Tex Avery’s cartoons don’t look or sound like anyone else’s. I haven’t laughed so loud since seeing Warner Archive’s first collection of Avery shorts last year. There may not be that many real classics in Volume 2, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t any less valuable. Laughter is a tonic, and if there ever was a time we all needed, it is now.
Tex Avery Screwball Classics Vol. 2 begins with one of his masterpieces, Little Red Riding Hood. This was the apotheosis of his shorts with a horny wolf responding to a sexy, red-haired nightclub singer. Every time you think he’s gone as far as he can with the wolf’s wildly exaggerated reactions he keeps going. It was Avery’s trading inventory and a mark of his genius.
A good 1988 British documentary by John Needham is worth rereading on CD. Colleagues like Chuck Jones, the animators Michael Lah, Ed Love, the voice actor June Foray and the storyteller Heck Allen, and the author Joe Adamson (who wrote the book) Tex Avery: King of Cartoons) express your admiration for Tex and help us understand why he was unique. They downplay their own contributions and give Avery full credit for the cartoons that bear his name.
It doesn’t take much to explain why they hold up so well: They are incredibly funny. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD – if not for a friend, then for yourself. You can thank me later.
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Warner Bros. never believed in celebrating its cartoon characters’ birthdays, but they made an exception last year which led to it The Bugs Bunny 80th Birthday collection. There are 60 restored, high-resolution cartoons spread across three discs, including lots of popular gems – and lots of good, solid cartoons that aren’t getting as much attention as they deserve.
Listen to Mel Blanc’s pattern routine as a catcher Baseball bugsor Bea Benadaret’s overwhelming performance as Red in Little Red Riding Hood and you will see why these cartoons were so popular in the 1940s. When was the last time you saw Edward G. Robinson and Peter Lorre caricatured? It’s time to introduce a new generation to these archetypes Bat rabbit. You’ll also meet the hairy creature who was later christened Gossamer when Bugs becomes a talkative manicurist Hair-raising rabbit.
Most of the bonus features on this set have been carried over from previous Warner discs, but it is a pleasure to see so many great cartoons look and sound this good. Greetings to Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson and everyone else who made these wonderful shorts including Carl W. Stalling who provided the indelible musical scores. If it’s been a while since you’ve heard of Stan Freberg as Junior Bear, or heard an orchestral performance of Raymond Scott’s “Powerhouse,” it’s time to get back to the glory days of Bugs Bunny.
And to keep us up to date, there are also eleven brand new Looney Tunes featuring Bugs, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd and even Beaky Buzzard. They are made in the spirit of the originals, and how well they succeed is in the eyes of the beholder. For one, I’m very happy that these characters are enjoying a new life in 21 (and hopefully reaching a new audience)st Century.