Thursday, November 1, 2007

Round Five of Looneyness

I finally have the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 5, and of course, it's great! The restorations are absolutely beautiful, on both the Technicolor and black-and-white cartoons. I was particularly impressed with the restoration on a sub-par entry, "The Up-Standing Sitter" (really a Cinecolor release). I've posted some comparisons from an older transfer below.

Some random thoughts on the set otherwise...

- Irv Spence's scenes in "Little Red Walking Hood" may not be his best work, but it's probably my favorite animation of his.
- "Bacall to Arms" is the funniest animated mess ever done by the Warner studio.
- The Clampett Girl Chorus song in "Patient Porky" (horribly lame cartoon, by the way)... What in the hell are the lyrics? Why would they record a song when you can't hear it anyway???
- "I've Got to Sing a Torch Song" is not only incredibly unfunny, but it's also horribly drawn and animated as well (due to Freleng and McKimson's absence from it). The Merrie Melodies of the same season are just as bad. No more of these, please.