Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection, Vol. 1 [3 Discs] [Blu-ray]
  • SKU: 3641357
  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Rating: NR
  • 4.9 (16)
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.9
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 16)

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Six featurettes
  • Select commentaries
  • Alternate audio track
  • Disc 2:
  • Three new featurettes

Synopsis

Rabbit Hood
Ducking the Devil
For Scent-imental Reasons
The dapper proprietor of an exclusive Parisian perfumery opens his shop one morning to discover a skunk (Pepe Le Pew) sampling his wares. Distraught, he calls a gendarme to remove the trespasser, but the policeman refuses to touch the smelly animal. The proprietor seizes hold of a cat and throws her in, ordering her to rid the premises of the skunk. Unfortunately, she knocks over a bottle of white dye which spreads along her back, giving her the appearance of another skunk. Pepe is struck with desire upon seeing the attractive faux-polecat and he makes amorous advances upon her. Repulsed, the cat hides inside a glass case. Pepe demands that she come out, and when she refuses, he places a gun to his head and pulls the trigger. The alarmed cat rushes out into his arms ("Fortunately for you, I missed," he explains), and then escapes to an upstairs room. As Pepe approaches, she jumps out the window. Proclaiming that they will die together, Pepe jumps after her. He lands in a bucket of blue paint, and she in a barrel of water. The cat, wet and bedraggled, looks so unappetizing that Pepe does not recognize her. On the other hand, with his strike covered, Pepe now resembles a very well-built cat, and he soon finds himself the object of the female cat's unwanted -- and very aggressive -- adoration. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

A-Haunting We Will Go
Rabbit of Seville
Warner Brothers cartoon director Chuck Jones casts Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in the roles of opera singers in the Looney Tunes short The Rabbit of Seville. Preceding Jones' famous Wagner parody What's Opera, Doc? by seven years, this short begins out in the wilds, with Elmer chasing the wascally wabbit through the woods. Bugs takes refuge in a local building, which turns out to be an opera house; naturally, the two manage to become stuck on stage when the show, a performance of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, begins. Bugs sings hilarious new lyrics to the opera's overture, penned by Jones and writer Michael Maltese, as he forces the confused hunter into a barber's chair and treats him to a full make-over, beginning with a rather violent shave. Other barbershop gags include Bugs snake-charming an electric razor, a race for the ceiling between escalating barber's chairs, and a pedicure involving a can opener. Perhaps the most memorable sequence, however, involves a bottle of "Figaro fertilizer" that makes Elmer's head grow hair -- and then sprout flowers. Unlike What's Opera, Doc?, this is a comic opera, so all ends relatively happily, with a nod to The Marriage of Figaro. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Robin Hood Daffy
Old Glory
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
The great detective Duck Twacy must get to the bottom of a sudden rash of stolen piggy banks in the Looney Tunes animated short The Great Piggy Bank Robbery. Naturally, Duck Twacy is actually Daffy Duck, who, after being hit on the head while reading a Dick Tracy comic book, now imagines himself inside the story. Daffy's quest to find the missing piggy banks -- which, of course, doesn't really begin until after his own bank has disappeared -- leads him to the secret hideout of an evil gang, which he recognizes thanks to the neon sign flashing "Gangster Hideout." Director Robert Clampett and writer Warren Foster affectionately parody the famed Chester Gould comic strip, especially its collection of oddball villains, as Daffy goes up against such bad guys as: Snake Eyes, the man with dice for eyes; Bat Man, a giant baseball bat with arms and legs; Neon Noodle, who is made entirely of neon light; 88 Teeth, the man with piano keys for teeth; and Rubberhead, who stammers "I'm gonna rub you out" before nearly erasing Daffy out of the cartoon. Also notable is a cameo appearance by Porky Pig, who appears in disguise, wearing a false mustache. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

A Tale of Two Kitties
Comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are reborn as a pair of hungry felines named Babbitt and Catsello in this cartoon, which marks the first appearance of that cagey canary Tweety Pie (unnamed here, but identified as "Orson" on the character model sheets). Spotting the baby-talking canary in a nest high atop a flagpole, the opportunistic Babbitt orders the tubby Catsello to climb upward and grab the bird. Alas, the feathered fiend has an endless arsenal of weapons at his disposal--and Catsello isn't much of a match for him anyway, not even with home-made wings. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Baby Bottleneck
The Scarlet Pumpernickel
Speedy Gonzales
Everyone's favorite fast-moving mouse takes the lead in this Academy Award-winning cartoon short directed by Friz Freleng. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Hare Tonic
Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare
Katnip Kollege
Broom-Stick Bunny
The Three Little Bops
Kitty Kornered
Porky Pig has some troubles putting his cats out for the evening in Kitty Kornered, a Looney Tunes animated short from director Bob Clampett. But although the four troublesome felines (including Looney Tunes regular Sylvester) do everything in their power to resist the harried pig, Porky eventually frightens them out into the snowy night by calling on "Lassie," a vicious dog that actually turns out to be a shadow puppet. When the cats discover this deception, they, led by Sylvester, decide to get even -- they'll scare him even more than he scared them. Their revenge centers around a false radio broadcast, fooling Porky into believing there has been a landing of spacecraft from Mars. The cats then appear, dressed as multi-colored Martians, and have loads of fun tormenting Porky before chasing him out of the house. Highlights include a gun in a glass case, marked "Use Only in Case of Invasion from Mars," and a moment where the quartet of cats all simultaneously impersonate Teddy Roosevelt, charging on Porky with swords drawn. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

What's Opera, Doc?
One of the most beloved of all Warner Brothers cartoons, What's Opera Doc? re-imagines the Elmer Fudd versus Bugs Bunny conflict as a German opera, complete with expressionist sets, tragic romance, and a majestic chorus of "Kill the wabbit!" Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese combine the usual wisecrack humor with a real appreciation of the classical form, crafting a loving parody of Wagner's Ring Cycle that manages to condense the massive four-opera work into a single, seven-minute story of a hunter, a rabbit, and a spear and magic helmet. Elmer takes on the Siegfried role, planning to use the magic armor to capture the rabbit. However, Bugs, as always, has countless schemes to foil Elmer -- including posing as his true love, the warrior maiden Brunhilde. When Elmer discovers this deception, however, he uses the full force of his magic to call up the power of the weather -- including winds, hurricanes, and the worst horror of all, smog. But for a few comic asides, all the dialogue is sung. Brilliant voice characterizations, wonderfully designed backgrounds, and smart writing all combine, under Jones' guidance, to create a hilarious classic. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Duck Amuck
Daffy Duck faces a rather bizarre adversary in the classic Merrie Melodies short Duck Amuck, which pits Daffy against a mischievous off-screen animator, who is constantly altering and even sabotaging the cartoon. The trouble begins when, during a Three Musketeers parody, Daffy suddenly notices the background has disappeared, leaving only empty space. He complains to the animator, who then puts him through an ever-changing series of locations, from a barnyard, to snow-covered fields to a tropical island. Daffy tries to adapt, apologizing to the audience for the trouble, but grows increasingly flustered as the changes continue. Soon he and the silent, faceless animator -- Daffy can only see a brush and a white glove -- are arguing over other aspects of the production, from the background colors to the definition of a close-up. Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese have a great deal of fun with this reflexive premise, gleefully poking fun at the process of animation itself while building towards a superb final punchline. Highlights include the transformation of Daffy's voice into strange sound effects and an improperly adjusted frame line that allows Daffy to get into an argument with himself. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Lovelorn Leghorn
The Hasty Hare
From A to Z-z-z-z
Scaredy Cat
Boyhood Daze
Baseball Bugs
Bedevilled Rabbit
Duck Dodgers in the 24th and 1/2 Century
Chow Hound
To keep himself supplied with thick juicy steaks, a greedy bulldog runs an elaborate scam, using a scraggly cat as his patsy. The dog farms out the feline's "services" to a variety of human masters, forcing the cat to pose as a champion mouser named Butch, a pampered "pedigreed" cat named Harold, and even a sabertoothed "Alley Catus." It's the cat's job to appropriate steaks from his various owners, and woe betide the poor pussy if he forgets to bring the gravy. But a chilling retribution is in store for the gluttonous dog when his voracious appetite proves to be his undoing. Chow Hound may well be the most relentlessly sadistic of Chuck Jones' Warner Bros. cartoons--not to mention one of the funniest. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Devil May Hare
Feed the Kitty
A Witch's Tangled Hare
I Love to Singa
Beep, Beep
The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall
Fast and Furry-ous
Haredevil Hare
Buccaneer Bunny
Bugs Bunny happens to be on hand when Pirate Sam is burying a treasure chest. Aiming his pistol at Bugs, Sam growls "Dead rabbits tell no tales"--but the rascally rabbit proves too fast and too smart for the pint-sized pirate. After chasing Bugs up, down and around his ship--and repeatedly getting a cannon blast in the face for his troubles--Sam makes the biggest mistake of his criminal career by calling Bugs' bluff when the Bunny casually tosses a lit match into the gunpowder hold. A huge "Ker-BOOM" is inevitable...and that's NOT all, folks! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Mad As a Mars Hare
Feline Frame-Up
Tweetie Pie
Upon finding a tiny bird named Tweety warming himself by the butt of a smoldering cigar, Thomas the cat (later Sylvester) schemes to make the little yellow hatching his lunch. Unfortunately for Thomas, his mistress plans to save the tiny bird. Now, in order to have his lunch as planned, Thomas constructs a Rube Goldberg device designed to help him capture Tweety without getting caught. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Old Grey Hare
Despairing over his inability to catch Bugs Bunny in his own time, Elmer Fudd is suddenly thrust forward to the year 2000 AD, courtesy of God (making a rare movie appearance). After catching up with the latest news headlines ("Smellivision Replaces Television"), the ancient, wrinkled Elmer grabs his trusty Buck Rogers Lightning-Quick Rabbit Killer and finally manages to bag the equally elderly Bugs ("What's up, Pruneface?") As he lays dying, Bugs recalls the first time he and Elmer met as babies, then tearfully buries himself in his own grave...or does he? The closing gag is a blast! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Pest in the House
Checking into a hotel after an exhausting road trip, a weary businessman warns hotel manager Elmer Fudd of dire consequences--namely a punch in the nose!--if he is disturbed while trying to sleep. Unfortunately, overeager bellboy Daffy Duck wastes no time in making a noisy pest of himself, and as a result the bleary-eyed businessman periodically schlumps downstairs to mete out punishment to poor Elmer. Apparently the only way to save Elmer's nose from further abuse is to promote Daffy to the position of manager--a desperate move that does nothing to forestall the inevitable final punch! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hare-Way to the Stars
Bill of Hare
Bewitched Bunny
In her first cartoon appearance, Witch Hazel lures a pair of obese German tots named Hansel and Gretel into her gingerbread house. Knowing what Hazel has in mind (he's read the book, after all), Bugs Bunny appoints himself the kids' guardian. Although "Der Kinder" manage to escape before they're popped into the oven, Bugs himself is not so lucky, and spends the rest of the picture being pursued by Witch Hazel (loose hairpins and all) all around her bizarrely furnished bungalow. As a bonus, Prince Charming appears as "himself". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

One Froggy Evening
Another classic cartoon from director Chuck Jones, this hilarious Merrie Melodies short introduces the singing, dancing amphibian Michigan J. Frog (later to become the official symbol of the Warner Brothers television network.) The frog is initially discovered by a fairly average man, who finds a mysterious box in the remnants of a demolished building. Inside the box is the frog, who immediately begins a rousing performance of "Hello My Ragtime Gal," complete with kick-step, top hat and cane. The man is thrilled at this discovery, realizing such a rare frog could be quite valuable. He decides to stage a public performance by the frog, and ends up sinking his life savings into the show. Things go awry, however, when the frog refuses to perform -- it turns out the frog will only sing and dance when the man is alone. If anyone else is around, it just sits there and ribbits. Michigan J. Frog's songs are the only dialogue in this film, which also features performances of "'I'm Just Wild About Harry," a Rossini aria, and an original number, "The Michigan Rag," penned by Jones and writer Michael Maltese. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

8 Ball Bunny
Porky Chops

Overall Customer Rating

4.9 (16 Reviews)
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