Looney Tunes Platinum Collection

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Looney Tunes Platinum Collection is an annual set of Blu-ray Disc box sets with 3 discs and 2-disc DVD's. Disc 3 is special features and exclusive to the Blu-ray set. Each release for both formats contain 50 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated shorts. The first volume was announced for Blu-ray in July 2011, and released on November 15, 2011 (while the DVD version was released on July 3, 2012). Volume 2 was announced August 1, 2012, with a release date of October 16, 2012 for both formats.[1] Volume 1 came in either as a collector's edition set or just a stand-alone digibook for the Blu-ray release. The DVD versions of the Platinum Collections only replicates the first 2 discs of the Blu-ray counterpart, but doesn't contain extras or special features.

Releases[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

Notable cartoons include:

Disc-by-disc breakdown[edit]

  • Disc three (exclusive to the Blu-ray release) is dedicated to Chuck Jones filled with 7 educational animated cartoons and his 2 one-shots from MGM and documentaries (plus bonus cartoons of other characters like Marvin the Martian and Bugs Bunny).

Statistics[edit]

  • 35 cartoons on this collection were released no earlier than August 1, 1948 and thus have been part of WB's own television packages. The remaining 15 cartoons were released prior to that date and thus were part of the Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) television package later owned by Turner (including the latest-released cartoon in this package, Haredevil Hare, as coincidentally did the first volume of the Golden Collection).
  • 4 of the cartoons are from the first wave of Looney Tunes Super Stars releases that were presented in a matted widescreen format. This release marks the first time that 4 of the cartoons are presented in their original full screen formats.
  • Only one cartoon has restored titles, I Love to Singa, while Blue Ribbon titles remain on Old Glory, A Tale of Two Kitties, and Tweetie Pie.
  • Bugs Bunny is the most represented character on this set with 20 cartoons.
  • Chuck Jones is the most represented director on this set with 29 cartoons.
  • The Door, which was not a Looney Tunes, nor a Merrie Melodies, nor a Cartoon Special, but a cartoon that was merely only distributed by Warner Bros. is restored for the Blu-ray version of the release.
  • The number of one-shots on the set is 6.
  • 3 Oscar winners and 1 nominee have been restored for Blu-ray.
  • A Tale of Two Kitties is the only cartoon from the public domain in this collection to be restored for the Blu-ray release.

Volume 2[edit]

Notable cartoons include:

Disc-by-disc breakdown[edit]

  • As does the first release, disc one features 25 classic cartoons starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, and others
  • Disc three (exclusive to the Blu-ray release) is dedicated to directors Tex Avery and Friz Freleng, featuring documentaries and their works at their time at MGM (including The Captain's Christmas and Red Hot Riding Hood). Also included is 8 Private Snafu cartoons and all 3 Mr. Hook cartoons made by Leon Schlesinger Productions.

Statistics[edit]

  • 31 of the color cartoons came from the a.a.p. package - more than any other set. The other 21 color cartoons were in WB's own packages. The 8 black-and-white cartoons were in the Sunset Productions package
  • 40 cartoons in this collection have already been released on DVD either through the Golden Collections, the Super Stars, or animated compilations. The remaining 10 cartoons are new for both Blu-ray and DVD (that's 4 more than the previous release).
  • The number of one-shots on the set is 5, down by 1 on the last set.
  • Wabbit Twouble on disc two was selected by fans on Facebook to be one of the cartoons on this release.
  • Bugs Bunny, despite appearing in fewer cartoons in this set, still has the most representation, with 14 cartoons (18 if you count his prototype). Daffy comes close by at least 1 cartoon down.
  • Chuck Jones is once again the most represented director this set with 15 cartoons this time.
  • This release marks the first time in its history that Hare-um Scare-um's original ending has been restored which was removed before its premiere.
  • 3 public domain cartoons are restored for the Blu-ray release: Hollywood Steps Out, Page Miss Glory, and Prest-O Change-O (the latter also the first public domain cartoon to be restored for DVD since 2008). In addition, the original release version of Itch in Time was released without copyright protection, but for the Blue Ribbon version, a copyright was filed, and still stands to this day.
  • 2 Oscar-nominated cartoons are restored for Blu-ray: A Wild Hare and Tabasco Road.
  • A Horsefly Fleas is the only creditless Blue Ribbon cartoon in this release and the first one in the Platinum Collection line to have its original titles restored.

Volume 3[edit]

The third and final volume in the Platinum Collection Series as Warner Bros. Most of this DVD will contain double-dipped cartoons while only 4 cartoons are new-to-disc: Tree for Two, Life with Feathers, Honey's Money and Beep Prepared.

According to the website blogs dot indywire dot com, the Final Edition of the Looney Tunes Platinum Series on Blu-ray was released on August 12, 2014 with a DVD edition released on November 4, 2014. All the details listed below:

Third times the charm. And the wabbit. And a "despicable" duck.

Warner Home Video has set August 12 as the release date for the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3. Word leaked out last night on Blu-ray Forum. The set contains 50 remastered HD classic Looney Tunes shorts plus bonus materials that include 26 audio commentaries, and over 12 documentaries - including the 70-minute Mel Blanc: The Man Of A Thousand Voices, the 60-minute Drawn For Glory: Animation's Triumph At The Oscars, and the three-part The Boys From Termite Terrace (1975). An all-new doc, That's All Folks! Tales From Termite Terrace, is also part of the mix.

This marks the first released after Time Warner spun off the New York-based publishing company Time Inc. in June 9, 2014.

Statistics[edit]

  • 22 of the color cartoons came from the a.a.p. package. The other 25 color cartoons came from WB's own package and the 3 black-and-white shorts came from the Sunset package.
  • 46 cartoons in this collection have already been released on DVD either through the Golden Collections, the Super Stars, or animated compilations. The remaining 4 cartoons are new for both Blu-ray and DVD, making it the shortest list of new cartoons in the Platinum line.
  • There are a total of 4 one-shots on this set (down by another one on the last set)
  • This set features all 5 Frank Tashlin directed Daffy Duck shorts.
  • Bugs Bunny remains the most represented character on this set with 18 shorts (19 if you count his cameo in Porky Pig's Feat), 4 more than the previous set.
  • Friz Freleng is the most represented director in this set with 19 cartoons.

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References[edit]

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