The big Four-Oh is coming this June and to be honest it's bothering me a bit. I've already got the younger trophy wife (h/t to Mrs Bugbear). I've been experiencing a impulse to get a new vehicle, and I've been indulging in nostalgic longing for some of the totems of my erstwhile childhood. Last night I was walking past the videos at Costco and saw the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, all six volumes, and I was gripped by moment of schmaltz.
I haven't been able to enjoy Looney Tunes since the movement to political stupidity...pardon me...political correctness emasculated cartoons. How many cartoons can you watch today that are chock full of comic violence and don't contain some sickly sweet moral message? None as far as I know. So when I saw the Looney Tunes collection I had brief moment of nostalgia followed by a longer moment of impending disappointment and depression at seeing a neutered icon of my childhood. With a sense of trepidation I picked up volume one to read the back.
Imagine my delight when I read the words uncut and digitally remastered. YES!!! THE ORIGINAL CARTOONS IN ALL THEIR VIOLENCE LADEN, ANVIL DROPPING, TNT FILLED, ACME PRODUCTS, GLORY. CAN I GET HALLELUJAH MEL BLANC!?!
Okay, maybe that's a little over the top, but I've finally got a chance to watch the Bugs Bunny version of the Barber of Seville with all the violent parts still in it. It was a great moment for me to sit down with my oldest daughter and enjoy one of highlights of the Saturday mornings of my childhood.
On an interesting side note. I watched Bugs Bunny's bullfight and saw an advertisement for Corona Extra in the stands. I guess merchandising in cartoons may have started even earlier than I previously thought, but since I don't drink very much Corona I would have to question the effectiveness of beer ads in cartoons.
Please put your "HALLELUJAH MEL BLANC!" in the comments.