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As far as classic cartoons are concerned, I have never really gotten the whole mouse thing. After all, I know, almost everyone look upon mice as household pests, and not something they are generally cozying up to... How Walt Disney built an empire on Mickey still perplexes me, plus I am still trying to figure out the whole Tom & Jerry thing- beyond the senseless violence. Personally, I have always been partial to Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and the other critters that became stars over at Warner Bros. Of course, all things Warner Bros. gets me thinking about Speedy Gonzalez, whom I always did find funny, but maybe it's because he isn't the most politically correct character out there.

Beyond Speedy Gonzalez, Warner Bros. did dabble with other mice in various animated shorts, a number of which have been brought together in the LOONEY TUNES MOUSE CHRONICLES: THE CHUCK JONES COLLECTION ($35) with Sniffles the Mouse as well as Hubie and Bertie being the prominent characters in said animated shorts. The LOONEY TUNES MOUSE CHRONICLES: THE CHUCK JONES COLLECTION comes in a two disc set that features the following Sniffles the Mouse animated shorts on disc one: Naughty But Mice, Little Brother Rat, Sniffles And The Bookworm, Sniffles Takes A Trip, The Egg Collector, Bedtime For Sniffles, Sniffles Bells The Cat, Toy Trouble, The Brave Little Bat, The Unbearable Bear, Lost And Foundling and Hush My Mouse. Disc two features the following Hubie and Bertie animated shorts: The Aristo-Cat, Trap Happy Porky, Roughly Squeaking, House Hunting Mice, Mouse Wreckers, The Hypo-Chondri Cat and Cheese Chasers.

Warner Home Video has made all nineteen animated shorts that comprise the LOONEY TUNES MOUSE CHRONICLES: THE CHUCK JONES COLLECTION, available in their proper 1.37:1 aspect ratio presentations, all of which have been encoded to disc with the AVC codec. Once again Warner has done a terrific job mastering these vintage cartoons for high definition; the 1080p presentations remain beautifully film-like and do not appear like overly scrubbed digital video. Each short displays a noticeable grain structure that reflects the character of vintage animation from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. As expected, there are visual variations from one short to the next, but all of the cartoons look quite good. Image quality on each short delivers what one should expect, including the crisp lines of cell animation, and the hand painted qualities one associates with this cinematic art form. Color reproduction varies from short to short, as does some of the animation stylings. For the most part the shorts have vivid Technicolor hues, which are nicely reproduced. Blacks are generally accurate, as are the whites. The elements from which the shorts have been mastered appear very clean, with only modest blemishes and other signs of age being present, in even the least carefully preserved short. As I stated above, the shorts display a noticeable grain structure, which makes the presentations very much film-like.

All of animated shorts featured on the LOONEY TUNES MOUSE CHRONICLES: THE CHUCK JONES COLLECTION are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 1 channel Dolby Digital monaural 192kbps soundtracks. As with other animated short collections from Warner, the lossy monaural soundtracks tend to hold up quite well. Especially when one considers the age of the shorts in question, as well as the limitations in recording technologies at the time they were produced. Once again, there are some mild variations in the sonic quality from one short to the next. As expected, all the soundtracks of all the cartoons contained in the collection have undergone a bit of a digital scrubbing. Therefore, the majority of the background hiss and other audible anomalies have been eliminated or greatly reduced. No surprises here… the fidelity is limited, but the music and zany sound effects come across in a respectable manner. The dialogue contained in each of the shorts is crisp and easy to understand. Spanish Dolby Digital monaural tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English Spanish subtitles. The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements. Starting things off are five running Audio Commentaries included on the following four animated shorts: Naughty But Mice, The Aristo-Cat, Mouse Wreckers and The Hypo-Chondri Cat. Eleven mouse themed Bonus Shorts are included in SD and in un-restored condition: Country Mouse, The Lyin' Mouse, The Mice Will Play, Little Blabbermouse, Shop Look & Listen, Mouse Mazurka, Mouse-Warming, Mouse-Taken Identity, Mice Follies, It's Nice To Have A Mouse Around The House And Merlin The Magic Mouse. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Of Mice And Pens (nine minutes), and The Hypo-Chondri-Cat" Story Reel (six minutes).

The LOONEY TUNES MOUSE CHRONICLES: THE CHUCK JONES COLLECTION offers fans a nice group of classic animated shorts in high definition. Definitely recommended.


Looney Tunes the Chuck Jones Collection Mouse [Blu-ray] (2012)


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