Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Vol. 1

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Overview

Animation fans have been waiting patiently (or in some cases not so patiently) for Warner Home Video to release their library of classic cartoons on DVD, and with this set, Warners does a lot of catching up fast -- Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection collects 56 vintage animated shorts along with a sizable bounty of extras. The cartoons have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the transfers are uniformly excellent, sharp enough to reveal the paint strokes on the ...
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Overview

Animation fans have been waiting patiently (or in some cases not so patiently) for Warner Home Video to release their library of classic cartoons on DVD, and with this set, Warners does a lot of catching up fast -- Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection collects 56 vintage animated shorts along with a sizable bounty of extras. The cartoons have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the transfers are uniformly excellent, sharp enough to reveal the paint strokes on the animation cels, and overflowing with gloriously bright Technicolor. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and these results are equally impressive, with the musical scores of Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn sounding just as well detailed as they deserve. Along with the original English-language soundtracks, alternate dubbed versions in French are included, as well as optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Each of the four discs in this package has been stuffed with extras. Twenty-six of the cartoons feature commentary tracks, mostly from film historians Michael Barrier and Greg Ford, though Stan Freberg, who did voice work for the Warners animation studio, also contributes. Additionally, several of Barrier's commentaries are enhanced with audio clips from interviews with Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng, who directed many of the cartoons included. A dozen cartoons also feature optional music-only audio tracks for those who wish to study Carl Stalling's work more closely. Each disc features several "Behind the Tunes" featurettes, entertaining short tributes to particular characters or members of the Looney Tunes creative team. Two longer documentaries are also included -- The Boys From Termite Terrace, a 1975 television special which looks back at the Warners animation department and includes interviews with many of the major creative figures involved, and Irreverent Imaginations: The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, a new documentary that offers more polish and some rare footage, but lacks the first-person perspective of Termite Terrace. Another bonus featurette, Toon Heads: The Lost Cartoons, is a Cartoon Network special which features rare and little-seen productions from the Warners animation department (though, sadly, most are shown in edited form). Still more odds and ends fill out the package: a new cartoon which serves as a mock blooper reel for a Looney Tunes reunion; clips from the bridging sequences created for the television series The Bugs Bunny Show; animated numbers featuring Bugs Bunny from two Warner Bros. musicals, My Dream Is Yours and Two Guys From Texas; audio clips from voice artist Mel Blanc's recording sessions; pencil tests and schematic artwork for three titles; galleries of rare lobby cards, character sheets, and background artwork; trailers for feature-length collections of classic cartoons; and one of the earliest Warner Bros. cartoons, Bosco, The Talk-Ink Kid. If this set has a flaw, it's what's not here rather than what is. A number of classic titles discussed at length in The Boys From Termite Terrace and Irreverent Imaginations don't appear here, most notably What's Opera, Doc? and One Froggy Evening; at the same time, Chuck Jones' Road Runner cartoons, arguably among his finest work, are represented by a single cartoon while Bugs Bunny thoroughly dominates the proceedings. But what is included is generally quite strong, and there's no arguing with the quality of the presentation; Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection certainly gets Warner Bros. series of classic cartoon releases on DVD off to a rousing start.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Greeting from Chuck Jones; Commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes with animators and historians profiling particular cartoons, characters, and creators; Extensive historical documentaries on the talents of Termite Terrace, "lost" cartoons, and the history of the Looney Tunes; Music-only tracks on selected shorts; Excerpts from the original primetime The Bugs Bunny Show and the rascally rabbit's live-action movies and documentary tributes; From the Vaults galleries with stills, pencil tests, and schematics; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Here's what's up, Doc: 56 mostly classic Warner Bros. cartoons from the studio's 1940s and '50s heyday. This essential -- if not definitive -- four-disc set gloriously illustrates the simple method to the Warners' madness: The animators didn’t make these cartoons for children, but rather to amuse themselves. They countered Disney's more artful Silly Symphonies with their own Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, and they don't come loonier or merrier than the Warners’ stable of cartoon icons. All are represented here, including the titanic trio of "wascally wabbit" Bugs Bunny (ranked by TV Guide as the greatest cartoon character of all time), Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. Further all-stars from the Looney Tunes universe include Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales, the Goofy Gophers, and rodent duo Hubie and Bertie. It doesn't get any better than "Rabbit Seasoning," "Rabbit of Seville," and "Duck Amuck." This set also includes such lesser-known stand-alone gems as Chuck Jones's "Feed the Kitty." But that's not all, folks. Animation buffs will treasure segments devoted to the animators, peerless voice artist Mel Blanc, and musical maestro Carl Stalling, as well as illuminating cartoon commentary and a documentary chronicling the golden age of Warner cartoons narrated by Stan Freberg. Considering Warners' prodigious output, it is understandable that several masterworks might be missing in action. But no "What's Opera, Doc"? No "One Froggy Evening"? No "Little Red Riding Rabbit"? To quote Bugs: Of course you know this means war!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • UPC: 085392791828
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 6:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,385

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Chuck Jones Director
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      Rabbit Seasoning
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         Special Feature
      Long-Haired Hare
         Commentary
      High Diving Hare
         Commentary
         Special Feature
      Bully for Bugs
         Commentary
      What's Up Doc?
         Commentary
         Music-Only Track
      Rabbit's Kin
         Commentary
         Music-Only Track
      Water, Water Every Hare
      Big House Bunny
      Big Top Bunny
         Commentary
      My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
      Wabbit Trouble
      Ballot Box Bunny
      Rabbit of Seville
   Features
      A Greeting from Chuck Jones
      Commentaries
         Rabbit Seasoning by Historian Michael Barrier
         Long-Haired Hare by Historian Michael Barrier
         High Diving Hare by Filmmaker Greg Ford
         Bully for Bugs by Historian Michael Barrier
         What's Up Doc? by by Filmmaker Greg Ford
         Rabbit's Kin by Actor Stan Freberg
         Big Top Bunny by Historian Michael Barrier
         Wabbit Twouble by Historian Michael Barrier
      Music-Only Programs
         Rabbit Seasoning
         What's Up Doc?
         Rabbit's Kin
      Behind the Tunes
         Bug: A Rabbit for All Seasonings
         Short Fuse Shootout: A Small Tale of Yosemite Sam
         Forever Befuddled
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      The Boys from Termite Terrace, Part 1
      Bugs Bunny at the Movies
         Two Guys from Texas
         My Dream Is Yours
      The Bugs Bunny Show
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         A Star Is Bored Bridging Sequences
         The Astro Nuts Audio Recording Session
      Blooper Bunny: Bugs Bunny's 51½ Anniversary
         Optional Commentary by Filmmaker Greg Ford: On
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      Trailer Gallery
         Bugs Bunny's Cartoon Festival
         Bugs Bunny's Cartoon Jamboree
      Stills Gallery
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      Dough for the Do-Do
      Drip-Along Daffy
         Commentary
         Music-Only Track
      Scaredy Cat
      The Ducksters
      The Scarlett Pumpernickel
         Commentary
         Music-Only Track
      Yankee Doodle Daffy
         Commentary
         Music-Only Track
      Pork Chops
      Wearing of the Grin
         Commentary
         Featurette
      Deduce, You Say
      Boobs in the Woods
      Golden Yeggs
      Rabbit Fire
         Music-Only Track
      Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
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   Features
      Commentaries
         Duck Amuck by Historian Michael Barrier
         Drip-Along Daffy by Historian Michael Barrier
         The Scarlet Pumpernickel by Historian Michael Barrier
         Wearing of the Grin by Historian Michael Barrier
         Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century by Historian Michael Barrier
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         Duck Amuck
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         The Scarlet Pumpernickel
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      Behind the Tunes
         Hard Luck Duck
         Porky Pig Roast: A Tribute to the World's Most Famous Ham
         Animal Quackers
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      The Boys from Termite Terrace, Pt. 2
      Stills Gallery
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      Elmer's Candid Camera
      Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
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      Fast and Furry-ous
         Commentary
         Featurette
      Hair-Raising Hare
         Commentary
      The Awful Orphan
      Haredevil Hare
         Commentary
      For Scent-imental Reasons
         Commentary
         Featurette
      Frigid Hare
      The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
      Baton Bunny
         Music-Only Track
      Feed the Kitty
         Commentary
         Music-Only Track
         Featurette
      Don't Give Up the Sheep
      Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
         Commentary
      Tortoise Wins by a Hare
   Features
      Commentaries
         Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears by Actor Stan Freberg
         Fast and Furry-ous by Historian Michael Barrier
         Hair-Raising Hare by Filmmaker Greg Ford and Historian Michael Barrier
         Haredevil Hare by Historian Michael Barrier
         For Scent-imental Reasons by Historian Michael Barrier
         Feed the Kitty by Filmmaker Greg Ford
         Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid by Historian Michael Barrier
      Music-Only Programs
         Baton Bunny
         Feed the Kitty
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      Behind the Tunes
         Too Fast Too Furry-ous
         Blanc Expressions
         Merrie Melodies: Carl Stalling and Cartoon Music
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      Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons
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      Putty Tat Trouble
         Music-Only Track
      Bugs and Thugs
      Canned Feud
         Commentary
      Lumber Jerks
      Speedy Gonzales
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         Featurette
      Tweety's S.O.S.
         Commentary
         Featurette
      The Foghorn Leghorn
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      Daffy Duck Hunt
      Early to Bet
      Broken Leghorn
         Music-Only Track
      Devil May Hare
         Commentary
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         Canary Row by Historian Jerry Beck
         Devil May Hare by Historian Jerry Beck
         Canned Feud by Historian Jerry Beck
         Speedy Gonzales by Historian Jerry Beck
         Tweety's S.O.S. by Historian Michael Barrier
         The Foghorn Leghorn by Historian Michael Barrier
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         Putty Tat Trouble
         Broken Leghorn
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      Behind the Tunes
         Need for Speedy
         Putty Problems and Canary Rows
         Southern Pride Chicken
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      Irreverent Imagination: The Golden Age of Looney Tunes
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         Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid
         Virgil Ross Pencil Tests
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    this cartoon is very nostalgic and entertaining.

    Nice to see old characters and I enjoy them as I did at first.
    I can hardly wait for another episode.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Tunes are awesome!

    Parental watch groups messed up the cartoon industry. The old 'Tunes' are the BEST. Sure people smoke tobacco and there might be a slightly politically incorrect statement here or there, BUT SO WHAT!

    They need to go back on television in their UNCUT form like when I was a kid growing up in the 70's.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Wicked!!!

    this collection is worth every penny & this will always be a memorable show. Every character stands out, & this cartoon is hilarious! A must-have, consider buying this set: you won't be sorry.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the greatest collection of available "Looney Tunes" ever.

    Not a bunch of thrown together "stuff". This collection is nicely packaged and delivers hours of laughs. Loads of fun and not a bad "tune" in the lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for any cartoon fan.

    After watching Looney Tunes on Boomerang for so long, I got my first box set. Rabbit of Seville is an instant favorite for the fact that Bugs and Elmer are not only wisecracking but singing as well. The selection of shorts are good. I only wish that there were more Road Runner cartoons included since I remember watching the Bugs Bunny Road Runner show on CBS in the 70's. Still this is a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent but.............

    All the toons I enjoyed when I was a kid. Too bad the Abbot and Costello cartoons were not included. They are hysterical: TALE OF TWO KITTIES (Clampett/1942) (first Tweety toon and he is pink) Merrie Melodies-11/21/1942 stars: Tweety, Babbit the Cat, Catsello the Cat sources: laserdisc-The Golden Age Of Looney Tunes Vol. 1* A TALE OF TWO MICE (Tashlin/1945) Looney Tunes-6/30/1945 stars: Babbit the Mouse, Catsello the Mouse sources: laserdisc -The Golden Age Of Looney Tunes Vol. 2 THE MOUSEMERIZED CAT (McKimson/1946) Merrie Melodies-10/19/1946 stars: Babbit the Mouse, Catsello the Mouse sources: laserdisc -The Golden Age Of Looney Tunes Vol. 2 dvd -Cartoon Classics Vol 03 (Region 4 Pal DVD) censored in: CN, WB: Eliminated from this cartoon was Babbit hypnotizing Catstello to act like Rochester receiving a telephone call from Jack Benny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good

    I loved these cartoons. HOwever,, I'm sorry they left out what's opera doc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SPEECH! SPEECH!!...

    Ever notice that nearly every major Looney Tunes character had some sort of silly speech impediment? Elmer Fudd's was vewwy, vewwy pwominent. Porky Pig had a terrible st-st-stut-st-stut, uh...stammer. Tweety naturally sounded very babyish and Sylvester the Cat thported a lithp that would thoak ya. Daffy Duck's frantic outbursts were merely a speeded up version of Sylvester's voice (literally-Mel Blanc once said so himself). Taz could barely string together a sentence (pronoun trouble?) and Speedy Gonzales, while hardly speech impaired, had a beeg accent for such a leetle guy. Seems that only that wascally wabbit himself, Bugs Bunny, spoke clearly and distinctly (albeit in wise guy Brooklynese tones), fitting for the King of All Cartoons. What's my point? Master of a thousand voices Mel Blanc is just one of many, MANY reasons to enjoy this sinfully hilarious collection of golden age Looney Tunes; directors extraordinaire Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, and Robert McKimson, the writers, the animators and musical director Carl Stalling are the others. You loved 'em as a kid, you love 'em as a kidult, and YOUR kids love 'em too. And that'th all I have to thay on the thubject!...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true 'must have'!!

    I got this set a few days ago and I will tell you this set is well worth the money most retailers are charging and then some! This set has everything the premier set has and really isn't that different in price for what you get. If you are a fan of DVD extras that are actually interesting , this was well worth the price alone. Features galore here folks! Hopefully there will be more sets like this to follow. My kids love this! I can't recommend these discs enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally...classic Bugs Bunny on DVD

    I grew up watching classic Bugs Bunny and all of the Looney Tunes gang. This is an excellent collection of some of the best episodes. If your a Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes fan, this is a must have set of DVD's. Hopefully they'll continue with more episodes on DVD in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Chuck Jones Collection with out Ali Baba Bunny

    This seems like a great collection, but one of the greatest has been left out of this Chuck Jones collection: 'Ali Baba Bunny'. Yes, One Froggy Evening is great and notable by its absence, but Ali Baba Bunny is a do not miss for Bugs and Daffy fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HYSTERICAL PERFECTION! A stupendous DVD achievement!

    When it comes to classic animation, and unabashed humor, LOONEY TUNES is king. Who doesn't love Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Elmer, and the whole gang? Well, they're all here in this stunning assemblage of animated insanity, with 56 cartoons breathtakingly restored, and hours upon hours of fascinating and intriguing supplementary material. This set wins my vote hands-down for DVD of the year. I can't recommend it strongly enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best set out now for looney tunes

    This is the best set which contains commentary, extras(bugs bunny show trailers) and restored and uncut looney tunes. If you want more sets like this in the future you need to buy this set!

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