Chuck Jones Collection: Featuring 6 Classic Stories
(Rikki-Tikki-Tavi/Mowgli’s Brothers/White Seal/Yankee Doodle
Cricket/A Cricket In Time/A Very Merry Cricket/Lionsgate)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Films: C+
Mongooses and Crickets, OH MY! Now
available on DVD for the first time is the Chuck
Jones Collection: Featuring 6 Classic Stories. The classic stories featured in this
collection are Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, The
White Seal, Mowgli’s Brothers, Yankee Doodle Cricket, A Cricket in Times
Square, and A Very Merry Cricket.
The films featured in this collection in many ways have become lesser
known classics of their own right like many of the Disney films. The films are well animated, fun, and demonstrate
the genius that was Chuck Jones.
features a mongoose that has high hopes of being adopted by a loving
family. One day Rikki’s dream comes true
and he swears to do everything and anything to protect his new family. When two cobras attempt to harm and terrify
his family Rikki gets the chance to be the hero he knows he is inside.
Seal is another coming of age heroic tale about a young seal trying to learn
the ways of his kind. The adorable seal
is a quick learner and is learning all he can about the deep ocean and the
creatures that dwell there. Kotec (the
seal), however, faces one of the greatest challenges of his life as he tries to
outwit his biggest foe, humans.
of Mowgli’s Brothers is actually the first story of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle
Book Collection and adapted by Chuck Jones.
The short animated feature starts with the young boy Mowgli being
adopted by a pack of wolves and raised as one of their own. Mowgli must soon face new challenges he never
dreamed of and his loyalty to the pack will be tested. Can Mowgli face the challenges that Jungle
three tales on this set chronicle the life of a little cricket with big
dreams. Yankee Doodle Cricket features
Chester the Cricket and friends showing the audience what really happened
during the Revolutionary War; the Cricket actually taking part in making the
Declaration of Independence and throwing Paul Revere a little help as
well. The other two Cricket films
feature the Cricket in Times Square. The
first film he is learning to cope with the big city after leaving his comfy
country life and the second Chester the Cricket and his friends are at it again
trying to make New York City into a place of joy and wonder at Christmas Time.
technical features of this 6 short film, single disc, Chuck Jones’ collection
are simple at best. The picture on the 6
films are presented in their original aspect ratio of a 1.33 X 1 full screen
and though clear of most debris, do have some light/dark issues as well as
color balance issues. The sound is
adequate but far from perfect in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono presentation,
lacking the true quality these Chuck Jones’ classics deserve. The extras aren’t so adequate only giving
fans of these short animation ventures a quick documentary on the Chuck Jones
entitled “Heart and Soul: The Timeless Art of Chuck Jones” that is neither too
informative or exciting.
release is nice to the extent that it is always nice to have a full collection
available at your DVD fingertips; but otherwise this reviewer found this
somewhat lackluster in the areas of picture, sound, and extras. The films are nice and demonstrate Chuck
Jones’ art style and great sense of humor.
In the end, if you have been dying to have these films now is the time
to purchase these lost treasures, otherwise hold off for a better quality and
more definitive Chuck Jones Collection.
- Michael P. Dougherty II