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December 6, 2012

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show

The future (and present) of Looney Tunes on home video!

On December 5, Jerry Beck made his biannual-or-so appearance on Stu's Show, the online radio show hosted by cartoon/pop culture/television nut and home video pioneer Stu Shostak. The show was a free stream for those who tuned in live, but fans can hear a "rerun" of the episode for a mere ninety-nine cents at the show's web site: www.stusshow.com. Like all episodes of Stu's...um, show, it's worth the three quarters, two dimes, and four pennies.

Having that said, there were nevertheless times during the episode when it seemed almost as if one was hearing a repeat, as a lot of familiar ground was covered by both Stu and Jerry. Just for a quick example, this was at least the third time that Stu mentioned the "Pepsi challenge" he gave Jerry regarding the quality of Blu-ray versus DVD...back when the first Platinum Collection was released over a year ago. Stu of course means well and he was trying to make a point last year, but it's a non-issue. There are still real quality control problems with Looney Tunes releases--the continuing widescreen debacle and the appearance of a Turner TV print on the Porky DVD--that didn't come up at all during the two-hour-plus program.

But of course, the whole show merely leads to whatever Warner (and other classic cartoon) DVD news Jerry can either hint at or divulge outright.

Like always, we need to stress that when Jerry appears on Stu's Show that he is speaking only as a studio consultant, that the interview or his statements are NOT meant to be inferred as any official studio announcement, and that all of the information he has is based on what is conveyed to him and that the studio can and does change its release plans on a whim. In fact, this whole issue kinda sorta came up during the show, with Jerry expressing dismay at a certain really popular web site that covers TV shows on DVD for reporting premature information as gospel (and scooping him out of the fact-based news in the process).

What was reported during the show was....

There will be a third volume of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection on Blu-ray for release next year and that shorts are already being remastered and assembled for it (one cartoon Jerry confirmed will be on it is Bunny Hugged). Sales are extremely weak for the series as a whole, and the possibility of future editions will depend solely on sales for this next volume (not to mention the new one currently in stores)

Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD releases will continue into the new year. No specific titles or featured characters were mentioned, but there will NOT be a Sylvester DVD anytime soon (more on that below)

The long-wished-for "Censored 11" collection is all ready to go: shorts have been remastered, bonus material has been prepared, and discs are set to be pressed. All that's being waited on is a final green light to go into production and the figuring out of a release date

Jerry also explained a little more about the chances of the Warner Archive picking up proper Looney Tunes releases (as opposed to Bugs Bunny Superstar-esque stuff). Right now, the Looney Tunes property falls under the division of "family entertainment" at Warner Home Video; they essentially have first dibs on it. The Archive folks (or "folk," if one prefers) would need to go to the family division and more or less go down an item-by-item list to find out what they are planning to release and what they have no plans whatsoever to handle. Jerry did say that he and Archive guru George Feltenstein have a strategy for the shorts in place, but everyone just needs to get their (Daffy) ducks in a row first.

The confirmation that a "Sylvester and friends" DVD is not coming should provide some relief for fans who had been wondering about that for a while now. A Sylvester Super Stars disc was first leaked about by Warner Home Video themselves over a year ago, and Jerry indicated at one point that such a release was pending, but as we've said, the studio can and does change its mind whenever it feels like it. Still, the lack of a formal official announcement hadn't stopped someone at Amazon Canada from listing it (and a further Daffy DVD) on their site as an actual upcoming release (though without cover artwork), even allowing customers to supposedly pre-order it. Amazon.ca's posted street date for this "title" changed a number of times as it kept getting mysteriously delayed (at press time it is currently listed as coming out next year on August 28, a Wednesday as opposed to the traditional release day of Tuesday). Seemingly its appearance on Amazon.ca is the result of some overzealous employee there, but this title is NOT on Warner's radar and it is NOT coming out. Whether or not this confirmation (or lack thereof) satisfies everyone remains to be seen.

As said, sales for the new, second volume of the Platinum Collection have not been promising, but more concerning was the news that sales for the earlier Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: The Chuck Jones Collection were dismal. This will probably have an adverse effect on another hoped-for Warner DVD release, that of a collection of Tex Avery's MGM cartoons. The Mouse Chronicles release was apparently being treated as an unofficial test to see how well titles sell based on director name recognition. The gloomy sales suggest that if a release bearing the name of Chuck Jones--inarguably the most notable animation director affiliated with Warner Bros. and perhaps the second most known animator around the world after Walt Disney--cannot sell well, then what hope is there for Tex Avery, whose non-Droopy MGM oeuvre barely contains any recurring or marketable characters? Nothing is set in stone yet (nor has anything been announced yet), but the sales of Mouse Chronicles will probably result in the Avery shorts being done through the Warner Archive and not through regular retail.

As for other non-Looney Tunes classic animation that Warner controls, there will be another Tom and Jerry Golden Collection volume on Blu-ray to be released around Easter. More amazing is that work is (very slowly) being done on restoring the color Popeye cartoons for an eventual DVD (and Blu-ray!) release to coincide with the upcoming Dreamworks Popeye CGI animated film.

It sounds simplistic, but the best way to ensure that more quality Looney Tunes releases make it to retail is to purchase the ones that are currently available. Don't wait it out; don't sit there and whine, "Oh, but Mouse Chronicles is just Sniffles and blah blah blah." You want the Tex Avery cartoons on Blu-ray? You want further volumes of the Platinum Collection beyond next year? You want the studio to wonder if it should invest any more money in restoring the 600-ish cartoons left unreleased on disc? Then support the studio's current releases and buy them. If the fans don't buy them, then the studio is certainly not going to sell them.


November 6, 2012

Porky Pig Super Stars DVD Now In Stores

16 new to DVD cartoons!

Porky Cover T-t-today's the d-da-d--this is it! The hotly anticipated Porky Pig volume in the Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD series, Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham, is now in stores and available on Amazon.

The DVD contains the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....
Tom Turk and Daffy (1944)
Wagon Heels (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
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) (Golden Collection Volume One)
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)

Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham retails for $19.98 and is now available everywhere. Order it now on Amazon!


November 5, 2012

Bugs Bunny Superstar Released; Duck Dodgers Announced

Season one in stores February 19!

Bugs Bunny Superstar Cover

Duck Dodgers Cover

When it rains.... While half of the country was bracing itself for Superstorm Sandy and/or was without power, Warner Home Video announced a pair of intriguing Looney Tunes DVD releases. On October 31 the studio announced the first ever stand-alone DVD release of the 1975 documentary/compilation feature Bugs Bunny Superstar via the manufacture-on-demand Warner Archive service. Not to be outdone, a day later on November 1, Warner Home Video proper announced the long-awaited first season of the Cartoon Network series Duck Dodgers on a DVD titled Duck Dodgers: Dark Side of the Duck, in stores February 19.

The Bugs Bunny Superstar DVD came as a bit of a surprise for a number of reasons, the biggest of which being the fact that the movie is included in its entirety on the Golden Collection Volume Four DVD set. This marks the first Looney Tunes offering from the Warner Archive, which had in the past only been teasing in an off-the-record sort of way to be exploring some of the more diehard-wanted segments of the cartoon library. An actual Bugs Bunny title was rarely if ever in the realm of likelihood, as Bugs and the other major characters were usually thought of by the home video division as too mainstream to relegate to the Archive.

The selection of Bugs Bunny Superstar is also curious considering the numerous other Looney Tunes productions still unreleased on DVD that were also ready to go. For the sake of sheer completion, one could have easily welcomed a collection of the remaining prime time compilation specials (Bugs Bunny's Mad World of Television, Bugs Bunny Mystery Special, etc...maybe even the first-ever release of Bugs Bunny in Space?), Taz-Mania, the later seasons of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries...heck, even the colorized black-and-white Porky shorts could be thrown onto a file ready to burn. But a, at its worst, fluff piece movie that most fans already have on DVD? Especially considering almost all of the shorts compiled into the movie have also been released on DVD beautifully remastered?

Warner Archive is claiming that the movie is "newly remastered" for this release, which could very well mean that a new digital master was created to release it in one piece as opposed to in halves like on the Golden Collection release. It's doubtful that any of the shorts have been restored anew apart from how they already look in the film, so one shouldn't expect a version of I Taw a Putty Tat on par with the shorts in the Golden and Platinum Collection sets.

To make the release a little more enticing, the DVD includes a commentary by director Larry Jackson and a behind-the-scenes gallery. Although hearing Jackson's thoughts after nearly four decades may be tempting--especially after fan and historian enthusiasm for Bob Clampett has dropped substantially over the years--it's merely a sad reminder of how unprepared Warner Home Video was in creating a stockpile of interviews and commentaries with then-still-living members of the Termite Terrace crew in anticipation for Looney Tunes DVDs when the format was brand new. Would someone rather have heard a commentary by Chuck Jones recorded before he died or the thoughts of an indie filmmaker with the most tenuous connection to the studio and shorts? It gives off a somewhat "scraping the bottom of the barrel" vibe.

The studio's announcement e-mail for the title read as follows....

While the nation was reappraising its culture in the post-hippie, pre-disco, Bicentennial-fever era, one enterprising filmmaker went against the grain by returning the denizens of Termite Terrace to the silver screen. Director Larry Jackson, ably aided by narrator Orson Welles and host ace animator Bob Clampett, succeeded in ensuring Bugs & co.'s millions of bonafides would never be overlooked again. This loving and droll doc features interviews with fellow Terrace residents Friz Freleng and Tex Avery along with nine complete cartoons that are prime examples of a legendary animation studio's highly artful and highly hilarious output, all looking better than they have in any previous edition of this lauded toon-u-mentary. Includes: What's Cookin' Doc?, A Wild Hare, I Taw a Putty Tat, Rhapsody Rabbit, A Corny Concerto, Walky Talky Hawky, The Old Grey Hare, My Favorite Duck [comma needed] and Hair-Raising Hare

Ultimately, it leads to the big question: why would someone need this single DVD when they can get the exact same movie plus sixty newly remastered and restored cartoons on not one but four discs?

Meanwhile, Duck Dodgers: Dark Side of the Duck is a much more welcomed announcement. The subtitle is a little unnecessary and awkward, though, when merely Duck Dodgers: Season One would have done nicely. But still, the show represented an oasis in a sea of misguided TV attempts at the characters that included the repulsive Loonatics Unleashed and the recent, mediocre Looney Tunes Show.

The DVD contains all thirteen episodes from the show's first season plus the original 1953 Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century cartoon, roughly making it the short's 462nd release on DVD at this point.

The studio's official synopsis reads as follows....

The Universally Loved Hero Is Finally Coming Home! Launch into a spectacular series of zany adventures with everyone's favorite fighter of Martian tyranny! Duck Dodgers is always ready to swoop in and save the day, the planet, and the galaxy - with a little luck and a lot of help, that is. He may be an intellectual featherweight, but his duckbilled laser gun counts as heavy artillery. So sit back, buckle up, and enjoy a hilarious flight of fantasy filled with light-years of intergalactic intrigue and futuristic fun. Season 1 is everything it's quacked up to be!

Bugs Bunny Superstar retails for $18.95. It will be available on Amazon soon, but for now it is currently only available through the Warner Archive.

Duck Dodgers: Dark Side of the Duck will be released on February 19 and will retail for $19.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


October 16, 2012

Platinum Collection Volume Two Now In Stores

Includes "lost" version of Hare-um Scare-um and more!

Platinum Collection Two Cover This is it! The long-awaited Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two is now in stores! This is the first volumes in the Platinum Collection series to be simultaneously released on two formats on the same date: a two-disc DVD edition and an expanded three-disc Blu-ray version, with the exclusive third disc containing a boatload of special features both old and new.

Here is the breakdown of the three discs. All are new to Blu-ray. Shorts and bonus content that have already been released on DVD are noted....

Disc One
A Wild Hare (1940) (The Essential Bugs Bunny and elsewhere)
Buckaroo Bugs (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Long-Haired Hare (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Ali Baba Bunny (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Show Biz Bugs (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Wise-Quacking Duck (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
What Makes Daffy Duck? (1948) (NEW TO DVD)
Book Revue (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Deduce, You Say (1956) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Porky in Wackyland (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Porky in Egypt (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Back Alley Oproar (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Little Red Rodent Hood (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Canned Feud (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Gift Wrapped (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Birdy and the Beast (1944) (NEW TO DVD)
Home, Tweet Home (1944) (NEW TO DVD)
Going! Going! Gosh! (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Zipping Along (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Scent-imental Romeo (1951) (Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best)
The Foghorn Leghorn (1948) (Golden Collection Volume One)
The High and the Flighty (1956) (NEW TO DVD)
Tabasco Road (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Mexicali Shmoes (1959) (Golden Collection Volume Four)

Disc Two
Wabbit Twouble (1941) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Rabbit Fire (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Rabbit Seasoning (1952) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Drip-Along Daffy (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
My Little Duckaroo (1954) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Barbary Coast Bunny (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Tortoise Beats Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Rabbit Transit (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Porky's Hare Hunt (1938) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Hare-Um Scare-Um (1939) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO UNCUT)
Prest-O Change-O (1939) (NEW TO DVD)
Elmer's Candid Camera (1940) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942) (Golden Collection Volume One)
The Bashful Buzzard (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The Lion's Busy (1950) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Strife with Father (1950) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
An Itch in Time (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
A Horsefly Fleas (1947) (NEW TO DVD)
Hollywood Steps Out (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Page Miss Glory (1936) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Rocket-bye Baby (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Russian Rhapsody (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Dough Ray Me-Ow (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Four)

Disc Three (Blu-ray only; all previously released material is in standard definition and/or unremastered)
King-Size Comedy: Tex Avery and the Looney Tunes Revolution (2012 documentary) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Tex Avery: The King of Cartoons (1988 documentary) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Friz on Friz (2006 documentary) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000 TV special) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Real American Zero: The Adventures of Private Snafu (2007 special feature) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The World of Leon Schlesinger (2008 compilation) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid (1929) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
It's Got Me Again (1932) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Poultry Pirates (1938 MGM Captain and the Kids cartoon) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
A Day at the Beach (1938 MGM Captain and the Kids cartoon) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
The Captain's Christmas (1938 MGM Captain and the Kids cartoon) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Seal Skinners (1939 MGM Captain and the Kids cartoon) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Mama's New Hat (1939 MGM Captain and the Kids cartoon) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Blitz Wolf (1942 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Red Hot Riding Hood (1943 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Screwball Squirrel (1944 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Swing Shift Cinderella (1945 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
King-Size Canary (1947 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Bad Luck Blackie (1949 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Senor Droopy (1949 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Wags to Riches (1949 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Symphony in Slang (1951 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Magical Maestro (1952 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Rock-a-Bye Bear (1952 MGM Tex Avery cartoon; unremastered)
Coming!! Snafu (1943) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
Gripes (1943) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
Spies (1943) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
The Goldbrick (1943) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
The Home Front (1943) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
Rumors (1943) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
Snafuperman (1944) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
Censored (1944) (Private Snafu Golden Classics)
The Good Egg (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The Return of Mr. Hook (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Tokyo Woes (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)

We can confirm that the four alternate shorts that had appeared on early Warner Home Video press materials--One Meat Brawl, A Gruesome Twosome, Gorilla My Dreams, and The Hep Cat--do not appear on this release. One Meat Brawl will debut on DVD on next month's new Looney Tunes Super Stars release, Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham.

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two is now available everywhere, but we would greatly appreciate it if you would purchase it from Amazon via the following links. The DVD retails for $26.99 and the Blu-ray retails for $44.98.

Up next for Looney Tunes video releases: Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham!


August 31, 2012

Porky Pig Super Stars DVD now available to pre-order!

In stores November 6!

Porky Cover We can hardly catch our breath with all the DVD and Blu-ray news flying in this month! The upcoming Porky Pig volume in the Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD series, Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham, is now available to pre-order on Amazon, our shopping web site of choice.

Again, the DVD will contain the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....
Tom Turk and Daffy (1944)
Wagon Heels (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
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) (Golden Collection Volume One)
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)

Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham will be released on November 6 and will retail for $19.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


August 31, 2012

Looney Tunes Super Stars Editorial Update

Not a normal news update, but we have revised and updated our Looney Tunes Super Stars hypothetical guide that we first posted back in January, now reflecting the upcoming release of not only Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham but also Platinum Collection Volume Two.

In the course of our updating, we were able to whittle away not one but two potential releases from our guide, making it seem even more possible that the studio could in fact deliver every character's entire filmography on DVD.

How Warner Home Video Could Conceivably Complete Most Looney Tunes Characters on DVD via the Super Stars Model


August 29, 2012

Porky Pig Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD officially announced

In stores November 6!

Porky Cover

Porky Back Cover

And the bigger news is that Warner Home Video has officially announced the next edition of its Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD series...starring the one and only Porky Pig. The DVD Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham will be in stores on November 6.

We first knew and leaked info about this title back on August 8 following Jerry Beck's appearance on the online radio show Stu's Show. Our thanks to everyone on our Facebook page for being able to keep a secret (and if you feel left out for missing that sneak leak, then just think of all the other cool stuff you'd be privy to if you like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bugsbunnyvideoguide).

There's a bit of "good news/bad news" with the content list. Amazingly, the amount of cartoons on each Super Stars release keeps slowly increasing. The Porky DVD will feature eighteen cartoons, one more than last year's Pepe DVD and three more than the first few Super Stars releases. Sadly, though, two of the eighteen shorts have previously been released on Golden Collection volumes...but still, that leaves sixteen new-to-DVD cartoons newly remastered (with one possible caveat, noted below).

And because this is a Super Stars DVD, there are no black and white cartoons featured. About a fourth of the shorts are pre-1948, while twelve of them are pre-1953, knocking over barriers that hindered earlier titles in the series.

The title will contain the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....
Tom Turk and Daffy (1944)
Wagon Heels (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
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) (Golden Collection Volume One)
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 information above comes from the back of the DVD cover. In the studio's original press materials, the lineup had listed Nothing But the Tooth (1948) in place of Curtain Razor. It was most likely removed due to the Porky's rival being a Native American.

Speaking of conflicting content lists, this DVD will include One Meat Brawl, which according to Warner's own press materials may or may not first appear on the upcoming Platinum Collection Volume Two...hence the above asterisk. One way or another, fans will be able to own One Meat Brawl by the end of the year.

The Porky cartoons selected are pretty much the strongest of his remaining color shorts. The "and friends" shorts to be featured are a unique mix: almost all are by Robert McKimson, two of them star Elmer (Elmer shorts were last seen on the Foghorn Leghorn & Friends: Barnyard Bigmouth DVD), and two are Bunny and Claude cartoons from the Seven Arts era of the studio.

(Needless to say, we will eventually be updating and revising our How Warner Home Video Could Conceivably Complete Most Looney Tunes Characters on DVD via the Super Stars Model editorial to reflect this new release and the cartoons featured.)

The studio's official synopsis reads as follows....

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), 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 text on the DVD's back cover (image at right) reads as follows....

From Porky Pig's humble beginnings in 1935 as a minor supporting player, the little pig with the big heart would go on to become the first original Warner Bros. animated character to achieve true box office superstardom. Now, in 18 classic shorts remastered for the first time into pristine, first-run condition, Porky and a cast of other Warner Bros. greats star in a calvacade of animated gems, including Porky as a pilgrim aiming to put Daffy Duck on his Thanksgiving menu (Tom Turk and Daffy), followed by Porky as a comically resourceful Wild West scout (Wagon Heels). Then, our porcine protagonist concocts a robot cat to thwart a ravenous rodent (Mouse Menace) and plays the clueless cop waging a riotous war of wits with a 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, Bobo the Elephant [comma needed] and more in these brilliantly restored classics from animation's Golden Age!

It is most likely assumed that the post-1953 cartoons will be featured in both original full frame and the cropped "widescreen" format. The seemingly ever-changing "aspect ratio" box on the back cover is listing both formats, and it seems as if it has been reworded once again for this release into a more-standard-sounding text.

The box reads as....

STANDARD VERSION PRESENTED IN A FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF THEIR ORIGINAL THEATRICAL EXHIBITIONS. WIDESCREEN VERSION PRESENTED IN A "MATTED" WIDESCREEN FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF THEIR ORIGINAL THEATRICAL EXHIBITIONS. ENHANCED FOR WIDESCREEN TVS."

Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham is officially scheduled to be released on November 6, and a link to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as it appears. It will retail for $19.98.


August 29, 2012

Platinum Collection Volume Two back cover(s) revealed

In stores October 16!

Platinum Collection Two Blu-ray Back Cover

Platinum Collection Two DVD Back Cover

The big news today is that Warner Home Video has finally revealed the back cover art for its upcoming Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two, available on both DVD and Blu-ray on October 16.

The two back covers (see images at right) are nearly identical to each other, with the only difference being the Blu-ray edition adding information about its exclusive special features. There is still no official word yet if the DVD edition will be completely bereft of any special features, as there has been speculation that even the commentaries and alternate music tracks for the main program's shorts will be missing. We simply don't know for sure what's going on yet, and keep in mind that there is still some question about the actual lineup of shorts.

The text on the back is word-for-word the same as the official synopsis provided by the studio when the title(s) was first officially announced at the beginning of the month.

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two is still due to be released on October 16 and is available to pre-order now on Amazon. The DVD will retail for $26.99 and the Blu-ray will retail for $44.98.


August 28, 2012

Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles Now In Stores

The complete Sniffles and Hubie and Bertie!

Mouse Chronicles Back Cover Today's the day! After much anticipation, the new two-disc release Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection is now in stores and available online. The DVD and Blu-ray release contains the entire Sniffles filmography and the complete series of Hubie and Bertie cartoons, most of which have never been released on DVD before.

Fifteen of the nineteen cartoons in the main program have been newly restored and remastered specifically for this release. Four of the Hubie and Bertie cartoons had appeared on past Golden Collection volumes, and this new release uses the already remastered transfers from those collections. In fact, three cartoons--Little Brother Rat, Hush My Mouse, and Trap Happy Porky--have been restored with their original title and credit sequences, replacing their respective "Blue Ribbons" reissue titles from the 1940s and 1950s.

The title contains the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....
Naughty But Mice (1939)
Little Brother Rat (1939)
Sniffles and the Bookworm (1939)
Sniffles Takes a Trip (1940) (released unrestored on Golden Collection Volume Six)
The Egg Collector (1940)
Bedtime for Sniffles (1940)
Sniffles Bells the Cat (1941)
Toy Trouble (1941)
The Brave Little Bat (1941)
The Unbearable Bear (1943)
Lost and Foundling (1944)
Hush My Mouse (1946)
The Aristo-Cat (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Trap Happy Porky (1945)
Roughly Squeaking (1946)
House Hunting Mice (1948)
Mouse Wreckers (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Cheese Chasers (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)

In addition to the main program, Mouse Chronicles also contains eleven bonus cartoons unrelated to the two series featured. These are all unremastered and only one, The Mice Will Play, has been previously released on DVD (again, unremastered).

The bonus shorts are....
The Country Mouse (1935, Friz Freleng)
The Lyin' Mouse (1937, Friz Freleng)
The Mice Will Play (1938, Tex Avery)
Little Blabbermouse (1940, Friz Freleng)
Shop Look & Listen (1940, Friz Freleng)
Mouse Mazurka (1949, Friz Freleng)
Mouse-Warming (1952, Chuck Jones)
Mouse-Taken Identity (1957, Robert McKimson)
Mice Follies (1960, Robert McKimson)
It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House (1965, Friz Freleng)
Merlin the Magic Mouse (1967, Alex Lovy)

Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection is now available everywhere, but we would greatly appreciate it if you would purchase it from Amazon via the following links. The DVD retails for $26.99 and the Blu-ray retails for $34.99.

Up next for Looney Tunes video releases: Platinum Collection Volume Two!


August 11, 2012

Platinum Collection Volume Two now available to pre-order!

In stores October 16!

Platinum Collection Two Cover And the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two news is coming fast and furry-ous, as both the DVD and Blu-ray editions are now available to pre-order on Amazon, our shopping web site of choice.

As is the norm on Amazon, if you pre-order a title at any time and the price lowers between the time of pre-order and its street date, you will get the lowest price quoted on the site. So it's silly not to go ahead and pre-order a copy...you are guaranteed to get the best possible deal on it!

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two is still due to be released on October 16 and is available to pre-order now on Amazon. The DVD will retail for $26.99 and the Blu-ray will retail for $44.98.


August 9, 2012

Platinum Collection Volume Two bonus details revealed...also different content list?

In stores October 16!

Platinum Collection Two Cover After a week of press releases and artwork circulating online with no source or origin, Warner Home Video has finally officially announced the October 16 release of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two, to be available on both DVD and Blu-ray on the same day. The studio has also revealed details about the bonus features to be found on the Blu-ray's third disc.

But first, Warner Home Video has also released a content list that differs slightly from the initial list that had been making the rounds online unofficially since August 1. Warner announcements in the past have been notorious for having preliminary or outright faulty content lists attached to them, so this could just be another case of the studio not correcting its own database yet...or the press release that had mysteriously appeared out of nowhere last week intentionally had outdated information in it. Only time will tell.

The information that Warner provided directly is indicating that Porky in Egypt is replaced on the first disc by One Meat Brawl (1947), Gift Wrapped on disc one by A Gruesome Twosome (1945), and Elmer's Candid Camera on disc two by--of all things--The Hep Cat (1942). The information is also listing Gorilla My Dreams as the "fan-chosen" short on disc two, a spot that Wabbit Twouble clearly won on the studio's Facebook page...which just lends credence to the theory that all of these supposed changes are merely from an earlier version of the list that has since been updated.

Having said all that, the studio has revealed some new, less confusing information on the bonus content throughout. The Behind the Tunes featurettes that will be found on disc one are: Forever Befuddled; Man from Wackyland: The Art of Bob Clampett; Bosko, Buddy, and the Best of Black and White; and Leon Schlesinger: The Merrie Cartoon Mogul.

The Behind the Tunes featurettes on disc two are: A Hunting We Will Go: Chuck Jones's Wabbit Season Twilogy, Looney Tunes Go Hollywood, A Conversation with Tex Avery, and Looney Tunes Go to War!

Warner also released details on the bonus shorts to found throughout the Blu-ray's third disc in the various themed sections....

The World of Leon Schlesinger suite is slightly expanded from when it appeared on 2008's Golden Collection Volume Six, but still only containing material already released on DVD. Included will be Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid (1929), Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930), Crying for the Carolines (1930), It's Got Me Again (1932), the opening titles to the John Wayne feature Haunted Gold (1932), and the two vintage Christmas party gag reels. As they had previously appeared on past Golden Collection volumes, Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid, Sinkin' in the Bathtub, and It's Got Me Again will most likely not be remastered, despite their respective historic importance.

The Friz at MGM suite will contain the exact same five Captain and the Kids shorts seen on Golden Collection Volume Six: Poultry Pirates (1938), A Day at the Beach (1938), The Captain's Christmas (1938), Seal Skinners (1939), and Mama's New Hat (1939). These will not be newly remastered.

The Best of the Rest of Tex suite will be a nice-sized assortment of Tex Avery's classic MGM cartoons, but again, these will not be remastered for this release and will be whatever off-the-shelf copies are available, warts (and edits maybe) and all. They will include: Blitz Wolf (1942), Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), Screwball Squirrel (1944), Swing Shift Cinderella (1945), King-Size Canary (1947), Bad Luck Blackie (1949), Senor Droopy (1949), Wags to Riches (1949), Symphony in Slang (1951), Magical Maestro (1952), and Rock-a-Bye Bear (1952).

Finally, the Private Snafu cartoons on the third disc will all be ones included on past Golden Collection volumes: Coming!! Snafu (1943), Gripes (1943), Spies (1943), The Goldbrick (1943), The Home Front (1943), Rumors (1943), Snafuperman (1944), and Censored (1944). All of the surviving Snafu shorts can be found in beautiful quality on the Thunderbean Animation DVD Private Snafu Golden Classics, which every Looney Tunes fan should buy right now this second.

The studio's official synopsis for the Blu-ray edition reads as follows....

Look whose [sic - who's] back with more gags, more laughs [comma needed] and more signature showcases! Make way for Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2 with 50 animated theatrical shorts remastered in stellar hi-def Blu-ray in all their stellar silliness. Disc Onès selections focus on the core characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety and Sylvester, Pepé Le Pew [comma needed] and Foghorn Leghorn. While Disc Two offers one-shot classics, the complete escapades of Cecil Turtle, the all-purpose adversary Nasty Canasta, bashful little Beaky Buzzard [comma needed] and the hilariously hungry A. Flea. Saving the best for last, Disc Three serves up great fun and insider info with its wild array of bonus programs saluting legendary animators and historical gems. Not to mention a fan-selected favorite that will be sure to satisfy even the most discerning cartoon connoisseur. So grab a chair, a comedy cohort [comma needed] and a carrot 'cause it's always "wabbit" season when this must-own collection comes home!

The DVD edition's synopsis is identical save for the sentence about the third disc.

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two is officially scheduled to be released on October 16, and links to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as they appear. The DVD will retail for $26.99 and the Blu-ray will retail for $44.98.


August 3, 2012

Platinum Collection Volume Two coming to DVD and Blu-ray

In stores October 16!

Warner Home Video has kinda sorta announced the long-awaited second volume in its Looney Tunes Platinum Collection series, due on October 16. Like with all new Looney Tunes releases, Volume Two will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray on the same day.

Our mildly cautionary language is due to the fact that though an online press release had been making the rounds on the usual places (Cartoon Brew, Toonzone, etc.) since Wednesday, Warner Home Video has yet to post any information on their own press site...nor was the announcement included in yesterday's weekly e-newsletter for press and retailers, as would be the norm. So we will use the information as posted around the Interwebs, but for the sake of accuracy and remembering past occasions where the studio would update or change information altogether, we plan to tread lightly.

Based on what was announced, the Blu-ray edition will be a three-disc set, as was its predecessor. Discs one and two will contain fifty shorts between them, while the third disc will again be devoted entirely to bonus content. The DVD edition of this release will merely be the first two discs, making all of the bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray release (but of course, many of those bonuses had been previously released on DVD in the first place).

Here is the breakdown of the three discs. All are considered to be new to Blu-ray. Shorts and bonus content that have already been released on DVD are noted....

Disc One
A Wild Hare (1940) (The Essential Bugs Bunny and elsewhere)
Buckaroo Bugs (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Long-Haired Hare (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Ali Baba Bunny (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Show Biz Bugs (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Wise-Quacking Duck (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
What Makes Daffy Duck? (1948) (NEW TO DVD)
Book Revue (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Deduce, You Say (1956) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Porky in Wackyland (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Porky in Egypt (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Back Alley Oproar (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Little Red Rodent Hood (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Canned Feud (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Gift Wrapped (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Birdy and the Beast (1944) (NEW TO DVD)
Home, Tweet Home (1944) (NEW TO DVD)
Going! Going! Gosh! (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Zipping Along (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Scent-imental Romeo (1951) (Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best)
The Foghorn Leghorn (1948) (Golden Collection Volume One)
The High and the Flighty (1956) (NEW TO DVD)
Tabasco Road (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Mexicali Shmoes (1959) (Golden Collection Volume Four)

Disc Two
Wabbit Twouble (1941) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Rabbit Fire (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Rabbit Seasoning (1952) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Drip-Along Daffy (1951) (Golden Collection Volume One)
My Little Duckaroo (1954) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Barbary Coast Bunny (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Tortoise Beats Hare (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Rabbit Transit (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Porky's Hare Hunt (1938) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Hare-Um Scare-Um (1939) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO UNCUT)
Prest-O Change-O (1939) (NEW TO DVD)
Elmer's Candid Camera (1940) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942) (Golden Collection Volume One)
The Bashful Buzzard (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The Lion's Busy (1950) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Strife with Father (1950) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
An Itch in Time (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
A Horsefly Fleas (1947) (NEW TO DVD)
Hollywood Steps Out (1941) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Page Miss Glory (1936) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Rocket-bye Baby (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Russian Rhapsody (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Dough Ray Me-Ow (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Four)

Disc Three (Blu-ray only)
King-Size Comedy: Tex Avery and the Looney Tunes Revolution (2012 documentary) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Tex Avery: The King of Cartoons (1988 documentary) (NEW TO HOME VIDEO)
Friz on Friz (2006 documentary) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000 TV special) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Real American Zero: The Adventures of Private Snafu (2007 special feature) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The World of Leon Schlesinger (2008 compilation) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Friz at MGM (assortment of Friz Freleng's Captain and the Kids cartoons, which may or may not be the same five shorts included on Golden Collection Volume Six)
The Best of the Rest of Tex (assortment of Tex Avery's classic MGM cartoons)
Private Snafu (specific titles unknown yet)
The Good Egg (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The Return of Mr. Hook (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Tokyo Woes (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Five)

Of the fifty shorts in the main program, only ten are new to DVD. And of the forty remaining shorts, only the eleven that had previously appeared on Golden Collection Volume One had any additional work done to them, as new high-definition transfers needed to be created (and hopefully the sound on Rabbit Fire has been corrected). Adding this to the shorts on Mouse Chronicles and it's still a far cry from the sixty newly remastered cartoons that fans were used to back in the days of the Golden Collections, but some significant holes are being filled with this new release, including the remaining pre-Wild Hare "Bugs Bunny prototype" shorts and the solo Tweety classic Birdy and the Beast.

The downside is that, at least for DVD collectors, the set is brimming with shorts that they no doubt have numerous copies of already; including A Wild Hare, the "hunter's trilogy," and others. Even the second disc's one-shots are taken from the same batch that turns up again and again. Hollywood Steps Out and Page Miss Glory are fine Avery cartoons, but so are such still-missing-in-action shorts as I'd Love to Take Orders from You, Don't Look Now, and the Oscar-nominated Detouring America.

The studio continues the practice of the previous volume by presenting all of the shorts featuring specific minor characters, with this new release focusing on Nasty Canasta, Cecil Turtle, Beaky Buzzard, A. Flea, and the aforementioned Porky's Hare Hunt rabbit that would eventually evolve into Bugs (though for whatever reason, Patient Porky is missing from this volume). This is a fun concept, and it will be interesting to see if future volumes will take a chance or two by presenting such characters as Inki or Cool Cat.

Sadly, where this volume seems to stumble is in the selection of shorts starring some of main characters. Foghorn is represented by the frustratingly overused The Foghorn Leghorn (would it really kill the studio to finally release The Egg-Cited Rooster or Hen House Henery??), Speedy is on here with two of his Oscar-nominated adventures (which at least have the advantage of being unique from each other), while Pepe and Road Runner merely get the next short(s) in their respective series. This is especially maddening in the case of the Road Runner series, as the exact same practice of releasing the cartoons in order was done on the Golden Collections and even earlier on laserdisc...but in each attempt, the series was never completed! Such prime later shorts as Zoom at the Top and the Oscar-nominated Beep Prepared (which sorely needs restoration) have sat on the shelf for years while fans sit through the same dozen-or-so early '50s shorts again and again.

The studio's press release for this release reads as follows....

BURBANK, CA (August 1, 2012) - What's up doc? More classic Looney Tunes greats on Blu-ray & DVD! Get set for another fun-filled installment of Warner Home Video's (WHV) Looney Tunes Platinum Collection, which is set for release October 16, 2012. Titled Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2, this compilation will showcase 50 all-time favorite cartoon shorts which have been digitally remastered and restored. Available just in time for the holiday gift giving season, Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2 will be sold on Blu-ray which retails for $44.98 SRP and on standard DVD, which retails for $26.99 SRP. The Blu-ray includes a cartoon guide with rare images compiled by animation historian Jerry Beck and a disc comprised entirely of bonus material.

Some of the best and most enduring theatrical shorts from the Looney Tunes franchise are featured on the highly-anticipated release of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2. That wascally wabbit and the rest of the gang are back in an all-star collection that features 50 of some of the franchise's greatest shorts. The selection contains a variety of memorable works, by some of the most renowned animators in cartoon history including Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Robert McKimson, Friz Freleng [comma needed] and others. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 2 is aimed at adult collectors of animation.

Disc one offers a collection of 25 signature cartoon shorts featuring an all-star line-up of some of the best-known Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales [comma needed] and others. Three featured cartoons, A Wild Hare, Tabasco Road [comma needed] and Mexicali Shmoes are Academy Award nominated shorts (Best Short Subject, Cartoons, 1941, 1958 [comma needed] and 1960). The Blu-ray disc is loaded with bonus featurettes, commentaries by animation experts [comma needed] and alternative audio tracks.

Disc two is comprised of 25 shorts, including a collection of memorable one-shot classics such as Hollywood Steps Out, which features cartoon versions of such legendary actors as Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable [comma needed] and many others. Also included is the war-themed Russian Rhapsody and Rocket-Bye Baby, a Chuck Jones-directed short about a Martian baby who's accidently sent to Earth. Featured also are the complete collections of cartoons starring some of Looney Tunes notable but seldom seen characters such as Nasty Canasta, Cecil Turtle, Beaky Buzzard, A. Flea [comma needed] and others. This disc also includes the complete collection of Chuck Jones' [sic - Jones's...there's just one of him, not many] hunting trilogy, a set of three cartoons which star Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck [comma needed] and Elmer Fudd (Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning [comma needed] and Duck! Rabbit, Duck!). This disc presents a special favorite selected by cartoon fans in an online poll: Bugs Bunny in Wabbit Twouble. The Blu-ray disc is packed with bonus featurettes, commentaries by animation experts [comma needed] and alternative audio tracks.

Disc three, which is only available in the Blu-ray of the release [comma needed] is devoted entirely to special content and rarities from the vault. Hours and hours of extras include several documentaries with expert commentary and behind-the-scenes information from popular animators, famous directors, animation historians [comma needed] and celebrated devotees. Lost cartoons from the World War II era, [comma not needed!] including Private Snafu and Seaman Hook, rare Leon Schlesinger staff Christmas Party films, [and] documentaries covering Friz Freleng and Tex Avery with bonus Freleng Captain and the Kids cartoons and a selection of Tex Avery's best cartoons from MGM are also included.

"Looney Tunes cartoons have been entertaining consumers for generations with popular, enduring characters that continue to capture the hearts of viewers [comma needed] " said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. She added, "We think Looney Tunes fans will be really pleased with the variety of selections we've included on this compilation, which range from highly-popular favorites to some lesser seen gems. This release has something for everyone. It's a must-own title for animation lovers."

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two is due to be released on October 16, and links to pre-order it on Amazon will be posted here as soon as they appear. The DVD will retail for $26.99 and the Blu-ray will retail for $44.98.


July 26, 2012

Mouse Chronicles bonus cartoons revealed!

BUGS BUNNY VIDEO GUIDE EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!

Mouse Chronicles Cover After much speculation and hoping, we are extremely happy to pass along information on the eleven bonus cartoons to be released on the upcoming two-disc Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection DVD/Blu-ray, due on August 28. Amazingly, this is the first time each of these cartoons will be appearing on a Looney Tunes DVD or Blu-ray collection.

According to our source at the studio, in addition to all of the Sniffles and Hubie and Bertie cartoons, Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles will also include....

The Country Mouse (1935, Friz Freleng)
The Lyin' Mouse (1937, Friz Freleng)
The Mice Will Play (1938, Tex Avery)
Little Blabbermouse (1940, Friz Freleng)
Shop Look & Listen (1940, Friz Freleng)
Mouse Mazurka (1949, Friz Freleng)
Mouse-Warming (1952, Chuck Jones)
Mouse-Taken Identity (1957, Robert McKimson)
Mice Follies (1960, Robert McKimson)
It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House (1965, Friz Freleng)
Merlin the Magic Mouse (1967, Alex Lovy)

We have no word yet on whether these cartoons have been newly remastered for this release. And since we're talking about Looney Tunes DVD lineups, we should probably as a butt-covering courtesy add the caveat that the above list could very well be subject to change and that this news should not be reported as any sort of official studio announcement.

Having said all that, this sounds like a really satisfying list of cartoons. Only one of the above shorts has appeared on DVD before--Mice Will Play as an extra on a Bette Davis boxed set--while a number of them are making their home video debuts on this release.

Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection is still due to be released on August 28 and is available to pre-order now on Amazon. The DVD will retail for $26.99 and the Blu-ray will retail for $34.99.


June 13, 2012

Mouse Chronicles back cover revealed

Announced extras include 11 bonus shorts!

Mouse Chronicles Back Cover Warner Home Video has finally revealed the back cover artwork for its upcoming two-disc release Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection, still scheduled to come out on August 28 on both DVD and Blu-ray.

The text on the back cover is the same as in Warner's original announcement e-mail for the release, which we reported verbatim back on May 9. What was of more interest was the hope that the back cover would reveal some more details about the set's planned special features, particularly the "bonus cartoons" first hinted at when the title was first announced.

Sadly, no specific bonus titles are mentioned on the back cover, but it does at least reveal that the DVD (or Blu-ray) will contain a whopping eleven mice-related bonus cartoons, no doubt in an attempt to fill up the two discs that that main content has been spread across. There is no indication if any of the bonus cartoons will be remastered or new-to-DVD or even Chuck Jones shorts, so let the speculation begin.

The other announced extras include the already-announced new featurette Of Mice and Pen, the storyboard reel for The Hypo-Chondri-Cat that first appeared on the Golden Collection Volume One, and five audio commentaries (most likely including Greg Ford's for Mouse Wreckers from Golden Collection Volume Two).

Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection is still due to be released on August 28 and is available to pre-order now on Amazon. The DVD will retail for $26.99 and the Blu-ray will retail for $34.99.


May 9, 2012

Mouse Chronicles coming to DVD and Blu-ray

In stores August 28!

Mouse Chronicles Cover Warner Home Video has announced the brand new two-disc release Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection, due on August 28. As is now the norm for the studio's Looney Tunes releases, it will come out on both DVD and Blu-ray on the same day.

This title was first hinted at by Jerry Beck the last time he was on Stu's Show, referring to the release as merely being a collection of "Chuck Jones mice" cartoons and suggesting that it would be a part of Warner's Looney Tunes Super Stars series...no doubt with all the scattershot quality control that would be involved. Happily, it appears that instead this DVD will be handled by the team responsible for releases such as the Platinum Collection.

The release focuses on two Chuck Jones series that rarely get their due on their own, Sniffles and Hubie and Bertie. It's essentially "The Complete Sniffles and the Complete Hubie and Bertie" without actually saying such, as all of the shorts from the two series are featured. Such a concept continues to serve Warner's loose strategy of having their Looney Tunes Blu-rays contain complete filmographies of minor characters (a tradition that will continue on the Platinum Collection Volume Two). The only downside, though, is that by limiting the release to just the two series then other miscellaneous "Chuck Jones mice" cartoons are missing in action such as the one-shots Mouse Warming, From Hand to Mouse, and The Mouse on 57th Street. Considering there are only nineteen shorts spread across two discs, such omissions are disappointing.

The title will contain the following. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....
Naughty But Mice (1939)
Little Brother Rat (1939)
Sniffles and the Bookworm (1939)
Sniffles Takes a Trip (1940) (released unrestored on Golden Collection Volume Six)
The Egg Collector (1940)
Bedtime for Sniffles (1940)
Sniffles Bells the Cat (1941)
Toy Trouble (1941)
The Brave Little Bat (1941)
The Unbearable Bear (1943)
Lost and Foundling (1944)
Hush My Mouse (1946)
The Aristo-Cat (1943) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Trap Happy Porky (1945)
Roughly Squeaking (1946)
House Hunting Mice (1948)
Mouse Wreckers (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Cheese Chasers (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Two)

The studio's official synopsis for this release reads as follows....

From animation legend Chuck Jones comes the big cheese of mouse collections! Enjoy 19 remastered animated shorts featuring some mischievous mice and their daring adventures! Introducing Sniffles. He's cute, curious and got a heckuva cold! In Naughty But Mice, audiences came to know Sniffles as a sweet, wide-eyed simpleton with a talent for getting himself into trouble. But over the years, Jones had evolved Sniffles into an overly talkative but endearing nuisance. A trouble-loving twosome with a passion for pranks, Chuck Jones let loose the mice, Hubie and Bertie, in the short The Aristo-Cat. A departure from his previous cute and naivé characters, Hubie and Bertie solidified a new direction for Jones. The change paid off with the Oscar-nominated Mouse Wreckers, which finds Hubie and Bertie tormenting their favorite nemesis Claude Cat with rapid-fire humor and sight gags galore. So steal a snack and scurry back to your hideout for some laughs and mouse-chief with the latest Chuck Jones Collection!

There are so many curious things about this title right off the bat. Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions are two-disc sets to contain nineteen shorts and extras, which is odd in of itself as at least fifteen shorts plus ample extras can comfortably fit on a dual-layer DVD let alone on a single standard Blu-ray disc. Spreading the content out onto two discs in either format seems quite excessive.

The cover (at top right) and title makes the release an oddity as well, as it shares formatting and layout with 2009's stand-alone Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection DVD, right down to the same font. One would think the banner title of Looney Tunes would be enough to identity the franchise without having to tack on the "Chuck Jones Collection" subtitle, tying it to an otherwise unrelated and obscure release that really didn't sell all that well in the first place (to say nothing of the cheesy "fake Chuck Jones signature" font that's used, because Jones's actual signature is evidently so hard to come by). It's kinda unlikely that there will be similar Friz Freleng Collection or Bob Clampett Collection releases, but at the same time it seemed unlikely that there would have been a Blu-ray release devoted almost entirely to Sniffles, so who knows what the plan is.

The announcement e-mail released by Warner Home Video indicates that this is the "first time on Blu-ray and DVD" for these shorts. Obviously, that's not true at all, though it would have been if this was a Blu-ray-only release (which seems to have been the original intention). As shown above, most of the Hubie and Bertie shorts have seen a DVD release before.

More intriguing in the announcement are the hints at the set's bonus content. Commentaries will be included, though most likely these will be the same ones as featured on previous Golden Collection volumes. There will be an all-new featurette titled Of Mice and Pen and--most welcoming--"bonus cartoons." No titles have been revealed yet, so we may very well in fact get those few remaining "Chuck Jones mice" shorts. The titles will no doubt be revealed when the back cover art gets released.

Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection will be released on August 28 and is currently available to pre-order it now on Amazon. The DVD will retail for $26.99 and the Blu-ray will retail for $34.99.


April 29, 2012

"Like" us on Facebook

Not a normal news update, but we are excited to announce that we have just launched a Facebook page for our site, and we need people to "like" us!

We'll not only post our site updates onto it, but we'll also try to post discussion questions about Looney Tunes video collecting, maybe dip into our archives a bit and post images of some hard-to-find releases (video-related or otherwise), and other fun stuff.

NOTE: WE WILL NOT ALLOW OR TOLERATE ANY DISCUSSION OR POST THAT DEALS WITH TRADING BOOTLEGS OR OTHERWISE UNAUTHORIZED COPIES OF THE CARTOONS.

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March 16, 2012

Platinum Collection coming to DVD

In stores July 3!

Platinum Collection Cover In an incredibly surprising move, Warner Home Video has announced that its recent Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One Blu-ray will be released on standard DVD on July 3.

With all six Golden Collection volumes still in print, this DVD version of the Platinum Collection would seem mighty redundant, since it covers a lot of the same ground as the six sets had. It's very likely that this DVD release is meant to help the studio recoup its investment in remastering the shorts for Blu-ray, while at the same time it could be regarded as a nice starter set for those who have yet to begin their Looney Tunes DVD collection...but then that would just lead to the question of why they didn't purchase any of the Golden Collections or Spotlight Collections where many of these shorts are already found.

The bad news is that this DVD edition foregoes the Blu-ray's third disc, where all of the bonus features (minus commentaries or music tracks) were placed. So while one would have to backtrack through the Golden Collections to collect a number of the documentaries, rare shorts, etc. that had been included, they will still nevertheless be unable to own the ultra-rare 1968 short The Door and some of the revival cartoons that are exclusive to the Blu-ray release.

There is also something to be said of the DVDs' formatting as-is. The contents of the two discs are identical to the first two discs of the Blu-ray release, with each disc containing twenty-five shorts. On a Blu-ray disc there's plenty of space to fit that many without worrying about compression or otherwise compromising of the content, but on a DVD disc--even a dual-layer one--twenty-five, seven-minute cartoons might get a tad cramped.

What is slightly better news is that a few of the cartoons on the Platinum Collection had previously been released on the first two Looney Tunes Super Stars DVDs--Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire and Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl--automatically cropped in a fake "widescreen" format. They will be making their corrected, full frame DVD debut on this release.

Here is the breakdown of the two discs. Shorts that have already been released on DVD are noted....

Disc One
Hare Tonic (1945) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Baseball Bugs (1946) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Buccaneer Bunny (1948) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The Old Grey Hare (1944) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Rabbit Hood (1949) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
8 Ball Bunny (1950) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
The Rabbit of Seville (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
A Pest in the House (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Duck Amuck (1953) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Robin Hood Daffy (1958) (Golden Collection Volume Three)
Baby Bottleneck (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Kitty Kornered (1946) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Scaredy Cat (1948) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Porky Chops (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Old Glory (1939) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
A Tale of Two Kitties (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Tweetie Pie (1947) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Beep, Beep (1952) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Lovelorn Leghorn (1951) (NEW TO DVD)
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Speedy Gonzales (1955) (Golden Collection Volume One)

Disc Two
One Froggy Evening (1955) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Three Little Bops (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
I Love to Singa (1936) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Katnip Kollege (1938) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
The Dover Boys (1942) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
Chow Hound (1951) (Golden Collection Volume Six)
Haredevil Hare (1948) (Golden Collection Volume One)
The Hasty Hare (1952) (NEW TO DVD)
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Hare-way to the Stars (1958) (NEW TO DVD)
Mad as a Mars Hare (1963) (NEW TO DVD UNCUT)
Devil May Hare (1954) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Bedevilled Rabbit (1957) (NEW TO DVD UNCUT)
Ducking the Devil (1957) (NEW TO DVD UNCUT)
Bill of Hare (1962) (NEW TO DVD)
Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (1964) (NEW TO DVD)
Bewitched Bunny (1954) (Golden Collection Volume Five)
Broom-stick Bunny (1956) (Golden Collection Volume Two)
A Witch's Tangled Hare (1959) (NEW TO DVD)
A-Haunting We Will Go (1966) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Feed the Kitty (1952) (Golden Collection Volume One)
Kiss Me Kat (1953) (Golden Collection Volume Four)
Feline Frame-up (1954) (NEW TO DVD)
From A to Z-z-z-z (1957) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
Boyhood Daze (1957) (Golden Collection Volume Six)

The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection DVD will be in stores July 3 and will retail for $26.99. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon.


March 13, 2012

Happy Feet Two now in stores

Includes CGI Tweety short I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat!

Happy Feet Cover Now available on DVD and Blu-ray is the computer-animated sequel Happy Feet Two.

Of interest to Looney Tunes fans--and especially to Mel Blanc fans--is that the release includes last year's charming CGI Tweety and Sylvester short I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat. Please note, this is not to be confused with the classic 1948 cartoon I Taw a Putty Tat, which is still awaiting a properly remastered DVD release.

The short was the first of two recent Looney Tunes productions to utilize classic Capitol Records singles for the soundtrack, allowing Mel Blanc to once again voice his characters over twenty years after his death. In this offering, Tweety and Sylvester sing a duet as the latter resumes his ongoing pursuit of the former. June Foray returns to voice Granny with new dialogue.

This cartoon marks the first time Mel voiced Tweety in a theatrical short since 1964's Hawaiian Aye Aye and Sylvester since 1965's The Wild Chase. It's also Mel's first appearance in a theatrical short since 1988's Night of the Living Duck.

Happy Feet Two can be ordered on DVD at Amazon, where it is also available on Blu-ray. There is also a 3D Blu-ray that contains both the 2D version and the 3D version of the short.


March 13, 2012

Pepe le Pew DVD technical error

No replacement discs planned

Pepe Cover A minor technical error has been discovered on the fairly recent Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best.

The audio drops out for a split-second during the cartoon Odor of the Day, just long enough to mute out a sneeze during the dog's initial sneezing fit (specifically when the non-Pepe skunk poses as a doctor and starts "treating" him). The drop-out has not appeared on previous home video releases of this short and seems to be unique to this DVD.

Unfortunately, the error seems to have been done during the remastering process, as a number of copies feature the same glitch including a "corrected" copy supplied by the studio.

It's doubtful this error will be corrected in a future pressing, as the studio has yet to correct the problems with the widescreen matte on the first two Super Stars DVDs.

The rest of the DVD plays just fine, so if one can ignore this one very minor flaw (or can hang onto previous video versions, such as the Pepe le Pew's Skunk Tales VHS), the DVD is still highly recommended.

Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best can be ordered on Amazon.


January 28, 2012

Looney Tunes Super Stars Editorial

Not a normal news update, but earlier this week we posted a hypothetical guide on how the current Looney Tunes Super Stars series could continue and (attempt) to make all kinda of fans relatively happy. Read it, won't you?

How Warner Home Video Could Conceivably Complete Most Looney Tunes Characters on DVD via the Super Stars Model


January 11, 2012

Two New Budget Looney Tunes DVDs Coming March 6

WARNING: CROPPED CARTOONS! DO NOT BUY!

Warner Home Video has announced its first new Looney Tunes DVD titles of the year, The Best of Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes Unleashed. Both DVDs are scheduled to be released on March 6.

With each one retailing for $9.97, the DVDs are part of the studio's recent line of budget family titles, marking that collection's first Looney Tunes offerings.

The two DVDs are made up entirely of repeats, with each release containing three previously released cartoons. Yeah, three! Three cartoons--that is what the studio that is supposedly struggling with its animation titles is blowing DVD technology on. At full price that's over three bucks per cartoon.

The Best of Bugs Bunny contains
The Million Hare (1963)
Napoleon Bunny-Part (1956)
Knighty Knight Bugs (1958)

Knighty Knight Bugs was previously released on the Golden Collection Volume Four and then again on a number of collections all the way up to 2010's The Essential Bugs Bunny. The other two cartoons were "released" on Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire in the controversial cropped format to create a fake widescreen effect. Neither short has been released on DVD uncut and uncropped yet.

Looney Tunes Unleashed, meanwhile, contains
Apes of Wrath (1959)
Stork Naked (1955)
Bad Ol' Putty Tat (1949)

Apes of Wrath is another cartoon that was cropped into "widescreen" for Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire, and Stork Naked was likewise given the same treatment for the concurrent Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl DVD. Bad Ol' Putty Tat has been previously released on Golden Collection Volume Two and then again on the single disc Tweety and Sylvester DVD Feline Fwenzy.

The big question, of course, is, "Are the 'widescreen' cartoons going to be corrected and released in full frame?"

It would be wonderful to imagine that these budget releases are intended to slowly correct the big mistake of those two original Bugs and Daffy DVDs (though ten bucks for each DVD just to get corrected versions would sound a bit rip-offish), but it's highly unlikely. The process used for these new titles was most likely "take this old file, this old file, and this old file, and release it." Even though the shorts were already fully remastered in the correct full frame aspect ratio, to render them back into full frame for DVD would nevertheless require more work than these DVDs ever intended to allow.

The seemingly ever-changing "aspect ratio" box on the back covers seems to confirm that these will be the exact same versions as seen on past DVDs. We've mentioned in previous news stories how convoluted the text in these boxes have become as the studio tries to reconcile all of the arguments in the great "Widescreen Looney Tunes Debate" without making it sound as if they ever screwed up in the first place.

The boxes on these new DVDs read as....

STANDARD VERSION/WIDESCREEN VERSION PRESENTED IN A FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF THEIR ORIGINAL THEATRICAL EXHIBITIONS. "MATTED" (FLAT) OR "LETTERBOX" (SCOPE) SELECTIONS ARE ENHANCED FOR WIDESCREEN TVS.

The second sentence is incredibly awkward. No Warner Bros. cartoon was ever produced in CinemaScope--either in that specific process with those lenses or in that specific screen dimension--so there should be no need to even differentiate between that and the "matted" widescreen shorts. This seems to just be another example of the studio's family division not knowing what the heck they're double-talking about.

Everything related to these releases was announced all at once: the content, the covers (see images to the right), and even the back covers (again).

The text on the back of the Bugs disc reads as follows....

Join Looney-ville's one-and-only in this Best-of-Bugs Bunny bundle! In The Million-Hare, Bugs mixes it up with rival Daffy Duck in a race for the Big Prize! Who will walk away with the Mega-Bucks?! Next, Bugs takes one of those famous wrong turns and finds himself in a hare-raising predicament with none other than Napoleon himself in Napoleon Bunny-Part. The explosive laughs continue as Bugs' [sic - unless there's more than one of someone named Bug] quest for the Singing Sword puts him face to face with the Black Knight (Yosemite Sam) and his fire-breathing dragon in the Academy Award-winning Knighty Knight Bugs. See why Bugs is at his best in this riotous, rabbit-filled collection!

Meanwhile, the text on the back of the Unleashed disc reads as follows....

Prepare for side-splitting laughter--of the Looney variety--as toondom's greatest unleash their brand of fun! In Apes of Wrath, Bugs gets caught up in some serious monkey business as he becomes the bundle of joy for an expecting family--of gorillas! In another baby-related incident, a not-so-sober stork insists on delivering Mr. and Mrs. Daffy Duck a newborn. Daffy wants none of it, and will stop at nothing to keep this delivery from happening in Stork Naked! Everyone's favorite cartoon canary Tweety is on the run again, as feisty-feline Sylvester lives up to his namesake in Bad Ol' Putty Tat! Unleash the 'toons, and let the whole family enjoy!

Exactly who is Sylvester's "namesake" that they are referring to? A namesake is one a person is named after. For Sylvester to have a namesake would mean that there is a person or thing out there called "Sylvester Something-or-other" for which he was named. Namesakes don't refer to arbitrary nicknames, labels, or insults that another gives the person. What that sentence should probably say is "Everyone's favorite cartoon canary Tweety is on the run again, as feisty-feline Sylvester lives up to his nickname in Bad Ol' Putty Tat!" since Tweety often calls him a "bad ol' putty tat"; but that is not Sylvester's actual name. As we've said before, it's just lazy writing on the part of whichever intern at the home video division gets the supposedly unlucky task of writing for the cartoon releases.

We simply cannot and will not recommend these releases for any fan or collector, and like before we will not be including these DVDs in our main guide if the cartoons are released cropped. The ONLY thing that would make these releases valuable to anyone would be if they corrected the widescreen cartoons and released them in full frame, but that does not appear likely at all.


December 19, 2011

Jerry Beck on Stu's Show

The future of Looney Tunes on home video!

On December 14, the one and only Jerry Beck appeared on Stu's Show, the awesome online radio show hosted by cartoon/pop culture/television nut and home video pioneer Stu Shostak. The show was a free stream for those who tuned in live, but fans can hear a "rerun" of the episode for a mere ninety-nine cents at the show's web site: www.stusshow.com. For those who have never listened to Stu's...um, show, you're in for a treat.

Usually when Jerry appears on the show, the topic inevitably turns to news about classic cartoons on DVD. Although Jerry and Stu tried to cover all bases--with the big-ish news seeming to be the wealth of UPA material that will soon make its debut on DVD in various formats--there was very little on the Warners front.

What was reported was...and keep in mind that Jerry was speaking only as a consultant and that the interview or his statements were not meant to be inferred as any official studio announcement....

Warner Home Video will continue with additional volumes of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection on Blu-ray

Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD releases will continue into the new year, with Jerry being asked to help select shorts (though no specific titles or featured characters were mentioned)

A Bosko DVD collection is still on the table for Warner Archive, though no actual work has been done on it yet

Jerry also took the time to explain some of the inner workings of the Warner Archive division, how it is literally only a few people tops working on the releases and that projects merely have to wait their turn in order for everything to be done right. Additionally, the small size of the Archive division's staff and resources are (in a roundabout way) causing a delay on one oft-requested DVD collection, that of the MGM Tex Avery cartoons. The paradox seems to be that Warner's normal DVD division is terrified of committing to it as a full-blown retail release because some there believe that the Tex series is too obscure for mainstream DVD buyers (no name recognition, etc.), while such a project is merely too big for the Archive division to handle properly.

Meanwhile, as for the other classic cartoon series that Warner owns, there is no news on more Popeye yet, while there will of course be more Tom and Jerry DVDs and Blu-rays in the new year.

The rest of the interview was a lively talk about all things animation, with Jerry repeating a cautionary warning from his last appearance that DVDs in general are supposedly not selling anymore. Whether that's true or not might be a matter of debate, as supposed lack of sales all around hasn't stopped Warner for example from mining their vaults for whatever Looney Tunes they already have remastered and ready to release ('60s Road Runner, etc.).

But anyway, more releases are coming!


November 1, 2011

The Essential Daffy Duck Now In Stores

Includes DVD debut of Porky's Duck Hunt!

Essential Daffy Cover Warner Home Video has released its latest Looney Tunes DVD title, the two-disc set The Essential Daffy Duck.

The follow-up to last year's Essential Bugs Bunny, the new release feels less "essential" and more "redundant"...and it doesn't even have any character-related birthday or anniversary to coincide with as its predecessor did. It smells too much of, "The first one was sort of a success, so let's do it again!" If this one does well, we will most likely see something like an Essential Tweety and Sylvester next.

Perhaps the set's lone highlight is that it features the DVD debut of Daffy's debut cartoon, Tex Avery's 1937 classic Porky's Duck Hunt...although it is unknown at press time whether the cartoon has in fact been remastered or whether Warner used the same sped-up video master it created back in 1985 for the original Golden Jubilee VHS series (or worse, whether we'll instead see the 1990 computer-colorized version!). The only other new-to-DVD short is the mediocre 2004 effort Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones from the repulsive batch of "modern" cartoons produced by Larry Doyle.

This DVD includes
Porky's Duck Hunt (1937)
Daffy Duck & Egghead (1938)
The Daffy Doc (1938)
Plane Daffy (1944)
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)
Nasty Quacks (1945)
Book Revue (1946)
Duck Amuck (1953)
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953)
The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)
My Little Duckaroo (1954)
A Star is Bored (1956)
Deduce, You Say (1956)
Ali Baba Bunny (1957)
Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
The Duxorcist (1987)
Night of the Living Duck (1988)
Superior Duck (1996)
Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones (2004)
Daffy Duck for President (2004)

Apart from the shorts, the DVD set also includes the TV specials Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-citement (already released on Golden Collection Volume Six) and Daffy Duck's Thanks-for-Giving (new to DVD); the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Duck Dodgers, Jr." (already released on Season 1, Volume 2 of the series); and the Duck Dodgers episode "The Green Loontern" (already released on the Green Lantern: First Flight DVD). So very little actually new to the format at all.

The Essential Daffy Duck is now in stores and retails for $26.99. We'd appreciate it if you ordered it on Amazon.


October 13, 2011

Zee Best of Zee Best Back Cover Revealed

Still coming December 27!

Pepe Back Cover Warner Home Video has revealed the back cover of the upcoming next installment in its Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD series, Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best.

The text on the back reads as follows....

Sniffing around for di-stink-tly hilarious animated antics? You're in luck, ma chérie! You hold in your hands a nose-crinkling collection of cartoons starring the most malodorous mammal ever to go lookin' for l'amour with all the wrong species: Pepé Le Pew! Including 14 shorts never before seen on video or DVD, these 17 trés aromatique outings feature the love-struck skunk falling hard for felines, canines and -- sacre maroon! -- the occasional fur coat! In Dog Pounded, our powerfully perfumed protagonist costars with Tweety and Sylvester. Then there's Pepé's Academy Award-winning tour de farce in For Scent-imental Reasons (The rumor his Oscar was made from Le Pew-ter is unconfirmed). And that's just a whiff of the richly fragrant fun you'll have watching "ze locksmith of love" in action: the one-and-olfactor Pepé Le Pew!

This description is indicative of the problem a lot of fans have with Warner concerning its Looney Tunes releases: the studio just doesn't care. The text states that fourteen of the shorts are supposedly new to "video or DVD." Though granted the majority of the Pepe cartoons are making their DVD debut with this release, they are hardly new to home video. As we detailed back on September 16, the only Pepe cartoon never to have been released on VHS or laserdisc back in the day was 1953's Wild Over You. The rest have all been made available on home video before, some numerous times. So, why even claim that they were "never before seen on video or DVD" when that is not exactly the case? Isn't simply saying "never before seen on DVD" impressive enough??

Meanwhile, someone at Warner Home Entertainment needs to look up the definition of the word "protagonist," as they seem to feel that Pepe fit that role in Dog Pounded. Well, the only problem is that his appearance in that short was nothing more than a cameo...at the very end of the cartoon...to provide a punchline for the final gag. A protagonist is actually the central character with whom the audience is supposed to identify and/or side with. In Dog Pounded the protagonist is Tweety. Pepe is merely providing a cameo, and he certainly isn't a co-star in that cartoon. Either words mean something or they don't.

The standard "aspect ratio" box is also slightly reworded for this release than it was for previous Super Stars DVDs. After the flap over the cropped-for-widescreen cartoons on the Bugs and Daffy DVDs, the information regarding the widescreen presentations was worded on subsequent releases as: "WIDESCREEN VERSION PRESENTED IN A 'MATTED' WIDESCREEN FORMAT. ENHANCED FOR WIDESCREEN TVS." The text at the bottom of the Pepe DVD now instead reads, "WIDESCREEN VERSION PRESENTED IN A 'MATTED' WIDESCREEN FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF ITS ORIGINAL THEATRICAL EXHIBITION. ENHANCED FOR WIDESCREEN TVS."

Without going into the argument again (we covered that in detail on our home page), it seems as if Warner Home Video is attempting to suggest that they were correct to crop the cartoons in the first place, even though on the packages for the Foghorn Leghorn and Road Runner DVDs the studio was at least willing to concede that the widescreen versions were not necessarily the preferred way to view the cartoons. This kind of back and forth just speaks volumes of the risk and danger in letting the family entertainment division handle the Looney Tunes releases instead of Messrs. Beck and Feldstein--or worse, as seems to be the case, a family entertainment division that thinks it's the theatrical catalog division while thinking it's doing the correct thing...without doing any real research or gauging any reaction from experts first. It results in nothing but carelessness and inconsistency.

As if the back cover wasn't awkward enough, there is even a strangeness to one element that Warner Bros. DVD packaging usually does perfectly in its sleep. Typically when the back cover text of a Warner DVD needs to invoke an Academy Award--either earned by the production itself or by one of its cast or crew members--a quick and concise footnote usually suffices. For example, if the text to a movie needed to say something like "Oscar winner Heath Ledger* does blah blah blah..." then a small footnote at the bottom of the back cover would say, "*Best Supporting Actor, The Dark Knight" with maybe the year listed as well. Heck, if the production on the DVD itself had won the Oscar in question, then rarely is a footnote even needed; that accomplishment alone is noteworthy enough to mention in the basic text.

The back cover presented above clearly makes a point to mention Pepe's Academy Award win, which is spelled out pretty well in the body of the text. Yet at the bottom of the case there is also a wordy sentence after the copyright information: "*For Scenti-mental [sic] Reasons won the Academy Award in 1950 in the category of Best Short, Cartoon." Why a reiteration was even needed is a question in of itself, let alone why is it so poorly worded? The main body of text explains which industry award it is and for which short, so why is there not simply a footnote that says, "*Best Short, Cartoon, 1950" or something equally short and sweet? The entire back cover reads like it had been written by an intern or a temp worker.

Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best will be released on December 27 and will retail for $19.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


October 4, 2011

Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote: Supergenius Hijinks Now In Stores

Also available to order!

Road Runner Cover Warner Home Video has released the latest entry in its controversial Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD series, Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote: Supergenius Hijinks.

The DVD was already made available in Walmart stores over the last month, but the studio's official street date for other retailers is today...plus, we have no interest in promoting Walmart or encouraging people to shop there, as we want Looney Tunes fans to retain their souls.

The title was originally announced to have been released on May 24 (and originally with an erroneously different list of contents), but Warner Home Video decided to delay it for three-and-a-half months to better coincide with an animation promotion through the end of the year that will also include releases of The Looney Tunes Show, more Tom and Jerry (groan), and the long-awaited Blu-ray debut of Looney Tunes via the Platinum Collection.

The DVD's contents have angered a number of Looney Tunes fans as it does not feature any of the classic Road Runner shorts of the 1950s or '60s directed by Chuck Jones--in fact, Jones is represented by a lone 1990s effort. The first half of the DVD is made up of modern revival efforts starring the characters, including the three CGI shorts produced last year. The second half of the disc features the low-budget mid-60s Road Runner cartoons directed by Rudy Larriva and one almost equally weak effort by Bob McKimson. All of the 1960s cartoons are new to DVD (and new to North American home video, for that matter), but it hardly makes up for the lack of any "real" classic Road Runner cartoons.

This DVD includes
Coyote Falls (2010)
Fur of Flying (2010)
Rabid Rider (2010)
Whizzard of Ow (2003)
Chariots of Fur (1994)
Little Go Beep (2000)
Sugar and Spies (1966)
Clippety Clobbered (1966)
The Solid Tin Coyote (1966)
Out and Out Rout (1966)
Shot and Bothered (1966)
Chaser on the Rocks (1965)
Highway Runnery (1965)
Boulder Wham! (1965)
Hairied and Hurried (1965)

Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote: Supergenius Hijinks is now in stores and retails for $19.98. The DVD is available to order on Amazon, but they are at press time not listing it on its product page as actually having been released, instead indicating that it will in fact come out on December 26 (which is wrong because that's a Monday).


September 28, 2011

Looney Tunes Showcase Volume One Back Cover Revealed

Now available to pre-order!

Showcase Back Cover Warner Home Video has revealed the back cover of the Looney Tunes Showcase Volume One Blu-ray, still scheduled for January 10.

The text on the back reads as follows....

You saw them at the movies. You saw them on TV. You saw them instead of studying for your finals. Now you can watch the world-class Looneyness as never before in this first-time array of 25 Theatrical Shorts [why is this phrase capitalized??] dazzlingly remastered and presented in the stunning audio and visual experience of hi-def Blu-ray. Here you'll find Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig - plus Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and Speedy Gonzales - in a dizzily delightful showcase of cartoon icons at their animated best. Outstanding shorts from the Warner Bros. vault stand out even more in Blu-ray brilliance. Now more than ever, they're a must-see.

The back cover headline refers to this release as being the "debut collection" of the shorts on Blu-ray, and the text also makes references to this "first-time array"...even though the Platinum Collection will already be out for two months by the time this one is released. It's pretty clear now that both the Platinum Collection and Looney Tunes Showcase were originally intended to be released on the same date, much like how the Golden Collection and Spotlight Collection DVDs always came out simultaneously. Sadly, it's become commonplace for studios to release a bigger boxed set first at a higher price point and then later pare down the more popular elements into a smaller (and cheaper) release...because they want consumers to purchase the bigger set in fear that it would be the only way to view any of the content.

But of course, any true Looney Tunes collector will just merely buy the Platinum Collection as it will include material never before released on home video such as The Door, A Hitch in Time, Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension, Father of the Bird, and more...productions that are unlikely to appear on future "smaller" releases.

Looney Tunes Showcase Volume One will retail for $24.98. The title is now available to pre-order on Amazon.


September 21, 2011

Looney Tunes Showcase Volume One Blu-ray Announced

Coming January 10! Retail for $24.98!

Showcase Cover Warner Home Video has announced the release of Looney Tunes Showcase Volume One on Blu-ray with a street date of January 10, marking the first Looney Tunes home video release of the new year.

In the studio's announcement e-mail, they said....

25 of some of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoon [sic - unless there is in fact only one cartoon on this release] are together for the first time on Blu-ray. This collection has been digitally restored and remastered. The disc contains some of the franchise's most enduring shorts featuring all your favorite Looney Tune Characters!

Although in a perfect world this new title would in fact feature twenty-five new-to-Blu-ray shorts, alas the Showcase Blu-ray is merely just the first disc of the by-then two-month-old Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One Blu-ray boxed set--with not only the exact same cartoons but also the exact same special features...so hardly making these available "for the first time on Blu-ray."

Clearly the Showcase series will serve as a lower-priced alternative to the bigger Platinum Collection sets, much like how the Spotlight Collection DVDs served a similar purpose for the Golden Collections. But of course, the big difference here is that this release will in fact include bonus content.

The main program on this Blu-ray will include
Hare Tonic (1945)
Baseball Bugs (1946)
Buccaneer Bunny (1948)
The Old Grey Hare (1944)
Rabbit Hood (1949)
8 Ball Bunny (1950)
The Rabbit of Seville (1950)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)
A Pest in the House (1947)
The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)
Duck Amuck (1953)
Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
Baby Bottleneck (1946)
Kitty Kornered (1946)
Scaredy Cat (1948)
Porky Chops (1949)
Old Glory (1939)
A Tale of Two Kitties (1942)
Tweetie Pie (1947)
Fast and Furry-ous (1949)
Beep, Beep (1952)
Lovelorn Leghorn (1951)
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
Speedy Gonzales (1955)

Again, Looney Tunes Showcase Volume One will be released on January 10 and will retail for $24.98. A pre-order link will be posted soon, but in the meantime feel free to instead pre-order the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray on Amazon.


September 20, 2011

Platinum Collection: UCE Back Revealed

Still coming November 15!

Ultimate Blu-ray Back This is nothing too earth-shattering, but Warner Home Video has revealed the back cover art for the upcoming Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray.

The back of the packaging is essentially the same "beauty shot" of the entire set that has been making the rounds online for a while now, but with the general disc breakdown and specs tacked on underneath. Perhaps the only thing that's mildly noteworthy is that the studio has misspelled Marc Antony's name as "Anthony." And sadly, this new image fails to reveal any information as far as packaging dimensions go.

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One: Ultimate Collector's Edition will be released on November 15 and will retail for $79.98. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


September 16, 2011

Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1-6 Announced

Coming December 27! Retail for $144.92!

Golden Collection Slipcase Warner Home Video has announced the release of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1-6 gift set with a street date of December 27, the same day as the release of Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best.

In the studio's announcement e-mail, they said....

Propelled by the creative genius of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and Friz Freleng, Warner Brothers' LOONEY TUNES introduced the world to some of the greatest cartoon characters to ever grace the animated cel: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzalez [sic - that's "Gonzales"], Pepe LePew [sic - "Le Pew" is two words, guys, and "le" doesn't need to be capitalized for that matter, but that's nit-picking], Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tweety, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devil, and many more. This release includes the first six volumes in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.

Now, this is not the first time the studio has bundled Golden Collection volumes together, nor is this even the first time all six volumes have been offered in one SKU. But unlike previous Golden Collection bundles that merely shrink-wrapped the volumes together and sold them for essentially the individual prices added together, this new collection is not only packaged in an all-new slipcase box but also value-priced at $144.92.

The new low price is actually quite a steal, as that breaks down to a little over twenty-four bucks for each volume (considering they each originally retailed for $64.92). The previous shrink-wrapped bundle of all six volumes from 2008 retailed for a whopping $389.51. As most fans know, the first Golden Collection contained fifty-six shorts in the main program, while the subsequent five volumes contained sixty each, resulting in 356 remastered and restored cartoons. This new price amounts to about forty-one cents per cartoon...not to mention all the various bonus features such as additional shorts like Blooper Bunny and Daffy Duck for President, Private Snafu and Hook shorts, TV specials, the Adventures of the Road Runner featurette, Bugs Bunny Show footage, vintage TV commercials, Army recruitment shorts, Chuck Jones's MGM cartoon The Bear That Wasn't, Friz Freleng's MGM Captain and the Kids shorts, and much more. So really, you're getting well over 300 animated shorts plus--as the slipcase package boasts--"over 25 hours of special features."

Perhaps the only other thing that can be mentioned is that the packaging for each volume seems to have gone through a major revision. The initial image supplied by Warner Home Video (top right) has the faint air of maybe being a Photoshopped mock-up, but it looks as if the original digipaks and slipsleeves will be replaced with clear keepcases and cover inserts. Since the packages of the original volumes varied in thickness, clearly the move was made in order to standarize them and slim them down to fit into the bigger slipcase. The slipcase itself looks to have the usual unimpressive collages of '90s stock poses that have graced Looney Tunes consumer products since the demise of the Studio Stores, while the discs themselves are identical to those contained in the original individual volumes.

Unless you are a die-hard merchandise collector who needs to own every variation of packaging, if you already have the six individual Golden Collection volumes then you absolutely would not need this set. This is meant for the fans just starting their Looney Tunes DVD collection.

The gift set will be available through the usual retail channels, but as always you can pre-order it on Amazon.

(NOTE: For the purposes of our guides, this set will not be counted as a unique release, as it is merely the six Golden Collection volumes bundled together.)


September 16, 2011

Updated Zee Best of Zee Best Cover Art

Features 17 shorts! Pepe's entire filmography!

New Pepe Cover Our long national nightmare is finally over, as Warner Home Video has finally updated the cover art to its newly announced next entry in the controversial Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD series, Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best.

The studio's original announcement indicated that the DVD would contain seventeen shorts, boasting to feature Pepe's entire theatrical filmography. The studio was including in its tally both the non-Pepe skunk cartoon Odor of the Day and the Sylvester and Tweety cartoon Dog Pounded (in which Pepe has a cameo at the end)...because those two were listed on the character's Wikipedia page at that time, continuing a very lazy recent practice at the studio of using the user-edited web site as its sole resource in programming the Super Stars DVDs. This trend had already caused problems earlier in the year when early press materials for another entry in ths series--Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote: Supergenius Hijinks--announced that the DVD was to contain Flash webtoons made for the Looney Tunes web site and segments originally from TV specials...because such productions were being listed on the characters' theatrical filmography.

Confusingly, even though the Pepe DVD was being touted as containing seventeen cartoons, the cover art released at the time nevertheless exclaimed "15 Cartoon Classics" like the other Super Stars DVDs (or really, "Cartoon 15 Classics," because among other things Warner now expects us to read phrases from the middle and work back to the left). Ironically, if Warner Home Video hadn't copied and pasted Pepe's filmography from Wikipedia and didn't include the two shorts not part of the official Pepe cartoon series--Odor of the Day and Dog Pounded--then there wouldn't have been an issue. OR, if Warner Home Video had actually kept its original word on never double-dipping shorts in its primary Looney Tunes DVD series and removed the three Pepe shorts that were already included on past Golden Collection volumes, then there would have been room for not only both Odor of the Day and Dog Pounded but also even a third short without compromise (Fair and Worm-er would seem like the obvious choice, since it also features a non-Pepe skunk who at least has the decency to hop like our French hero).

But apparently seventeen shorts are in fact intended for this DVD and seventeen shorts shall remain, with the new cover artwork (see top right) reflecting that. Considering how little attention Pepe had received during the Golden Collection series, a single DVD containing all of his theatrical appearances (plus Odor of the Day) is a nice surprise. After the very rough first year of Super Stars releases since the line's inception in mid-2010, this might be a sign of better things to come in the series. A series of self-contained character DVDs like this one would allow fans to quickly fill holes in their collections, leaving the Warner Archive to handle remaining areas such as Bosko, the Merrie Melodies shorts, etc.

For those of you just joining us, this DVD will include
The Odor-Able Kitty (1945; a male cat paints himself as a skunk in order to have a better life but is chased by a seemingly French ladies' man skunk; Bugs Bunny has a cameo of sorts; already released on Golden Collection Volume Three)
Scent-Imental Over You (1947; feeling embarrassed by her lack of a beautiful coat, a lonely Chihuahua dresses up in a skunk fur but attracts Pepe, named "Stinky" in this short) NEW TO DVD
Odor of the Day (1948; not a Pepe short, but a silent Pepe-looking skunk and a dog vie for a warm bed on a cold, snowy night in this oddity directed by Arthur Davis) NEW TO DVD
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949; the Oscar-winning short that established the series, in which Pepe chases Penelope for the first time throughout a Paris perfume shop; already released on the first Golden Collection)
Scent-imental Romeo (1951; Penelope disguises herself as a skunk in order to sneak into a zoo for free food, but resident skunk Pepe chases her into a nearby park) NEW TO DVD
Little Beau Pepe (1952; Pepe joins the French Foreign Legion, only to chase base mascot Penelope throughout the Sahara Desert) NEW TO DVD
Wild Over You (1953; a wildcat escapes from the zoo, giving Pepe a violent run for his money at every turn) NEW TO HOME VIDEO
Dog Pounded (1954; Pepe makes a surprise cameo at the end of this Friz Freleng-directed Tweety cartoon after Sylvester paints a stripe on his back in order to enter a dog pound where the canary is hiding) NEW TO DVD
The Cats Bah (1954; Pepe is interviewed about the greatest love of his life, leading to a flashback--inspired in part by the Charles Boyer film Algiers--about the skunk chasing American tourist Penelope all across the Casbah) NEW TO DVD
Past Perfumance (1955; a director needs a skunk for his latest movie, causing an assistant to use Penelope as a substitute...just as Pepe crashes the studio to go autograph-hunting, leading to a chase onto various sets) NEW TO DVD
Two Scent's Worth (1955; a robber uses Penelope to clear out a bank, inadvertently attracting Pepe and leading to a mountain chase on skis) NEW TO DVD
Heaven Scent (1956; in a quasi-remake of The Odor-Able Kitty, Penelope paints a stripe on her back to get revenge on menacing dogs and to steal food, but Pepe gets her in his sights and chases her throughout the French Riviera; already released on Golden Collection Volume Six)
Touche and Go (1957; after a street-worker accidentally paints a stripe on her back, Penelope attracts Pepe, leading to a chase from the beach, throughout a series of boats, under the sea, and then onto a deserted island) NEW TO DVD
Really Scent (1959; Chuck Jones animator Abe Levitow directs this unique tale of Fabrette, a lonely New Orleans cat who can't find love due to her genetically abnormal white-striped tail...until tourist Pepe shows up and realizes for the first time that it's his natural odor that's keeping potential lovers away) NEW TO DVD
Who Scent You? (1960; Penelope sneaks onto a cruise liner and catches Pepe's eye from afar on dry land, causing him to speed across the ocean floor and onto the ship in pursuit) NEW TO DVD
A Scent of the Matterhorn (1961; after a charming musical number of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," Pepe chases Penelope across the snowy mountaintops of the French Alps) NEW TO DVD
Louvre Come Back to Me! (1962; in his theatrical swan song, Pepe follows Penelope to the Louvre, squares off against a jealous rival in an imaginary duel, and then causes several famous paintings to flee in terror) NEW TO DVD

Pepe le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best will be released on December 27 and will retail for $19.97. Pre-order it now on Amazon.


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