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 dates
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 February 2, 1946 (1946-02-02) Friz Freleng LT
2 Rabbit Seasoning Daffy, Elmer September 20, 1952 (1952-09-20) Chuck Jones MM
3 Long-Haired Hare June 25, 1949 (1949-06-25) Chuck Jones LT
4 High Diving Hare* Sam April 30, 1949 (1949-04-30) Friz Freleng LT
5 Bully for Bugs August 8, 1953 (1953-08-08) Chuck Jones LT
6 What's Up Doc? Elmer June 17, 1950 (1950-06-17) Robert McKimson LT
7 Rabbit's Kin Pete Puma November 15, 1952 (1952-11-15) Robert McKimson MM
8 Water, Water Every Hare Gossamer April 19, 1952 (1952-04-19) Chuck Jones LT
9 Big House Bunny Sam April 22, 1950 (1950-04-22) Friz Freleng LT
10 Big Top Bunny December 1, 1951 (1951-12-01) Robert McKimson MM
11 My Bunny Lies over the Sea* December 4, 1948 (1948-12-04) Chuck Jones MM
12 Wabbit Twouble Elmer December 20, 1941 (1941-12-20) Bob Clampett MM
13 Ballot Box Bunny Sam October 6, 1951 (1951-10-06) Friz Freleng MM
14 Rabbit of Seville Elmer December 16, 1950 (1950-12-16) 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]

Disc 2 - Best of Daffy & Porky[edit]

# Title Daffy, Porky, or Both? Co-stars Release date Director Series
1 Duck Amuck Daffy February 28, 1953 (1953-02-28) Chuck Jones MM
2 Dough for the Do-Do* Porky September 3, 1949 (1949-09-03) Friz Freleng MM
3 Drip-Along Daffy Both Nasty Canasta November 17, 1951 (1951-11-17) Chuck Jones MM
4 Scaredy Cat** Porky Sylvester December 18, 1948 (1948-12-18) Chuck Jones MM
5 The Ducksters Both September 2, 1950 (1950-09-02) Chuck Jones LT
6 The Scarlet Pumpernickel* Both Elmer, Henery, Sylvester, Melissa Duck March 4, 1950 (1950-03-04) Chuck Jones LT
7 Yankee Doodle Daffy Both July 3, 1943 (1943-07-03) Friz Freleng LT
8 Porky Chops Porky February 12, 1949 (1949-02-12) Arthur Davis LT
9 The Wearing of the Grin Porky July 14, 1951 (1951-07-14) Chuck Jones LT
10 Deduce, You Say Both September 29, 1956 (1956-09-29) Chuck Jones LT
11 Boobs in the Woods* Both January 28, 1950 (1950-01-28) Robert McKimson LT
12 Golden Yeggs* Both Rocky August 5, 1950 (1950-08-05) Friz Freleng MM
13 Rabbit Fire Daffy Bugs, Elmer May 19, 1951 (1951-05-19) Chuck Jones LT
14 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century Both Marvin July 25, 1953 (1953-07-25) 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 March 2, 1940 (1940-03-02) MM
2 Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears Bugs, The Three Bears February 26, 1944 (1944-02-26) MM
3 Fast and Furry-ous* Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner September 17, 1949 (1949-09-17) LT
4 Hair-Raising Hare Bugs, Gossamer May 25, 1946 (1946-05-25) MM
5 Awful Orphan* Charlie, Porky January 29, 1949 (1949-01-29) MM
6 Haredevil Hare Bugs, K-9, Marvin July 24, 1948 (1948-07-24) LT
7 For Scent-imental Reasons* Pepé, Penelope November 12, 1949 (1949-11-12) LT
8 Frigid Hare Bugs October 8, 1949 (1949-10-08) MM
9 The Hypo-Chondri-Cat* Claude Cat, Hubie and Bertie April 15, 1950 (1950-04-15) MM
10 Baton Bunny Bugs January 10, 1959 (1959-01-10) LT
11 Feed the Kitty Marc and Pussyfoot February 2, 1952 (1952-02-02) MM
12 Don't Give Up the Sheep Ralph and Sam January 3, 1953 (1953-01-03) LT
13 Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid Bugs, Beaky July 11, 1942 (1942-07-11) MM
14 Tortoise Wins by a Hare Bugs, Cecil February 2, 1943 (1943-02-02) 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 October 7, 1950 (1950-10-07) MM
2 Bunker Hill Bunny Bugs, Sam September 23, 1950 (1950-09-23) MM
3 Kit for Cat# Elmer, Sylvester November 6, 1948 (1948-11-06) LT
4 Putty Tat Trouble* Sylvester, Tweety February 24, 1951 (1951-02-24) LT
5 Bugs and Thugs Bugs, Rocky and Mugsy March 27, 1954 (1954-03-27) LT
6 Canned Feud* Sylvester February 3, 1951 (1951-02-03) LT
7 Lumber Jerks Goofy Gophers June 25, 1955 (1955-06-25) LT
8 Speedy Gonzales Speedy, Sylvester September 17, 1955 (1955-09-17) MM
9 Tweety's S.O.S. Granny, Sylvester, Tweety September 22, 1951 (1951-09-22) MM
10 The Foghorn Leghorn** Foghorn, Henery October 9, 1948 (1948-10-09) MM
11 Daffy Duck Hunt* Barnyard, Daffy, Porky March 26, 1949 (1949-03-26) LT
12 Early to Bet* May 12, 1951 (1951-05-12) MM
13 A Broken Leghorn Foghorn, Prissy September 26, 1959 (1959-09-26) LT
14 Devil May Hare Bugs, Taz June 19, 1954 (1954-06-19) 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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