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Looney Tunes : Golden Collection,
Like previous installments, the Looney Tunes
Golden Collection, Volume 4 mixes favorites from
the Warner Bros. archives with relatively obscure older
works. Chuck Jones' "Mississippi Hare" and Friz Freleng's "Sahara Hare" and "Knighty-Knight Bugs" (which won an Oscar) offer hilarious performances by Bugs. Two of Jones' earliest films, "The Night Watchman" and "Conrad the
Sailor" prefigure his use of subtle expressions in his later cartoons. The disc of shorts by Frank Tashlin includes "Plane Daffy": pigeon see-duck-tress Hatta Mari anticipates Jayne Mansfield in such later Tashlin live-action comedies as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Not all of these films have aged as gracefully.
Younger viewers will probably not catch the references
to Charlie McCarthy, Bill Robinson, and other old
film and radio stars. The Speedy Gonzalez cartoons
feature ethnic humor that seems embarrassing today;
it's also crashingly unfunny. Each disc offers a
disclaimer about stereotypes, noting, "they were
wrong then and are wrong today."
The discs are loaded with extras that range from
a partial set of storyboards for "Sahara Hare" to
three of the "Private Snafu" shorts, which were made
for the "Army-Navy Screen Magazine" during WW II.
The oddest extra is the documentary Bugs Bunny
Superstar, which infuriated many of the Warner
Bros. artists when it was released in 1977. Much
of its information should be taken with a grain of
salt. (Unrated, suitable for ages 6 and older: cartoon
violence, some ethnic stereotypes, mild risqué humor,
alcohol & tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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
rabbits, pigs, mice or cats. Indeed, some have never
before been on home video! Disc 1 features the tall,
gray and haresome one. Disc 2 is all pig. Disc 3 is
all about Speedy. And Disc 4 is the cats meow.