Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection

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Due to the success of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection and Popeye DVD series, Warner Home Video issued a 3-DVD set on February 12, 2008 showcasing the various animation properties that they own including their home-grown product Looney Tunes. Other animation properties represented on this set were Tom and Jerry, Droopy, and other classic MGM cartoons as well as entries from Max Fleischer's Popeye and Superman series (both originally released by Paramount Pictures). All cartoons selected for this release were nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film, with the exception of the film So Much for So Little which won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. A total of 41 cartoons (completely uncut and unedited) were chosen for this set, 15 of them being winners. Many of the Looney Tunes shorts featured on this collection have also been released on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD sets, but this set also includes a handful of cartoons that have not been released on these Golden Collections. The cartoons A Wild Hare and Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt which were previously reissued as Blue Ribbons have their full original titles restored. The cartoon From A to Z-Z-Z-Z previously released as a Blue Ribbon, but retaining its full slate of credits was also presented on this set in its original format. All the Tom and Jerry shorts have been previously released on the Spotlight Collections, but most of them are presented here in remastered versions (the copies sourced for Mouse Trouble and Quiet Please! were badly restored transfers with washed-out colors and grainy pictures, similar to the ones that will be seen in the Tom and Jerry Golden Collection DVD & Blu-Ray sets years later). Three MGM cartoons, Touché, Pussy Cat!, Good Will to Men and One Droopy Knight are presented in their original Cinemascope aspect ratios. To this day, this is Warner's only DVD release of classic animation to feature a variety of different cartoon studios. Aside from this 3-DVD set aimed towards collectors, Warner has also released all three discs separately.

Disc 1[edit]

All 15 cartoons on this disc won Academy Awards

# Title Studio Star(s) Year Director(s)
1 The Milky Way MGM 1940 Rudolf Ising
2 The Yankee Doodle Mouse MGM Tom and Jerry 1943 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
3 Mouse Trouble MGM Tom and Jerry 1944 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
4 Quiet Please! MGM Tom and Jerry, Spike 1945 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
5 The Cat Concerto MGM Tom and Jerry 1946 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
6 Tweetie Pie Warner Bros. Sylvester, Tweety 1947 Friz Freleng
7 The Little Orphan MGM Tom and Jerry, Tuffy 1948 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
8 For Scent-imental Reasons Warner Bros. Pepe Le Pew, Penelope Pussycat 1949 Chuck Jones
9 So Much for So Little Warner Bros. 1949 Chuck Jones
10 The Two Mouseketeers MGM Tom and Jerry, Tuffy 1951 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
11 Johann Mouse MGM Tom and Jerry 1953 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
12 Speedy Gonzales Warner Bros. Speedy Gonzales
Sylvester
1955 Friz Freleng
13 Birds Anonymous Warner Bros. Sylvester, Tweety 1957 Friz Freleng
14 Knighty Knight Bugs Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny
Yosemite Sam
1958 Friz Freleng
15 The Dot and the Line MGM 1965 Chuck Jones

Special Features[edit]

Audio Bonuses[edit]

  • Music-only tracks
    • Speedy Gonzales
    • The Dot and the Line
  • Audio Commentaries
    • Mark Kausler on Quiet Please!
    • Eric Goldberg on The Cat Concerto and The Dot and the Line
    • Greg Ford on For Scent-imental Reasons
    • Jerry Beck on So Much for So Little

Disc 2[edit]

All 14 cartoons on this disc were nominated for Academy Awards, but did not win

# Title Studio Star(s) Year Director(s)
1 Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor Fleischer
Paramount
Popeye, Olive, Wimpy, Bluto 1936 Dave Fleischer
2 Peace on Earth MGM 1939 Hugh Harman
3 A Wild Hare Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd 1940 Tex Avery
4 Puss Gets the Boot MGM Tom and Jerry, Manny Two-Shoes 1940 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
5 Superman Fleischer
Paramount
Superman, Lois 1941 Dave Fleischer
6 Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny, Hiawatha 1941 Friz Freleng
7 Rhapsody in Rivets Warner Bros. 1941 Friz Freleng
8 The Night Before Christmas MGM Tom and Jerry 1941 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
9 Blitz Wolf MGM 1942 Tex Avery
10 Pigs in a Polka Warner Bros. 1943 Friz Freleng
11 Swooner Crooner Warner Bros. Porky Pig 1944 Frank Tashlin
12 Walky Talky Hawky Warner Bros. Foghorn Leghorn, Henery Hawk, Barnyard Dawg 1946 Robert McKimson
13 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse MGM Tom and Jerry 1947 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
14 Mouse Wreckers Warner Bros. Hubie and Bertie, Claude Cat, Hector the Bulldog 1949 Chuck Jones

Special Features[edit]

Audio Bonuses[edit]

  • Audio Commentaries
    • Jerry Beck, Leslie Carbaga, Ray Pointer and Bob Jacques on Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor
    • Greg Ford on Peace on Earth and A Wild Hare
    • Mark Kausler on Puss Gets the Boot
    • Paul Dini on Superman
    • Eric Goldberg on Blitz Wolf
    • Jerry Beck on Walky Talky Hawky

Goofs[edit]

The print of Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor featured on this set has the music from the a.a.p. ending logo (originally the ending music to Olive Oyl for President) on the end Paramount title.

Disc 3[edit]

All 12 cartoons on this disc were nominated for Academy Awards, but did not win

# Title Studio Star(s) Year Director(s)
1 Hatch Up Your Troubles MGM Tom and Jerry 1949 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
2 Jerry's Cousin MGM Tom and Jerry, Butch(cameo), Muscle mouse, Lighting(cameo) 1951 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
3 Little Johnny Jet MGM 1953 Tex Avery
4 Touché, Pussy Cat! MGM Tom and Jerry, Tuffy 1954 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
5 From A to Z-Z-Z-Z Warner Bros. Ralph Phillips 1954 Chuck Jones
6 Sandy Claws Warner Bros. Sylvester, Tweety, Granny 1955 Friz Freleng
7 Good Will to Men MGM 1955 William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
8 Tabasco Road Warner Bros. Speedy Gonzales 1957 Robert McKimson
9 One Droopy Knight MGM Droopy, Butch Bulldog 1957 Michael Lah
10 High Note Warner Bros. 1960 Chuck Jones
11 Nelly's Folly Warner Bros. 1961 Chuck Jones
12 Now Hear This Warner Bros. 1963 Chuck Jones

Special Features[edit]

Audio Bonuses[edit]

  • Music-only tracks
    • Little Johnny Jet
    • Touche, Pussy Cat!
    • Tabasco Road
    • One Droopy Knight
  • Vocal Chorus section isolated audio track
    • Good Will to Men
  • Audio Commentaries
    • Amid Amidi on From A to Z-Z-Z-Z and Now Hear This

Documentary[edit]

  • Drawn for Glory: Animation's Triumph at the Oscars

Bonus Short[edit]