Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Volume 2 on Blu-ray

The Eager Beaver. Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Volume 2 contains 25 animated Looney Tunes shorts that have never been released on Blu-ray.

Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Volume 2.
Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Volume 2. Courtesy of Warner Bros.

This Looney Tunes collection spans shorts from 1937 all the way through 1963. Chuck Jones directs two of my personal favorites in this collection: The Eager Beaver and Hare-Breadth Hurry. The former deals with beavers who are constructing a dam while the latter sees Bugs Bunny filling in for Road Runner. You can never go wrong with Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner but it’s funny to see what happens when the Bugs steps in. It doesn’t change the formula as our favorite coyote can never win. Of course, there is another short directed by Jones and Abe Levitow–Lickety-Splat–featuring both the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. It certainly does not matter how many times that I watch Coyote chase Road Runner because they will never go old.

Rabbit Rampage is more or less a follow up to 1953’s Duck Amuck. This one focuses on Bugs Bunny whereas the earlier short focuses on Daffy Duck. Chuck Jones torments Bugs Bunny in the short–shockingly, it is Elmer Fudd at the end of the short. To say that it is hysterical is not an understatement and I love what Mel Blanc brings to the vocal characterization of our favorite bunny. Anyway, if you’re in the mood to see how it compares to Duck Amuck, the earlier short is a part of 2011’s out-of-print Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection, Vol. 1. Now would be a good time to re-release the collection especially as the library is not an option for watching it!

A reminder for parents: these collections are intended for the adult collector and may not be suitable for children. Always watch the shorts first before deciding if they are suitable for children. Please keep in mind that many of the shorts were made during a different era for filmmaking.

While this collection–which runs 158 minutes despite the package saying 183 minutes–does feature fan favorites Bugs Bunny, Tweety and Sylvester, Porky Pig, The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, it features more films that do not include them. What does it tell you that Bugs Bunny is only in two of the films? Anyway, many of the shorts are among the rarely seen films and we’re incredibly lucky that the Warner Archive is releasing them on Blu-ray for the first time. As Warner Archive notes, this set of 25 are among the “most requested by collectors and connoisseurs.”

Charles M. “Chuck” Jones, Friz Freleng, Frank Tashlin, Tex Avery, Arthur Davis, Robert McKimson, Norman “Norm” McCabe, and Abe Levitow are among the directors of the shorts in this fine collection.

You cannot go wrong with Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Volume 2.

The second volume includes the following shorts:

  • BEHIND THE MEAT-BALL (1945) Directed by Frank Tashlin
  • BROTHER BRAT (1944) Directed by Frank Tashlin-with Porky Pig
  • CATTY CORNERED (1953) Directed by Friz Freleng-with Tweety and Sylvester
  • CROSS COUNTRY DETOURS (1940) Directed by Tex Avery
  • DAFFY’S SOUTHERN EXPOSURE (1942) Directed by Norm McCabe-with Daffy Duck
  • DING DOG DADDY (1942) Directed by Friz Freleng
  • THE EAGER BEAVER (1946) Directed by Chuck Jones
  • FAIR AND WORM-ER (1946) Directed by Chuck Jones
  • FIN ‘N CATTY (1943) Directed by Chuck Jones
  • FROM HAND TO MOUSE (1944) Directed by Chuck Jones
  • GHOST WANTED (1940) Directed by Chuck Jones
  • GREETINGS BAIT (1943) Directed by Friz Freleng-with Wacky Worm
  • HAMATEUR NIGHT (1939) Directed by Tex Avery-with Egghead
  • HARE-BREADTH HURRY (1963) Directed by Chuck Jones with Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote
  • A HICK A SLICK AND A CHICK (1948) Directed by Arthur Davis
  • HISS AND MAKE UP (1948) Directed by Arthur Davis
  • A HOUND FOR TROUBLE (1951) Directed by Chuck Jones-with Charlie Dog
  • I WANNA BE A SAILOR (1937) Directed by Tex Avery
  • THE LEGHORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT (1950) Directed by Robert McKimson-with Foghorn Leghorn and Henery Hawk
  • LICKETY-SPLAT (1961) Directed by Chuck Jones and Abe Levitow-with Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote
  • ONE MEAT BRAWL (1947) Directed by Robert McKimson-with Porky Pig
  • THE PENGUIN PARADE (1938) Directed by Tex Avery
  • RABBIT RAMPAGE (1955) Directed by Chuck Jones-with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
  • THE REBEL WITHOUT CLAWS (1961) Directed by Friz Freleng-with Tweety and Sylvester
  • THE WACKY WORM (1941) Directed by Friz Freleng-with Wacky Worm
Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Volume 2 is available on Blu-ray.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.