Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3 On Blu-Ray (Review)

When our friends from Warner Home Video offered me the chance to review their third in the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection , I didn’t have to wait for an ACME anvil to hit me on the head for inspiration for accepting the Blu-Ray.

Some of my earliest memories are sitting on the living room floor on Saturday mornings watching the 1970’s “Bugs Bunny Show” with my Father. My favorite shorts were those with Bugs Bunny and his were always those that showcased Daffy Duck but at least we had a middle ground with the Road Runner cartoons.

On this two disc Blu-Ray compilation there are Fifty classic animated shorts from the likes of legendary animators such as Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson, and more over two discs would be worthy of crowing about alone. Add to those handpicked shorts, selected from the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series, commentary on key episodes by the likes of Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series), Historians Michael Barrier, Jerry Beck, Daniel Goldmark, John Kricfalusi (Ren and Stimpy), Animators Bill Melendez, Eddie Fitzgerald, Art Leonardi, and filmmakers Joe Dante and Greg Ford to name a few and you can see how much the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 has to offer.

The characters features in this collection include Bugs Bunny of course as well as Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Henery the chicken hawk, the Three Bears, the Goofy Gophers, Ralph and Sam, Elmer Fudd, and Granny to name just a few. Nine of the shorts are making their debut in a Looney Tunes collection: Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt, Honey’s Money, Rhapsody in Rivets, High Note, Tree For Two, Beep Prepared, Life With Feathers, Sandy Claws, and Nelly’s Folly.

And yet…there is still so very much more for classic animation fans included to make them rush out and pick up this collection. The special features beyond the commentaries include these featurettes and Documentaries that add up to over 5 hours of additional entertainment:
Bugs Bunny: Ain’t He a Stinker?
The Art of the Gag
Draw to Life: The Art of Robert McKimson
Wild Lines: The Art of Voice Acting
That’s All Folks! Tales From Termite Terrace
Irreverent Imagination: The Golden Age of Looney Tunes
Drawn for Glory: Animation’s Triumph at the Oscars
“Hair-Raising Hare” Storyboard Reel
Daffy Duck: Ridicule Is the Burden of Genius
Unsung Maestros: A Directors Tribute
Tish Tash: The Animated World of Frank Tashlin
Strictly for the Birds: Tweety and Sylvester’s Award Winning Teamup
Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices
The Boys from Termite Terrace

Featured on Disc 1
1 Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt
2 A Corny Concerto
3 Falling Hare
4 Little Red Riding Rabbit
5 Hair-Raising Hare
6 Acrobatty Bunny
7 The Big Snooze
8 A Hare Grows in Manhattan
9 Easter Yeggs
10 Slick Hare
11 Gorilla My Dreams
12 High Diving Hare
13 Hillbilly Hare
14 Bunny Hugged
15 Operation: Rabbit
16 Bully for Bugs
17 Bugs and Thugs
18 Knighty Knight Bugs
19 Honey’s Money
20 The Hep Cat
21 Pigs in a Polka
22 A Ham in a Role
23 Dog Gone South
24 A Bear for Punishment
25 Steal Wool

Featured on Disc 2
1 Porky Pig’s Feat
2 Scrap Happy Daffy
3 Plane Daffy
4 The Stupid Cupid
5 Draftee Daffy
6 Nasty Quacks
7 The Stupor Salesman
8 Wholly Smoke
9 Swooner Crooner
10 Life with Feathers
11 Canary Row
12 Tree for Two
13 Sandy Claws
14 Dog Pounded
15 Satan’s Waitin’
16 Birds Anonymous
17 Mouse and Garden
18 The Pied Piper of Guadalupe
19 A Gruesome Twosome
20 Guided Muscle
21 Beep Prepared
22 Walky Talky Hawky
23 Rhapsody in Rivets
24 High Note
25 Nelly’s Folly

Though it’s actually mentioned on the intro of the discs themselves it does bear mentioning that these are remastered shorts and also uncut, seen as you would when they originally were shown…and sometimes there is some racial humor or caricatures that were sadly prevalent of that time.

Still, I’ve been spending most of this week enjoying these classic shorts and especially the “That’s All Folks! Tales from Termite Terrace” documentary. There is also a 12-page booklet which has some rare images that was put together by Historian Jerry Beck.

The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Three is available now in stores on Blu-Ray and the DVD version will hit shelves on November 4!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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One thought on “Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3 On Blu-Ray (Review)

  1. CMJ says:

    Great review! For some reason, here in Canada the blu-ray set isn’t being released until Nov. 4th, same as the DVD. I heard this is the final set. So do you know if having all 3 of these blu-ray Platinum volumes replaces everything on the 6 DVD Golden Collections? I can’t seem to find a good comparison. I have the DVD sets, but I’ll hold onto discs that might have something not included in the new Platinum ones. Hopefully everything is included, but you know how it goes with sets sometimes!

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