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Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Volume 1

Mel Blanc , Arthur Q. Bryan , Abe Levitow , Arthur Davis    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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For years, animation buffs have waited impatiently for the Warner Bros. cartoons to appear on DVD. The Warner shorts never commanded the budgets and prestige of the Disney and MGM films, and won fewer Oscars than they deserved. But decades after the best ones were created, they remain the quintessential Hollywood cartoons: brash, fast-paced, aggressively funny and uniquely American. Virtually everyone in the U.S. under the age of 60 grew up on these films, in theaters and on TV. The 56 cartoons in the set (out of a studio output of over 1,000) were transferred from good prints--which means the viewer can see dust, scratches, and occasional mistakes by the cel painters. The films are all presented uncut, in defiance of the killjoys who have insisted on censoring alleged "violence" in the versions shown on television. Warner Bros. is obviously testing consumer response with this set. Although the erratic selection includes many classics, purists will argue (correctly) that it offers neither a fair representation of the directors' oeuvres, nor anything approaching a coherent history of the characters or studio style. (Nearly half the films were directed by Chuck Jones; only three are by Bob Clampett, and there's nothing by Tex Avery or Frank Tashlin.) But it seems petty to carp about omissions and biases when the discs offer excellent, uncensored prints of some of the funniest films ever made in the U.S.--or anywhere else. (Rated G, suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

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They're the crown princes of animation. They're the international ambassadors of cartoon comedy. They're the fabulously funny friends you grew up with! And now, 56 of the very best animated shorts starring the very wackiest Warner Bros. cartoon characters have been rounded up on DVD for the first time ever in The Looney Tunes Golden Collection! Just barely contained in four special edition discs, each specially selected short has been brilliantly restored and re-mastered to its original, uncut, anvil-dropping, laughter-inducing glory! Featuring some of the very earliest, ground-breaking on-screen appearances of many all-time Looney Tunes favorites, it's an unprecedented celebration for cartoon-lovers eager to re-live the heady, hilarious, golden age of Warner Bros. animation! Sparkling with one unforgettable, landmark animated marvel after another, there's that icon of carrot-crunching aplomb, Bugs Bunny, in a dazzling assortment of his very best classic shorts. Also highlighted in their own delightfully zany series of cartoon gems: the ever-flustered Daffy Duck and eternal straight-man Porky Pig. Plus, all the rest of the beloved Looney Tunes lineup starring in some of the most wildly imaginative cartoon shorts ever created! Including an array of exclusive bonus DVD features from expert commentaries to insights into the evolution of these classic characters, this is the ultimate animated experience for anyone who's ever thrilled to the timeless query: "Ehhh? what's up, Doc?"

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is the One To Buy July 31 2003
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Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. You know the characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd. You love the cartoons, with the hilarious gags and sharp dialogue, the superb animation and design, the great voice acting and music. Well, let me tell you this: If you're looking for these cartoons on DVD, GET THIS SET and this set alone. The Looney Tunes Golden Collection features 56 cartoons from the 1940s and '50s, fully restored from the original negatives (so that they look better than you've ever seen them on TV). The cartoons will be uncut, so you'll get to see the gags they won't show on TV: the suicide gags in "The Scarlet Pumpernickel" and "Tortoise Wins By a Hare," the Russian-Roulette game at the end of "Ballot Box Bunny." And the set includes an incredible number of extras, including: audio commentaries by animation experts and voice actor Stan Freberg (who provides the voice of Pete Puma in "Rabbit's Kin" and Junyer Bear in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears"); excerpts from TV shows and recording sessions; storyboards; featurettes; a new documentary on the making of Looney Tunes; music-only tracks for Carl Stalling's musical scores; and more, much, much more than I can list here.
It's hard to believe, but Warner Brothers is reportedly not sure that these cartoons can sell. This set is a test to see whether DVD collectors are in the market for Looney Tunes fully restored and presented with in-depth extras. If the set sells well, there will be more big boxes like this one, with still more cartoons (including earlier classics that are still in the process of restoration). If it doesn't sell, all we'll get is bare-bones samplers aimed at kids alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Rules for Looney Tunes March 23 2004
Animation legend Chuck Jones had a mythic set of ground rules for his ingenious Road Runner series: the setting was always the desert, the characters never spoke, the Road Runner never left the road, the Coyote never caught the Road Runner, etc. A similar set of rules seems at work in THE GOLDEN COLLECTION introductory DVD presentation of Warner Bros. animated shorts. Here is the breakdown:
1. The majority of the fifty-six motion pictures included are artistically valuable and the collection as a whole is a sheer delight which belongs in the library of anyone who loves classic cartoons. The set includes such masterpieces and popular favorites as "Duck Amuck", "Bully for Bugs", "Deduce You Say", "Fast and Furry-ous", "Long-Haired Hare", "Rabbit of Seville", "Rabbit Fire", "Rabbit Seasoning", "The Scarlet Pumpernickel", "Wabbit Twouble" and "Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2 Century". All the films, even the weakest, deserve preservation, restoration and DVD availability.
2. The selection of complete shorts spans two decades (1940-59), according to year of initial theatrical release. This means that the heyday of Porky Pig (1936-39) is excluded, along with the historic Harman-Ising period (1930-33) and such early characters as Bosko, Buddy and Foxy. On the other hand, the set is also free of material from the Warner cartoon studio's years of decline (1960-64) and decay (1965-69).
3. Within the 1940-59 span is an intensive focus on the six-year "middle" period 1948-53, when the Warner cartoons were at their technical zenith. Fully half of the films in the collection were released during the three peak years of 1949-51 (ten in 1950 alone). The high degree of concentration allows for appreciation of the studio output of a particular era, lent contrast and variety by the broader context.
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in the fantastic "Deduce You say"; a WB takeoff on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, in this version you have Daffy as the famous Sherlock Holmes and Porky Pig as Watson. The dialogue and atmospheric setting in this one are amazing and VERY funny; when they go to the local pub looking for the Shropshire Slasher, Daffy leans back on the bar and orders "hot buttered gin" with a dozen darts stuck in his beak, the price of annoying one of the female bar patrons. When the object of their search finally makes an appearance, Porky interviews him and elicits the information thusly: "Name, my good man?" "Shropshire Slasher." "Occupation?" "Shropshire Slasher." Doesn't get any better than this; these cartoons are absolutely hilarious, and this collection has some real gems,
my personal favorite being "Feed the Kitty" a Chuck Jones masterpiece, involving an English Bulldog and his tiny kitty friend. When Marc Antony (Bulldog) first encounters kitty, he barks furiously, instead of running away the kitty purrs and rubs up against him. It is mutual love at first sight, and although Marc Antony endeavors to hide his little friend, eventually he is caught red-handed. There is a scene of the lady of the house baking cookies, and the kitty has been hiding in the batter bowl; when Marc Antony looks through the window, all he sees is the mixing bowl operating a a furious pace, and thinking his kitty has been chopped to bits, emits a tortured howl and collapses in grief on the sidewalk...when the lady comes out and lets him back in she gives him a cookie...unfortunately the cookie is in the shape of a kitten! Thinking it is his friend, he puts it on his back, where the real kitty used to ride, and then his chin quivers and he breaks down in really inconsolable sobbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great Cartoons!! Never get tired watching these classic cartoons, they are timeless. People of all ages enjoy these cartoons. Classic.
Published 5 months ago by Booker
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure gem!
This first volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection is simply amazing. If you are a collector or a dead-hard fan of animated cartoons or features, this IS the one to get, it's... Read more
Published on April 29 2011 by A.T
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Bugs
I'm a bit disappointed . I like Buggs don't get me wrong but I would have liked more vatiety like some Pepe the pew , Chicken hawk etc . Same for Looney tunes 2 . Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2011 by Bear
1.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointing WB DVD set
I bought all the available sets, being a huge Looney Tunes fan. I though WB had **finally** answered LT fans' dreams and released a complete collection of all LT cartoons in their... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2010 by Nothing really matters
5.0 out of 5 stars Just rented these...now I have to buy them...
We rented all four DVDs from Netflix (my husband, who will be 40 next week LOVES Warner Bros cartoons!). Read more
Published on July 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Morning Is Back at our house!!!
This collection is great! I love the old cartoons. They are timeless. The DVD pictures are clear and look wonderful! All my kids love them. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by A. Jeffries
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Get It
They've given me approximately 300 words to review Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection 4-disc DVD collection of classic Warner Brothers cartoons, but I could do it in 1/100th of... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by J. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING !!!
This is simply the most outstanding set of DVDs I've ever purchased. Not only are the cartoons beautifully restored, with crystal-clear audio, but this set contained a number of... Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Dance Day and Night
5.0 out of 5 stars this set is more for the cartoon enthusiast
This 4-DVD set is a wonderful look at the Looney Tunes from the start, through their glory years in the '40s and '50s, and on into the famed TV reruns and made-for-TV shorts in the... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Jerry McDaniel
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB COLLECTION
Looney Tunes "The Golden Collection" is a 4 disc set presenting 56 of the best Looney Tunes cartoons ever made. Disk one features 14 of the best of Bugs Bunny cartoons. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Tim Janson
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