Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection (2008) - Volume 6

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Warner Brothers || NR - 203 minutes - $26.98 || October 21, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-11-07


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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:
  • 8 Bonus Cartoons


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Mono)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

[Portions of this review taken from the “Golden Collection”]

Warner Brothers releases “Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection” as a set for the kids. While the “Golden Collection” is fantastic for adults to see some of the historical animated shorts, “Spotlight” features half the number (30 vs. 60) and none of the features.

As I’ve stated in the “Golden Collection” review, I remember watching some of these as a kid. Can’t really remember when, but that’s how engrained “Looney Tunes” (Merrie Melodies) is on our culture and it’s great that these are on DVD (whichever collection you prefer) for new generations to see.

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 were. For me, I’ve always enjoyed the Bugs Bunny-centric episodes with Daffy placing second along with some of the other lasting characters. It’s quite amazing how, with the genius voice (and overall) talent of Mel Blanc and an animation studio in Warner Brothers, a studio that didn’t have the historical significance as Disney.

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 30 shorts are split on 2 discs (15 shorts per). Note, all of these are also available on “Golden Collection: Volumes 2 & 6”.

DISC 1: CARTOON SUPERSTARS
01. Baby Buggy Bunny
02. Brown-stick Bunny
03. To Duck...or Not to Duck
04. Birth of a Notion
05. Crowing Pains
06. Raw! Raw! Rooster
07. My Favorite Duck
08. Jumpin’ Jupiter
09. Satan’s Waitin’
10. Hook, Line and Stinker
11. A Ham in a Ride
12. Heaven Scent
13. Often an Orphan
14. Dog Gone South
15. By Word of Mouse

DISC 2: ONE-HIT WONDERS
01. Rocket-Bye Baby
02. Fresh Airedale
03. It’s Hummer Time
04. Much Ado About Nutting
05. Goo Goo Goliath
06. The Dark Horse
07. Lights Fantastic
08. Rookie Revue
09. The Weekly Reporter
10. Wild Wife
11. The Hole Idea
12. Page Miss Glory
13. Now Hear This
14. Norman Normal
15. A Cartoonist’s Nightmare



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only extras are 8 Bonus Shorts: Heir-Conditioned, Rabbit Rampage, Sniffles Takes a Trip, Yankee Dood It, Bartholomew Versus the Wheel, Punch Trunk, Sleepy Time Possum, Wild Wild World. Most, if not all, are available on the “Golden Collection” set.



.::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 Spotlight Collection” is specially made for the kids and, I guess, casual animation fans such as myself. It is missing the amazing extras on the “Golden Collection”, but given it is ~$25 cheaper, this is a good option if you’re not interested in special features.