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Postby lhb412 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:45 pm

Holy spit! Looney Tunes marathon this weekend, the old toons and new show!
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Postby lhb412 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:21 pm

Remember how after the economic crash WB halted their effort to get their theatrical cartoons on home video and we've just had dribs and drabs since then? It looks like they're back on track: later this year on Blu-Ray and DVD we'll get the first Tom and Jerry Golden Collection which will feature the first 40 or so original, restored shorts - then there's a mysterious Looney Tunes Platinum Collection, which we'll find out more about at SDCC. Stay tuned!
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Postby lhb412 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:07 pm

The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection has been announced as Comic Con: it'll contain 50 high def shorts, most of which have been released before - but with several unreleased shorts (as well as a few that were disappointingly released "cropped" into widescreen last year).

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/dvd/looney-t ... ction.html
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Postby lhb412 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:20 pm

Yes, yes, I know. 7th post in a row makes me look like a bit too enthused, but I wanted to ask a question for the folks here, namely; what does everyone think of the new Looney Tunes Show now that it's been on for a while?

I don't make a point to see it like I do with Adventure Time or Regular Show but I watch it every now and then and it's really just not my cup of tea. That being said, I don't hate it either. You see, for me they're just not Looney enough. It's cast in the mold of a relatively sedate (compared to the insanity of the original shorts) sitcom. The great thing about the original Looney Tunes for me was that they were about conflict, personalities clashing with each other, and that's almost entirely absent from the show. The one thing about the show I really do like is they way they've used Porky as this eager to please friend that everyone ignores/walks all over. He fits that well.

Despite my complaints I think that for what it is, an animated sitcom, it's a quality show. It's certainly well produced and well animated show, and I'm glad its a success and is getting the characters out there. Classic LT shorts have become a mainstay on the schedule and the DVD and Blu Ray releases of the classics are picking up steam again, no doubt part of the same push for the brand at the WB of which the new show is the centerpiece.

Not a home run, but not a strike out either.
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:18 am

I love it. I sat down to watch the episode in which Daffy takes over his girlfriend's class at cosmetology school and I thought it was hilarious. I love how insane these characters are, which they would be were they to exist in any kind of real world.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:32 am

I've seen a few episodes and I don't much care for it...nowhere near enough to go out of my way to watch it.

The lack of quality in comparison with original Looney Tunes becomes pretty apparent when put back to back with that show...
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Postby jellydonut25 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:30 pm

being at home (and during my time in the hospital) i've been watching the Looney Tunes reruns (original shows) that come on around noonish. I love it. One of my favorite classics was on the other day where Bugs meets Gossamer for (i think) the first time. "such an INteresting monster needs to have an INteresting hairstyle"

I never realized how adult some of these cartoons are when i was a kid.
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Postby lhb412 » Tue May 08, 2012 11:31 am

Not only is the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection continuing on Blu-Ray, but they're apparently doing theme Blu-Ray disc releases, too. The first: a disc of all (save one) of Chuck Jones' mouse-centric shorts:

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=8672

This is great, if unexpected. Sniffles and Hubie and Bertie may not have much name recognition for the uninitiated, but I love those characters.

Which reminds me, still haven't actually watched my copy of the Platinum Collection all the way through...
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Postby lhb412 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:32 pm

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/biz/looney-t ... -2011.html

Platinum Collection vol. 2 has a great set-list, including ten never released on DVD shorts and some neat sounding extra features - including, apparently, a selection of Tex Avery's MGM cartoons!

I hope this is testing the waters for a Tex set.
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Postby The Real McCoy » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:23 pm

That would be awesome. I love the Tex Avery toons, and I would totally go for one of those. As a matter of fact, I'd probably go for that over a Looney Tunes set.

The reason for that is that I noticed Cartoon Network started airing the Looney Tunes stuff. You don't get to see Tex Avery stuff on TV anymore.
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Postby lhb412 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:30 pm

A block of MGM cartoons wanders around the Boomerang lineup.

... but yeah: all of Looney Tunes, the black and white Popeyes, and the Tex Avery MGM stuff is my holy trinity of theatrical cartoon shorts!
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:26 pm

Greetings All,

I just have been doing some research on Merrie Melodies & Looney Tunes releases on DVD/BRD. Its kind of a sad state of affairs that basically Warner has stated that "there is no longer any budget" to restore the old classics...Really? But anyway...a couple years back I was able to get the "Golden Collection" box set that contains Volumes 1-6 for a fairly decent price (Basically 24 DVD's containing a total of 360 toons plus quite a bit of bonus material). But as you may know, this is far from complete. There have been numerous other releases.

The three "platinum" collections (on Blu Ray) were kind of a bust since they contained mostly toons already released on previous DVDs and I'm not going to double dip for a total of maybe...a dozen new cartoons out of 150.

However I did find that of the nine "Superstars" single disc releases, seven of them contain mostly all new cartoons, so I will be getting those seven soon.

So...if there is anyone in the know out there, are there any other DVD's worth getting aside from the Golden Collections, and seven of the nine Superstars releases, that will give me the most bang for my buck? (basically anything containing 90% or more new material?) any assistance is appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby lhb412 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:00 pm

The only other release that's mostly shorts unique to that release is the Chuck Jones Mouse Collection, which has all the Sniffles (early Chuck) and Hubie and Bertie (later Chuck) cartoons.

Although the Platinum Collection Blu-Rays are mostly seen as either a failure or double dipping (how can it be double dipping when it's a new format?) they're actually my favorite of the Looney Tunes home video releases, largely because I think the grouping of the shorts is really satisfying.

I hope one day Warner will do HD masters of all the cartoons for archival/download purposes and then maybe we'll see a true 'complete collection' from the Warner Archive
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby The Shadow » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:21 pm

Hahaha! lhb412 beat me to the punch while I was looking up some details. I'll post the info anyways, always handy to see what's in a release.

The only other release of interest that comes to mind is Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: Chuck Jones Collection, the set is available in both Blu-ray and DVD.

Set info from Jar Jar Stinks on the blu-ray.com forums http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=258613

Disc One: Sniffles

1. Naughty but Mice (1939)
2. Little Brother Rat (1939)
3. Sniffles and Bookworm (1939)
4. Sniffles Takes a Trip (1940)
5. The Egg Collector (1940)
6. Bedtime for Sniffles (1940)
7. Sniffles Bells the Cat (1941)
8. Toy Trouble (1941)
9. The Brave Little Bat (1941)
10. The Unbearable Bear (1943)
11. Lost and Foundling (1944)
12. Hush My Mouse (1946)

Disc Two: Hubie and Bertie

1. The Aristo-Cat (1943)
2. Trap Happy Porky (1945)
3. Roughly Squeaking (1946)
4. House Hunting Mice (1947)
5. Mouse Wreckers (1949)
6. The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1950)
7. Cheese Chasers (1951)

Bonus Cartoons from the WB Vault (SD, 78 minutes): Eleven bonus shorts, in various states of standard definition disrepair: "Country Mouse," "The Lyin' Mouse," "The Mice Will Play," "Little Blabbermouse," "Shop Look & Listen," "Mouse Mazurka," "Mouse-Warming," "Mouse-Taken Identity," "Mice Follies," "It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House" and "Merlin the Magic Mouse."
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby O.Supreme » Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:57 am

lhb412 wrote:The only other release that's mostly shorts unique to that release is the Chuck Jones Mouse Collection, which has all the Sniffles (early Chuck) and Hubie and Bertie (later Chuck) cartoons.


Thank you both. I was curious about that one, but Wiki did not indicate if any of those shorts were released on any other set (You would think I would know, but keeping 360+ shorts all sorted out is no easy task). I want to say i saw a couple of Hubie and Bertie in the golden collection, but cant say for sure. So I'll get that one along with the seven Superstars.

--Also I consider Blu Ray double-dipping because I promised myself that I would only get Blu Ray replacements of Godzilla films, and a *few* select others. When you have over 1,000 DVDs, I have no intention of replacing them all when they work just fine. The golden collections on DVD look great, I cant imagine Blu Ray looking that much better. But of course that's just me.

Also..how you can have a "mouse" collection without Speedy Gonzales is beyond me, but I know that's a whole other issue entirely.
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:19 am

^ Chuck Jones didn't do the Speedy shorts. It's a Chuck specific collection.
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby lhb412 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:43 pm

Just found out the touring Chuck Jones exhibit is at my local art museum until next month! Gotta make time to see that.
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Re: Chuck Jones & Maurice Noble

Postby mr.negativity » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:57 am

99% Invisible Podcast 07.29.13:
EPISODE 85: Noble Effort
Roman Mars wrote:If you grew up watching Warner Brothers cartoons, you might remember seeing the name Chuck Jones in big letters in the opening credits. Chuck Jones directed cartoons like Looney Tunes from the 1930s until his death in 2002. He was also an animator, and brought the world characters like Elmer Fudd.

Chuck Jones was the creative force behind Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck, and Wile E. Coyote. But part of what makes his characters so memorable is the world that they inhabit. Part of what’s so striking about Looney Tunes is that they are recognizable as Looney Tunes even without characters in the foreground.

The backgrounds were revolutionized by one layout artist: Maurice Noble.


AWN November 4, 2013:
The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design
Fred Patten reviews the long awaited book showcasing the tremendously rich legacy of Maurice Noble’s background designs.

Cartoon Brew 07/29/2013:
Layout Artist Maurice Noble Didn’t Get Along With Chuck Jones
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby mr.negativity » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:39 pm

Deadline June 11, 2018:
‘Looney Tunes’ Getting Short-Form Revival At WB Animation
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:54 pm

Oooooh, look at that vintage Elmer and Bugs! I sure hope these new cartoons will play in front of features.
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Re: the Looney Tunes thread

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:19 am

So, after nearly 40 years of floundering on TV and movies with countless reboots, they finally had the courage to try to recreate the classic style. I really hope they can make it work.
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