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Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection

June 12, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 06/23/2009 Run time: 216 minutes Rating: Nr… More >>

Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection

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5 Responses to “Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection”
  1. These cartoons are typical of the later style of Chuck Jones’ animation style; lazy, derivitive and self-plagiarizing. Has anyone else noticed how similar his works were to each other?? Be it the Grinch, Tom & Jerry or the later incarnations of the iconic Bugs Bunny, they ALL begin to look like each other!! The eyes especially betray the character’s similiarity. If visual evidence was ever required to demonstrate how Chuck Jones’ glory days were far behind him, this is your answer. My recommendation: Avoid these dismal works, and lobby for the release of the earlier, less PC, versions of the classic Tom & Jerry!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. TomH1138 says:

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice of Warner’s to make these cartoons available, and I’m glad they didn’t waste space on the classic sets with these cartoons. But that doesn’t change the fact that these are largely inferior to the Hanna-Barbera theatrical Tom & Jerry cartoons.

    Even though Chuck Jones was a genius in working with the Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others, for some reason he is completely out of his element here. The animation is lovely as always, but the timing and pacing are all off, the drawing is too cutesy, and the violence (what there is of it) just doesn’t play right as a result.

    This is a worthwhile set for animation historians and Tom and Jerry completists. For those just wanting to have a good laugh with their families, stick to the original H-B theatricals.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. Peter Leeson says:

    Although it could be argued that the sixties didn’t exactly hit a high water mark in terms of animation of classic cartoon characters like Tom and Jerry, Bugs, Mickey Mouse, etc., MGM’s decision to entrust the creative direction of T&J to the legendary Chuck Jones was inspired. When “classic” T&J shorts from the 40’s play on TV, I find them to be visually impressive but not terribly funny.

    Chuck Jones, operating with limited technical budgets in the 60’s, understood the limitations of his animation and put more of an emphasis on characterizations and movement of his characters–to great comedic effect. Note the small things–from Tom’s frequent double takes, to “breaking the 3rd wall” and staring directly at the camera–to the way he will kind of stutter step when rounding a curve at high speeds. Just little bits of comedy business that work beautifully. Glad to see these shorts now available on DVD. I will buy!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. There is no question about the successful influence that Hanna-Barbera had made with the Tom & Jerry cartoons, and the testiments of time they still have on today’s animation. But, back in the 60’s, someone very classic had taken the gamble of being with M.G.M. for the success of making Tom & Jerry come alive, the legendary Chuck Jones. At the time, with all the success he had working with Warner Brothers, there was a financial problem that came up, with them selling their legendary Termite Terrace studios, where Chuck, Friz Freleng and company had made great Warner Brothers Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, and the Road Runner, it meant the end of the animation era. Unlike the others who’d stuck with staying, Chuck Jones and his team headed to M.G.M. Now, the success they had with their Tom & Jerry era is finally available on DVD.

    Tom & Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection, is a 2 disc DVD collection that reflects all of the cartoons that Chuck Jones produced, and took part in on direction with his leads like Abe Levitow, story writer Michael Maltese, and Maurice Noble. The collection features all the shorts that Jones and his team had created from their Tom & Jerry M.G.M. era from 1963-1968. The shorts have all been remastered well, and are a great trip down memory lane. While they aren’t as definitive in Oscars, as was the case with the Hanna-Barbera era, Jones and company had made classics of their own. There are some great ones here like Cat & Duplicat where Tom catches Jerry on a ship in the moonlight, only to not recognize another cat demands Jerry from him, in a quest to see whom shall be able to claim Jerry as his own, Duel Personality, where Jerry challenges Tom to a old-fashioned duel in the meadow, after being fed up with Tom chasing him with a ball and chain medevil weapon. Little do they know as they duel, they both cancel each other out by being equal in sword fighting, cannons, and bow and arrows, and The Mouse From Hunger, where Jerry takes on a 007-style mission to capture cheese from a sneeky Tom whom deals with Jerry in a diabolical way, and Matinee Mouse where Tom & Jerry truce, and go to the movies where they watch themselves duke each other out, in a retrospective from the classic Hanna-Barbera shorts.

    There are a few extras here as well, reflecting on the late Chuck Jones perspective on his days working with M.G.M. The documentary is very scentimental to watch, and is a treat for die hard fansof Chuck jones legendary career. Sadly though, there are a few disadvantages with the DVD set. While I love the idea that the Tom & Jerry shorts are highlighted here, I honestly was also hoping that there could’ve been a few added bonuses on this set as well, some of the other great shorts that Jones had worked on with M.G.M. could’ve been highlighted here too like his classic gems The Dot & The Line, and his clever skit The Bear That Wasn’t. These treasures could’ve been added here to showcase that Chuck Jones was just more here, and what he had brought into the M.G.M. library.

    All in all, for hard core Tom & Jerry fans, Tom & Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection is a treat that still shows just the innovation that Chuck Jones had made is still just as fun to watch today, as it was when he made these gems years ago. If you haven’t experienced any of Chuck Jones works with M.G.M., than this would be a good place to start. While Chuck Jones era with Tom & Jerry wasn’t as strong as the classic Hanna-Barbera days, they still are a reminder of what a memory we’ve lost when Chuck died back in 2002. While Tom hasn’t completely caught Jerry yet, the fun of the final classic Tom & Jerry days from M.G.M. are well-documented here.

    Cartoons: B 1/2-

    Price: B-

    Extras: B-

    Remastering: B+

    Overall: B-
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Great deal ($11.99) when it was $19.99 at Target. My son loves Tom and Jerry so does his old man ;).
    Rating: 5 / 5

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