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Timothy E

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Volume 3 of Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice from the Warner Archive gives us another 25 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies in high definition on blu-ray disc.



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Studio: Warner Brothers
Distributed By: Warner Archive
Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC



Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 1.0 DD (Mono)



Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: Not Rated



Run Time: 2 Hrs. 57 Min.
Package Includes: Blu-ray



Case Type: Amaray



Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: ABC



Release Date: 03/12/2024
MSRP: $21.98



The Production: 5/5

This is the third volume of what I hope will be many more volumes in this series collecting the sublime theatrical animated shorts created and developed by the gifted...

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The only possible explanation for the complete exclusion of a single Robert Clampett directed cartoon in Volume 3 and Volume 2! is that Warner Archive is planning a Tex Avery style series of Blu Rays devoted to Robert (Bob) Clampett. He certainly deserves it. Arthur Davis inherited Clampett’s crack animation crew when he left Warners in the mid 1940s. Thanks for the review.
 

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The only possible explanation for the complete exclusion of a single Robert Clampett directed cartoon in Volume 3 and Volume 2! is that Warner Archive is planning a Tex Avery style series of Blu Rays devoted to Robert (Bob) Clampett. He certainly deserves it. Arthur Davis inherited Clampett’s crack animation crew when he left Warners in the mid 1940s. Thanks for the review.
I’ve seen it mentioned there’s only one colour cartoon directed by Clampett which hasn’t already been released in HD. As these discs are prioritising shorts which haven’t been released already that would account for his absence. Which is all the more reason to get some B&W Porky on the next volume so he can get included in the fun.
 

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Fantastic, enthusiastic and undoubtedly even exhaustive within your preparations, Timothy E. So impressive are your Loony Tunes reviews. Don’t change a thing.

Is there any known order, pattern or theme that runs through these volumes?

Like you, I wish to have seen these animated shorts presented chronologically.

Other than that, I am grateful that WAC is going full-steam ahead with their Loony Tunes library.
Thank you for your appreciation! Reviewers at HTF are not paid for our reviews. We put a lot of time into our reviews because we are as passionate about film and television as our readers. I have always loved the original Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies so being able to review these releases and write about them is a labor of love. It is always fulfilling to hear that our efforts are seen and considered by our readers.

In answer to your question, there does not seem to be any particular order or pattern running through these Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice discs, other than the fact that these shorts have never been released before in high definition. The actual order of shorts on the disc is alphabetical, which is even more arbitrary than by release date, in my opinion.

That being said, there are themes that emerge sometimes in these collections. For example, on this release there are 2 different shorts with the same gag of a theater patron in the audience appearing in black silhouette before joining the action on the screen: A Feud There Was and Cinderella Meets Fella. Both cartoons were released in 1938 and both were directed by Tex Avery. Of course, writers and directors often recycled the same jokes in different settings so this may be a coincidence that both shorts are on the same disc.

This disc also has 2 different shorts featuring conflict between a wolf and a sheepdog. Sheep Ahoy is directed by Chuck Jones and features Ralph trying once again to liberate sheep from the meadow under the watchful eye of Sam. The Sheepish Wolf is a one-shot directed by Friz Freleng with a wolf matching wits with a sheepdog. Both of these shorts play together on the alphabetical design of the disc contents which allows us to compare and contrast two different versions by two different directors of the same theme.

Readers are invited to comment on which one is better: The Sheepish Wolf(1942) directed by Friz Freleng or Sheep Ahoy(1954) directed by Chuck Jones. Which do you like better, and why?
 

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