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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: June 23 2009
  • Run Time: 216 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U3N3QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,503 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Tom and Jerry: Chuck Jones Collection

Special Features

New Documentaries: Tom and Jerry…and Chuck and Chuck Jones: Memories of a Childhood

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By Mike P on Nov. 3 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Even if this collection is not from the original creator, Chuck Jones has done an amazing job with Tom and Jerry and the quality of what make it a success is still there. So, don't think twice about it. If you're a fan of the mouse and cat that were the inspiration of Itchy and Scratchy and many others, buy this Chuck Jones Collection.
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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2014
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I Love Tom and Jerry and I've never got to see the Chuck jones collection so, it was pretty great.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V Seldon on Oct. 22 2012
Format: DVD
Chuck Jones's Tom and Jerry episodes contain none of the charm of the original episodes directed by Hanna Barbera. These cartoons are weird, boring, lack expression and are largely dull in comparison with the original. After her first viewing, our toddler was unimpressed and asked for the 'real' Tom and Jerry, and this purchase promptly was donated, as none of us could bring ourselves to watch it. There might be a few good ones, but most are mediocre and forgettable. Avoid if you're a H-B fan.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
More MGM cartoons come to DVD with extra features Feb. 28 2009
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
All 34 of the Chuck Jones Tom and Jerry Shorts are included along with two new documentaries. This really doesn't represent the peak of Tom and Jerry cartoons. This is not the era in which the cartoons were winning Academy Awards. Those cartoons are included in Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 1-3. Do be aware that there was considerable controversy over these Spotlight Collections in which cartoons were edited in the first two volumes and two cartoons were not even released in the third. Here is a list of the cartoons to be included:

Penthouse Mouse (1963)
The Cat Above and The Mouse Below (1964)
Is There a Doctor in the Mouse (1964)
Much Ado About Mousing (1964)
Snowbody Loves Me (1964)
The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse (1964)
Ah, Sweet Mouse-story of Life (1965)
Tom-ic Energy (1965)
Bad Day at Cat Rock (1965)
The Brothers Carry-Mouse Off (1965)
Haunted Mouse (1965)
I'm Just Wild About Jerry (1965)
Of Feline Bondage (1965)
The Year of the Mouse (1965)
The Cat's Me-ouch (1965)
Duel Personality (1966)
Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary (1966)
Jerry-Go-Round (1966)
Love Me, Love My Mouse (1966)
Puss 'n' Boats (1966)
Filet Meow (1966)
Matinee Mouse (1966)
The A-Tom-inable Snowman (1966)
Catty Cornered (1966)
Cat and Dupli-cat (1966)
O-Solar Meow (1966)
Guided Mouse-ille (1966)
Rock 'n' Rodent (1967)
Cannery Rodent (1967)
The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R. (1967)
Surf-Bored Cat (1967)
Shutter Bugged Cat (1967)
Advance and Be Mechanized (1967)
Purr-Chance to Dream (1967)
BONUS FEATURES:

New Documentaries:
Tom and Jerry...and Chuck
Chuck Jones: Memories of a Childhood
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
A Vastly Underrated Treat! July 3 2009
By Joseph Torcivia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection

(Released June 23, 2009 by Warner Home Video)
Another Long DVD Review by Joe Torcivia

It must have been one heck of a surprise for the theatrical audiences of late 1963 to see the familiar MGM Roaring Lion signal the beginning of the upcoming cartoon - and have the head of TOM fade into its place and go "MEOW! MEOW! FST! FST!". ...I know it was for me when I first saw it on television!

But, with this revamped opening, famed animation director Chuck Jones began putting his stamp on Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera's cat and mouse team of TOM AND JERRY.

Chuck's unique vision and design sense would guide Bill and Joe's creations for little more than three years and 34 cartoons, and it is those cartoons that make up Warner Home Video's release Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection.

We'll break the review into CONS and PROS.

The CONS:

Content Notes: Once again a WHV set has NO CONTENT LISTING anywhere inside the package! One disc is on a "hinged holder" and the other disc rests on the inside back wall of the packaging! But, beyond that, there is no list of titles for the cartoons and, while they follow the order of original theatrical release, this isn't something that even most hardcore animation fans have committed to memory, much less mere civilians. Ditto on listings for the extra features.

This is at least the THIRD Warner Animation set I've purchased this year with no content notes! The others being Max Fleischer's Superman and Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 1. Doubtless, there are others indicating an unfortunate trend in Warner's DVD packaging for animation sets.

Talent: It's not Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, and original composer Scott Bradley. Let everything that follows in this review lie within the context that these three talented individuals are who put Tom and Jerry on the pop culture map to stay!

The Set Itself: A minor "con", but the fact that it IS "The Chuck Jones Collection", coming on the heels of three volumes of the original Hanna-Barbera shorts, means that there will probably be no DVD release of the 13 Gene Deitch T&J shorts of 1960-1962.

I was actually hoping for a "Tom and Jerry in the Sixties" set that would encompass the runs of both Deitch AND Jones... but, clearly, Jones is the more marketable name and he gets the call - and we may never be treated to the "otherworldly wonders" of Mr. Deitch.

The PROS:

Talent: It's Chuck Jones - and, by this time in the 1960s, there were few, if any, talents to truly rival Jones - and he's brought a few old friends with him...

Writer Michael Maltese, co-director and designer Maurice Noble, voice actors Mel Blanc and June Foray (...with Blanc doing the "yelling in pain" as Tom. I guess they couldn't use Bill Hanna's classic "AAAAAAHHH!" anymore!), and composer Eugene Poddany.

Put them all together and they made 34 entertaining cartoons that looked better than the any of the competing product of the day.

Style: During this period, Tom and Jerry were "Jones-ified". There's probably no better way to put it. Jerry became "cuter" than ever before, and Tom took on the "villainous" physical characteristics of Jones' Daffy Duck and especially Wyle E. Coyote. The animation was lush for the time, and Jones' trademark character posing abounds.

The Extra Features: "Tom and Jerry and Chuck" is a 20 minute feature on the coming together of this unlikely trio, and is narrated by June Foray. Many parallels are drawn to Jones' prior Warner Bros. work - in both characters and plots of specific cartoons. It is also shown where Jones put his own spin on T&J plots previously produced by Hanna and Barbera. The feature is punctuated by frequent clips of Chuck Jones, in his later years, speaking on the subject.

In its 25 minutes, "Chuck Jones: Memories of a Childhood" covers what is found in the first three chapters of Mr. Jones' 1989 book, "Chuck Amuck", in his own words and pictures. This 2008 documentary featurette was produced for Turner Classic Movies and, while very informative, does not mention Tom and Jerry at any time. Give it points if you're a Jones fan. Take away points if you're a Tom and Jerry fan. You decide!

Print Quality: To my eyes, and on my equipment, the prints are nearly flawless for average age 45-year-old cartoons. Far better than the print quality on the aforementioned Max Fleischer's Superman and Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 1.

Menus: For reasons unknown, Warner's DVD animation set main menus often have unusually LOUD background music or "series themes" that play while the menu is displayed. So loud that I'll either MUTE while lingering on the menu - or navigate off the menu as quickly as possible. Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection is an exception to this, as an "appropriately sixties" piece of cartoon theme-style music (the opening credits theme for "Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary" by Dean Elliot) plays at an equally appropriate sound level. THIS SHOULDN'T EVEN NEED TO BE LISTED AS A "PRO", but the loudness issue is so prevalent on Warner animation set main menus that such a welcome change should be noted.

The Cartoons: (Categorized as GRADE "A", GRADE "F" and everything else falls somewhere in between!)

GRADE "A":

"Pent-House Mouse"

"The Cat Above, The Mouse Below (Tied for Best!)

"Snowbody Loves Me

"Bad Day at Cat Rock

"Of Feline Bondage"

"Duel Personality" (Tied for Best!)

"Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary"

"Filet Meow"

"Cat And Dupli-Cat"

"The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R."

"Surf-Bored Cat"

All other shorts fall somewhere below "A" and above "F", including...

A SPECIAL ODD-HONORABLE MENTION: "O-Solar-Meow", "Guided Mouse-ille" and "Advance And Be Mechanized". Chuck Jones was the master of the "Duck Season / Rabbit Season Trilogy". These cartoons make up his "Robot Cat / Robot Mouse Trilogy"! Not great, but not terrible either.

GRADE "F":

"Matinee Mouse" and "Shutter Bugged Cat" For their jarring use of old Hanna-Barbera stock footage - and for using it without Scott Bradley's music! A double demerit!

The cartoons more than average out to a "PRO"! And so does the DVD set as a whole.

In the final analysis TOM AND JERRY, under the stewardship of Charles M. ("Chuck") Jones, was great and unusually innovative at its beginning - but, unfortunately, began to peter-out as Jones stepped further and further away from it.

The best entries were where Jones, Michael Maltese, Maurice Noble and Eugene Poddany came together as a fine creative force, experimenting all the way - and the lesser entries occurred when they did not. Though writer Bob Ogle contributed some worthy exceptions to this rule throughout the run.

As a DVD collection, the cartoons in this set are well worth multiple viewings and will provide many hours of enjoyment. (I watched "Surf-Bored Cat" four times in one day!)

Even the lesser efforts were among the best (...if not ACTUALLY the best) theatrical animated shorts of their time. Keeping it in THAT perspective, I recommend this set to anyone with an interest in Chuck Jones, Tom and Jerry, and the animated shorts of the sixties. If you enjoy some good old (stylized) fun in your cartoons, this is for you!
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Mixed feelings about this set June 25 2009
By John W. Yocum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
To be honest, I bought this set for completion of my Tom and Jerry collection mostly. First off, I think Charles M. Jones is a genius. I love his Warner Bros. work. However, even as a kid 40 years ago I knew there was something strange about his Tom and Jerry cartoons. They're pretty. The layouts are nice. I enjoy his take on the looks of the characters (Tom often looks like Jones's Grinch). But there's one big problem - the cartoons are boring! The humor is on the cute side, and when it does try to have more of an edge, it just seems forced. I've tried to watch the set for the last two days and my son has had to come in and wake me up several times! Sorry, Chuck. Anyway, the set itself is fine. Transfers beautiful. Extras are just so-so. Sometimes "documentaries" can be kind of padded, and the one about Chuck and Tom and Jerry really is.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tom And Jerry Meet Chuck Jones! Aug. 18 2010
By Servo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Previously released on the laserdisc edition "The Art of Tom & Jerry Volume III: The Chuck Jones Cartoons" in Full Frame (1.33:1) video, the 34 theatrical shorts that comprise this DVD set are lovingly remastered in a "matted" Widescreen (1.78:1) format preserving the aspect of their original theatrical exhibitions. Enhanced for Widescreen TVs. Though this means the top and bottom picture were cropped due to the placement of the black bars, there was nothing major or obvious missing from the shorts that took away from the overall viewing experience. What is missing from this otherwise fine collection however is a handy program booklet. Clocking in at a runtime of 216 minutes, this 2-disc (single-sided) set features Dolby Digital English, French & Portuguese mono audio; English & Portuguese subtitles; plus the following Special Features: "Tom and Jerry...and Chuck" new featurette; and "Chuck Jones: Memories of a Childhood" new documentary. Despite the lack of a booklet and the arguably preferred Full Frame format, "Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection" is a DVD set I recommend to devoted fans of Tom & Jerry...and Chuck. The shorts are still fun masterpieces of style and design that look and sound great on DVD.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Which is correct presentation: Widescreen or Fullscreen? July 10 2009
By Paul J. Mular - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Even Chuck Jones admits that he can not fully fill the shoes of the characters creators, but he can put his own spin on them. The trouble is that Chuck quickly became bored with the project & left his crew to complete the contract.

The question here is which screen format is the correct way to view these films? For over 40 years I have only seen these cartoons in the full frame format. All 16mm film prints, TV broadcasts, Videotapes & Laserdiscs have presented these cartoons in 1:33-1 Full Frame aspect ratio. Now we are getting DVDs formatted for the 16x9 widescreen TV sets. So I pulled out my old Laserdiscs to compare the images.

Comparing the 16x9 widescreen image to the old 1;33-1 full frame image.
SHARPNESS: This new transfer is far more sharper than the old Laserdisc & Videotapes.
COLOR: This new transfer has brighter, purer colors than the old Laserdisc & Videotapes.
SIDE FRAMING: Both the left & right sides of the new transfer contain more picture than the older Laserdisc & Videotapes.
TOP FRAMING: This new transfer CROPS OFF a significant portion of the picture. Mostly not a problem, but I caught one shot of Jerry looking down at his belly & his eyes were cut off on the 16x9 presentation, they are there on the 1:33-1 full frame presentation.
BOTTOM FRAMING: This new transfer crops a little off of the bottom, but this is insignificant.

So the best presentation would have been a window-boxed 1:66-1 framing to give us the full animated picture. It is too bad that the old Laserdiscs did not do this as they were not worried about filling the screen of 16x9 widescreen TVs.

Either format cuts off some picture, so i would say that if you have a 16x9 widescreen TV, you will prefer this 16x9 top-cropped transfer. If you have an older square screen TV you will prefer the old 1;33-1 side cropped transfer. Chuck seemed to design these for television broadcast, so the 16x9 image can look tight at times.

It is questionable as to how these were shown at the theaters. The theaters in my home town area were old & had square screens until the late 1960's. So I probably saw these on a 1:66-1 screen as a kid, not 16x9 as presented here.


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