Warner Brother's Golden Collection - Truly Golden
| When Warner Brothers released the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection it felt like a good start that left a lot missing. With the release of part two (and subsequently part three), fans of the bunny and his friends finally have their dream come true; the definitive collection of the best Warnerís shorts ever.
This is not the collection for fans of the early days, black and white toons. This is for those of us who grew up on the Saturday morning Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour whose theme song is lovingly included here. There are a few shorts featuring Bugs before he solidified his current form and personality, including the very endearing Tortoise Beats Hare and its follow up Rabbit Transit. However, mostly these set continues in the tradition of the first by focusing on the best films of the 50s era.
The duos of Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote and Sylvester & Tweety, are both short shifted in the first set, but each get their own disc in set two. While this might go a little overboard, as their themes start to run a little thin, it does manage to include some of the best shorts in their respective cannons, including the Oscar winning Tweetie Pie and a personal favourite of mine, the 30 min pilot to The Adventures of the Road Runner TV series in which the Coyote breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the audience.
Daffy and Porky, are featured well in set one but are all but missing in set two and only set one features Taz, LePew, Foghorn Leghorn or Speedy Gonzales. Set two treats us to the classic One Froggy Evening, the inspired The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, Chuck Jonesí masterpiece Whatís Opera Doc? and the wonderfully bizarre You Aught to be in Pictures.
The making of documentaries and the commentaries are pretty top notch as are the bridging sequences culled from old television broadcasts. However, in an attempt to flesh out the extras, there is a lame 50th Anniversary special from the 80s that only reminds us that despite how on top of the animation game Warners was in the middle of the last century, they havenít been able to do anything good with these characters for a generation.
The first two volumes, are the perfect set to enjoy the Warner shorts. While there are still a few cartoons missing, I think it will be hard to put together a more satisfying group than what is presented here. Pick up both and spend the weekend remembering how wonderful these films were before the horrors that are Space Jam and Back in Action.