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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Prepare for a musical experience as only Looney Tunes can deliver! From the brilliant minds of maestro Carl Stalling and animation legends including Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones, comes 18 musical treasures.

DVD Verdict: Here on 'Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces' you get to revisit the classic, timeless fun of the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in such flashback wonderment as: Corny Concerto, What’s Opera, Doc? and Rabbit of Seville. Dive deeper into the vaults with gems like Three Little Bops, I Love to Singa and Rhapsody in Rivets.

Admittedly, these shorts were previously released on 'Looney Tunes Golden Collections.' but here, together, as one musical entity, they are a joy to behold, truly.

Featured Shorts Corny Concerto Page Miss Glory Rabbit of Seville Katnip Kollege One Froggy Evening High Note Rhapsody Rabbit Pigs in a Polka What’s Opera, Doc? Three Little Bops Hillbilly Hare Rhapsody in Rivets Pizzicato Pussycat Back Alley Oproar Nelly’s Folly Holiday Shoestrings I Love to Singa Lights Fantastic

Of course, the true classics are the ones that are still remembered today by the cultured fans of Looney Tunes. Such as One Froggy Evening, which comes in at @ seven minutes long! The technicolor animated short film written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones, with musical direction by Milt Franklyn, marks the debut of Michigan J. Frog, of course.

Another is Wagnerian Rabbit, which is actually an important part of the bigger picture re: What's Opera, Doc? (1957). An American animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Chuck Jones for Warner Bros. Cartoons, the Michael Maltese story features Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny through a parody of 19th-century classical composer Richard Wagner's operas - particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), Der Fliegende Holländer, and Tannhäuser. It borrows heavily from the second opera in the "Ring Cycle" Die Walküre, woven around the standard Bugs-Elmer conflict.

“Music is such an important component of animation. Not only does it set the mood but it also tells the story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. I couldn't have put it better myself. This is a Standard Version Presentation (1.65:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

It Hopped One Night: The Story Behind One Froggy Evening!
Wagnerian Rabbit: The Making of What's Opera, Doc?
Merrie Melodies: Carl Stalling and Cartoon Music
Sing-a-Song of Looney Tunes