1.10.2009

Looney Tunes / Golden Collection Vol 6 : 4 of 5

For the past six years, the first DVD set I've watched from my Christmas gifts has been the Looney Tunes Golden Collection. Unfortunately, this sixth volume marks the end of series, so I'm going to be so lost next year! As usual, this four-DVD set is pretty amazing and totally fun to watch, although it felt a little skimpy in the bonus features department compared to previous volumes. The first disc features an all-star collection, including Hare Trigger, the first appearance of Yosemite Sam! The second disc is all wartime cartoons, which are pretty interesting considering their low distribution, but even more fascinating in the light of animation history. Who knew that Herr Meets Hare contains the first time Bugs should have turned left at Albuquerque, plus the original Wagner idea for What's Opera Doc? Amazing! The third disc is filled with black & white Bosko shorts, plus some Foxy & Roxy cartoons (which always amaze me since they are totally Mickey & Minnie with bushy tails!). The last disc has some great one-shot cartoons, including the extra long Horton Hatches the Egg, plus a few favorites from my childhood (I've always loved Rocket-Bye Baby for some reason). My favorite commenter this time is Greg Ford, who always brings lots of energy and laughter, but I can't believe they only provided commentary for two cartoons per disc this time - I wanted much more! Other features include some truly horrendous TV specials (but it's nice to have them for historical completeness), plus a fantastic Mel Blanc biography filled with lots of information I never knew (such as all the non-Warner Bros. characters he voiced, like Barney Rubble!). Overall, this is an incredible collection (as expected), and the entire 24 disc series is an awesome jewel in my DVD collection!

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