Foghorn Leghorn & Friends: Barnyard Bigmouth + Sylvester
& Tweety: Feline Fwenzy (Looney
Tunes Super Stars/Warner DVDs) + Max
& Ruby – Bunny Tales (Nickelodeon DVD) + Open Season 3 (2010/Sony Blu-ray w/DVD) + Yo Gabba Gabba – Let’s Visit The Doctor (Nickelodeon DVD)
C+* (Open: B & C+) Sound: C+ (Open: B & B-) Extras:
D (Open: C) Warner Shorts: B Open
Season 3: C Nickelodeon
latest look at titles aimed at a children’s market may echo some previous
releases, but are not all that bad and two reissue some classics that are time
to take another look at.
Bros. has launched a single-DVD series called Looney Tunes Super Stars which mirrors similar series they issued
on VHS, Beta and 12” LaserDisc formats.
Now that the Golden Collection
series for adults has ended at six volumes, the demand still continues for
reissues of the classic theatrical shorts and the two volumes with 15 shorts
each we received does just that.
Foghorn Leghorn & Friends:
has some great classics including 14 never before on DVD, 9 with Foghorn and
other gems you may have seen before, but need to see again. The Foghorn entries include All
Fowled Up, Fox-Terror, A Broken Leghorn, Crockett-Doodle-Doo,
While You Work, Weasel Stop, Little Boy Boo, Banty
Raids and Strangled Eggs. Besides
his canine nemesis, we get appearances by Henery Hawk, Miss Prissy, the Weasel
and Egghead, Jr. among others and these shorts hold up extremely well. Gopher Broke is one of the Goofy
Gophers shorts, A Mutt In A Rut is a classic one-shot short in which Elmer
Fudd’s dog takes a TV show too seriously, thinking Elmer will is about to
betray him, with interesting consequences.
Mouse-Placed Kitten is a hilarious one-shot where a mouse couple
get what the wife first thinks is a delivery from the stork, but is a
kitten. Chaos ensues. Finally is Cheese It, The Cat! This is one of the few of the great Honeymousers shorts based on the TV
classic The Honeymooners as Ralph
and Morton discover a cat is suddenly in their house. It is a riot.
All the shorts are here in their 1.33 X 1 original aspect ratio and
Dolby Digital Mono sound, but an odd, tragic choice has been made to offer them
in cut-up, anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 versions that destroy the
animation, compositions and even the visual jokes. Compare the two and see what we mean.
volume does not try widescreen editions and is Sylvester & Tweety: Feline Fwenzy offering 15 classics that did
all appear on DVD before, including three of the Golden Classics volumes we covered.
Unfortunately, most of the following were stuck on the first two
volumes, which included some poor transfers.
The shorts Tweetie Pie, Bad Ol' Putty Tat, All
Abir-r-r-d!, Canary Row, Puddy Tat Twouble, Room &
Bird, Tweety's S.O.S., Tweet Tweet Tweety, Gift
Wrapped, Ain't She Tweet, Snow Business, Satan's Waitin’, The
Last Hungry Cat, Bird Anonymous and Tweety
& The Beanstalk.
great shorts and I really like that they reissued this collection, though you
will not get isolated music tracks of expert audio commentary tracks as found
on the following collections:
Golden Collection V. 1 – 5
I hope to
see more Looney Tunes Super Stars
continues to issue single DVDs in their young child line. The latest two are the animated Max & Ruby – Bunny Tales and the
live-action Yo Gabba Gabba – Let’s Visit
The Doctor, two good shows that I can understand their appeal and
success. Bunny has 12 more adventures over four shows as the show continues
to be one of the more pleasant animated shows for its age group and Gabba has four episodes about health
that tends to be one of the more energetic live-action shows for pretty much
that same group. Neither have any
& sound are the same as the previous volumes we have covered as these links
will bare out:
Max & Ruby – Everybunny Loves
Max & Ruby – Perfect Pumpkin
Yo Gabba Gabba – Dancey Dance
not necessarily least is Open Season 3
(2010), a child-safe, adequate second sequel to the somewhat underrated 2006
hit Open Season. We have covered the previous releases as
Open Season 3D Blu-ray
Open Season 2D Blu-ray
Open Season 2 DVD
that I still could not remember the names of the characters, though I liked the
Blu-ray 3D edition of the original in particular. This time, with the addition of a Llama and
Sheepdog, the gang gets involved with a circus in town, which offers the animators
some amusing opportunities and makes this the most colorful of the three. How long they can keep making these before it
wears thin is another story, but for now, you could do worse. I would say even children should start with
the first installment, but add that this is still better than many competing CG
animated productions that are straight-to-video.
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the Blu-ray can have limits
and this is not the best computer animation around, yet this looks good for
what it is and is better than a DVD could deliver, including the anamorphically
enhanced DVD included, which has weaker color all around and does not have the
depth. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix is also good, warm and rich, if not spectacular in its soundfield,
but it is a professional recording that works and is better than the Dolby
Digital 5.1 mix on the DVD, which simply does not deliver the fullness of the
include BD Live interactive functions, Boog’s
Cannon Blast Game and Rabbit Splat
Mode as Blu-ray exclusives, plus the Runaway
RV Game and a Progression Reel
showing how the characters developed for this sequel.
- Nicholas Sheffo