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