Four More Bonus Shorts: How Do I know It´s Sunday, I Like Mountain Music, I love A Parade & Sittin´ On A Backyard Fence. Documentary Profile Mel Blanc: The Man Of A Thousand Voices. Four Final Bonus Shorts: Bartholomew Versus The Wheel, Punch Trunk, Sleepy Time Possum & Wild Wild World.
All good things must come to an end, and so the LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION reaches its final volume. I can’t wait to see what Warner does next. Hopefully, some high definition releases, as well as a collection devoted solely to The Censored Eleven. As for the LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION: VOLUME SIX, it is absolutely recommended.
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