Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Vol. 1

Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Vol. 1



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2003
UPC: 0085392791828
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 6:51:00

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Blanc Bugs Bunny,Voice Only,Daffy Duck,Hubie,Pepe Le Pew,Porky Pig,Ralph Wolf, Fred,Charlie Dog,Do-Do,Marvin the Martian,Peter Lorre scientist,Rocky,Scotsman,Claude Cat,K-9,Mugsy,Sylvester,Elmer Fudd,Pa Bear,Policeman,J.L.
Sara Berner Mamma Buzzard
Arthur Q. Bryan Elmer Fudd
Bea Benaderet Marc Anthony's mistress,Ma Bear
Kent Rogers Beaky Buzzard
Stan Freberg Bertie,Pete Puma,Junyer Bear

Technical Credits
Art Davis Director
Chuck Jones Director
Chuck Jones Director
Friz Freleng Director
Robert McKimson Director
Abe Levitow Director

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Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Vol. 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Dr_Tom More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved these cartoons. HOwever,, I'm sorry they left out what's opera doc.
littlewolf More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!...
V3mp1rA More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
gpat More than 1 year ago
Nice to see old characters and I enjoy them as I did at first. I can hardly wait for another episode.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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