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In 2008, the unthinkable happened: Warner Home Video released the sixth and final volume of its celebrated Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD series. For the final time fans were treated to sixty new-to-DVD, completely remastered and restored shorts from inarguably the most famous and beloved library of cartoons ever produced. But as well received as each volume had been, there was no denying the fact that the later volumes were simply not selling in the numbers Warner needed in order to justify not only the cost of remastering sixty brand new shorts each year but also the cost of producing documentaries, acquiring and cleaning up rare additional footage, tracking down original title sequences, and assembling all the other supplemental material that had filled earlier volumes in the series to the brim.

The writing was already on the wall with the presentation of the sixth volume, where the amount and quality of bonus features paled in comparison to the wealth of goodies on its predecessors. The variety of animation historians and talent that had supplied commentaries on previous sets was whittled down to just three regulars (and on no more than three commentary tracks per disc). The assortment of documentaries, "Behind the Tunes" featurettes, and even vintage behind-the-scenes productions were gone in favor of a newly produced look at Mel Blanc's life and a compilation of peripheral works made by Leon Schlesinger Productions including the studio's Christmas gag reels; essential viewing, but slim pickings nevertheless. And most telling, the annual unveiling of newly restored and reconstructed linking animation from an episode of The Bugs Bunny Show was absent and replaced with off-the-shelf transfers of TV specials and "bonus cartoons," almost none of which were given any sort of remastering (while one, the black and white short Hop and Go, was further mishandled by being represented by a foreign TV transfer, which muted out all of the dialogue with out-of-place music cues from entirely different films!). All of these apparent cutbacks resulted in a very sparse collection, the DVD equivalent to a business filing for bankruptcy and leaving only a skeleton crew on staff.

But Warner Home Video wasn't licked yet! Recognizing that there was still continued consumer interest in the cartoon library, the studio announced a brand new line of DVDs at the end of 2009: the Looney Tunes Super Stars. Each single-disc collection would offer fifteen new-to-DVD shorts, with each release focusing on a specific character (or series). The only initial drawbacks were that it was likely that these new DVDs would not include any supplemental features, nor was it likely that they would include any of the racier or "politically incorrect" cartoons that die-hard fans often sought out. It seemed as if Warner was looking to find a balance between creating an heir apparent to the Golden Collection series in terms of core content and offering inexpensive releases that could be marketed to families and impulse shoppers looking for a quick cartoon fix.

In addition to these compromises, perhaps the biggest disappointment for fans came with the news that, for the time being, Warner Bros. was only interested in restoring and remastering Looney Tunes produced after 1953. Historically, the cartoon library had been divided for television into two different eras: pre-1948 (which included all color cartoons copyrighted before September 1948 plus a handful of early black and white cartoons) and post-1948 (color cartoons after September 1948 and almost all black and whites). The post-1948 package had always been under Warner Bros.' control and provided the shorts seen on The Bugs Bunny Show and then on Saturday morning for decades, while the pre-1948 shorts were syndicated to local stations for decades before eventually being purchased by Ted Turner. Typically, the post-1948 cartoons were always kept in very good shape and required very little remastering work for DVD release, hence why so many from that era dominated the first Golden Collection release; it was simply more cost-effective for Warner Bros. to release the post-1948 shorts. But this new restriction came about because the studio was only interested in remastering films with the intention of readying them for Blu-ray release in high definition, and Warner Bros. didn't fully adopt the widescreen format until 1953. The Looney Tunes shorts were always produced in full frame (known as the Academy ratio), but by 1953 theaters began projecting them in "widescreen" by creating a matte over the tops and bottoms of the image. This thankfully became enough of a loophole for the studio to use to justify continuing to restore the shorts, but that justification would quickly become a double-edged sword with disastrous results.

After an unexpected delay due to remastering problems, the first two Super Stars DVDs came in August 2010: a Bugs DVD and a Daffy DVD. Controversy would soon erupt from fans upon learning that the post-1953 shorts were in fact presented in a cropped "widescreen" format, with the tops and bottoms of the cartoons cut off, resulting in the loss of not only visual information but also the tops of characters' heads, the bottoms of feet, and even specific visual gags. Less outcry would result from the series's next new release that November, a Foghorn Leghorn DVD that though was all post-1953 material at least included both full frame and "widescreen" versions. The new line was hardly receiving glowing praise, and whatever goodwill Warner had developed with fans by throwing them a bone in the way of the Foghorn DVD would be shattered in October 2011 with the release of a Road Runner Super Stars disc composed almost entirely of the low-budget 1960s shorts directed by Rudy Larriva plus some modern-day revival shorts (in fact, the DVD did not contain any classic-era Road Runner short by Chuck Jones!). The future wasn't looking bright at all for Looney Tunes on DVD.

But then something surprising happened. Just after Christmas 2011, Warner Home Video released a brand new entry in the Super Stars series: one not only focusing on Pepe le Pew but also containing the character's entire filmography! The studio even allowed two more cartoons onto the disc than usual just to ensure that all the Pepe shorts were included. And to further complete the Pepe picture, Warner remastered four pre-1953 efforts, knocking down a major obstacle that had hindered previous Super Stars releases. In terms of collecting, what it all resulted in was arguably the most satisfying Looney Tunes DVD since the demise of the Golden Collection series. Things were looking even more promising the next year with the release of a Porky Pig volume in the series, which included not only pre-1948 shorts but was almost entirely composed of pre-1953 material. Such optimism continued in 2013 with a release containing the entire series of shorts in which Sylvester squares off against the baby kangaroo Hippety Hopper.

But after six, four-disc boxed sets and a dozen or so of single-disc releases, there are still over five hundred Looney Tunes cartoons yet to be remastered and released on DVD. While Warner Bros. is actively looking into new avenues such as the Warner Archive to release more selective groups of shorts such as Bosko, it is--believe it or else--quite possible to complete most of the major characters' filmographies through the very model the studio established with its Super Stars releases!

Trying to figure out which Looney Tunes remain unreleased and how they can best go together is a headache-inducing puzzle that wouldn't be wished upon anybody. The following guide attempts to illustrate how the shorts could possibly (and realistically) be configured.

The only rules for this guide are:

1. A short can only show up in this guide if it did not appear newly remastered as a part of the Golden Collection or Super Stars series. Shorts that had only appeared on a one-off release (Essential Bugs Bunny, Academy Award Animation Collection, etc.), unrestored as a bonus feature on a Golden Collection, or as a bonus feature on an otherwise unrelated Warner Bros. DVD are eligible for inclusion.

2. Recent revival shorts are included as per Warner's desire of lower remastering costs, as seen on their Super Stars Road Runner DVD.

3. To further keep remastering costs low, the primary focus has to be on the post-1948 library. As had been done on the Pepe and Hippety DVDs, pre-1948 (or, if one will, pre-1953) cartoons can only be included for the sake of completing a character, period.

4. With the exception of the most extremely essential entries and those to complete Daffy, black and white shorts are not included in this guide. They are not regarded as being marketable via the Super Stars model and are most likely only going to be released through the Warner Archive, if at all.

5. Notoriously controversial or "politically incorrect" cartoons (Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips, etc.) are not included in this guide, Warner Home Video continually hints at the possibility of a "Censored 11-Plus" DVD or Blu-ray release.

Granted this guide is purely fanboy wishful thinking, but it is grounded in reality and is actually very likely how these shorts will be broken down. The starring characters on these hypothetical DVDs are major starring characters. There isn't a Looney Tunes Super Stars: Frisky Puppy DVD listed below; these are featured characters who have all been highlighted on general-release Warner Home Video compilations in the past.

In the continuing spirit of keeping costs down, shorts that had already been remastered for DVD release are noted along the way.

And though fans are pining for the "widescreen" cartoons of the Bugs and Daffy DVDs to be rereleased in full frame, Warner Home Video currently considers those cartoons to have been "released," and this guide is meant to approximate how Warner Home Video would go forward in their mindset.

So, here's how the Super Stars DVDs could conceivably play out and take care of a great deal of the remaining Looney Tunes shorts....

1. Hold the Lion, Please!
2. Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk
3. What's Cookin' Doc?
4. A Feather in His Hare
5. A-Lad-in His Lamp
6. Knights Must Fall
7. No Parking Hare
8. Half Fare Hare
9. Bugsy and Mugsy
10. Hare-Less Wolf
11. Bonanza Bunny
12. Rabbit's Feat
13. Compressed Hare
14. Wet Hare
15. The Unmentionables

NOTE: The solo Bugs cartoons All This and Rabbit Stew, Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips, and Which is Witch will not be appearing in this guide due to their content, as they would most likely instead be included on the long-rumored "Censored 11-Plus" collection.

1. A Wild Hare (already remastered for Academy Awards: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
2. Elmer's Pet Rabbit
3. Fresh Hare
4. The Unruly Hare
5. His Hare-Raising Tale
6. Upswept Hare
7. Pre-Hysterical Hare
8. Confederate Honey
9. The Hardship of Miles Standish
10. Each Dawn I Crow
11. Pests for Guests
12. Good Night Elmer
13. What's My Lion?
14. Now, Hare This
15. Backwoods Bunny

1. Rabbit Every Monday
2. The Fair-Haired Hare
3. Hare Lift
4. Rabbitson Crusoe
5. Piker's Peak
6. Hare-Abian Nights
7. Wild and Woolly Hare
8. Horse Hare
9. Prince Violent
10. Honey's Money (already remastered for Platinum Collection Volume Three)
11. Shishkabugs
12. Devil's Feud Cake
13. Along Came Daffy
14. From Hare to Eternity (already remastered)
15. Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (already remastered)

1. Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (already remastered for Academy Awards: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
2. Racketeer Rabbit
3. Hot Cross Bunny
4. Hare Splitter
5. Captain Hareblower
6. Yankee Doodle Bugs
7. Beanstalk Bunny
8. Box Office Bunny (already remastered)
9. Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (already remastered)
10. His Bitter Half
11. Muscle Tussle
12. Quack Shot
13. Don't Axe Me
14. Cracked Quack
15. Boston Quackie

1. Daffy's Southern Exposure
2. The Impatient Patient
3. The Henpecked Duck
4. The Daffy Duckaroo
5. Slightly Daffy
6. Ain't That Ducky
7. Mexican Joyride
8. Holiday for Drumsticks
9. Quackodile Tears
10. Good Noose
11. Fast Buck Duck
12. Aqua Duck
13. The Duxorcist (already remastered)
14. Night of the Living Duck (already remastered)
15. Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones (already remastered)

1. Porky's Duck Hunt (already remastered for Essential Daffy Duck)
2. Porky & Daffy
3. Scalp Trouble
4. Porky's Last Stand
5. A Coy Decoy
6. Daffy Doodles
7. China Jones
8. Picador Porky
9. Notes to You
10. Brother Brat
11. Little Orphan Airedale
12. Nothing But the Tooth
13. Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 1/2th Century (already remastered)
14. Superior Duck (already remastered)
15. My Generation G-G-Gap (already remastered)

1. Daffy's Rhapsody (already remastered)
2. Tease for Two
3. Feather Finger
4. Swing Ding Amigo
5. A Taste of Catnip
6. Daffy's Diner
7. The Quacker Tracker
8. The Music Mice-Tro
9. The Spy Swatter
10. Speedy Ghost to Town
11. Rodent to Stardom
12. Go Away Stowaway
13. Fiesta Fiasco
14. Skyscraper Caper
15. See Ya Later, Gladiator

1. Hip Hip-Hurry!
2. Hot Rod and Reel!
3. Wild About Hurry
4. Fastest with the Mostest
5. Zip 'n Snort
6. Lickety-Splat
7. Beep Prepared (already remastered for Platinum Collection Volume Three)
8. Zoom at the Top
9. War and Pieces
10. Rushing Roulette
11. Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner
12. Tired and Feathered
13. Just Plane Beep
14. Roadrunner A Go-Go
15. Zip Zip Hooray!

NOTE: Warner Home Video had already remastered a number of Road Runner shorts, though it is not known exactly which titles. If the previous Road Runner Super Stars DVD serves as any indication, shorts 10 through 13 of the above list are likely candidates. Shorts 14 and 15 are generally regarded as television shorts, but since they were edited together at the time of production of the theatrical cartoons they should be included here as well.

1. Birdy and the Beast (already remastered for Platinum Collection Volume Two)
2. I Taw a Putty Tat
3. Hawaiian Aye Aye (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
4. Fowl Weather (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
5. Tom Tom Tomcat
6. A Street Cat Named Sylvester (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
7. Catty Cornered (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
8. Muzzle Tough (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
9. Sandy Claws (already remastered for Academy Awards: 15 Winners/26 Nominees)
10. Tweety's Circus (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
11. Tweet and Sour
12. Tree Cornered Tweety (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
13. Tugboat Granny
14. Museum Scream (already remastered)
15. I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat (already remastered)

NOTE: A number of Tweety shorts were remastered and released on a number of Japanese DVDs back in 2001, and those cartoons are noted above. It is not known if the remastering done to those shorts, though, would meet the studio's current standards.

1. Tweet Zoo (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
2. Greedy For Tweety (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
3. A Pizza Tweety Pie (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
4. A Bird in a Bonnet (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
5. Trick or Tweet
6. Tweet and Lovely (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
7. Tweet Dreams
8. Hyde and Go Tweet
9. Trip For Tat
10. The Rebel Without Claws (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
11. The Jet Cage (already remastered for Japanese DVD)
12. The Mouse on 57th Street
13. A Waggily Tale
14. Mouse Warming
15. Terrier Stricken

NOTE: See note above regarding those shorts already released in Japan.

1. Peck Up Your Troubles
2. Doggone Cats
3. Catch as Cats Can
4. Mouse Mazurka
5. Stooge for a Mouse
6. A Mouse Divided
7. Dr. Jerkyl's Hide
8. A Kiddie's Kitty
9. Pappy's Puppy
10. D'Fightin' Ones
11. Father of the Bird (already remastered)
12. Mice Follies
13. Dog Tales
14. Punch Trunk
15. To Itch His Own

1. Henhouse Henery
2. The Leghorn Blows at Midnight
3. Leghorn Swoggled
4. Lovelorn Leghorn (already remastered for Platinum Collection)
5. Sock-a-Doodle-Do
6. The Egg-Cited Rooster
7. Plop Goes the Weasel
8. Of Rice and Hen
9. Feather Dusted
10. Feather Bluster
11. The Dixie Fryer
12. The Slick Chick
13. Mother Was a Rooster
14. Pullet Surprise (already remastered)
15. Cock-A-Doodle Duel (already remastered)

1. Mexican Cat Dance
2. Road to Andalay
3. It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House
4. Cats and Bruises
5. Moby Duck
6. Assault and Peppered
7. Well Worn Daffy
8. Chili Corn Corny
9. Go Go Amigo
10. Astro Duck
11. Muchos Locos
12. Mexican Mouse-piece
13. Daffy Rents
14. Snow Excuse
15. A Squeak in the Deep

1. Hare Brush
2. A Fractured Leghorn
3. I Gopher You
4. Hare-Breadth Hurry
5. Chicken Jitters
6. Double or Mutton
7. The Goofy Gophers
8. Hopalong Casualty
9. Carrotblanca (already remastered)
10. The Bee-Deviled Bruin
11. A Hound For Trouble
12. Dumb Patrol (1964)
13. Ready, Woolen, and Able
14. Naughty Neighbors
15. Robot Rabbit

And for the sake of being extremely complete....

1. Cool Cat
2. Merlin the Magic Mouse
3. Hocus Pocus Pow Wow
4. Big Game Haunt
5. Hippydrome Tiger
6. Feud With a Dude
7. 3 Ring Wing Ding
8. Flying Circus
9. Chimp and Zee
10. Fistic Mystic
11. Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too
12. Shamrock and Roll
13. Bugged By a Bee
14. Two's a Crowd
15. A Bone For a Bone

NOTE: The cartoon Injun Trouble will not be appearing in this guide due to its content, as it would most likely instead be included on the long-rumored "Censored 11-Plus" collection.

After all this, the number of unreleased Looney Tunes cartoons is cut in half to just 301 shorts left, with the majority of those being pre-1948 one-shots, "Censored 11," Bosko, Buddy, and black and white Porky Pigs most likely best left relegated to the Warner Archive. Out of the thirteen post-1948 shorts in that mix, all that's left are the few remaining Ralph Wolf/Sam Sheepdog cartoons and random Robert McKimson and lesser Chuck Jones one-shots of the era.

It got off to a very rocky start and many are still apparently not happy with it, but the Looney Tunes Super Stars series is starting to show promise and may nevertheless be the way fans will be able to complete a great deal of their cartoon collections on DVD.

It can happen here!

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