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Warner Bros. Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New documentary Drawn for Glory: Animation's Triumph at the Oscars, recounting backstories of several Oscar-contending shorts and their creators
  • Expert commentary and/or music-only audio tracks on select cartoons
  • Bonus short "What's Cookin' Doc?, featuring Bugs Bunny at the Academy Awards

Synopsis

Yankee Doodle Mouse
War has broken out between Lieutenant Jerry Mouse and his feline enemy Tom, and as the fighting gets under way, the diminutive rodent uses his arsenal of dynamite, egg grenades, and champagne corks to launch an all out attack. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Cat Concerto
As world-renowned pianist Tom sits down to give a performance of Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody", Jerry does his best to disrupt the performance by plucking the piano strings, slamming the shutter on Tom's paws, and generally causing as much chaos as possible. But Tom is the consummate professional, and somehow manages to fend Jerry off without hitting a single wrong note. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Jerry's Cousin
The title character in this Oscar-nominated cartoon is a tough, derby-hatted mouse named Muscles. After beating up all the cats in Hogan's Alley, Muscles receives an urgent message from cousin Jerry, who tells him of the "serious trouble" he's having with his feline nemesis Tom. Wasting no time giving Tom a going over, the Bogart-voiced Muscles warns the cat to lay off Jerry. Rather than heed this warning, Tom takes a crash course in bodybuilding--but still Muscles is able to clean his clock. In desperation, Tom calls in reinforcements, namely a trio of nasty-looking cats from Dirty Work Incorporated. But Jerry's cousin isn't called "Muscles" for nothing...and that's not the half of it! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Birds Anonymous
With a little help from Birds Anonymous, Sylvester thinks that he can jump on the wagon and forget about his craving for delicious little birds. The moment he sees a savory Tweetie bird fly by, however, all bets are off. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
This Oscar-nominated cartoon begins as Tom filches a milk bottle from the front porch and prepares to have breakfast. Jerry wants to share the milk, but Tom is his usual greedy self, and the chase is on. Nonetheless, Jerry manages to get in a few gulps, so Tom resorts to drastic mesaures, mixing up a poisonous potion in hopes of doing away with the troublesome mouse. The plan backfires when the mixture transforms Jerry into a musclebound monstrosity, pummelling Tom into senselessness. Unfortunately, the potion tends to wear off at the most inopportune moments... Watch for Tom's "Tex Avery" reaction when Jerry escapes from a supposedly surefire trap. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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

The Little Orphan
Legendary cartoonists William Hannah and Joseph Barbera co-direct this Academy Award-winning Tom and Jerry laugher about a small mouse with an unusually large appetite. Upon discovering a tiny grey mouse on his doorstep, Jerry kindly takes the refugee in. Unfortunately for Jerry, there's a Thanksgiving feast being prepared in the house, and his newfound friend is determined to eat like a king. Despite Tom's best efforts to protect the spread, his diminutive opponent proves unusually sufficient in the art of culinary self-defense. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Walky Talky Hawky
Mouse Trouble
Convinced that he can rid the house of rodents after ordering a book entitled "How to Trap a Mouse," a frustrated Tom finds his efforts to capture Jerry backfiring at every turn. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Pigs in a Polka
So Much for So Little
The Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary, Short Subject in 1950, this animated Public Service Announcement was produced to draw attention to the topic of immunization while highlighting how low-cost public health services can save countless lives. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Nelly's Folly
The Wild Hare
Mouse Wreckers
Sandy Claws
The Dot and the Line
Chuck Jones directs this Academy Award-winning cartoon detailing the unrequited love that the line has for the dot, and the heartbreak that results due to the dot's feelings for the lively squiggle. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor
The first Popeye cartoon produced in color, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor was also the longest Fleischer production to date, and the first to be nominated for an Academy Award. In this colorful tale, Bluto plays the legendary Sindbad, introduced as the toughest and most remarkable sailor around. He lives on an island that floats on the back of a whale and that is populated by ferocious lions, deadly serpents, a two-headed giant, fiery dragons and an enormous bird, the Roc. Popeye, his pal Wimpy and the "irresistible damsel" Olive Oyl appear in the ocean near Sindbad's island. Stricken with desire for Olive, Sindbad sends the Roc to wreck Popeye's ship and to abduct the delectable damsel. Popeye, singlehandedly carrying Wimpy to safety, swims after the bird and his beloved. Once on the island, Popeye must battle with the various dangerous denizens before going one-to-one with Sindbad and proving -- with the help of a little spinach -- that no evil-doing sailor like Sindbad can get the better of him. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

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

Knighty Knight Bugs
Bugs Bunny attempts to procure the Singing Sword for the Knights of the Round Table in this Academy Award-winning cartoon from the legendary Friz Freleng. A court jester who gets on King Arthur's bad side for declaring that only a fool would attempt to wrangle the mythical weapon from the dreaded Black Knight, Bugs is sent to the villain's castle to do what the Knights of the Round Table cannot. While sneaking into the castle is easy enough, wrangling the Singing Sword from the Black Knight and his sneezing dragon proves to be quite a chore. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

One Droopy Knight
The Milky Way
Denied milk as a punishment for misbehaving, three thirsty kittens catch a ride to the Milky Way in a high-flying hot air balloon. The Milky Way is a place of wonder filled with dairy-blasting geysers and natural milk springs, yet after drinking to their little hearts content the fluffy kittens quickly realize that it was nothing more than an incredible dream. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Good Will to Men
Blitz Wolf
Set during the height of World War II, this Academy Award-nominated short from Tex Avery draws on the tale of the Three Little Pigs to tell the story of a ruthless tyrant named Adolph Wolf, and his attempt to invade the small state of Pigmania. The führer's plans are soon thwarted, however, by the arrival of the heroic Sergeant Pork. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Hatch up Your Troubles
Touche, Pussy Cat
Puss Gets The Boot
Little Johnny Jet
High Note
The Night Before Christmas
Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
Johann Mouse
Realizing that Jerry cannot resist the call of music, Tom learns to play the piano in order to draw the little mouse out of his hole in this Academy Award-winning cartoon from William Hannah and Joseph Barbera. When the members of the household recognize their common housecat's musical talent, however, the hungry feline and his pint-sized nemesis hit the road and become famous musicians. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Quiet Please!
Warned by Spike that he'll be skinned alive if the dreaded bulldog is roused from his beauty rest, a fearful Tom attempts to ensure that the house remains still and silent. When Jerry attempts to undermine Tom's efforts by making as much noise as possible, a scheming Tom attempts to dose Spike with liquefied knock-out drops. Unfortunately, Tom accidentally sets off a bomb while attempting to remove it from underneath Spike -- prompting the irritated bulldog to make good on his dreadful promise. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rhapsody in Rivets
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

From A to Z-z-z-z
Superman
Directed by Dave Fleischer, brother of the legendary Max Fleischer (who serves as producer), this animated short film was the first cinematic adaptation of the classic comic book Superman. Long before George Reeves or Christopher Reeve donned the famous red cape, voice-artist Bud Collyer was Superman, providing the superhero's dialogue in dozens of shorts and television programs over the course of three decades. In this first adventure, Clark Kent must turn into his alter-ego Superman and save the people of Metropolis from certain doom at the hands of a maniacal scientist with a deadly energy cannon. Joan Alexander provides the voice of Lois Lane. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Two Mouseketeers
Tabasco Road
Now Hear This
The weirdest cartoon ever to emerge from the Warner Bros. animation department, Now Hear This is almost impossible to describe, but here goes anyway. Basically, it's the story of a small red horn, which has somehow become detached from the head of Satan. A hard-of-hearing Englishman, dissatisfied with his crumpled green ear horn, stumbles upon the devilish device and adopts it as his own. Before long, the hapless Britisher is barraged with bizarre, distorted sound effects and wildly abstract visuals: an ant sounds like a train, musical notes morph into firecrackers, and the air is filled with "written" sounds like "Punk", "Wiseguy" and even "Gigantic Explosion." Meanwhile, a strange little elf periodically pops out of the horn to make inscrutable gestures--and, ultimately, to deliver the cartoon's "moral." Now Hear This may not make much sense, but that didn't stop it from earning an Academy Award nomination. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Peace on Earth
Swooner Crooner
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