Looney Tunes Golden Collection (2008) - Volume Six

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Warner Brothers || NR - 413 minutes - $64.98 || October 21, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-11-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Mel Blanc


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Animators and Historians Commentaries
  • 2 Looney Tunes Specials
  • Friz Frelend at MGM Shorts Gallery
  • The World of Leon Schlesinger Featurette Gallery
  • Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices
  • 15 Bonus Shorts
  • Music-only/Music-and-Effects Tracks


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Mono)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Warner Brothers finishes their “Looney Tunes Golden Collection” with Volume 6 containing 60 more classic cartoons. This set contains many that even I remember watching as a kid but also has a few that are seeing the light of day for the first time. Now, I’m not an expert on Merrie Melodies or cartoons in general only that I did watch Looney Tunes, so take this review for those, like myself, are sort of a beginner in the old classic cartoon. For those interested in the history of Looney Tunes, look no further than old faithful, Wikipedia.

The first volume, released in 2003, was an experiment by Warner to gauge the popularity and whether the fervent fans of the WB cartoons would purchase the set. See, although Disney and MGM received much recognition, it is the “Looney Tunes” shorts that really are engrained in the public’s mind (in terms of cartoons).

What was striking to me as a semi-newcomer — I haven’t watched any sort of cartoons in ages — is how fantastic the animation, stories and voice acting (by Mel Blanc) were. For me, I’ve always enjoyed the Bugs Bunny-centric episodes with Daffy placing second along with some of the other lasting characters.

But the purpose of these sets is twofold. One, fans of these shorts can now get them on DVD with remastered video and can add each to their collection. But second, the historical value on these are just as important as any Disney cartoons, so it’s great Warner even if less than half of all the “Looney Tunes”... toons have been released so far.

Like the previous sets, the 60 shorts are split on 4 discs (15 shorts per), each with a theme as outlined below:

DISC 1: LOONEY TUNES ALL STARS
01. Hare Trigger
02. To Duck... or Not to Duck
03. Birth of a Notion
04. My Little Duckaroo
05. Crowing Pains
06. Raw! Raw! Rooster!
07. Heaven Scent
08. My Favorite Duck
09. Jumpin’ Jupiter
10. Satan’s Waitin’
11. Hook, Line and Stinker
12. Bear Feat
13. Dog Gone South
14. A Ham in a Role
15. Often an Orphan

DISC 2: PATRIOTIC PALS
01. Herr Meets Hare
02. Russian Rhapsody
03. Daffy – the Commando
04. Bosko the Doughboy
05. Rookie Revue
06. The Draft Horse
07. Wacky Blackout
08. The Ducktators
09. The Weakly Reporter
10. Fifth Column Mouse
11. Meet John Doughboy
12. Hollywood Canine Canteen
13. By Word of Mouse
14. Heir-Conditioned
15. Yankee Dood It

DISC 3: BOSKO, BUDDY & MERRIE MELODIES
01. Congo Jazz
02. Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!
03. The Booze Hangs High
04. One More Time
05. Bosko’s Picture Show
06. You Don’t Know What You’re Doin?
07. We’re in the Money
08. Ride Him, Bosko!
09. Shuffle off to Buffalo
10. Bosko in Person
11. The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
12. Buddy’s Day Out
13. Buddy’s Beer Garden
14. Buddy’s Circus
15. A Cartoonist’s Nightmare

DISC 4: MOST-REQUESTED ASSORTED NUTS & ONE-SHOTS
01. Horton Hatches the Egg
02. Lights Fantastic
03. Fresh Airedale
04. Chow Hound
05. The Oily American
06. It’s Hummer Time
07. Rocket-bye Baby
08. Goo Goo Goliath
09. Wild Wife
10. Much Ado About Nutting
11. The Hole Idea
12. Now Hear This
13. Martian Through Georgia
14. Page Miss Glory
15. Norman Normal




.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The amount of features has got to be a dream come true for animation aficionados and even as a casual fan, they’re all quite interesting:

Animators’ and Historians’ Commentaries – This four-disc set contains 11 commentary tracks with Filmmaker Greg Ford (4), Animator Mark Kausler (3) and Historian Jerry Beck (4). Each track also has recordings with the original animators’ which adds some depth.

2 Looney Tunes TV Specials – We also get two classic specials, “Bugs Bunny in King Arthur’s Court” (24:26) and “Daffy Duck’s Easter Egg-citement (24:27), both of which are a blast to watch. I actually remember seeing the Bugs Bunny one at some point as a child.

Friz Freleng at MGM Shorts Gallery (43:43) – Five classic Freleng cartoons during his time at MGM has been included. Although I much prefer Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck classics, it is interesting to watch the older animation styles and stories.

The World of Leon Schlesinger Featurette Gallery (28:41) – This is a funny little home movie-like footage from Leon Schlesinger Productions. It’s split into four parts where various people working for the production company basically goof off made for a Christmas party. It’s also accompanied with an introduction and commentary by Martha Sigall and Jerry Beck.

Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices (69:26) is a truly fascinating portrait of a man who we all know his voices from Bugs Bunny, Porky the Pig, Yosemite Sam, Woody Woodpecker and Daffy Duck (amongst so many others). It chronicles Blanc’s life and features Blanc himself in a 1988 interview and historians, voice artists and more. This is a must-see not only for fans of animation/Looney Tunes but those interested in the entertainment industry in general. This alone is well worth the purchase price.

Finally there are 15 Bonus Shorts to keep animation junkies busy even after they watch the 60 cartoons available. I estimate that there must be close to 80-minutes here. And also Music-only/Music-and-Effects Tracks for those interested in the music of some of these shorts.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Given the age of some of these cartoons (60+ years); some of the shorts actually looked very nice. Obviously there’s going to be plenty dust, scratches and other artifacts but I found that many of color cartoons were fairly vibrant and I even compared to one I found a screen cap on the Net (recorded from TV) and it’s almost night and day the difference.

The only audio option is an English Mono track that gets the job done, nothing more, and nothing less. It delivers the dialog and music just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

“Looney Tunes Golden Collection” is the perfect set for the animation lover as it includes so many classic cartoons and even a few that haven’t seen the light of day until now. The number of features is entertaining and the short cartoons themselves will be a flashback for anyone who remembers watching them as a child. This set, however, is geared more towards adults, but fear not, “Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection” is a good companion for the kids.