Warner Bros. Home Ent. Academy Award-Nom­i­nated An­i­ma­tion: Golden Gems [Warner, $9.97]

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This sin­gle-disc re­lease is fairly self ex­plana­tory: 13 clas­sic shorts from the likes of toon legends Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Wil­liam Hanna and Joseph Bar­bera, which were nom­i­nated but did not win the Os­car. This fol­low up to last year’s “Cinema Fa­vorites” spans the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The fea­tured, au­dio-vis­ually im­proved films are: Mouse Wreck­ers (1949), Hatch Up Your Trou­bles (1949), Jerry’s Cousin (1951), Lit­tle Johnny Jet (1953), Touche, Pussy Cat! (1954), From A to Z-z-z-z (1954), Sandy Claws (1955), Good Will to Men (1955), Tabasco Road (1957), One Droopy Knight (1957), High Note (1960), Nelly’s Folly (1961) and Now Hear This (1963).

If these ti­tles sound fa­mil­iar, well, the truth is that all of these were a part of the much heftier three-disc Academy Awards An­i­ma­tion Col­lec­tion, re­leased by WB in 2008 and boast­ing 15 Os­car win­ners and 26 nominees, plus spe­cial fea­tures — and now prac­ti­cally half-price on Ama­zon. This DVD is there­fore ide­ally suited to OCD col­lec­tors or clas­sic toon afi­ciona­dos who need a cheap copy to lend out to ac­quain­tances and un­trust­wor­thy chil­dren. [Re­lease date: Fe­bru­ary 11]

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