Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 6 [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • All-new documentary profile Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices
  • Commentaries by animators, historians profiling specific cartoons, characters and creators
  • Music-only and music-and-effects tracks on selected shorts
  • 2 Looney Tunes TV specials starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
  • Bonus rarities from the vaults, including Friz Freleng at MGM cartoons and the World of Leon Schlesinger gallery


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

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

Often an Orphan
Abandoned by the latest in a long line of human masters, the troublesome Charley Dog gravitates to the farm of Porky Pig, hoping to find a new home and fresh source of food. After doing the "large soulful eyes" routine, Charley tries to convince Porky that he's the perfect dog: 50% boxer, 50% Irish setter (with brogue), 50% watchdog, 50% spitz, 50% Doberman pinscher, and all Labrador Retriever (and he'll even retrieve a Labrador to prove it). But Porky isn't interested, and spends the rest of the cartoon devising various methods to rid himself of Charlie--all to no avail. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Fighting 69 1/2th
The Ducktators
This deathless satire of Hitler's rise to power tells the story of three barnyard fowls who grow up to become fascist "ducktators." One of them, a duck, bursts out of his egg with a fully grown mustache, screaming "Sieg Heil!" The second fowl is satchel-mouthed goose who bears a frightening resemblance to Italian dictator Mussolini. And the third is a treacherous Japanese duck who rows in from the Far East (At this point, a title card appears apologizing to the "nice ducks and geese" in the audience). As the Axis trio and their "Gestinko" troops wreak havoc on the barnyard, the Dove of Peace begs them to cease and desist--and when they refuse, the Dove decides to switch strategies and kick a few feathery backsides. The cartoon's now-famous closing gag is missing from most Public Domain prints. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rocket Bye Baby
A disturbance in the cosmos has caused a interplanetary prenatal mixup, and as a result an earthling baby is delivered to Mars--while a Martian infant ends up on earth at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur. Adjusting to the fact that their new son has green skin and antennae, the Wilburs nonetheless treat him like a normal boy--even when they find out that he's a mathematical and scientific super genius. Things come to a head when the kid builds a working flying saucer based on a toy advertised on TV's "Captain Schmideo", leading poor Mr. Wilbur on a merry chase. Can this be REALLY happening, or is it all a crazy dream? We know--but we won't tell you. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Horton Hatches the Egg
Doctor Seuss gets the Merrie Melodies treatment in Horton Hatches the Egg, an animated short based on the classic children's book of the same name. The story is the same, with Masie the lazy bird convincing Horton the elephant to sit on her egg while she takes a short break. Horton is reluctant, worried about the effect of his immense weight on the tiny shell, but he eventually agrees. Once Horton is on the egg, Masie takes off for an extended vacation in Palm Beach, leaving her offspring behind. Horton, meanwhile, stays with the egg for a full year, suffering through snow, rain, and the ridicule of his fellow animals; he never considers leaving his post, because "an elephant's faithful 100 percent." However, when Horton is kidnapped by a trio of elephant hunters and brought to a local circus, he once again encounters Masie -- who, now that all the hard work's done, wants her egg back. The short is essentially faithful to the Seuss fable, but director Robert Clampett spices things up with occasional moments of comedy with a distinctly Warner Brothers flavor, like jungle animals with New York accents and a cameo appearance by a suicidal fish. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Daffy the Commando
In this classic WW2 cartoon, a German foxhole commandeered by Nazi officer Von Vulture and his gormless aide Schultz is "invaded" by American commando Daffy Duck. Daffy and Von Vulture spend the rest of the cartoon trying to outsmart each other, with the Nazi getting the worst of it. After Daffy neutralizes a "mess of Messerschmidts", he has a climactic confrontation with none other than Adolf Hitler (courtesy of some rotoscoped newsreel footage). With all this going on, there's still time left over for "inside" references to the Ernst Lubitsch film To Be or Not to Be and the radio series Fibber McGee and Molly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Jumpin' Jupiter
Porky Pig decides to go camping in the Great Outdoors, bringing his neurotic cat Sylvester along for the ride. While sleeping under the stars, Porky and Sylvester are abducted by a giant, green-skinned alien buzzard, who whisks the two earthlings away to the planet Jupiter. Upon awakening, Porky is blissfully unaware that anything has happened, except to comment that "Things sure look different after a good night's sleep." But nervous Sylvester knows the awful truth, and goes to great lengths to protect himself and his master from the surly alien--who turns out to have a lot of lookalike friends. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Hole Idea
After years of futile experimentation, Professor Calvin Q. Calculus astonishes the world with his amazing invention, the "portable hole." Unfortunately, the Prof's invention is stolen by a shadowy criminal, who uses the mobile hole to rob a wide variety of banks and jewelry stores, ultimately "graduating" to Fort Knox. Meanwhile, Prof. Calculus comes up with a devilish method of escaping his eternally nagging wife. Watch for the "inside" references to Denver, Colorado, home town of director Robert McKimson, who always regarded The Hole Idea as one of his favorite cartoons. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

How Do I Know It's Sunday
Wacky Blackout
A farm is the setting for a series of "spot" gags about the American Home Front during WW2. Most of the jokes are built around the newly installed blackout rules, designed to forestall enemy attack at night. Other gags involve a turtle who morphs into a tank, a cow who surrenders 5000 quarts of milk per day (and is getting mighty tired!), and a woodpecker who puts his talents to good use as a defense-plant riveter. Warner Bros. cartoon star Tweety Pie makes a cameo appearance as an erstwhile "dive bomber." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement
This animated anthology originally aired on television and is comprised of three poorly animated new Daffy Duck features. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Satan's Waitin'
After chasing Tweety Pie up a skyscraper, Sylvester the cat plummets to the sidewalk--and dies. The hapless feline ends up in Hades, where a demon bulldog informs him that he's used up only one of his nine lives. Goaded into spending his remaining eight lives trying to capture the elusive Tweety, Sylvester succeeds only in losing lives Two through Eight in a variety of hilariously fatal confrontations. With only one life remaining between Sylvester and eternal darn-ation, he decides to give up on Tweety and play it safe. . .which turns out to be a BIG mistake. The 1961 Bugs Bunny Show TV episode "Satan's Waitin" (released theatrically as Devil's Feud Cake is not a remake. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Sniffles Takes a Trip
To Duck or Not to Duck
Hunter Elmer Fudd sets his sights on Daffy Duck and opens fire. Outraged, Daffy challenges Elmer to throw away his gun and settle their differences man-to-man (or man-to-duck). Suddenly the forest morphs into a huge boxing ring, with a lively crowd of ducks in the audience demanding Elmer's blood. Since the fight referee is also a duck, it looks like the odds are against Elmer; even Mr. Fudd's dog, who isn't named Laramore, suspects that the fix is in. But there's a neat and satisfying plot twist just before the final bell. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Captain's Christmas
We're in the Money
After the night watchman at a toy store goes home, all the toys come to life and make whoopee in the store's music department, singing and dancing to the tune of the title song (originally written for the 1933 musical film Gold Diggers of 1933). Wooden soldiers, dolls, jump-ropes, clothes mannequins and even the store's cash register all join in the fun, some of which appears in stock-footage form from the 1932 cartoon A Great Big Bunch of You. "Guest stars" include miniaturized versions of Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Mae West. We're in the Money was later reissued on the home-movie market as Midnight Follies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bear Feat
Having stumbled upon a newspaper ad placed by "Mingling Brothers Circus" for a trick bear act. Pa Bear tries to transform himself , his wife Ma Bear and his son Junyer Bear into a vaudeville troupe, and suffers spectacularly as a result. The main problem is the oafish Junyer, who has no talent but plenty of bulk--a bad combination when one is trying to be a tightrope walker or trick cyclist. Worst of all, Pa Bear's efforts turn out to be all for naught, leading to closing gag that's a real killer (which may be why this cartoon seldom shows up on TV). And yes, that's famed satirist Stan Freberg as the voice of Junyer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Mama's New Hat
A Ham in a Role
Under contract to Warner Bros.' "Looney Tunes", a Shakespearean dog must submit himself to such slapstick indignities as being pelted with pies. Unable to withstand this abuse, the dog quits the movies in order to study the Bard and seek out roles more worthy of his talents. But after a hectic confrontation with "Goofy Gophers" Mac and Tosh, who have an unfortunate habit of taking the works of Shakespeare too literally ("My kingdom for a horse" results in a nasty kick from a mule), the hammy hound is more than happy to give up his artistic aspirations and resume his career as a cartoon fall guy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Crowing Pains
Henery Hawk is a chicken hawk, so naturally he wants a chicken. Bombastic rooster Foghorn Leghorn ("What's the gag--Ah say, what's the gag, son? Gag, that is") doesn't want to be pestered by Henery, so he convinces the little hawk that Sylvester the cat is a hen (who lays eggs, yet). Sylvester gets wise and turns the tables on Foghorn, while a long-suffering barnyard dog with a long-standing grudge against Sylvester also gets in on the act. Finally, Henery figures out a clever plan to expose the "real" chicken, but Foghorn has been keeping on his toes--toes, that is. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
It's after midnight at "Ye Olde Bake Shoppe"--just the right time for the kitchen utensils, pots, pans and every other inanimate object to come to life for some musical fun. Amidsts the whistling kettles and a salt-pepper-sugar shaker singing trio, a fork takes a shower, and a mixmaster motorboat embarks upon an voyage in the kitchen sink. The highlight of the evening is the courtship of Miss Dish and Mister Spoon, sung to the tune of "Shuffle Off to Buffalo". Spoiling everyone's fun is a mutant yeast monster who attempts to kidnap Miss Dish, but the other kitchenware rallies together for a last-minute rescue. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rabbit Rampage
Hollywood Canine Canteen
In this spoof of the 1944 Warner Bros. film Hollywood Canteen, a group of dogs owned by famous movie stars decide to organize a USO nightclub to entertain the members of the Army K-9 Corps. These mutts bear a remarkable resemblance to their celebrity owners, who include Edward G. Robinson, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Colonna, Carmen Miranda Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Abbott & Costello and Laurel & Hardy. The music for the Hollywood Canine Canteen is provided by eminent symphony conductor "Bowowski", and those Kings of Swing "Hairy" James, "Boney" Goodman, Tommy "Dorgy", Lionel "Hambone" and "Kaynine" Kyser. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!
This second entry in Warner Bros.' "Merrie Melodie" series stars Foxy and Roxy, who bear a remarkable resemblance to a pair of popular rodent characters then appearing in the Walt Disney cartoons. On this occasion, Foxy is a trolley-car conductor, enthusiastically singing the title song (later heard to even better effect in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit as he contends with fat hippo passengers, a recalcitant cow with a musical udder, a group of slightly effeminate hoboes, and a singing chicken in a stewpot. After picking up Roxy, Foxy embarks upon a wild ride indeed as his trolley careens out of control, leading to a mighty crash and a surprise ending. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Raw! Raw! Rooster
Foghorn Leghorn enjoys the full attention of all the barnyard hens until his old college chum Rhode Island Red pays a visit. Having disliked Red ever since their undergrad days at Chicken Tech, Foghorn concocts various scheme to get rid of the pest (who sounds like Jackie Gleason), but to no avail. Finally our hero resorts to a phony telegram informing Red that he's inherited a fortune--with the added grace note of a "loaded" bowling ball. Musical themes include "Freddy the Freshman", a Warner Bros. cartoon standby since 1932. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

My Little Duckaroo
In this sequel to the 1951 cartoon Dripalong Daffy, cowboy hero Daffy Duck--aka "The Masked Avenger"--rides into town on his faithful steed Tinfoil, accompanied by his sidekick Comedy Relief (who looks an awful lot like Porky Pig). It is Daffy's mission to collect the $10,000 reward for the capture of the notorious outlaw Nasty Canasta. But when the villain proves more formidable than anticipated, Daffy is forced to drop his "Masked Avenger" guise and adopt several other alternate identities, including "Superguy" and "The Freesco Kid." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Heir Conditioned
After inheriting $3,000,000 from his deceased owner, Sylvester the cat plans to whoop it up with his alley-cat buddies. Alas, Sylvester's spending spree is cut short by the arrival of his new financial advisor Elmer Fudd. Refusing to let Sylvester squander a penny of his inheritance, Elmer tries to convince the spendthrift cat that he should invest his "idle cash" in the American economy, literally putting his money to work for the benefit of everyone. Heir Conditioned is one of three Warner Bros. cartoons underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to educate the American public in matters of financial responsibility (the other two Sloan-funded entries are By Word of Mouse and Yankee Dood It; fortunately, this rather smug little economics lesson is redeemed by several hilarious sight gags. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Dog Gone South
Despite his "Big Soulful Eyes" routine, Charlie Dog is kicked out of a freight car and ends up in Platt Falls, somewhere in the Deep South. Wasting no time in his search for a place to live and a few free meals, Charlie latches on to banjo-playing Colonel Shuffle--who is rapidly driven crazy by Charlie's aggressively "Yankee" behavior. Just when it appears that a second Civil War is about to begin, the Colonel's faithful bulldog Belvedere hatches a plan to get rid of Charlie once and for all. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Heaven Scent
Pursued by a gang of yapping dogs along the French Riviera, a female cat paints a white stripe on her back to scare her tormentors away. Unfortunately, she also attracts the attention of that aromatic would-be Romeo, Pepe le Pew the skunk. Now the long-suffering cat must somehow escape the relentless Pepe, who is determined to win her love by any means necessary. The chase takes Pepe and the cat up a flagpole, into a tunnel, through the mountains and over a cliff--but the amorous skunk refuses to take "Non!" for an answer. As usual, Pepe le Pew gets all of the cartoon's best dialogue, including the closing line, shamelessly swiped from the 1949 theatrical feature Adam's Rib. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Fresh Airedale
A household cat is driven crazy because his master treats a dog named Shep like a hero--even though good ol' Shep is actually a thief and scoundrel. Attempting to expose Shep as a phony, the cat is further frustrated when his master is led to believe that the duplicitous dog has scared off a burglar. But Shep may end up outsmarting himself when he decides to one-up a genuinely heroic hound who has been elected the nation's "Number One Dog". The ironic final gag is a real showstopper--and head-banger. Fresh Airedale includes footage from the never completed Warner Bros. cartoon For He's a Jolly Good Fala. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Ride Him, Bosko
We're way out West with Bosko, first of the singing cowboys. After a wild night at the Red Gulch saloon, Boskoo sets out to rescue his sweetheart Honey from a gang of dog-faced bandits. With Honey helplessly trapped in a runaway stagecoach, our hero gallops to the rescue--but will he make it in time? Ride Him, Bosko closes with the first live-action sequence in a Warner Bros. cartoon, as animation directors Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising argue over how the story should end...leaving poor Bosko to stare at the camera in abject confusion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Yankee Dood It
Yankee Dood It is the last (and most propagandistic) of the three Warner Bros. cartoons commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to educate the public on the benefits of a free-market economic system. Alerted to the fact that a wealthy shoemaker is forcing his elf workforce to labor under outmoded conditions, the King of the Industrial Elves (who looks and sounds like Elmer Fudd) decides to pay the benevolent despot a visit. In the cartoon's longest scene, the King attempts to set the shoemaker straight with a prosaic lecture on mass-production capitalism. Trouble is, the King turns into a mouse every time someone says "Jehosaphat"--and it so happens that the shoemaker owns a VERY hungry cat. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Russian Rhapsody
In this classic WW2 propaganda piece, Adolf Hitler, principal spokesman of "The New Odor", takes it upon himself to win the war single-handedly by flying a solo bombing mission over Moscow. Unfortunately for Der Fuhrer, his plane is sabotaged--and he himself is spectacularly humiliated--by a battalion of pint-sized "Gremlins from the Kremlin", most of whom bear a startling resemblance to the Warner Bros. animation staff. Some of the funniest material occurs at the beginning of the cartoon, as Hitler delivers a tirade with such authentic German phrases as "Stup Friz Freleng vit der Heinrich Binder und der Vat's Cooking Doc!" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Goo Goo Goliath
Assigned to deliver an enormous baby to Mr. and Mrs. Giant at the top of the Beanstalk, a drunken stork lazily deposits the infant at the nearest house, owned by a normal-sized couple named Jones. Despite his size, the baby is cute and loveable, but before long the gigantic infant is eating Mr. and Mrs. Jones out of house and home. Ultimately, 42-foot-tall "Junior" wanders away from home, plants the roof of the Brown Derby restaurant on his head, and takes a nap in the arms of the Statue of Liberty. And just wait until you see where the REAL "Jones baby" ends up. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Lights Fantastic
One of the few Warner Bros. cartoons with no human or animal characters, Lights Fantastic is a collection of "spot" gags about the illuminated billboards in New York's Times Square. During our guided tour of this neon wilderness, we are treated to an anthropomorphic quartet singing the praises of "Four Noses" whiskey, a row of dancing "Face and Sunburn" coffee cans, and a climactic live-action conga line. The musical score includes classical snippets from Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Strauss, with the latter's "Voices of Spring" used as background for the inevitable EAT AT JOE'S gag. Lights Fantastic is a loose remake, with stock footage, of Billboard Frolics (1935). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Draft Horse
A farm horse wants to get out from behind the plow to join the Army, but is classified "44-F" when he flunks the physical. Crestfallen, the horse wanders into the middle of an Army training field where a loud "sham" battle is taking place. Once he gets an up-close-and-personal look at genuine warfare, our equestrian hero is more than happy to remain a civilian--and as a bonus, there's an important job awaiting him on the Home Front. Watch for a cameo appearance by Private Snafu, animated star of The Army-Navy Screen Magazine. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Day at the Beach
One More Time
Warner Bros.' resident Mickey Mouse clone Foxy is now a helmeted, club-wielding policeman, prowling his beat to the rhythm of the cartoon's title song. Unfortunately, Foxy's neighborhood is Ground Zero for a violent crime wave perpetrated by a gang of birdlike gangsters. As the story rushes to its climax, the villains kidnap Foxy's girlfriend Roxy, forcing our hero to commandeer a mechanical horse and ride to the rescue. One of the cartoon's comic highlight is Foxy's encounter with a fat lady hippo, a carryover from his previous starring vehicle Smile, Darn Ya, Smile. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bartholomew Versus the Wheel
The Fifth-Column Mouse
In this devastating attack on pre-WW2 appeasement efforts, a group of happy mice enjoy some water sports in a kitchen sink while singing "Ain't We Got Fun?" Enter the villain, a Nazilike cat with a master plan. Gaining the confidence of a particularly stupid mouse, the cat convinces the rodent to persuade the other mice to become the cat's slaves, in exchange for an endless supply of cheese. To the tune of "Blues in the Night", the "Quisling" mouse does the cat's dirty work, only to discover that he and his friends are slated to become the cat's dinner. The tune quickly changes to "We Did It Before and We Can Do It Again" as the now-militant mice form a united front against the duplicitous feline. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

I Like Mountain Music
Norman Normal
Neither a "Looney Tune" nor a "Merrie Melodie", Norman Normal was produced as a "Cartoon Special" by Warner Bros. new animation department. This hip, modernistic, brightly colored satire features a bespectacle chap named Norman Normal, a decent sort surrounding by deception and hypocrisy everywhere. Ordered by his boss to get a client drunk in order to secure an important contract, Norman balks, opening several doors (which appear out of nowhere) to seek advice from friends and family members. Alas, all of them chastize Norman for his virtuous attitude, telling him that he's got to "fit in" and "conform" if he wants to get ahead in life. All of this turns out to be a literal "head-trip" for Norman, who ends his odyssey exactly where it began. The title song was written by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary fame, who also coproduced and cowrote the cartoon and provided several character voices. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hop and Go
Martian Through Georgia
A pint-sized Martian is contented but bored with life on his own planet, and decides to visit Earth for some fun. Unfortunately, the Earthlings jump to the conclusion that the Martian is a monster, to be captured or destroyed or both. Unaware that the "hideous alien monstrosity" everyone is searching for is himself, the Martian joins the hunt. It isn't long before he comes to realize that the grass is always greener (or redder) on the other side of the universe...and besides, he hasn't forgotten that gorgeous Martian girl he left behind. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Buddy's Beer Garden
To celebrate the repeal of Prohibition, Buddy opens up a German beer garden--and adopts a thick German accent for the occasion. Buddy's girlfriend Cookie doubles as the establishment's cigarette girl and the lead dancer in the lavish floor show. Also appearing is a Mae West lookalike, singing "My Good Time Slow Time Baseball Man"--and wait til you find out the true identity of the curvaceous cutie. Yes, there's a nominal tough-guy villain, but he's soon washed away in a sea of good cheer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bosko the Doughboy
In this grotesquely hilarious combination of typical Warner Bros. slapstick and grim wartime tragedy, Bosko is a doughboy in WW1, skipping around the battlefield with nary a worry in the world. Meanwhile, a variety of talking animals and even inaminate objects are being killed in droves--and when they fall down, they don't get back up again. Oblivious to the carnage, Bosko merrily munches a can of beans and uses discarded weapons and ammunition as musical instruments. But our hero is finally galvanized into action when the Enemy goes too far and blows up his precious photo of his girlfriend Honey. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Punch Trunk
Buddy's Day Out
This cartoon marks the first appearance of Buddy, Warner Bros.' replacement for their departed star Bosko. After we're introduced to Buddy, his girlfriend Cookie, his dog Happy and a baby named Elmer, everybody goes on a picnic. Amorous Buddy would like to "wugee, wugee, wugee" with Cookie, but Elmer keeps getting in the way. Like many another "Looney Tunes" of the early 1930s, Buddy's Day Out ends ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hook, Line and Stinker
Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Built around the jaunty title song, originally written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the 1933 musical film 42nd Street, this cartoon takes place in Heaven, as an old man with a beard prepares a variety of babies for their arrival on Earth. Ethnic humor abounds, with twin Eskimo babies pulled from the refrigerator and shipped off to Mrs. Nanook of the North, and little Abie Ginsberg receiving a "Kosher for Passover" stamp on his backside. We're also treated to a mini-vaudeville show, featuring infantized versions of such 1930s celebrities as Eddie Cantor and Maurice Chevalier. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Sleepy Time Possum
Hare Trigger
This cartoon marks the first appearance of Yosemite Sam, the "meanest, roughest, rip-roarin'est, Edward Everett Horton-est" outlaw in the West. Attempting to rob the Superchief train, Sam is unaware that one of the passengers is Bugs Bunny, who proves to be the bandit's match in every way (watch the classic reaction when Sam orders Bugs to "draw!"). A chase ensues, with Bugs at one point running out of the cartoon and smack into some live-action Technicolor stock footage. The final showdown culminates with a cliffhanger, as a tied-up Bugs faces certain death--but a fadeout surpise is in store for both Sam and the audience. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Boyhood Daze
Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court
The witty 'toon rabbit finds himself in medieval times in this animated spoof of Mark Twain's classic tale. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

A Cartoonist's Nightmare
After everyone else at "Termite Terrace" has gone home, one lonely animator burns the midnight oil, laboring away on a cartoon starring the inimitable Beans. Falling asleep, the animator dreams that he is being attacked by the villains and monsters whom he has created for previous cartoons. One in particular, an apelike beast, is determined to get revenge for being depicted as a stupid fool--and he's got such pals as Spike the Spider and the Mad Musician to help him mete out retribution. Just when it looks like the poor animator is doomed, Beans jumps off the drawing board and races to the rescue. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

I Love a Parade
By Word of Mouse
Newly arrived from Knockwurst-on-der-Rye, German mouse Hans visists his American cousin Willie. Their conversation soon turns to America's free-market capitalist system, leading to a lecture on the subject of mass production at Putnell University (Old PU), delivered by a professor-style mouse. Meanwhile, Sylvester the cat, refusing to enter into the spirit of things, tries to capture and consume the three economically savvy rodents. mice and lecturer. By Word of Mouse is the first of three Warner Bros. cartoons underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, to educate filmgoers on the intricacies of capitalism (the other two titles are Heir Conditioned and Yankee Dood It). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Wild Wife
A chauvinistic husband comes home from work to find that his wife is worn to a frazzle. When Hubby sarcastically remarks that a woman's life is easy compared to a man's, Wifey sets him straight by recalling the harrowing events of the past eight hours. Highlights include a noisy breakfast with a brace of bratty kids, a frustrating trip to the bank, a massive traffic jam, and a truly horrifying session at the beauty parlor. A rare "domestic" Warner Bros. cartoon, Wild Wife nonetheless ends with a traditional slapstick gag. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Wild Wild World
Bosko in Person
There's no plot but plenty of music and laughs as Bosko and Honey put on a vaudeville show. The two troupers do a little bit of everything: singing, dancing, playing the piano, and imitating such 1930s celebrities as Greta Garbo, Maurice Chevalier, Jimmy Durante, Ted Lewis and even Aunt Jemima. Musical highlights include "Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away," "Was That the Human Thing to Do?" and "Sweet Georgia Brown". All this, and President Roosevelt too: Happy Days are REALLY here again. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rookie Revue
This pre-WW2 cartoon is a satire of the life of the American Enlisted Man, with an abundance of basic-training gags. There are also jokes aplenty about lazy buglers, stupid recruits who can't count to three, an Air Force mess hall buzz-bombed with biscuits, and sham battles with wooden weapons and ersatz parachutes. This plotless laugh parade closes with an elaborate gag on a firing range, spotlighting a clumsy general who sounds (and acts) like comedian Lou Costello. Most of the soldiers seen in Rookie Revue are caricatures of the Warner Bros. animation staff. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Seal Skinners
Congo Jazz
Donning his pith helmet and loading himself with rubbery weapons, Bosko goes a-hunting the jungle, stalking wild tigers, bears and monkeys. When Bosko's gun fails, he falls back on the old adage "music hath charms." Before long all the animals are getting down in a wild jam session, using other animals, chunks of jungle foliage and even chewing gum as "instruments." Musical highlights include "When the Little Red Roses Get the Blues for You". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Page Miss Glory
Hardly a typical Tex Avery effort (indeed, Avery doesn't even receive a screen credit), Page Miss Glory is instead a fascinating exercise in 1930s Art Deco. It all begins as the town of Hicksville prepares for a visit by the celebrated Miss Glory, with no one more excited than Abner, the gangly bellhop at the local hotel. In a dream sequence designed by celebrated magazine illustrator Lenore Congdon, Abner imagines a musical reception for Miss Glory at the ultra-sophisticated "Cosmopolitan Hotel" in New York. What follows is an eye-popping melange of Astaire-like chorus boys dancing in forced-perspective unison, dazzling neon-light pyrotechnics, and surrealistic champagne bottles emptying into streamlined martini glasses--all in glorious Technicolor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hippety Hopper
You Don't Know What You're Doin'!
This cartoon marks the debut of Piggy and Fluffy, Warner Bros.' newest Mickey-and-Minnie derivations. Our hero and heroine head to a vaudeville show, where Piggy gets into an argument with the "all funny animal" orchestra. Somehow or other, Piggy himself ends up on stage, where he is heckled by a trio of drunks singing the title song. This in turn leads to a chaotic drunken joyride through the streets of Merrie Melodie-land, complete with a talking car (voice provided by then-famous musician Orlando Slim Martin). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

It's Hummer Time
While chasing a hummingbird, a cat repeatedly antagonizes the sleeping bulldog next door. The dog turns out to be quite creative in heaping punishment upon the hapless cat, indulging in such ritualistic tortures as "The Fence", "The Rainpipe", "The Thinker", "Happy Birthday"--and that most dreaded of all retributions, "The Works" ("Don't do it, in the name of humanity!" ). This hilariously sadistic cartoon was popular enough to warrant a 1951 sequel, Early to Bet; and as a bonus, excerpts from It's Hummer Time later popped up in the 1983 film Twilight Zone--The Movie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Birth of a Notion
Why should Daffy Duck fly South when he can bamboozle his way into a nice warm house for the Winter? Unfortunately, the house he chooses belongs to a mad scientist who looks and sounds like movie menace Peter Lorre. Worse luck, the demented scientist needs a duck's wishbone to complete his sinister experiments. Thinking fast, Daffy tries to convince the scientist's dumb dog Leopold to murder his master. A wild chase ensues, culminating in a confrontation with a goofy goose who sounds like comedian Joe Besser ("You craaaazy you!") ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Meet John Doughboy
In this dated but amusing pre-WW2 cartoon, newly drafted Porky Pig narrates a newsreel (replete with an RKO-Radio about America's defense efforts. In preparation against enemy attacks, Uncle Sam has sanctioned the building of tanks and planes, while the Army has stepped up its war games and training maneuvers. Some surprisingly potent political propaganda (from both the Left and the Right) is interwoven with typically hilarious Warner Bros. cartoon sight gags and verbal humor. Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, the emperor Napoleon and even Citizen Kane ("Sugar" Kane, that is) make cameo appearances. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Much Ado About Nutting
Much Ado About Nutting is a wordless film from master cartoonist Chuck Jones. As Nutting opens, a squirrel spies an unguarded nut stand across the street from him and hurries toward it. He is delighted to find a stand full of peanuts, and even more so to find another with walnuts next to that. His delight increases when he then sees a pistachio nut stand and reaches heights of ecstasy upon the discovery of a coconut stand. The squirrel manages to shove one of the heavy coconuts to the ground and roles it back into the park -- but then encounters difficulty when he bites it and nearly breaks his teeth. The resourceful rodent tries a number of tactics -- dropping it from a tree, using a saw and a jackhammer, even pushing it up all the stairs of the Empire State Building and dropping it from the observation deck -- but to no avail. Tired and frustrated, he returns it to the coconut stand from whence it came. As he walks away, the coconut falls from the stand -- and wonder of wonders, it cracks. Hurrying over, the squirrel pushes away the husks -- only to find ANOTHER coconut inside! ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Poultry Pirates
Herr Meets Hare
In this WW2-era cartoon, Nazi Field Marshal Hermann "Fatso" Goering takes a break from his wartime worries by going hunting in Germany's Black Forest. Imagine Goering's surprise when he comes face to face with Bugs Bunny, who has accidentally arrived in Germany after making the first of many wrong turns at Albuquerque. Striking a blow for democracy, Bugs gives Goering a really bad time--and even subjects Adolf Hitler to a bit a deviltry at fadeout time. The film's highlight, in which Bugs and Goering dress up as Brunhilde and Siegfried in order to cavort operatically through the forest, can be regarded as a dry run for the classic 1957 Warner Bros. cartoon What's Opera, Doc? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Sittin' on a Backyard Fence
Confusions of a Nutzy Spy
The Weakly Reporter
Contemporary audiences may have a wee bit of trouble understanding the jokes in this animated "newsreel" spoof of WW2 shortages and rationing, though the gags about women at the workplace will probably strike a familiar chord. In the course of the action, we are informed that steaks and alarm clocks are regarded as rare and precious commodities, the Mt. Rushmore heads and the Statue of Liberty have become Air Raid Wardens, and a complex bit of mass-production machinery can be set in motion by something as humble as a girl's hairpin. The most memorable aspect of The Weakly Reporter is the stick-figure character design, anticipating the impressionistic UPA cartoons of the 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Buddy's Circus
Buddy is the combination manager and ringmaster of a travelling circus, where the main attractions include an "elephant xylophones" and a pair of high-flying acrobats. Watching the fun is a mother with a baby, who escapes his mom's arms and starts climbing the riggings leading to the tightrope high above the ground. As the mother screams in terror, Buddy takes it upon himself to rescue the little tyke. Most of the "freak show" attractions at Buddy's Circus consist of outrageous African American stereotypes, which may explain why this cartoon doesn't show up on TV very often. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Oily American
Having become an oil millionaire, diminutive Native American Moe Hican redecorates the interior of his huge mansion to resemble a forest, complete with rippling stream running under the grand piano. Every morning, Moe and his long-suffering butler set out with bow and arrow to hunt such wild game as the elusive midget moose (full-sized head, teeny-tiny body). Fed up with Moe's eccentricities--and tired of getting stray arrows in his backside--the butler finally quits, whereupon Moe goes hunting alone, with the usual slapstick consequences. Though hardly what one would call Politically Correct, The Oily American is undeniably funny. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Booze Hangs High
Farmer Bosko has a (literally) high old time singing and dancing with the barnyard animals; baby ducks cavort in unison (taking time out for a potty break), an improvised horse-hair fiddle scratches out a lively tune, and so on. But the fun really begins when a bottle of liquor gets passed around, resulting in a drunken rendition from a quartet of pigs and innumerable shouts of "Whoopee!" Most of the music in this cartoon is adapted from the Oscar Hammerstein operetta Song of the Flame, filmed by Warner Bros. in 1930. The film's most outrageous gag, involving a regurgitated corncob, is often cut for television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bosko's Picture Show
At Bosko's movie house, our hero leads the audience in a rousing rendition of "We're in the Money"--and who cares if they get the lyrics wrong? The show proper begins with a newsreel, featuring a rare joint appearance by Jimmy Durante and Adolf Hitler. Then it's time for a two-reel comedy starring "Haurel and Lardy", in which the bowler-hatted duo indulge in some pie-throwing. The main feature stars Bosko's girlfriend Honey in the thrilling melodrama "He Done Her Dirt (And How!)"--and as Bosko watches poor Honey being victimized by the villain, he gets so wrought up that he jumps into the movie to rescue the girl. The last Warner Bros.cartoon produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, Bosko's Picture Show has gained latter-day notoriety by virtue of an alleged profanity uttered by Bosko (Don't worry, folks: he actually says "That dirty fox!") ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

My Favorite Duck
Porky Pig's efforts to go camping are frustrated by Daffy Duck, who manages to claim-jump every available campsite. Worse, Porky can't rid himself of Daffy because duck-hunting season is over--and he faces a $5000 fine if he so much as harms a feather on Daffy's head. Taking advantage of the situation, Daffy torments Porky throughout the cartoon, only to end up outsmarting himself. Now only a miracle (such as a break in the film!) can save Daffy from Porky's terrible wrath. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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