Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2

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Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2
Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume 2.jpg
DVD-cover
Directed by Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert Clampett, Robert McKimson, Frank Tashlin and Tex Avery
Produced by Leon Schlesinger, Eddie Selzer, John W. Burton
Starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Sylvester, Tweety, Mel Blanc (voice)
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release date
November 2, 2004 (2004-11-02) (United States)
Running time
432 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 is a DVD box set that was released by Warner Home Video on November 2, 2004. It contains 60 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons and numerous supplements.[1]

Related releases[edit]

As with Volume 1, the individual discs were released separately in Region 4:

  • Disc 1: Best of Bugs Bunny - Volume 2[2]
  • Disc 2: Best of Road Runner[3]
  • Disc 3: Best of Tweety and Sylvester[4]
  • Disc 4: All-Stars - Volume 3[5]

In Region 1, discs 3 and 4 were also released separately as the more family-friendly Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 2.

Disc #1: Bugs Bunny Masterpieces[edit]

All cartoons on this disc star Bugs Bunny.
# Title Co-stars Release date Director Series
1 The Big Snooze Elmer October 5, 1946 (1946-10-05) Bob Clampett LT
2 Broom-Stick Bunny Witch Hazel February 25, 1956 (1956-02-25) Chuck Jones LT
3 Bugs Bunny Rides Again Yosemite Sam June 12, 1948 (1948-06-12) Friz Freleng MM
4 Bunny Hugged The Crusher March 10, 1951 (1951-03-10) Chuck Jones MM
5 French Rarebit June 30, 1951 (1951-06-30) Robert McKimson MM
6 Gorilla My Dreams Gruesome Gorilla January 3, 1948 (1948-01-03) Robert McKimson LT
7 The Hare-Brained Hypnotist* Elmer October 31, 1942 (1942-10-31) Friz Freleng MM
8 Hare Conditioned August 11, 1945 (1945-08-11) Chuck Jones LT
9 The Heckling Hare Willoughby July 5, 1941 (1941-07-05) Tex Avery MM
10 Little Red Riding Rabbit January 4, 1944 (1944-01-04) Friz Freleng MM
11 Tortoise Beats Hare Cecil March 15, 1941 (1941-03-15) Tex Avery MM
12 Rabbit Transit Cecil May 10, 1947 (1947-05-10) Friz Freleng LT
13 Slick Hare Elmer November 1, 1947 (1947-11-01) Friz Freleng MM
14 Baby Buggy Bunny December 18, 1954 (1954-12-18) Chuck Jones MM
15 Hyde and Hare August 27, 1955 (1955-08-27) Friz Freleng LT

(*): Public domain cartoon.

Special Features[edit]

Audio bonuses[edit]

From the Vaults[edit]

  • The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special: Part 1
  • The Bugs Bunny Show: Do or Diet bridging sequences; No Business Like Slow Business audio recording sessions with Mel Blanc

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

Disc #2: Road Runner and Friends[edit]

All cartoons on this disc are directed by Chuck Jones.
# Title Characters Release date Series
1 Beep, Beep Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner May 24, 1952 (1952-05-24) MM
2 Going! Going! Gosh! Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner August 23, 1952 (1952-08-23) MM
3 Zipping Along Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner September 19, 1953 (1953-09-19) MM
4 Stop! Look! And Hasten! Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner August 14, 1954 (1954-08-14) MM
5 Ready, Set, Zoom! Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner April 30, 1955 (1955-04-30) LT
6 Guided Muscle Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner December 10, 1955 (1955-12-10) LT
7 Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner May 5, 1956 (1956-05-05) LT
8 There They Go-Go-Go! Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner November 10, 1956 (1956-11-10) LT
9 Scrambled Aches Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner January 26, 1957 (1957-01-26) LT
10 Zoom and Bored Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner September 14, 1957 (1957-09-14) MM
11 Whoa, Be-Gone! Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner April 12, 1958 (1958-04-12) MM
12 Cheese Chasers Claude, Hubie and Bertie, Marc Antony August 25, 1951 (1951-08-25) MM
13 The Dover Boys* September 10, 1942 (1942-09-10) MM
14 Mouse Wreckers Claude, Hubie and Bertie April 23, 1949 (1949-04-23) LT
15 A Bear for Punishment The Three Bears October 20, 1951 (1951-10-20) LT

(*): Public domain cartoon.

Special Features[edit]

Audio bonuses[edit]

From the Vaults[edit]

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

  • Crash! Bang! Boom!: The Wild Sounds of Treg Brown

Disc #3: Tweety and Sylvester and Friends[edit]

# Title Characters Release date Director Series
1 Bad Ol' Putty Tat Tweety, Sylvester July 23, 1949 (1949-07-23) Friz Freleng MM
2 All a Bir-r-r-rd Tweety, Sylvester, Hector June 24, 1950 (1950-06-24) Friz Freleng LT
3 Room and Bird Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Hector June 2, 1951 (1951-06-02) Friz Freleng MM
4 Tweet Tweet Tweety Tweety, Sylvester December 15, 1951 (1951-12-15) Friz Freleng LT
5 Gift Wrapped Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Hector February 16, 1952 (1952-02-16) Friz Freleng LT
6 Ain't She Tweet Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Hector June 21, 1952 (1952-06-21) Friz Freleng LT
7 A Bird In A Guilty Cage Tweety, Sylvester August 30, 1952 (1952-08-30) Friz Freleng LT
8 Snow Business# Tweety, Sylvester, Granny January 17, 1953 (1953-01-17) Friz Freleng LT
9 Tweetie Pie Tweety, Sylvester May 3, 1947 (1947-05-03) Friz Freleng MM
10 Kitty Kornered Porky, Sylvester June 8, 1946 (1946-06-08) Bob Clampett LT
11 Baby Bottleneck** Daffy, Porky March 16, 1946 (1946-03-16) Bob Clampett LT
12 Old Glory*** Porky July 1, 1939 (1939-07-01) Chuck Jones MM
13 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery Daffy July 20, 1946 (1946-07-20) Bob Clampett LT
14 Duck Soup to Nuts Daffy, Porky May 27, 1944 (1944-05-27) Friz Freleng LT
15 Porky in Wackyland Porky September 24, 1938 (1938-09-24) Bob Clampett LT

(**): The original opening and ending title sequences have been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.
(***): Original flag cue restored
(#): Original ending title card has been restored, replacing the Merrie Melodies 1959-1960 season ending title card.

Special features[edit]

Audio commentaries[edit]

From the Vaults[edit]

  • Bonus cartoon: Daffy Duck for President (An all-new Daffy Duck cartoon released to tie in with the 2004 Election)
  • The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special: Part 2
  • The Porky Pig Show opening title sequence
  • The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show 1988 and 1992 opening title sequences

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

  • The Man From Wackyland: The Art of Bob Clampett

Disc #4: Looney Tunes All-Stars: On Stage and Screen[edit]

# Title Characters Release date Director Series
1 Back Alley Oproar**** Sylvester, Elmer March 27, 1948 (1948-03-27) Friz Freleng MM
2 Book Revue* Daffy January 5, 1946 (1946-01-05) Bob Clampett LT
3 A Corny Concerto# Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Porky September 18, 1943 (1943-09-18) Bob Clampett MM
4 Have You Got Any Castles?** # June 25, 1938 (1938-06-25) Frank Tashlin MM
5 Hollywood Steps Out# May 24, 1941 (1941-05-24) Tex Avery MM
6 I Love to Singa**** July 18, 1936 (1936-07-18) Tex Avery MM
7 Katnip Kollege June 11, 1938 (1938-06-11) Cal Howard and Cal Dalton MM
8 The Hep Cat October 3, 1942 (1942-10-03) Bob Clampett LT
9 Three Little Bops January 5, 1957 (1957-01-05) Friz Freleng LT
10 One Froggy Evening Michigan J. Frog December 31, 1955 (1955-12-31) Chuck Jones MM
11 Rhapsody Rabbit Bugs November 9, 1946 (1946-11-09) Friz Freleng MM
12 Show Biz Bugs Bugs, Daffy November 2, 1957 (1957-11-02) Friz Freleng LT
13 Stage Door Cartoon Bugs, Elmer December 16, 1944 (1944-12-16) Friz Freleng MM
14 What's Opera, Doc? Bugs, Elmer July 6, 1957 (1957-07-06) Chuck Jones MM
15 You Ought to Be in Pictures*** Daffy, Porky May 18, 1940 (1940-05-18) Friz Freleng LT

(*): The original opening and ending title sequences have been restored for this release, replacing the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.
(**): Footage featuring a caricature of Alexander Woollcott, cut from the Blue Ribbon reissue after Woollcott died, has been restored for this release.
(***): Combines live-action with animation.
(****): Original opening and credits restored, as the original closing was kept in the reissue.
(#): Public domain cartoon.

Special features[edit]

Audio bonuses[edit]

Behind-the-Tunes[edit]

From the Vaults[edit]

  • Orange Blossoms For Violet (1952)- short live movie with dubbed-animals only.
  • Academy Award-winning So Much for So Little (1949).
  • Sinkin' in the Bathtub - although stated in the DVD box as included in this section, this cartoon was not included. It appeared in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, vol. 3, disc 2 (in the "Special Features" section). The 2009 UK edition deletes "Sinkin' in the Bathtub" from the DVD box, thus correcting the error.

Anomalies[edit]

Although all cartoons on The Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 are presented uncut, a handful of cartoons in this DVD set feature digital video noise reduction (or DVNR) applied artifacting: the noise reduction process unintentionally erases or blurs some of the scenes in the cartoons. This process has upset consumers and animation collectors; subsequent Looney Tunes DVDs lack such artifacting. Cartoons in the collection that have been afflicted with DVNR are Bob Clampett's The Big Snooze, Frank Tashlin's Have You Got Any Castles?, and Robert McKimson's Gorilla My Dreams.

Also controversial is the inclusion of interlaced copies of a handful of cartoons, most of which are present on the DVD in progressive scan. Many have raised concern over the process and have insisted that Warner Home Video encode the cartoons onto DVD in progressive scan only. The interlaced cartoons on this collection are Bob Clampett's A Corny Concerto and Book Revue, Tex Avery's I Love to Singa and Hollywood Steps Out, and Frank Tashlin's Have You Got Any Castles?. No interlacing is used for the cartoon shorts (but appears in the special features) in the PAL version of the collection. In 2007 Warner Home Video began a replacement disc program whereby consumers could replace their interlaced discs with new progressive scan ones.[7]

Release and reception[edit]

Warner Home Video was not sure that Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 would sell well enough to justify a second release in the series.[8] Prior to the release of the second volume, WHV's Vice President of Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing announced, "We are extremely pleased with consumer response to last year's Volume One editions and we are delighted to release another installment of our most famous animated classics."[9]

The first set in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series had won the Classic Award at the Parents' Choice Awards,[10] and the second release was also an award-winner. TVShowsOnDVD.com reported that the set won the award for "Best Animated Series" release at the 3rd Annual TV-DVD Conference.[11] In The New York Sun, author and critic Gary Giddins complained that this set, like the first one, was skimpy with the black-and-white shorts, and seemed to avoid the more politically incorrect cartoons in the series. When his review was reprinted in the book, Natural Selection, Giddins noted that Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3 made up for the latter shortcoming by including some of the racist caricature in the series, preceded by an explanatory introduction by Whoopi Goldberg.[12]

In a review reprinted in Syracuse, New York's The Post-Standard, Randy Salas, a critic for the Minneapolis, St. Paul Star Tribune, called the second volume in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series a "glorious release". Salas describes the main content of the set, highlighting contributions from Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng with particular emphasis on Jones' One Froggy Evening (1955). The extras highlighted in the review include commentary from music historian Daniel Goldmark, and interviews with Chuck Jones, who had died in 2002. The review summed up, "This is an essential set for any animation fan, and it might just convert many who are not." The reviewer concluded by pointing out that a 2-disc "Spotlight Collection" with selections from the 4-disc set was also available, but advised, "Skip it and go for the full course."[13]

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