Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Coming in May: H-B(onanza)!
Yeah, I know… Three consecutive posts on upcoming Warner Animation DVDs, but the Google Image Upload issue (Now FIXED, I've just discovered!) still persists (forcing shorter posts) – and I’m REALLY excited about this one!
My favorite motion picture studio, Warner Bros. (just read any of my Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, or Looney Tunes DVD reviews) is turning 90 this year, and is releasing a series of special DVD compilations for the occasion.
Included is a pretty extensive Hanna-Barbera collection, as detailed HERE!
This looks to be the most significant Hanna-Barbera DVD release in YEARS!
Given its influence on and its importance to the television animation industry – not to mention its connection to the lives of so many viewers of all ages -- Hanna-Barbera productions are woefully underrepresented in DVD releases. And, while a package such as this is not nearly as meaningful as issuing and/or completing such groundbreaking series as Huckleberry Hound and Quick Draw McGraw, it is welcome nevertheless.
It a shame that, with so many Huck and Yogi Bear cartons still unreleased that those on this set are double-dips – as are many other entries -- but we ARE getting another new Quick Draw McGraw show, along with new Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel Shows, with Wally Gator, Touché Turtle, and Lippy the Lion shorts.
It also marks the FIRST authorized DVD appearances of Ruff and Reddy, Hokey Wolf, Loopy De Loop, and even one of the rarely (if ever) seen Abbott and Costello cartoons -- with Bud Abbott doing his own voice! That clinches it for me!
And note, they were wise enough to keep the seventies material to a minimum, and concentrate mostly on the series and characters of H-B’s best years!
Can’t wait to see what’s on their Looney Tunes and DC Comics collections…