Posted June 28 2010 - 07:07 AM
According to Wikipedia, there were 1,003 shorts released from the 1930s through the 1960s. Far more than any of those other series you list. The chances of them making it through all of them in chronological order, with the associated costs of remastering each film, are remarkably slim. They might have possibly ended such a series before even reaching the color films (as it seems they have with Popeye for the time being).
It does feel a bit disappointing that we don’t have a complete collection, especially when comparing them to other series that do, but it’s tough to put the blame on anything other than the sheer volume of the library. Personally, I’m very happy WB went the way they did with the Golden Collections. All the best LTs are out and, considering the current state of home video, it seems an even smarter move in retrospect.
I would have preferred the replacement series (Super Stars) focus even more sharply on the collector, perhaps continuing the GC model with two discs instead of four. Character-themed discs could balance out one-shot/miscellanous discs as doubles (as appealing as character singles may be, I think they’ll have to be creative in marketing one-shot/miscellaneous singles). They could continue releasing the remaining cartoons with, as they did before, popularity in mind until the well runs dry.