We’ll have a full review of it at TIAH Blog before long, but first an item or two of interest.
I can’t help but note the TEXT on the back of the package: “Here they are – the smart aleck rabbit’s cartoons you’ve probably never seen, because they’ve never ever been on DVD.”
Um… Consider how SAD that statement is!
You’ve never seem them, because they HAVEN’T BEEN ON DVD?!
In days gone by, Bugs Bunny was on TV virtually EVERY DAY! Local syndication, network (…usually cut to ribbons, but still THERE) and cable. But now, alas, that statement is TRUE, despite Warner owning SEVERAL networks of its own, and we are all the worse for it.
On the plus side, though, WHV is to be commended for releasing 15 (count ‘em fifteen!) Bugs Bunny cartoons that have NOT YET been released to DVD! So, they get major points for no “double-dipping” vs. previous releases, and a few more points for their honesty in revealing an unfortunate truth of their own making.
The other point that cannot wait for the full review is that, starting with the sixth cartoon of the set, they appear to have been remastered in “SIMULATED WIDESCREEN”!
Unlike MGM and Disney (and even later Columbia Three Stooges shorts), I don’t believe that any of the Warner Bros. animated shorts were released to theatres in widescreen. I can’t say that I know that for certain, but I don’t recall ever hearing so.
1954’s “Lumber Jack Rabbit” (the first short of this collection to receive the "widescreen treatment") was released in 3D but, to my knowledge, that was the only gimmick that Looney Tunes ever attempted to compete with the emerging medium of television.
Adding to my belief that WHV has indulged in some video trickery, is the fact that the TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN IMAGE looks to be cut off – or, at least far too close to the frame than I recall from nearly a lifetime of viewing these cartoons. Such is not the case with the widescreen DVD releases of DONALD DUCK, TOM AND JERRY, and DROOPY cartoons of the later 1950s that WERE produced for widescreen Cinemascope viewing.
In these cartoons, credits might appear at the VERY TOP (or bottom) of the screen and, if (say) a tall character was wearing a HAT, said hat is cut off at the top of the screen.
Now, having recently gotten a widescreen HD TV, I must confess that I LIKE the widescreen effect, especially when compared to the standard (full-screen?) image of the first five shorts of the collection.
But, something still feels awry when viewing them this way.
I’m not an animation historian. My accumulation of knowledge comes from my life’s viewing, research books, and DVD collections. So, I cannot truly speak to what Warner might (or might not) have done to these shorts.
Perhaps our readers have some information to share…
That’s All Folks (…at least for now!)