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Warner Brings Classics to New Generations

8 Jun, 2009 By: John Latchem

Warner Home Video is bringing a number of its classic animation titles to DVD for new generations of children to savor.

June 16 sees the release of Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases Vol. 2 at $14.97. The collection includes 14 “Tom and Jerry” Academy Award-winning and nominated shorts directed by Hanna-Barbera that were originally released between 1943 and 1951. Two featured shorts, including “Mouse Trouble” (1944) and “Quiet Please!” (1945) won Oscars for animated short subject. Also included are “Sufferin’ Cats!,” “Baby Puss,” “The Million Dollar Cat,” “The Bodyguard,” “Flirty Birdy,” “Cat Fishin’,” “The Invisible Mouse,” “Heavenly Puss,” “Jerry and the Goldfish,” “Cue Ball Cat,” “Slicked-up Pup” and “Jerry’s Cousin.”

July 7, Warner releases the Peanuts 1960s Collection, which includes the first six animated “Peanuts” television specials that aired between 1965 and 1969, for $29.98. Included are the previously released “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Charlie Brown’s All-Stars,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown.” “He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown” and “It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown” make their DVD debut. All six specials have been remastered for picture and sound quality, and the collection also offers the bonus documentary “The Maestro of Menlo Park – Profiling Composer Vince Guaraldi.”

Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters, the latest entry in the “Looney Tunes Movie Collection,” streets Aug. 4 (prebook June 30) at $14.97. The 1988 movie compiles the classic cartoons “Night of the Living Duck,” “Daffy Dilly,” “The Prize Pest,” “Water, Water Every Hare,” “Hide and Go Tweet,” “Claws for Alarm,” “The Duxorcist,” “Transylvania 6-5000,” “The Abominable Snow Rabbit,” “Punch Trunk” and “Jumpin’ Jupiter.”

Aug. 11 sees the release of the “Scooby-Doo” double-feature of the 1970s animated specials Scooby-Doo! Meets the Harlem Globetrotters and Scooby-Doo Meets Batman in one set for $14.97.   

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