Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1

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Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 (first)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume 1.jpg
DVD-cover
Directed by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson, Bob Clampett and Arthur Davis
Produced by Leon Schlesinger, John W. Burton, Eddie Selzer
Starring Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Mel Blanc (voice)
Music by Carl Stalling
Milt Franklyn
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release date(s) October 28, 2003 (United States)
Running time 411 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Looney Tunes Golden Collection, known as Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 is a DVD box set that was released by Warner Home Video on October 28, 2003. It contains 56 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons and numerous supplements.[1] The set won the Classic Award at the Parents' Choice Awards.[2]

Related releases[edit]

In Regions 2 and 4, the discs were packaged as follows:

In Region 1, discs 3 and 4 were also released separately as the more family-friendly Looney Tunes Premiere Collection (also known as Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 1).

Disc 1 - Best of Bugs Bunny[edit]

All cartoons on this disc star Bugs Bunny.
# Title Co-stars Release date Director Series
1 Baseball Bugs 02-02-1946 Friz Freleng LT
2 Rabbit Seasoning Daffy, Elmer 09-20-1952 Chuck Jones MM
3 Long-Haired Hare 06-25-1949 Chuck Jones LT
4 High Diving Hare* Sam 04-30-1949 Friz Freleng LT
5 Bully for Bugs 08-08-1953 Chuck Jones LT
6 What's Up Doc? Elmer 06-17-1950 Robert McKimson LT
7 Rabbit's Kin Pete Puma 11-15-1952 Robert McKimson MM
8 Water, Water Every Hare Gossamer 04-19-1952 Chuck Jones LT
9 Big House Bunny Sam 04-22-1950 Friz Freleng LT
10 Big Top Bunny 12-15-1951 Robert McKimson MM
11 My Bunny Lies over the Sea* 12-04-1948 Chuck Jones MM
12 Wabbit Twouble Elmer 12-20-1941 Bob Clampett MM
13 Ballot Box Bunny Sam 10-06-1951 Friz Freleng MM
14 Rabbit of Seville Elmer 12-16-1950 Chuck Jones LT

(*): The original ending title sequence has been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.

Special Features[edit]

Audio bonuses[edit]

From the Vaults[edit]

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

  • Bugs: A Rabbit For All Seasonings
  • Short-Fuse Shootout: The Small Tale of Yosemite Sam
  • Forever Befuddled

Others[edit]

  • A greeting from Chuck Jones
  • Camera Three: The Boys From Termite Terrace: Part 1

Disc 2 - Best of Daffy & Porky[edit]

# Title Daffy, Porky, or Both? Co-stars Release date Director Series
1 Duck Amuck Daffy 02-28-1953 Chuck Jones MM
2 Dough for the Do-Do* Porky 09-03-1949 Friz Freleng MM
3 Drip-Along Daffy Both Nasty Canasta 11-17-1951 Chuck Jones MM
4 Scaredy Cat** Porky Sylvester 12-18-1948 Chuck Jones MM
5 The Ducksters Both 09-02-1950 Chuck Jones LT
6 The Scarlet Pumpernickel* Both Elmer, Henery, Sylvester, Melissa Duck 03-04-1950 Chuck Jones LT
7 Yankee Doodle Daffy# Both 07-03-1943 Friz Freleng LT
8 Porky Chops Porky 02-12-1949 Arthur Davis LT
9 The Wearing of the Grin Porky 07-14-1951 Chuck Jones LT
10 Deduce, You Say Both 09-29-1956 Chuck Jones LT
11 Boobs in the Woods* Both 01-28-1950 Robert McKimson LT
12 Golden Yeggs* Both Rocky 08-05-1950 Friz Freleng MM
13 Rabbit Fire Daffy Bugs, Elmer 05-19-1951 Chuck Jones LT
14 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century Both Marvin 07-25-1953 Chuck Jones MM

(*): The original ending title sequence has been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.
(**): The original opening and ending title sequences have been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.
(#): Public domain cartoon.

Special Features[edit]

Audio bonuses[edit]

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

  • Hard Luck Duck
  • Porky Pig Roast: A Tribute to the World's Most Famous Ham
  • Animal Quackers

Others[edit]

  • Camera Three: The Boys From Termite Terrace: Part 2
  • Stills gallery

Disc 3 - Looney Tunes All-Stars: Part 1[edit]

Cartoons 1-12 are directed by Chuck Jones (10 co-directed by Abe Levitow), 13 and 14 by Bob Clampett.
# Title Characters Release date Series
1 Elmer's Candid Camera Elmer, Happy Rabbit 03-02-1940 MM
2 Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears Bugs, The Three Bears 02-26-1944 MM
3 Fast and Furry-ous* Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner 09-17-1949 LT
4 Hair-Raising Hare Bugs, Gossamer 05-25-1946 MM
5 Awful Orphan* Charlie, Porky 01-29-1949 MM
6 Haredevil Hare Bugs, K-9, Marvin 07-24-1948 LT
7 For Scent-imental Reasons* Pepé, Penelope 11-12-1949 LT
8 Frigid Hare Bugs 10-07-1949 MM
9 The Hypo-Chondri-Cat* Claude Cat, Hubie and Bertie 04-15-1950 MM
10 Baton Bunny Bugs 01-10-1959 LT
11 Feed the Kitty Marc and Pussyfoot 02-02-1952 MM
12 Don't Give Up the Sheep Ralph and Sam 01-03-1953 LT
13 Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid Bugs, Beaky 07-11-1942 MM
14 Tortoise Wins by a Hare Bugs, Cecil 02-20-1943 MM

(*): The original ending title sequence has been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.

Special Features[edit]

Audio bonuses[edit]

From the Vaults[edit]

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

  • Too Fast, Too Furry-ous
  • Merrie Melodies: Carl Stalling and Cartoon Music
  • Blanc Expressions

Disc 4 - Looney Tunes All-Stars: Part 2[edit]

Cartoons 1-9 are directed by Friz Freleng, 10–14 by Robert McKimson.
# Title Characters Release date Series
1 Canary Row* Granny, Sylvester, Tweety 10-07-1950 MM
2 Bunker Hill Bunny Bugs, Sam 09-23-1950 MM
3 Kit for Cat# Elmer, Sylvester 11-06-1948 LT
4 Putty Tat Trouble* Sylvester, Tweety 02-24-1951 LT
5 Bugs and Thugs Bugs, Rocky and Mugsy 03-02-1954 LT
6 Canned Feud* Sylvester 02-03-1951 LT
7 Lumber Jerks Goofy Gophers 06-25-1955 LT
8 Speedy Gonzales Speedy, Sylvester 09-17-1955 MM
9 Tweety's S.O.S. Granny, Sylvester, Tweety 09-22-1951 MM
10 The Foghorn Leghorn** Foghorn, Henery 10-09-1948 MM
11 Daffy Duck Hunt* Barnyard, Daffy, Porky 03-26-1949 LT
12 Early to Bet* 05-12-1951 MM
13 A Broken Leghorn Foghorn, Prissy 09-26-1959 LT
14 Devil May Hare Bugs, Taz 06-19-1954 LT

(#): The original opening title sequence has been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.
(*): The original ending title sequence has been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.
(**): The original opening and ending title sequences have been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.

Special Features[edit]

Audio bonuses[edit]

From the Vaults[edit]

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

  • Needy For Speedy
  • Putty Problems and Canary Rows
  • Southern Pride Chicken

Others[edit]

  • Irreverent Imagination: The Golden Age of Looney Tunes

Reception[edit]

In their review of the set, the Parents' Choice Foundation, at their Parents' Choice Award site, awarded the release the "Classic Award" for its high quality in presenting classic material. While cautioning parents about some of the cartoon violence, the review called the set, "solid gold, not just because of the brilliant animated shorts but because of the plethora of commentaries, historical documentaries on the minds behind the madness," and "a true treasure of imagination worth having in your DVD library."[6]

The DVD site, The Digital Bits claimed that Looney Tunes had been one of the most anticipated releases since the inception of the DVD format, and noted that the wait had been "long, but in the end definitely worthwhile." The site's reviewer wrote that the cartoon shorts on the DVDs looked, "brighter, much more colourful, cleaner, sharper, and generally better-framed than their Laserdisc counterparts," which, until that time, had been the best home-format for viewing the cartoons. The reviewer noted that the "very generous selection of supplements" were "almost uniformly informative and entertaining."[7]

The multimedia news and reviews website, IGN complained about the selection of shorts offered on the first set in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series. First pointing out that it would be impossible not to leave out major cartoons by selecting only 56 out of the 1,100 Looney Tunes, the review criticized the selection for the omission of Knighty Knight Bugs, an Academy Award-winning 1958 Bugs Bunny cartoon.[8] IGN complimented the restoration of the shorts, but noted that dust was visible in some cases. The reviewer noted that there were more extras than cartoons on the set, and singled out the audio commentaries for praise due to their variety.[9]

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