Looney Tunes / Golden Collection Vol 5 : 5 of 5
For the past few years I've been keeping the post-Christmas tradition of watching the latest Warner Bros. cartoon DVDs first out of my pile of booty, and this year was no different! This collection was fascinating to me, because after five years of restoring and releasing these shorts, they seem to have gotten to some more obscure cartoons that I don't remember seeing as a child (or at least haven't seen 100 times before!). The first disc is filled with Bugs & Daffy, including A Pest in the House, which is one of my favorites (where Daffy won't let the guy get any sleep in the hotel)! On the other hand, it also includes Transylvania 6-5000, which is simply terrible - if you need to appreciate the incredible music of Carl Stalling, just listen to the horrible soundtrack of this cartoon (which Stalling did not do, of course!). The second disc contains all fairy tales, which means lots of Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk gags, but also has interesting shorts like Tom Thumb in Trouble, created by Chuck Jones doing his best to capture the Disney style of animation (and it looks great!). The third disc is all Bob Clampett hilarity, including another favorite of mine, Buckaroo Bugs (who could ever forget Red Hot Ryder?). It was also nice to see Beaky Buzzard again! The final disc is all older black & white cartoons, some with incredible live action (photograph) backgrounds, which I had never seen before! Eating Off the Cuff and Wholly Smoke were both incredible on this disc. Once again, the bonus material is fantastic, and the commentaries are priceless (as always, I enjoy hearing John Kricfalusi declare his undying love for Clampett). There's also a nice semi-recent (from 2000) Chuck Jones documentary, a few short Behind the Tunes features, plus three old TV specials (which are actually pretty lame). I think the restoration process was a little lacking this time around (my eyes kept finding hairs and scratches that I know could have been removed), but in general everything looks spectacular, and once again, I can't recommend these Golden Collection DVD sets enough for any animation fan!