Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It Really Is The End of a Looney Era
Blahhh. You may have seen this already, but it turns out that while the Looney Tunes Golden Collections are over, the "Spotlight Collections" -- two-disc sets consisting of selected cartoons available on the Golden Collections -- will continue. They're just going back and using cartoons from previous Golden Collections, in this case the Bugs Bunny disc from # 1, the Road Runner disc from # 2, and the "all-stars" disc from # 4.
I don't really object to this, because the Spotlight collections are for different audiences and possibly even different retailers (these cheap, thin sets are more Wal-Mart-friendly), and it makes sense to continue them. But it just felt like a tease to see a Looney Tunes DVD announcement and find out that it was all previously-released cartoons.
Honestly, if they were to use the Spotlight Collection format to release cartoons they haven't released in the Golden Collections, I'd be fine with that. (There must be a number of cartoons that have DVD-quality masters ready but weren't in the Golden Collections; we've already seen a few of those masters turn up on sets like the Academy Award Nominees box.) They have plenty of family-friendly, uncontroversial cartoons that weren't on the first six sets, and like most collectors, I don't really care about extras at this point.