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Looney Tunes : Golden Collection,
Like the previous entries in the Looney Tunes Golden
Collection series, volume 3 confirms how brilliant the
Warner Bros. artists were and how durable their creations
have proven. The set includes classics that every cartoon
buff will recognize: "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!,"
"Robin Hood Daffy," "Birds Anonymous."
Other selections are less familiar but significant in
the development of the studio: "Sinkin' in the
Bathtub," the first Looney Tune; "I Haven't
Got a Hat," the earliest Warners cartoon viewers
can watch for fun, rather than as an historic curiosity;
"Porky's Romance," in which director Frank
Tashlin introduced rapid cutting to cartoons. Some of
the caricature films have aged less gracefully. Younger
audiences will recognize the drawn versions of W.C.
Fields, the Marx Brothers, Katharine Hepburn, and Charlie
Chaplin. But will anyone under the age of 60 remember
Edna Mae Oliver, George Arliss, or Ned Sparks?
The producers have once again loaded the discs with
supplemental material, including "Point Food Rationing,"
a unseen short explaining wartime ration books; a BBC
documentary on Chuck Jones; and interstitial animated
sequences for The Bugs Bunny Show. "Philbert"
ranks as the oddest of the extras: an unsold (and leaden)
pilot from 1963, featuring live actors and an animated
title character. Whoopi Goldberg introduces the set,
explaining that some of the ethnic gags would no longer
be considered appropriate. But she correctly adds that
to remove them would falsify both the history of animation
and American popular culture. It all adds up to a set
every cartoon fan will want.
RESTORED, REMASTERED AND REE-DICULOUS:
COMPLETELY UNCUT AND UNCENSORED LOONEY-NESS, INCLUDING
SOME HOME VIDEO DEBUTS! You know what you want. More
three-day weekends. More ounces in a pound of chocolates.
More Looney Tunes. Your wish is our command. Because
in this 4-disc set are 60 more of the most looneytic
Looney Tunes ever unleashed on rabbit, duck, pig or
humanity. Indeed, some have never before been on home
video! Disc 1 features the tall, gray and haresome one.
Disc 2 lampoons Hollywood. Ham actor Porky Pig rules
Disc 3. And Disc 4 has the duck and a cast of crazies.