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Bugs Bunny Superstar (1975/Warner Archive DVD)/Sesame Street – Preschool Is Cool: Making Friends (2012/Warner DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B/C     Main Programs: B/B-



PLEASE NOTE: Bugs Bunny Superstar is only available from Warner Bros. in their Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.



And now for more children’s favorites you will likely find of interest…



First we have Larry Jackson’s Bugs Bunny Superstar (1975), a documentary on the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters based on the pre-1948 cartoons originally produced by United Artists when they handled the older Warner Bros. Catalog (it had been sold-off to TV back then, but Warner owns it all now) and narrated by no less than Orson Welles in what plays as a Mockumentary in the vein of Welles’ own film F For Fake (issued by Criterion) and also as a showcase for some of the great early shorts that had been out of circulation from movie theaters at the time.  The result was a moderate hit that revived the shorts for theatrical use.


Issued as an on-line exclusive thru Warner Archive, they have made the 90-minutes-long fan favorite into a special edition including stills and a terrific feature length audio commentary by Director Jackson talking about how the film was made against many odds, how Warner and the entire industry had shockingly dismissed the popularity of animated shorts and how the results of all their hard work paid off.


Bob Clampett, Tex Avery and Friz Freleng are among those interviewed, we get to see some rarer-than-ever memorabilia and the actual shorts look really good here (the three-strip Technicolor is impressive throughout), possibly upgraded for this new transfer.  Eight shorts in all (What’s Cookin’ Doc?, A Wild Hare, A Corny Concerto, I Taw A Putty Tat, Rhapsody Rabbit, Walky Talky Hawky, My Favorite Duck, Hair-Raising Hare and The Old Grey Hare) give us early classics to enjoy and re-remind us of the massive achievement this home of characters actually is and has been for longer than some may realize.  For kids of all ages, I strongly recommend this great, fun film that has actually become better with age.



Continuing their release of DVDs from the most successful street address in TV history, Warner has issued Sesame Street – Preschool Is Cool: Making Friends (2012) as a fine guide to help young children understand the plusses of going to any school for the first time.  Very child-friendly, this is well-rounded, well thought out and includes a bonus program simply called Ready For School, though three free songs to download are also available.


Another high quality release with Grover, Elmo, Big Bird, Telly and the gang, it is a solid key title for young children to enjoy.



The 1.33 X 1 image on Bugs all originates on 35mm film, with the newer shooting in regular color and shorts (again) dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor and though some of the newer footage looks grainier, it all looks generally good and the actual cartoons great.  The 1.33 X 1 image on Sesame is more high quality, colorful (now digital) video (likely an HD shoot with 1.33 X 1 consideration) and is just fine.  The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 on both are also equally fine with the monophonic sound on Bugs clean and consistent and stereo on Sesame simple, fresh and clear.




To order Bugs Bunny Superstar, go to this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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