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April 21, 2017

Super Stars Vol. 2 Three-Pack Announced for June 6

Daffy, Tweety, and Porky DVDs collected; shorts still in widescreen

Super Stars Cover

Super Stars Back Cover

It's those four words that always bring a delicate balance of hope and dread to fans: "Looney Tunes Super Stars." Four long years after the last new compilation in the series, the title is dusted off for a repackaging of older collections, as this week Warner Home Video announced the Looney Tunes Super Stars Vol. 2 three-pack coming June 6. The DVD-only set will combine the Super Stars releases Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl, Tweety & Sylvester: Feline Fwenzy, and Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham.

Obviously this multi-pack is a follow-up to the Looney Tunes Super Stars 3-Pack released back in 2013 that collected Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire, Foghorn Leghorn & Friends: Barnyard Bigmouth, and Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote: Supergenius Hijinks. That collection had since been repackaged and slightly retitled and can usually be found at most Walmart and Target DVD racks. This "new" release will follow in the repackaged version's mold, with a close-up of Daffy clip art taking up the majority of space on the cover. Warner Home Video's announcement e-mail refers to this as a "sharp new look."

The discs will be exactly the same as when the titles were individually released back in 2010 and 2012. The cropped widescreen Daffy cartoons will still be in widescreen (at least the back cover actually mentions that this time!), One Meat Brawl on the Porky disc will still have the "Dubbed Version" end card, etc.

Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl contains the following. Shorts that were cropped into widescreen are noted....

Tick Tock Tuckered (1944)
Nasty Quacks (1945)
Daffy Dilly (1948)
Wise Quackers (1949)
The Prize Pest (1950)
Design for Leaving (WIDESCREEN) (1954)
Stork Naked (WIDESCREEN) (1955)
This Is a Life? (WIDESCREEN) (1955)
Dime to Retire (WIDESCREEN) (1955)
Ducking the Devil (WIDESCREEN) (1957)
People Are Bunny (WIDESCREEN) (1959)
Person to Bunny (WIDESCREEN) (1960)
Daffy's Inn Trouble (WIDESCREEN) (1961)
The Iceman Ducketh (WIDESCREEN) (1964)
Suppressed Duck (WIDESCREEN) (1965)

Made up entirely of repeats from various Golden Collection volumes, Tweety & Sylvester: Feline Fwenzy contains....

Tweetie Pie (1947)
Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949)
All a Bir-r-r-d (1950)
Canary Row (1950)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951)
Room and Bird (1951)
Tweety's S.O.S. (1951)
Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951)
Gift Wrapped (1952)
Ain't She Tweet (1952)
Snow Business (1953)
Satan's Waitin' (1954)
The Last Hungry Cat (1961)
Birds Anonymous (1957)
Tweety and the Beanstalk (1957)

Finally, Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham contains....

Tom Turk and Daffy (1944)
Wagon Heels (1945)
Mouse Menace (1946)
One Meat Brawl (1947)
Curtain Razor (1949)
The Pest That Came to Dinner (1948)
Riff Raffy Daffy (1948)
Boobs in the Woods (1950)
Dog Collared (1950)
Thumb Fun (1952)
Fool Coverage (1952)
Corn on the Cop (1965)
Corn Plastered (1951)
Gone Batty (1954)
Ant Pasted (1953)
Dog Gone People (1960)
Bunny and Claude (We Rob Carrot Patches) (1968)
The Great Carrot Train Robbery (1969)

The studio's announcement e-mail for this release reads as follows....

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Daffy Duck Frustrated Fowl - My own superstar collection of cartoons starring me, Daffy Duck? What a great idea, [should be either a period or semi-colon] good thing I thought of it! Welcome to the duck side, 'toon fans, with this array of shorts that take to funny like a duck takes to water - out of the vaults and on DVD for the first time ever. So, no, you probably haven't seen these. And, yes, you certainly should. There's fun here to blow your beak off in 15 tales of the drake's progress featuring Daffy Duck as a hard-to-handle house pet (Nasty Quacks), a faulty fur trapper (The Iceman Ducketh), an inferior interior designer (Design For Leaving), a perturbed papa-to-be (Stark [sic - Stork] Naked) [comma needed] and more. Each is a feather in his cap, so to speak. Enjoy.

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester - How tweet it is! Nearly two hours of uncaged 'toonacy are yours in these 15 bird-chasing, putty tat-vexing, all-time cartoon favorites featuring the canary with the big head and the cat with the big appetite. The feathers, fur [comma needed] and fun fly in twemendous tweats that include snowbound Tweety trying to think of something his feline companion could eat (Snow Business), Sylvester's cat-astrophic attempts to kick his poultry addiction (Bird's [sic - Birds] Anonymous), a mysterious tale of murder most fowl that parodies a famous movie director (The Last Hungry Cat), the bird-brained antics of the 'toon that won the Warner Borx. [sic - Bros.] Cartoon Unit its first Oscar (Tweetie Pie) [comma needed] and 11 more classic cat-versus-canary confuntations you'll be vewy, vewy glad you taw.

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Porky & Friends - He may be short, pink [comma needed] and pants-less, but when it comes to animated superstardom, Porky Pig proves: the sty's the limit! Now, remastered to pristine, make-your-eyeballs-bug-out condition, these 18 landmark Looney Toons [sic - Tunes] spotlight Porky and pals in a plentitude of porcine cartoon perfection, including Pilgrim Porky's half-baked attempt to put duck on his Thanksgiving menu (Tom Turk and Daffy), followed by Porky as a wildly wacky wagon train scout (Wagon Heels). Then, there's Porky's ham-handed scheme to thwart a ravenous rodent with a robot cat (Mouse Menace), [comma NOT needed for once!] and our piggy protagonist as a clueless cop trying to evict vagrant Daffy from his department store digs (Riff Raffy Daffy). And th-th-th that's NOT all folks! There's further fun afoot with Porky, Elmer Fudd, Bunny and Claude [comma needed] and more in these swine-sational classics from animation's Golden Age!

The synopsis on the back cover is identical to the announcement text, but thankfully with some of the more embarrassing spelling errors corrected. Really, "Warner Borx."??

Once again, we cannot possibly recommend this collection. Here we have one disc with two-thirds of its content cropped almost beyond recognition, a second disc of all repeats, and a third that has been available dirt cheap at Big Lots and Black Friday dump bins for the last few years. Why on earth would anyone want to pay almost twenty bucks for this??

Speaking of the widescreen cartoons, it's as good a time as any to again link to our site's special section on the Looney Tunes Super Stars Widescreen Controversy, where you can see screen comparisons and read about the history of the affected shorts' aspect ratios...and find out what you can do to help convince Warner Home Video to correct the situation!

OR, if you want some more immediate guidance, simply write to Warner Home Entertainment at:
Warner Home Entertainment
Attn: Family Entertainment
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

You can also post a message to the studio on Twitter at @WBHomeEnt. Be sure to also include Warner Archive in your message at @WarnerArchive, as a reissue certainly wouldn't be outside of their wheelhouse.

And speaking of Warner Archive, they also invite fans to write in to their podcast show with questions, requests, etc. So hey, it may be a good idea to put the Bugs in their ear that way, too!

Warner Archive Podcast
3400 Riverside Dr., V160-4
Burbank, CA 91522

In the meantime, Looney Tunes Super Stars Vol. 2 is scheduled to be released on June 6 on DVD only and will retail for $18.94. Pre-order it now on Amazon.

March 16, 2017

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show this Wednesday

The latest news (if any) of Looney Tunes on home video!

It's that time once again! This upcoming Wednesday, March 22, the one and only Jerry Beck will again return to Stu's Show, the online radio show hosted by cartoon/pop culture/television nut and home video pioneer Stu Shostak. The episode will air at 7PM EST and is available as a free stream for those who tune in live. Afterward, fans can hear a "rerun" of the episode for just ninety-nine cents at the show's web site:

Jerry's appearance comes hot off the heels of the news earlier this month that Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. are partnering up to launch the Boomerang streaming service for classic cartoons sometime this spring. It is not known yet if Jerry is in fact involved with this project at all, so he may have more information about it--or he may simply say, "You all know as much as I do right now!"

For those who may be wondering, at the moment we are not covering updates about the Boomerang service on our news page only because so little is known about it yet. We are optimistic that it could lead to some progress on the home video front for the various classic animation properties, but without knowing how the content will be presented or how large the available libraries will be, anything would just be speculation at this point and we do not post rumors or wish-lists as news. We will likely cover the eventual launch of the service when it does happen, and obviously we will cover any actual home video news directly related to it, but for right now we're just going to wait and see. In the meantime, we will gladly post about the Boomerang service over on our Facebook page. Join us there!

You can send questions via the web site linked above, and Stu may or may not read them to Jerry during the show. We say this every since time Jerry appears, but do NOT bug the show with "When will this cartoon or show come out on DVD?" questions. Last time, our #FinishTheWabbit graphic was e-mailed to the show as a "question" (without crediting our site as the source of the image, it should be noted). This in fact cheesed Stu off a little. Our graphic is intended to be sent to Warner Home Video or Warner Archive to encourage them to continue remastering and releasing the cartoon library. PESTERING OUTSIDE PARTIES WITH IT DOES NOT HELP! Stu does not decide what to release on home video, and Jerry for that matter doesn't decide that either. If Jerry has any home video news that he's allowed to reveal, it will come up during the show.

And once again, please keep in mind that Jerry only works as a consultant for Warner Home Video (and other labels) on select projects. He does not have final say on programming or release matters; he can only try to comment on situations as best as he can...and even then, he is sometimes contractually required to not say anything about certain upcoming releases. The information he gives is never meant to be inferred as any sort of official statement from a studio and that they can and do change plans on a whim without telling him. It seems silly that we need to mention this every time, but we also didn't think we needed to keep saying "don't send request lists," either.

We will be posting live news updates as the episode airs on our Facebook page. If there is any major DVD or Blu-ray news announced, we will of course report it here after the show.

In housekeeping news, we have finally collected last year's news updates onto a new "2016 Archive" page, which is linked to at the bottom. So if you've linked to any our updates in the past year, be prepared to update any links to go to the new archive page.

Until then, be sure to listen to Stu's Show this Wednesday!

February 7, 2017

Second Looney Tunes Double Feature Now In Stores

Includes yet another packaging of The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie

Double Feature Cover It's the first Looney Tunes DVD release of the, yay? Perhaps signaling another long year of disappointment, today Warner Home Video has released a second volume of the Looney Tunes Double Feature. Made up of all recycled material and primarily intended for big-box store dump bins, the two-disc budget set is now available in stores and online.

Continuing the studio's newish trend of repackaging random older titles together, this new set collects the 2003 webtoon compilation Stranger Than Fiction with the 2009 release of The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie. As we ranted about back when this two-disc set was first announced, this marks the third time The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie has been repackaged into a multi-disc set--and just the second time in only the last four months!

Stranger Than Fiction, meanwhile, is made up entirely of the cheap Flash-animated webtoons produced around the turn of the centiury for the Looney Tunes web site. Containing NO classic material, the disc features the following....

Sufferin' Sasquatch
Cropsy Curvy
The Bermuda Short
Who Wants to Be a Martian-aire?
Gone in 30 Minutes
Window Pains
The Taming of the Screwball
Loch Ness Mess
Twick or Tweety
El Chupacabra!
Daffy's Meet Market
Hogs & Kisses
Satellite Sam
Island of Dr. Moron
Cube Wars
Tech Suppork
Planet of the Taz
Beneath the Planet of the Taz
Enough with the Planet of the Taz

The only actual Looney Tunes theatrical cartoons on this set are the three 1990s bonus cartoons found on the Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie disc: Box Office Bunny, From Hare to Eternity, and Pullet Surprise.

There is no reason whatsoever to purchase this collection. If you haven't picked up The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie at this point via any of its previous releases, then you clearly don't want to own the movie. Maybe the cheapish price point is attractive, but then you're still stuck with a second disc of unwatchable Flash cartoons.

Please, please--if you haven't done so yet--contact Warner Home Video (and the Warner Archive) on social media. Tell them you want to see more classic cartoon compilations released. We have no idea what will happen to home media in 2017, so let's try to get the word out and see what can get released while there is still something of an audience out there.

Looney Tunes Double Feature is now in stores on DVD only and retails for $5.97. Order it now on Amazon.

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