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Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 3 Blu-ray Review

“Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 3” delivers in the laugh department.

In the third volume of the Tex Avery Screwball Classics line of home video releases, viewers get another 20 animated shorts called “Blitz Wolf,” “The Early Bird Dood It!,” “One Ham’s Family,” “Happy-Go-Nutty,” “Jerky Turkey,” “The Shooting Of Don McGoo,” “Swing Shift Cinderella,” “Wild and Woolfy,” “Northwest Hounded Police,” “Slap Happy Lion,” “King-Size Canary,” “What Price Fleadom,” “Little ‘Tinker,” “Senor Droopy,” “Cock-a-Doodle Dog,” “Rock-a-Bye Bear,” “Little Johnny Jet,” “Billy Boy,” “Deputy Droopy,” and “Cellbound.” In this batch of cartoons, the stories involve the Wolf escaping from prison and being chased by a Mountie (Droopy), a Christmas themed tale involving a pig family, the Wolf going after Cinderella, the Wolf in the old west, a hungry cat and some super sized animals, a lion scared of a mouse, a WWII themed Wolf and the 3 Pigs short, Droopy and the Wolf bullfighting, Spike tending to a bear’s house, a rooster annoying a sleepy dog, a goat that eats everything, a Pilgrim chasing a turkey, a worm in need of help, a squirrel vs. a dog, a dog and a flea, a skunk seeking love, an airplane family, Deputy Droopy (as the title suggests) and a prisoner trying to escape prison.

In the history of animation, Tex Avery stands as one of the best and most influential animation directors. His zany shorts and comedic sensibilities stood out from the crowd. With this new third volume release, you not only get a sampling of his best work from the 40’s and 50’s, but you get material featuring a majority of his best creations ala Droopy, the Wolf, the cat and Spike the dog. 

It’s tough to pick favorites of the 20 shorts. No doubt every viewer will have their own preferences as comedy is so subjective. For myself, I’ve always been a Droopy fan and 2 of his greatest starring toons are in this set with “Northwest Hounded Police” and “Senor Droopy.” ‘Northwest’ encapsulates everything I love about Droopy as he plays a Mountie who chases the escaped convict Wolf. Between the character’s deadpan deliveries and his transportive abilities to pop up wherever the Wolf goes, it’s hard not to burst into laughter. “Senor Droopy” is another Wolf v Droopy story with this one seeing the 2 characters as bullfighters. Of course, there’s so much to enjoy from each and every cartoon with their sight gag-a-second approach that features eye-popping and jaw dropping characters, a goat eating a world globe and making it look like an apple core and a Rigor Mortis Saloon sign.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How do the shorts look? As with the past 2 Tex releases, these cartoons look extraordinary. The vibrant Technicolor has never looked better.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 2.0 track does the job.

The lone extra is a bonus animated short titled “Crackpot Quail” about a dog and a quail. This one comes with the original audio soundtrack.

October 12, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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