We?ve saved the best for last? more of your favorite Looney Tunes?your wish is our command. The concluding release from the Golden Collection Series is a 4-disc set with 60 more of the most looneytic Looney Tunes ever unle... more »ashed. Plus, 15 bonus shorts to make this the biggest collection of Looney Tunes ever! Indeed, some have never before been on home video!« less
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Schuyler V. Johnson | Lake Worth, FL USA | 07/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Disc One: Looney Tunes All Stars 1. Hare Trigger 2. To Duck or Not to Duck 3. Birth of a Notion 4. My Little Duckaroo 5. Crowing Pains 6. Raw! Raw! Rooster! 7. Heaven Scent 8. My Favorite Duck 9. Jumpin' Jupiter 10. Satan's Waitin' 11. Hook Line and Stinker 12. Bear Feat 13. Dog Gone South 14. A Ham in a Role 15. Often an Orphan
Disc Two: Patriotic Pals 1. Herr Meets Hare 2. Russian Rhapsody 3. Daffy the Commando 4. Bosko the Doughboy 5. Rookie Revue 6. The Draft Horse 7. Wacky Blackout 8. The Ducktators 9. The Wekaly Reporter 10. Fifth Column Mouse 11. Meet John Doughboy 12. Hollywood Canine Canteen 13. By Word of Mouse 14. Heir Conditioned 15. Yankee Dood it
Disc Three: Bosko Buddie and Merrie Melodies 1. Congo Jazz 2. Smile Dam Ya, Smile! 3. The Booze Hangs High 4. One More Time 5. Bosko's Picture Show 6. You Don't Know What You're Doin'! 7. We're in the Money! 8. Ride 'em Bosko 9. Shuffle Off to Buffalo 10. Bosko in Person 11. The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon 12. Buddie's Day Out 13. Buddie's Beer Garden 14. Buddie's Circus 15. A Cartoonist's Nightmare
Disc Four: Most Requested Assorted Nuts 1. Horton Hatches the Egg 2. Lights Fantastic 3. Fresh Airedale 4. Chow Hound 5. The Oily American 6. It's Hummer Time 7. Rocket Bye Baby 8. Goo Goo Goliath 9. Wild Wife 10. Much Ado About Nutting 11. The Hole idea 12. Now Hear This 13. Martian Through Georgia 14. Page Miss Glory 15. Norman Normal
PLUS fifteen other shorts yet to be announced! Although this is the last in the Golden Collection series don't despair; WB has many more on the way under different titles. My personal favorite is Punch Trunk about a miniature elephant that hitchiked in a bunch of bananas and wound up in the city and appeared virtually everywhere and blasted the skies with his tiny elephant noise, incl one man's bird bath! Martian Through Georgia is fabulous about a lonely Martian who comes to earth searching for companionship and tries desperately to fit in but no matter what he does, people still see him as a monster and tell him to go home! Monster go home! Tearfully he does and finds love on his own planet. Now Hear This is very surreal and is told with sound and picture a la Gerald Mc Boing Boing, just wonderful to see and hear. Cannot WAIT until october! I already ordered it! God Bless Chuck Jones!"
Finally, I can retire "The Wartime Cartoons."
Spiehler | Suwanee, GA USA | 09/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe another reviewer blasted this set for including a disc of the WWII cartoons. These are classic pieces of American and film history.
Finally, all the cartoons from the fabulous Bugs & Daffy: Wartime Cartoons VHS are now on DVD. Of course, I may still keep that VHS for Leonard Maltin's narration, but here's the breakdown of that tape vs. the Golden Collection discs.
Herr Meets Hare: GC #6 Super Rabbit: GC #3 Draftee Daffy: GC #3 Plane Daffy: GC #4 Daffy the Commando: GC #6 Falling Hare: GC #3 Russian Rhapsody: GC #6 Swooner Crooner: GC#4 Little Red Riding Rabbit: GC #2 The Weakly Reporter: GC #6 5th Column Mouse: GC #6
With the The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu cartoons also on DVD, it's good to know these pieces of history have been preserved."
Rare cartoons & TV specials in the bonus material!
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 07/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If the previously listed cartoons are not enough, there are more in the BONUS section, including some B&W MGM cartoons directed by Friz Freleng!
Disc 1: Looney Tunes All Stars Commentaries Hare Trigger Commentary by Greg Ford Birth of a Notion Commentary by Mark Kausler My Favorite Duck Commentary by Jerry Beck Music Only Tracks Raw! Raw! Rooster Jumpin' Jupiter Rabbit Rampage Boyhood Daze The Looney Tunes Television Specials Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court [1978 WBTV special] Daffy Duck's Easter Eggcitement [1980 WBTV special] Bonus Cartoons Sniffles Takes a Trip [1940 WB cartoon] Hippety Hopper [1949 WB cartoon] Rabbit Rampage [1955 WB cartoon] Boyhood Daze [1957 WB cartoon]
Disc 2: Patriotic Pals Commentaries Herr Meets Herr Commentary by Greg Ford Russian Rhapsody Commentary by Mark Kausler The Draft Horse Commentary by Greg Ford Fifth Column Mouse Commentary by Jerry Beck Music Only Track Yankee Dood It Friz Freleng at MGM Poultry Pirates [1938 MGM cartoon] A Day at the Beach [1938 MGM cartoon] The Captain's Christmas [1938 MGM cartoon] Seal Skinners [1939 MGM cartoon] Mama's New Hat [1939 MGM cartoon] Bonus Cartoons The Fighting 69 1/2th [1941 WB cartoon] Hop and Go [1943 WB cartoon] Confusions of a Nutsy Spy [1943 WB cartoon]
Disc 3: Bosko, Buddy and Merrie Melodies Commentaries Shuffle Off to Buffalo Commentary by Historian Jerry Beck A Cartoonist's Nightmare Commentary by Historian Jerry Beck The World of Leon Schlesinger Introduction by Martha Sigall and Jerry Beck Crying for the Carolines [1930 WB short] Haunted Gold Title Sequence Schlesinger Productions Christmas Party with Optional Commentary by Martha Sigall and Jerry Beck Bonus Cartoons I Love a Parade [1932 WB cartoon] I Like Mountain Music [1933 WB cartoon] Sittin' on a Backyard Fence [1933 WB cartoon] How Do I Know It's Sunday [1934 WB cartoon]
Disc 4: Most Requested Assorted Nuts (One-Shots) Commentaries Fresh Airedale Commentary by historian Greg Ford The Hole Idea Commentary by animator Mark Kausler Alternate Audio Programs The Hole Idea Music Only Track Martian Through Georgia Music Only Track Punch Trunk Music and Effects Track Wild Wild World Music Only Track Bonus Documentary Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices (70 mins.) Bonus Cartoons Sleepy Time Possum [1951 WB Cartoon] Punch Trunk [1953 WB Cartoon] Wild Wild World [1960 WB Cartoon] Bartholomew versus the Wheel [1964 WB Cartoon] "
Finally vintage rare WWII cartoons along with your usual fav
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 11/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let's face it--"Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume 6" isn't going to please everyone. If you're looking for an exceptional collection of "classics" that you grew up on watching TV, go for the "Spotlight Collection, Volume 6" as it features the highlights of this set plus two handfuls of rare cartoons that haven't been seen in some time. For many fans, though, this set is just about perfect. It includes rare vintage World War II cartoons that featured Bugs and other Warner staples face-to-face with Hitler and others as well as a great collection of classic cartoons.
Here's a break down and brief synposis of most of the cartoons on each disc: To Duck...or Not to Duck- A Daffy Duck/Elmer Fudd cartoon by Tedd Pierce and Chuck Jones. Daffy is in his goofy incarnation and the relationship here hints at the one that Jones would develop between Bugs and Elmer later.
Birth of a Notion - One of the rare war time efforts included here from Volume 6--a great one I might add) belongs to the Blue Ribbon group of reissued cartoons which means there are no credits for who wrote and directed it but it clear is a Bob Clampett effort that follows Daffy Duck as he tries to get a home for the winter by "appearing" to save a dog from being poisoned.
My Little Duckaroo (Daffy again)
Crowing Pains -Foghorn Leghorn in his first cartoon
Raw! Raw! Rooster -Another Foghorn cartoon with McKimson at his best. Heaven Scent -Peppy Le Pew one Jones few characters that I never really appreciated.
My Favorite Duck-One of the first pairings of Jones and Maltese also puts together Porky Pig and Daffy Duck as the latter tries to prevent Porky from camping out. Porky wears what looks like a baby nipple on his head. It's a chuckle.
Jumpin' Jupiter -Sylvester and Porky abducted by aliens.
Satan'a Waitin' -A hilarious cartoon where Sylvester's need to get Tweety puts him in...Hell.
Hook, Line and Stinker -A Chuck Jones Roadrunner cartoon...not his best but has its moments
Dog Gone South-Once again features Charlie the dog that no one wants because he is obnoxious this time matching wits with a southern plantation owner.
A Ham in a Role Those Goofy Gofers show up in another McKimson cartoon.
Often an Orphan Charlie the Dog...you know the annoying one that keeps trying to be adopted by...someone...anyone! A Jones/Maltese production it's clever.
The second disc focuses on the patriotic/World War II cartoons that often were seen only once in theaters unless a revival house showed them or they were shown in a class on animation. These include:
Herr Meets Hare( A funny Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs treats Herman Goring like he's Elmer Fudd and impersonates Hitler and Stalin!) Russian Rhapsody (Originally entitled "Gremlins" by Bob Clampett--another funny one with impeccable draftsmanship by McKimson. Hitler decides to bomb Russia himself but is foiled by Russian Gremlins!
Daffy-The Commando (Self explanatory)
Bosko The Doughboy (A rare World War II short)
Rookie Revue -is another war time short from Freleng giving us an imagery day in the army
The Draft Horse (As Greg Ford points out in his excellent commentary this one was a turning point for Chuck Jones who had primarily been known for his cute Disney character pieces. Chuck stepped into Wackyland here) The Weakly Reporter (" a Jones/Maltese collaboration as with many of these one-off's is related to the World War II. It's a humorous look at how the average person has been affected by the war. It's got a number of clever gags.
Fifth Column Mouse
Meet John Doughboy
Hollywood Canine Canteen
By Word of Mouse Friz Freleng's ode to capitalism with Hans the Mouse. Heir-Conditioned -Bugs again
Yankee Dood T -Features Elmer as King of the Elves who wants the Shoemaker to give all of the Elves up. It's another primer in capitalism. Sylvester also appears and takes great interest in the Elves hoping that through the use of a magic word to turn them all into mice.
Disc Three takes on Bosko (an early Warner character who lost favor by the time that Bugs, Daffy and the other characters were in development) and other early Merrie Melodies stars and this disc includes:
Congo Jazz Smile, Darn Ya, Smile The Booze Hangs High One More Time Bosko's Picture Show You Don't Know What You're Doin'! We're in the Money Ride Him, Bosko Shuffle Off to Buffalo Bosko in Person The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Buddy's Day Out Buddy's Beer Garden Buddy's Circus A Cartoonist's Nightmare dates from 1935 and is an early black and white Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Jack King
Disc four features a variety of classic cartoons under the "Assorted Nuts" title some of which had characters that only appeared a couple of times and some where they only appeared one time.
Horton Hatches the Egg -A Chuck Jones collaboration with Ted Giesel aka Dr. Seuss
Lights Fantastic -A Broadway musical cartoon focusing on the "life" of signs by Freleng
Fresh Airedale -Again, featuring Charlie the Dog, this is one of the Blue Ribbon cartoons. These reissues often left off the credits as to who created the cartoon. This one looks like one of Art Davis' efforts but without a commentary track and without looking it up I can't say for certain)
The Oily American
It's Hummer Time is a Warren Foster-Robert McKimson collaboration. McKimson one of the finest draftsmen and animators often was slighted for the cartoons he directed simply because they didn't have the quirky personality of Jones' work or the slapstick insanity of Freleng's. This is a terrific effort from McKimson with wonderfully rich characterizations
Rocket-Bye Baby -Another Michael Maltese-Chuck Jones science fiction classic where babies are delivered to the wrong planet. As with all of the Jones-Maltese collaborations its innovative, funny and shows the unique chemistry of these two who did some of their best work along with designer Maurice Noble
Goo Goo Goliath- A clever cartoon by the perfect team of Warren Foster and Fritz Freleng with expert animation by Art Davis among others that focuses on a drunk stork who delivers the son of the Giant who lives at the top of a bean stock to a normal sized family.
"Wild Wife" is another McKimson/Foster effort from the 50's focusing on a woman's typical day when her husband scoffs at the fact that she doesn't have enough time to do all the chores.
Much Ado About Nutting-This is a Jones-Maltese collaboration. Jones and his animators were always able to elicit laughs out of the slightest movement of a facial muscle and this one is no exception involving a chipmunk who believes he has hit the motherlode when he stumbles on a peanut vendor...
The Hole Idea -A scientist invents portable holes a decade before "Yellow Submarine".
Now Hear This
Martian Through Georgia
Page Miss Glory- is a very early effort with designs that firmly puts it in either the late 30's or early 40's before Warner developed the rambunctious style that would become a hallmark of the studio. ***
Norman Normal- Directed by Alex Lovy, this is a relative rare 60's cartoon. None of the "regular" Warner star characters are involved.
Special features include a documentary on Mel Blanc, audio commentaries by Greg Ford, Mark Kausler and historian Jerry Beck. The commentary on "Fifth Column Mouse" is missing.
We get "Daffy Duck's Easter Special" a cheap prime time special made by DePathie-Freleng the company that Friz founded to do the Pink Panther cartoons. It's co-written by Friz and directed by him. ***
"Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court" is another prime time special this one co-written and directed by Chuck Jones. Aside from Jones' distinctive animation and drawing style, there really isn't much to this tale where Bugs crosses swords with Elmer Fudd who believes he's a dragon and presents him to King Arthur played by the usually clueless Daffy Duck. It's mildly entertaining but the production values are low and the characters just don't gel but it's nice to have them.
We also get a number of extra cartoons including Friz Freleng's "Captain and the Kids" black and white cartoons done for MGM as well as Chuck Jones' counterpart to "Duck Amuck" featuring Bugs Bunny which is often criticized as not being as funny as "Duck Amuck". Perhaps it isn't but seeing Bugs change in a variety of "other" creatures is a chuckle.
There is also a collection of Bosko and Buddy cartoons included as well as Private Snafu and other cartoons that were done in B&W some specifically only for the troops to see.
Overall, this is an outstanding collection that looks quite good. It's marred only by the inclusion of some less than classic cartoons that were included for completists or because they fit with the theme of this set (which probably would have been more appropriate to release around the 4th of July given the cover). Hopefully the next series will focus on the various Warner "persoanlities" and eras as opposed to being an occasional hodge-podge mixture of classic, historically important and rare cartoons.
Golden Collection Vol. 6 has a great mix of cartoons (but a
Michelle S. | Shinagawa, Tokyo Japan | 10/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The sixth Looney Tunes Golden Collection is here! Sound the welcomes and blow the crumpets!
This is a nice addition to the Golden Collection series, yet there are a few aspects that prevent this set from reaching the lofty heights of a few of the previous volumes.
Disc One has a great mix of cartoons, ranging from Yosemite Sam's debut to a couple of Foghorn Leghorn classics. (One frustrating thing about the Golden Collection is how few Foggy cartoons were included - considering that Speedy Gonzales got an entire disc..!)
Disc Two features a lot of rare WW2 cartoons, as well as the three WB cartoons of the 50's that speak of the vitures of capitalism.
Disc Three probably won't appeal to the average fan, but the early B&W cartoons are fun to watch on a rainy afternoon (for me, anyway!).
Disc Four is pure gold! Many rare, one-shot cartoons that fans have wanted to get for years. These one-shot cartoons are films the directors *wanted* to make. They often feature experimental storylines and artwork. They are also often better than the films that featured WB's usual cast of characters.
The bonus features on this collection are quite sparse, yet we *do* get one of the best bonus items in the whole Golden Collection series - the infamous Schlesinger Christmas reels!
The Christmas reels are short comedy programs made by the studio to be shown before the employees all went out to the annual Christmas party. It's a treat to be able to see all of the people who worked at the studio all those years ago.
There is also an optional commentary by Martha Sigall and Jerry Beck. Martha identifies just about everyone in the short films. Her memories offer a wonderful glimpse into life at the studio and finally being able to put faces to the names we've seen all these years is a treat! (After watching the reels, go watch "Russian Rhapsody" and try to see which gremlin was which Schlesinger employee!)
Sadly, apart from the Christmas reels and the in-depth feature on Mel Blanc, the rest of the bonus features included are lacking.
The "bonus" shorts are unrestored, which is painfully obvious. Warner Brothers has said that future collections won't "double dip", yet I hope this doesn't mean these bonus shorts won't be restored. Including them on this set seems to suggest that they won't be restored in the future. That would be unfortunate.
The number participants for cartoon commentaries also dropped off. Only Jerry Beck, Greg Ford, and Mark Kausler took part. Earlier volumes featured more of a variety of participants, so it seems like this is more bare-bones release than the earlier collections.
The "lower-shelf" feeling is also enhanced by some quality-control issues too... For example, there is a Jerry Beck introduction on disc three for the "Bugs Bunny Bond Rally", yet that film is not on the disc. What's more, the packaging lists a Jerry Beck commentary for "Fifth Column Mouse", yet there is no commentary for that cartoon on the disc...
Volume 6 is a welcome addition to the Golden Collection series, but maybe it is time to move on. The bare-bones "bonus" features and lack of commentary participants makes this release seem to be not as special as earlier volumes. The lack of quality control also makes you wonder if now might be the best time to end this series. (Maybe we'll eventually see collections that feature characters like Foghorn Leghorn and Pepe Le Pew (ala the "Golden Jubilee 24 Karat" VHS collections from the mid-80's.)
But, the (main) episodes look as great as the cartoons do on the earlier sets, which is why we buy these in this first place. For that fact alone this set is highly recommended!"