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WHV Press Release: Looney Tunes Golden & Spotlight Collections Volume 5


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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 28 2007 - 05:02 AM

WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME FIVE AND LOONEY TUNES SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION VOLUME FIVE, A TREASURE TROVE OF RE-MASTERED AND UNEDITED ANIMATED SHORTS ON DVD OCTOBER 30, 2007 The Fifth Volume of Looney Tunes Golden Collection Showcases 60 Classic Animated Shorts and Over Five Hours of Incredible Special Features Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Five Includes 30 Classic Animated Shorts and Bonus Material BURBANK, CA (August 28, 2007) – It’ll be “wabbit” season once again when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five and Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Five on DVD October 30, 2007. Both titles will feature a treasury of classic cartoons, including some rarely-seen shorts. All classic Looney Tunes cartoons featured in the sets have been fully re-mastered and are presented to viewers in their original, un-edited format. Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five, which is aimed at adult collectors of animation, will retail for $64.92 SRP and Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Five, which is geared towards viewers of all ages, will retail for $26.99 SRP. “Looney Tunes fans are fiercely loyal to and vastly knowledgeable of these cartoons. We know we are catering to a sophisticated audience and so we go to great lengths to prepare these anthologies in a thoughtful and intelligent way so as to please the tastes of everyone from the seasoned animation connoisseurs to our newest fans,” said Dorinda Marticorena, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. She added, “We think this collection offers a wonderful selection of Looney Tunes cartoons that range from very early, rarely seen film shorts to some all time favorites. Although consumers may have seen some of these cartoons on television over the years, watching them on these DVDs will make them feel like they are seeing the shorts for the first time. We’ve made painstaking efforts to restore them to their dazzling, original look and to present them in their authentic, un-edited version. This is a DVD title consumers will surely want to add to their home entertainment libraries.” Consumers will feel like they’ve struck gold with Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five. The set includes four discs, which are comprised of 60 classic shorts, plus more than five hours of incredible special features, including Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, A Life in Animation, a documentary focusing on the legendary animator, which originally aired on PBS. Bonus features will also include commentaries by filmmakers, writers, animators, historians, alternate audio programs and much more. Each of the four discs featured in Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five is dedicated to a Looney Tunes character or special theme. Disc number one pays homage to everyone’s favorite “wascally wabbit,” Bugs Bunny and his pal Daffy Duck. Disc two is a collection of Looney Tunes’ wackiest takes on classic fairy tales. Disc three is devoted to the work of renowned animator Bob Clampett. Disc four celebrates some of Looney Tunes’ earliest cartoons. Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 5 Disc Descriptions: Disc one is dedicated to the Academy Award ®-winning animated superstar Bugs Bunny and his frenzied pal Daffy Duck. This disc is comprised of 15 shorts, including such memorable cartoons as Buccaneer Bunny, which features Yosemite Sam as “Sea-Goin Sam,” a pirate who tries to bury his treasure near Bugs Bunny’s rabbit hole. Also featured is, Ali Baba Bunny, which stars Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in a short that loosely parodies the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Transylvania 6-5000, has Bugs Bunny spend a night in Count Bloodcount’s old castle after mistaking it for a motel. Additionally, Hollywood Daffy stars Daffy Duck, who sneaks his way onto the Warner Bros. lot pretending to be a tour guide after he arrives in Hollywood seeking fame and fortune. In The Upstanding Sitter, Daffy Duck stars as a babysitter who is employed by the Acme Babysitting Agency and is assigned to sit on a chicken egg which happens to hatch while he’s on duty. Other titles on this disc include 14 Carrot Rabbit, Bugs’ Bonnets, A Star is Bored, A Pest in the House, Oily Hare, Stupor Duck, The Stupor Salesman and much more. Disc two is a collection of some of the funniest and most twisted parodies of legendary children’s fairy tales starring an assortment of Looney Tunes’ biggest stars. Fifteen shorts comprise this disc and include classics such as Bewitched Bunny, which features Bugs Bunny walking into the tale of Hansel and Gretel, where he meets the hideous Witch Hazel, whom he transforms into an alluring female bunny after he uses her own magic against her. Tweety and the Beanstalk sees Sylvester the cat meet an enormous version of Tweety Bird when a fast growing beanstalk, which sprouts beneath his cat bed, whisks him through the heavens and into the legendary giant’s castle. In Paying the Piper, Pied Piper Porky Pig tries to rid the town of Hamelin of all its rats. Sylvester joins forces with the big bad wolf in Red Riding Hoodwinked when he learns Red Riding Hood is on her way to Granny’s bringing Tweety Bird as a gift. Other shorts featured on this disc include The Bear’s Tale, Foney Fables, Goldimouse and the Three Cats, Little Red Rodent Hood, A Gander a Mother Goose, Señorella and the Glass Huarache and many others. Disc three is dedicated to Bob Clampett, the visionary, gifted animator, producer and director who along with Tex Avery was credited for developing the irreverent style of animation, which set Warner Bros. apart from other animation studios. This disc features 15 of Clampett’s cartoons including A Tale of Two Kitties, which is a notable short as it’s the cartoon in which Tweety Bird first makes his debut. A pun on the Charles Dickens’ classic, the short also parodies comedic duo Abbott and Costello, as it stars two feline characters named Babbit and Catstello. Buckaroo Bugs stars Bugs Bunny in what happens to be the character’s second official appearance in a Looney Tunes cartoon. In this short, Bugs Bunny stars as the Masked Marauder, a carrot thief whom Brooklyn’s Red Hot Ryder must try to bring to justice. The Daffy Doc, features Daffy Duck in the role of Dr. Quack’s assistant during an operation. Other shorts featured on this disc include Bacall to Arms, Crazy Cruise, Farm Frolics, Hare Ribbin’, Prehistoric Porky, The Bashful Buzzard and several others. Disc four celebrates Looney Tunes’ early years and features several rarely seen shorts, including Porky at the Crocadero, which features Porky Pig aspiring to be a band leader at the Crocadero nightclub. Scrap Happy Daffy features Daffy Duck as a guard of a scrap yard, where he does his part to help with the war effort; however, the Nazis destroy his scrap yard by sending a goat to eat up his scrap pile. In Pilgrim Porky, the Pilgrims are led by Captain Porky Pig and set sail for America. Wise Quacks features a nervous Daffy Duck and his wife, who are expecting ducklings. When their littlest duck is kidnapped, Daffy enlists the help of Porky Pig to come to the rescue. Porky Pig learns a lesson about smoking in the short Wholly Smoke. On his way to Sunday school, Porky Pig takes a puff from a cigar belonging to a neighborhood bully who prompts him to hallucinate and dream of a smoke man named Nick O. Teen who teaches him a lesson about smoking. Other shorts featured on this disc include Alpine Antics, Eatin’ on the Cuff or the Moth Who Came to Dinner, Milk and Money, I’ve Got to Sing a Torch Song, Polar Pals and several others. Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. Five Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. Five DISC 1 DISC 2 BUGS BUNNY AND DAFFY DUCK FAIRY TALES Run Time = Approx. 105 minutes Run Time = Approx. 105 minutes 14 Carrot Rabbit Bewitched Bunny Ali Baba Bunny Paying the Piper Buccaneer Bunny The Bear’s Tale Bugs’ Bonnets Foney Fables A Star is Bored Goldimouse and the Three Cats A Pest in the House Holiday for Shoestrings Transylvania 6-5000 Little Red Rodent Hood Oily Hare Little Red Walking Hood Stupor Duck Red Riding Hoodwinked The Stupor Salesman The Trial of Mr. Wolf The Abominable Snow Rabbit The Turn-Tale Wolf The Super Snooper Tom Thumb in Trouble The Upstanding Sitter Tweety and the Beanstalk Hollywood Daffy A Gander a Mother Goose You Were Never Duckier Señorella and the Glass Huarache Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. Five Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. Five DISC 3 DISC 4 THE BEST OF BOB CLAMPETT THE EARLY DAZE Run Time = Approx. 105 minutes Run Time = Approx. 105 minutes Bacall to Arms Alpine Antics Buckaroo Bugs Eatin’ on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner Crazy Cruise Milk and Money Farm Frolics I’ve Got to Sing a Torch Song Hare Ribbin’ Porky at the Crocadero Patient Porky Polar Pals Prehistoric Porky Scrap Happy Daffy The Bashful Buzzard Porky’s Double Trouble The Old Grey Hare Golddiggers of ‘49 The Wacky Wabbit Pilgrim Porky The Wise Quacking Duck Wise Quacks Wagon Heels Porky’s Preview The Daffy Doc Porky’s Poppa A Tale of Two Kitties Wholly Smoke Porky’s Pooch What Price Porky Exclusive bonus DVD features include: Disc 1: Bugs Bunny and Daffy: ³ Commentaries: ü Ali Baba Bunny by filmmaker Greg Ford ü A Pest in the House by writer Paul Dini ü Transylvania 6-5000 by historian Jerry Beck ü You Were Never Duckier by director Eric Goldberg ³ Alternate Audio Programs: ü Ali Baba Bunny Music Only Track ü Stupor Duck Music Only Track ü The Abominable Snow Rabbit Music and Effects Track ü The Super Snooper Music and Effects Track ³ The Bugs Bunny Show: ü Bad Time Story Bridging Sequences ü What’s Up Dog? Audio Recording Sessions ü The Bugs Bunny Show Commercials ³ Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, A Life in Animation, Part 1 – A documentary which originally aired on PBS in 2000. Disc 2: Fairy Tales: ³ Commentaries: ü Bewitched Bunny by director Eric Goldberg ü Holiday for Shoestrings by historian Daniel Goldmark ü Little Red Walking Hood by animator Mark Kausler ü Red Riding Hoodwinked by filmmaker Greg Ford ü Tom Thumb in Trouble by historian Jerry Beck ³ Alternate Audio Programs: ü Bewitched Bunny Music and Effects Track ü Goldimouse and the Three Cats Music Only Track ü Red Riding Hoodwinked Music Only Track ü Tweety and the Beanstalk Music Only Track ü The Turn-Tale Wolf Music and Effects Track ³ Behind the Tunes: ü Once upon a Looney Tune ü Drawn to Life: The Art of Robert McKimson ³ Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, A Life in Animation, Part 2 – A documentary which originally aired on PBS in 2000. ³ A Chuck Jones Tutorial: Tricks of the Cartoon Trade Disc 3: The Best of Bob Clampett: ³ Commentaries: ü A Tale of Two Kitties by historian Michael Barrier ü Bacall to Arms by historian Jerry Beck ü Buckeroo Bugs by historian Michael Barrier ü Bukeroo Bugs by director John Kricfalusi, director Eddie Fitzgerald and cartoonist Kali Fontecchio ü Farm Frolics by actor Keith Scott ü The Bashful Buzzard by writer Paul Dini ü The Old Grey Hare by filmmaker Greg Ford ü The Wacky Wabbit by director Eric Goldberg ü The Daffy Doc by animator Mark Kausler ³ Behind the Tunes: ü Wacky Warner One-Shots ü Real American Zero: The Adventures of Private SNAFU ³ From the Vault: ü Hare Ribbin’ Director’s Cut ü The Bashful Buzzard Storyboard Reel ü The Bashful Buzzard Original Opening Music ü Alternate Milt Franklin Opening Themes with an Introduction by Greg Ford ü SNAFU · Coming!! SNAFU [1943 Short] · Gripes [1943 short] ü Hook · The Good Egg [1945 short] · The Return of Mr. Hook [1945 short] · Tokyo Woes [1945 short] Disc 4: The Early Daze: ³ Commentaries: ü Eatin’ on the Cuff by historian Jerry Beck ü Porky at the Crocadero by historian Daniel Goldmark ü Scrap Happy Daffy by filmmaker Greg Ford ü Porky’s Preview by filmmaker Greg Ford ü Wholly Smoke by historian Daniel Goldmark ³ Unsung Maestros: A Directors’ Tribute ³ The Looney Tunes Television Specials Bugs and Daffy’s Carnival of the Animals [1976 TV special] Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales [1979 TV special] Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over [1980 TV special] Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Five features some of the brightest and funniest shorts taken directly from Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five. Presented on two discs, this DVD set is comprised of 30 cartoons that will make kids of all ages laugh themselves silly, plus the featurette, “The Looney Tunes Guide to Fairy Tales.” Disc one is dedicated to Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck while disc two contains a collection of Looney Tunes’ looniest takes on all-time classic fairy tales. Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Vol. Five Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Vol. Five DISC 1 DISC 2 BUGS BUNNY AND DAFFY DUCK FAIRY TALES Run Time = Approx. 105 minutes Run Time = Approx. 105 minutes 14 Carrot Rabbit Bewitched Bunny Ali Baba Bunny Paying the Piper Buccaneer Bunny The Bear’s Tale Bugs’ Bonnets Foney Fables A Star is Bored Goldimouse and the Three Cats A Pest in the House Holiday for Shoestrings Transylvania 6-5000 Little Red Rodent Hood Oily Hare Little Red Walking Hood Stupor Duck Red Riding Hoodwinked The Stupor Salesman The Trial of Mr. Wolf The Abominable Snow Rabbit The Turn-Tale Wolf The Super Snooper Tom Thumb in Trouble The Upstanding Sitter Tweety and the Beanstalk Hollywood Daffy A Tale of Two Kitties You Were Never Duckier Porky’s Pooch Exclusive bonus DVD features include: ³ The Looney Tunes Guide to Fairy Tales – An exciting graphical storybook presentation where the Looney Tunes characters teach children about what the necessary ingredients to creating a proper fairy tale are.

 

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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   BarryM

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Posted September 07 2007 - 01:31 PM

What a line-up! Hopefuklly, tho, they'll do a whole disc on Bob Clampett's crazy black and white Looney Tunes, as well as finally puttings some Sniffles and Inki cartoons into the mix, as well. Finally, for God's Sake; COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARFS....Please, pretty please?

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Posted September 08 2007 - 12:55 PM

About that request for Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs: I'd like to add: PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE WITH SUGAR ON TOP!!

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Posted September 08 2007 - 01:14 PM

LOTS of eagerly awaited cartoons. The Old Grey Hare, Buckaroo Bugs, and The Wacky Wabbit are some of the best Bugs cartoons. Also looking forward to seeing Scrap Happy Daffy and Wholly Smoke in fully restored form. I've only seen the terrible Korean colorization of WS and bad public domain prints of Scrap Happy Daffy and A Tale of Two Kitties. At least half of the cartoons on this set are the most quotable ever made. Count me in for wanting Coal Black, but I think it's obvious that it's wanted badly.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Keith Paynter

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Posted September 08 2007 - 05:50 PM

It will be interesting to see how Scrap Happy Daffy compares against the version on "Air Force" and how Porky's Preview looks against its "Sergent York" debut. (I have both and will try to post comparison shots when the set comes out). Oh, yeah...COAL BLACK! COAL BLACK! COAL BLACK! "Well all-reet!"
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Posted September 09 2007 - 02:07 PM

Boogidy boogidy! The buck-buck-bucket? I have a lousy version of "Scrap Happy Daffy" on one of the Cartoon Crazys DVD series and believe me, Daffy rarely got any wilder than he did in this rare (nearly) last b/w Looney Tune. THIS IS THE ONE WHERE HITLER IS SO UPSET THAT HE STARTS CHEWING THE CARPET "ALONG DOTTED LINE"!!




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