Looney Tunes Platinum Collection announced

To go along with my post on the new Tom & Jerry Golden Collection collector’s set, Warners has announced their first Looney Tunes Blu-Ray release. Unlike Tom & Jerry, this one is Blu-Ray only. Most likely because, while the T&J set will have restorations not out on DVD yet, this first LT collection will feature a lot of cartoons previously restored on DVD. That said, Jerry Beck and company have indicated the picture quality is really incredible, as one would expect from the new medium, and this is really more ‘Warners dipping its toe into Blu-Ray’ than anything else.

The contents list reads very much like ‘what would a cartoon fan want in a ‘best ever’ Looney Tunes set, along with some lesser cartoons that star such fan favorites as the Tasmanian Devil and Marvin Martian, both of whom have popularity that far outweighs the few cartoons they were in. Some contents are apparently not announced yet, but here’s what we have. I’ll note which DVD collection the cartoon first appeared on if applicable (and when I say new to DVD, I mean new to Blu-Ray, of course, but also not on a DVD collection before):

1) Hare Tonic (1945, Jones) (Golden Collection 3)
2) Baseball Bugs (1946, Freleng) (GC1)
3) Buccaneer Bunny (1948, Freleng) (GC5)
4) The Old Grey Hare (1944, Clampett) (GC5)
5) Rabbit Hood (1949, Jones) (GC4)
6) 8 Ball Bunny (1950, Jones) (GC4)
7) Rabbit of Seville (1950, Jones) (GC1)
8) What’s Opera, Doc? (1957, Jones) (GC2)
9) The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946, Clampett) (GC2)
10) A Pest in the House (1947, Jones) (GC5)
11) The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Jones) (GC1)
12) Duck Amuck (1953, Jones) (GC1)
13) Robin Hood Daffy (1958, Jones) (GC3)
14) Baby Bottleneck (1946, Clampett) (GC2)
15) Kitty Kornered (1946, Clampett) (GC2)
16) Scaredy Cat (1948, Jones) (GC1)
17) Porky Chops (1949, Davis) (GC1)
18) Old Glory (1939, Jones) (GC2)
19) A Tale of Two Kitties (1942, Clampett) (GC5)
20) Tweetie Pie (1947, Freleng) (GC2)
21) Fast and Furry-ous (1949, Jones) (GC1)
22) Beep Beep (1952, Jones) (GC2)
23) Lovelorn Leghorn (1951, McKimson) NEW TO DVD
24) For Scent-I-Mental Reasons (1949, Jones) (GC1)
25) Speedy Gonzalez (1955, Freleng) (GC1)

1) One Froggy Evening (1955, Jones) (GC2)
2) Three Little Bops (1957, Freleng) (GC2)
3) I Love to Singa (1936, Avery) (GC2)
4) Katnip Kollege (1938, Hardaway/Dalton) (GC2)
5) The Dover Boys (1942, Jones) (GC2)
6) Chow Hound (Jones, 1951) (GC6)
7) Haredevil Hare (1948, Jones) (GC1)
8) Hasty Hare (1952, Jones) NEW TO DVD
9) Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953, Jones) (GC1)
10) Hare-Way To The Stars (1958, Jones) NEW TO DVD
11) Mad As a Mars Hare (1963, Jones) (BB:HE)
12) Devil May Hare (1954, McKimson) (GC1)
13) Bedevilled Rabbit (1957, McKimson) (BB:HE)
14) Ducking the Devil (1957, McKimson) (DD:FF)
15) Bill of Hare (1962, McKimson) NEW TO DVD
16) Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (1964, McKimson) (BB:HE)
17) Bewitched Bunny (1954, Jones) (GC5)
18) Broom-Stick Bunny (1956, Jones) (GC2)
19) A Witch’s Tangled Hare (1959, Levitow) NEW TO DVD
20) A-Haunting We Will Go (1966, McKimson) (GC4)
21) Feed the Kitty (1952, Jones) (GC1)
22) Kiss Me Cat (1953, Jones) (GC4)
23) Feline Frame-Up (1954, Jones) NEW TO DVD
24) Fram A to Z-Z-Z-Z (1954, Jones) (Academy Award Collection)
25) Boyhood Daze (1957, Jones) (GC6, special features)

As one can see, the cartoon set above has some fantastic cartoons, but it is also very conservative. Nothing in black-and-white, no cartoons with controversial ethnic gags (save Chow Hound), and a lot of Chuck Jones, whose films are here 3-1 over everyone else. The first set has the LT stars, with Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety, Roadrunner, Pepe, and Speedy cartoons. The second starts with famous one-shots, and then throws in a bunch of Marvin Martian, Tasmanian Devil, Witch Hazel, Pussyfoot and Ralph Phillips cartoons to appeal, my guess is, to the casual fan. Still. Dear WB, stop appealing to the casual fan. There’s only 3 cartoons here from the 1930s, as well. At the same time, it’s hard to begrudge the set, as it’s filled with the very best WB cartoons, as you would expect from a debut Blu-Ray set. Aside from Porky Chops (which Jerry has always loved, for some weird reason) and Katnip Kollege (ditto, though I love this one too), everything before the Marvin cartoons start is a bona fide Looney Tunes masterpiece.

Are there extras? Of course there are! Behind the Tunes mini-documentaries (most likely taken from the DVD sets), Chuck Jones documentaries (ditto), the 1944 FDR propaganda cartoon Hell-Bent for Reelection (by Chuck Jones, and I believe NEW TO DVD), the 1955 Army short A Hitch in Time (Jones again, also NEW TO DVD), the antiwar WB short The Door, from 1968, directed by Ken Mundie (also NEW TO DVD), and 2 new documentaries on Marvin and Taz. Plus no doubt a few more unannounced goodies.

It can be hard to take when technology moves so quickly. Especially in a crappy economy, where the WB Golden Collections were scrapped for poor sales. Having to not-only re-buy cartoons you have but also invest in a new player to view them (I don’t have Blu-Ray myself yet, though obviously will be getting a player soon) is asking a lot of the hardcore cartoon fan. Still, it’s not surprising to see this as the debut set, and more are promised. Hopefully the set will do well, and we’ll see cartoons like Porky in Wackyland and some more unreleased to DVD stuff in the future.

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  1. KC and I are ambivalent about this. We switched to Blu-ray last year after seeing that there wasn’t going to be a choice for what we enjoyed about home video, but I’m not a geek for “improved picture quality” and the like. That seems to be how they’re pushing this set, talking about the cartoons looking better than ever before. That’s not enough of a selling point for me, though, to rebuy a lot of stuff we already have on DVD (and on laserdisc or VHS in many cases). We have a bad taste about starting yet another series that we aren’t confident Warner is committed to truly finishing.

  2. Tony Belding says

    As one of those casual fans, I’ve got to say this set looks perfect to me. A generous “best of ” collection with a nice mix of characters — and properly restored for hi def — is just what I want. It looks to me like Warner Bros are pushing to rejuvenate the Looney Tunes in the eyes of the public. The (new) Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network is another example — it’s often hilarious, and it’s what caught my attention and caused me to notice that this collection was coming out.


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