Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Adding to the wonderful list of classic cartoon DVD being released this year is the final volume of Tom & Jerry! This is very exciting news and I hope that Warner Home Video will pay a bit more attention in what they are doing with this set. Volume One and two were advertised as complete, uncut and unedited but that was not the case as a number of shorts in both volumes were edited! Look for the description below.

Tex Avery's Droopy

Woody Woodpecker

May 15: Droopy - the Complete Theatrical Collection 24 shorts on 2 discs. All of Tex Avery's and Michael Lah's shorts including the Oscar nominated One Droopy Night. I have started watching this set and while the cartoons are a joy to watch, this set contains some of the worse cases of DNVR I have ever seen. It is very distracting to watch.

July 24: The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection 75 shorts on three discs that include fan-favourites such as Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Wally Walrus, Oswald Rabbit and many other Walter Lantz classics!

July 31: Popeye the Sailor - Volume 1: 1933-1938 60 shorts on 4 discs. All of the great Fleisher Studios Popeye cartoons are presented here, many for the first time, fully restored and in chronilogical order! Commentaries, documentaries and featurettes make up the many bonus features.

Popeye the Sailor

Early art work for
Tom & Jerry Vol.3

September 11: Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Three This final volume will complete the collection of Tom & Jerry shorts directed by Will Hanna and Joe Barbera. A fourth volume of the Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones short would be nice but not likely.

December 11: Walt Disney Treasures: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit 26 shorts on two discs. The Treasures line of DVD is an annual event that Disney fans always look forward to. This year is a major highlight as this pre-Mickey Mouse star comes to DVD in a complete collection.

December 11: Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald - Volume Three 30-35 shorts on two discs. This third volume will include the first cartoons starring Donald's co-stars, Chip n' Dale!

But wait! There's more! We should hear about Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five sometime this summer. That set will have 60 more Looney Tunes shorts on four discs and will come out sometime this fall! Talk about good news! I won't be leaving my house this summer!


starlac said...

The MGM set released in France had much the same DVNR problems as this set sound like it has; probably because they're taken from the same source. This is kind of why I'm picky over those words "Digitally Remastered"

Nice to see that Region 1 is finally finishing with it spotlight collection of Hanna & Barbera, Tom & Jerry shorts. Yet I can't help but laugh at the whole affair. Although it's true that the UK/R2 discs had 6 shorts cut - at least we had uncut videos to fall back on!

I suppose if Warners decide not to release the Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones shorts then the only option left open is vol.5&6 of the UK/R2 releases.

toast said...

starlac, is that vol. 5&6 of the R2 versions out or was that another wish? I didn't quite get that comment.

toast said...

I forgot to change in this post that the Oswald cartoons won't be a complete set. A reader let me know this:

I'm afraid the Disney Treasures' Oswald set will only be a "best of" type compilation, as only 13 of Oswald's 26 cartoons are presently known to exist!
I suppose it will be filled out with other Disney silent cartoons, though who knows...

I hope to see more Alice Comedies. I can't imagine what else Disney would fill this set up with and it would be extremely lame to make it only one disc. Oh well, time will tell.

starlac said...

If memory serves, Vol.5 and 6 were both released in the UK back in 2004.

I can't wait for the release of these collections this year (bar Tom and Jerry), regardless of how many Oswalds shorts Disney has got/found. Popeye, Woody and Friends, more Treasures and Looney Tunes are enough for any fan of classic animation to look forward too.