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Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 2 [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Learn how they draw Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, Tweety and Sylvester, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and Michigan J. Frog
  • Languages: English, Français and Español
  • Subtitles: English, Français and Español
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Ain't She Tweet
Room and Bird
Hollywood Steps Out
A Merrie Melodies short featuring caricatures of Hollywood celebrites. ~ Sarah Block, Rovi

I Love to Singa
A Corny Concerto
Two pieces of classical music by Johann Strauss form the background for A Corny Concerto, a two-part animated short from director Robert Clampett. Elmer Fudd plays the role of orchestra conductor, attempting to provide proper introductions to the different works while struggling with his rapidly disintegrating tuxedo. The first part, "Tales from the Vienna Woods," features Bugs Bunny and -- in Elmer's usual hunter role -- Porky Pig. Bugs easily outwits Porky and his hunting dog, but all three wind up on the wrong end of Porky's shotgun, thanks to an irate squirrel. Throughout the short, all the characters occasionally lapse into balletic movements, and Bugs even briefly dons a tutu. The cartoon's second segment is set to the strains of the "Blue Danube," and centers around a duckling -- who bears a striking resemblance to a young Daffy -- who attempts to join a family of swans, but is continually rebuffed by the swan mother. Much of the waltz is actually sung by the swans; when the young duck joins in, his loud, off-key quacks give him away. However, when a vulture steals the young swans, it's up to the ugly duckling to come to the rescue. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Tweet, Tweet, Tweety
Show Biz Bugs
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

The Hep Cat
Though Warner Brothers had been making color cartoons since the 1930s under its Merrie Melodies banner, director Robert Clampett's The Hep Cat was the first color animated short in the Looney Tunes series. A fairly simple dog-versus-cat story, the cartoon begins with the titular cat once again sneaking through the yard guarded by Rosebud the dog, who naturally gives chase. The chase is punctuated by a couple of musical numbers, as the Hep Cat attempts to romance the neighborhood lady cats. Rosebud decides to use the feline's amorous streak to his advantage, planning to trick him with a hand puppet made up to look like a female cat. But though the Hep Cat does fall in love and attempt to woo the puppet, the dog's scheme is still less than a total success. Many of the short's best gags border on the risque -- at one point, when caressing the puppet, the Hep Cat's hands move down too far and touch the dog's nose; when he feels the strange bulge, he happily notes that "something new has been added!," and he resumes his embrace. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Baby Bottleneck
Back Alley Oproar
Porky in Wackyland
Katnip Kollege
Bad Ol' Putty Tat
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

Stage Door Cartoon
Bird in a Guilty Cage
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

Book Revue
Have You Got Any Castles?
You Ought to Be in Pictures
Snow Business
All a Bir-r-r-rd
Gift Wrapped
Rhapsody Rabbit
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

Duck Soup to Nuts
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