Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection
Tom and Jerry spotlight collection: For budding fans and enthusiasts of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, this great DVD box set made up of a collection of 40 shorts, with several extra features thrown in will be enough to keep you smiling and laughing for days on end.
If you have been following the antics of this lovable cat and mouse duo, then you may already know that besides their creators William Hannah and Joseph Barbara, there have also been a number of A-List directors working their creative magic on this classic cartoon series.
Chuck Jones, Tex Avery and Friz Frelang, all great cartoonists/directors of animation who have at some point added a little their own touches to the Tom and Jerry legacy; making this long running cartoon an important part of our modern day popular culture.
Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection on 2DVD with 40 shorts over 322 minutues
The Tom and Jerry spotlight collection combines 40 specially restored and re-mastered episodes that some of you, who are familiar with the old series may have seen before. To top it off there are also 4 extra features, including 2 documentaries “Behind the tunes: The MGM Orchestra” which talks about how the great backing soundtrack that accompanies all Tom and Jerry programs are made. There is also a short piece on ‘How Bill and Joe Met Tom and Jerry”, which gives viewers an insight into how the original creators came up with the idea in the first place and who the characters are actually based on in real life. The other 2 extras are titled, ‘Jerry dances with Gene Kelly’ and Tom and Jerry swim with Esther Williams, both nice finishes to a perfect Tom and Jerry dvd set.
For this Tom and Jerry spotlight collection set, you get 2 disks packed full with over 322 minute of hilarious antics; the audio is done completely in English, though there is a choice of French, Spanish or English subtitles for European viewers or the hearing impaired. The great thing about Tom and Jerry’s humor is that most of the comedy is delivered in a classic slapstick form, there is little speech and a lot of back ground orchestra music that has the desired affect. For those with 5.1 surround sound speakers, there is a Dolby option; also an NTSC system optimization is added to keep up with today’s changing video technologies.
One of the classic episodes included in the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection DVD set is the Oscar nominated ‘Yankee Doodle Mouse’, if that title sounds familiar it is very likely that you have seen this particular show on television before. The story follows out 2 feuding characters onto the battle field, where Jerry seems to be in war mode and pelts Tom with everything he can get his little hands on. Jerry finds himself flying on paper airplanes, dive bombing Tom with firecrackers and parachuting to safety on a ladies bra; surreal! Poor Tom cowers and finds himself on the other side running for cover with nothing but a bottle cap to protect him self with; this episode actually went on to win the Oscar for best animated short of 1943.
Here are some product details about the Tom and Jerry spotlight collection
Actors: Tex Avery, Joseph Barbera, Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler, Bill Cole (III)
Directors: Tex Avery, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Michael Lah
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
Run Time: 322 minutes
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