Tex Avery’s Droopy – The Complete Theatrical
Picture: C+/B- Sound: C+ Extras: C Animated Shorts: B
and Warner turned out to have the most popular catalogs of theatrical film
animation, but other studios had their animation as well including MGM, the
most powerful studio at the time. This
meant they could afford to spend the money to compete with their rivals and
this included some great animation.
Having Tex Avery at the studio was probably the peak of their cutting
edge work, including masterwork shorts like Three Cab Family. Sure, they
launched Hanna & Barbera and even hosted Chuck Jones eventually. Though Tom & Jerry is their most popular
animation series, it is Tex Avery’s
Droopy that also had an impact despite only 24 original shorts.
Warner’s The Complete Theatrical Collection
beings those shorts together in a double DVD set that shows how great they were
and why Droopy is such a legendary character.
Most cartoons have the tile character living up to his name, being a sad
loner who wants to find happiness and seems like a pushover, but having a
stronger core inside than anyone could imagine, which pulls through in the end
when competing dogs (and the like) try to ruin his already miserable self.
rule-breaking animation and some of the funniest sight gags in animation
history, the shorts sometimes repeat themselves, but are all top notch and
The Shooting Of Dan McGoo
Wild & Woolfy
Northwest Hounded Police
Wags to Riches
The Chump Champ
Droopy's Good Deed
Droopy's Double Trouble
The Three Little Pups
Grin & Share It
One Droopy Knight
Mutts About Racing
them hold up very well and have been broadcast often over the years. Some had been previous censored to not hurt
the feelings of certain children and not set bad examples for others, but at
least some of them are in newer prints that restore their politically
incorrectness. But at the center is
Avery’s world-famous dog, who gains new fans every day. Check out this set and see why. See that Droopy is more than just about a few
signature one-liners and what great animation is really all about.
picture on this set is split into two aspect ratios, which also happens to be
where their picture fidelity splits. The
1.33 X 1 shorts look like older transfers with some edge enhancement and/or
digital video noise reduction (DVNR) foiling picture quality and even color
fidelity. They should be great, but they
look older and in this age of HD, that is not good. The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 shorts
shot in CinemaScope are much better, though Avery left after the first one and
the animation itself (as was so common in CinemaScope animation of the time)
became oversimplified and less complex.
said, the picture is better and color fidelity is often demonstration quality,
looking much more like a three-strip, dye-transfer Technicolor prints all these
shorts were originally issued in. They
save the picture performance of this set and are the reason we recommend it on that
Digital 1.0 Mono is good throughout, though I would have preferred 2.0 and am
surprised MGM did not make the CinemaScope shorts in stereo. The later shorts are dubbed Perspecta Sound,
which was Westrex’s quasi-stereo system that bounced around the mono sound but
was not necessarily real stereo. 2.0 in
those cases would have been nice.
include a reel of gags from the shorts dubbed Doggone Gags, three previews for other animation DVD sets and Droopy & Friends – A Laugh Back
documentary (18:19) that looks back at the greatness and importance of the
character including interviews and rare items.
was revived for TV shows and has made some other cameos, but these shorts are
the classics and it is nice to finally have them all in one place.
- Nicholas Sheffo