Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol 2 / 5 of 5
Believe it or not, I got this excellent DVD set for Christmas, so I've still been enjoying some of my gifts even this late in the year! This set is just as spectacular as Volume 1, again including four DVDs full of truly wonderful Warner Bros. classics, all restored to such a degree that they look brand new. The first disc focuses on Bugs Bunny and includes some of the older Tex Avery Bugs cartoons, which are sheer genius (such as Tortoise Beats Hare), and some of my favorite more obscure characters, like Crusher the wrestler, and Witch Hazel (who always zooms away leaving hairpins flying in the air!). The second disc is devoted to Road Runner (who was short-changed in Volume 1), and Dad and I watched this entire disc during the Christmas holiday since we love Road Runner cartoons so much. The third set has mostly Sylvester & Tweety, but also some great Daffy Duck shorts, with an emphasis on Bob Clampett's work. John Kricfalusi's (of Ren & Stimpy fame) commentary on Clampett's Daffy is amazingly engrossing and really stirred up my appreciation for Clampett's cartoon prowess (and also explained some cool techniques like "smear animation"). The final disc has lots of Hollywood parodies and music-based cartoons, including some excellent classical music commentary that really analyzes the use of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody! Finally, the whole set is worth it just for What's Opera Doc?, probably the best Warner Bros. cartoon ever, with two commentaries, separate music and vocal tracks, and a documentary featurette. I'm definitely ready for Volume 3 this Christmas!