Well, it's right around this time every year that I start to get excited about the upcoming Looney Tunes release, and this year is no exception.

I've been a collector of the 1000+ Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons for about three years now, I got into this hobby just before Warner Brothers (WB) finally got their act together and started releasing these treasures on some high quality DVD collections so the bulk of my collection is either taped from Cartoon Network (before they took Looney Tunes off the air) or acquired through various trades arranged over the internet. In a little over two years I was able to collect a copy of every single cartoon in some form [edit: except one] and now I'm in the process of taking these shorts and putting them onto my hard drive for maximum geek effect. One day I'll set up a media server (maybe using components of MythTV)...

Anyway, even though most of the people who created these 50-year old cartoons are now dead, I will still gladly fork over my money to the Warner Brothers corporation if they continue to release these Golden Collections. Unfortunately they are doing so at a release of only one 60-cartoon volume a year:

Speculation about the contents of Golden Collection Volume 4: I've seen enough complaints on the Amazon feedback site for Volume 3 that I believe WB will strike a better balance between the extremely popular shorts and the rarer shorts to satisfy a larger portion of the audience. We'll probably see shorts like Ali Baba Bunny, Bedevilled Rabbit, Operation Rabbit, Often An Orphan, Knighty Knight Bugs, and hopefully plenty of Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales and Yosemite Sam (characters that have been largely neglected thus far).

However, I think we'll still a healthy dose of Black & White cartoons (and there are quite a few!). These shorts are usually more interesting to animation fans because they show how the animation studio evolved. The older cartoons also contains some of the politically incorrect gags (for instance, involving blackface or World War II), so I think we'll still have an introduction on the DVDs by Whoopi Goldberg.

LooneyTunes.com has some classic cartoons available right now for free viewing online and rumor has it that at least some of these shorts will be on the next collection to be released near the end of 2006. Watch this TV Shows On DVD page for further details - we should be hearing something "leaked" by the studio in July.

§252 · April 28, 2006 · Cartoons, Entertainment · · [Print]

16 Comments to “Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 4”

  1. Charlie says:

    I,too, hope Volume Four has a better variety of characters! I am a HUGE Looney Tunes fan, and I am trying to collect all of the cartoons myself. You claim to have every one of them, right? Do you have the extremely rare Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote short called “Little Go Beep” from 2000? I am looking for some of those more modern ones. I just received the Australian edition of Looney Tunes: Back in Action with five new cartoons, and they are awesome! Of course, they are not as funny as the old ones, but they are still pretty good. Please email me and let me know if you can help me collect any of the post 1980 Looney Tunes cartoons.

  2. Jeff Schiller says:

    Charlie, I’ve sent you an email. Thanks, Jeff

  3. Ron says:

    Any news on an announcement regarding the contents of LTGC4 yet?

  4. Not yet, I’m hoping some time next week…

  5. Arthur says:

    Just so there’s no confusion know that the shorts on the Australian Back In Action DVD are awful. Terrible. Painful to watch, especially the Porky one. They were on youtube awhile back but I think have been taken down. Stiff animation. Tasteless overdone gags, terrible music, terrible timing. Anyone who thinks they should even be viewed as entertainment has no taste.

    Personally I’m hoping for more Clampett on Vol. 4. Please, WB?

  6. from Chile says:

    More Clamplett/Avery/Tashlin

    We want the censored shorts! (I cant wait till the volumen 10 in 2012)

    I hope 1 of 4 Dvd with “Looney Tunes Go to War” shorts

  7. joe madonia says:

    I have been trying to become a collector, but the TV networks seem to have dropped the show before I really got going very much on the taping, and I’ll be 90 before WB is finished with their releases. I’m sure I have nothing particularly rare or hard to get, but I would appreciate a message if there is a way you may be able to help. Thanks very much.

  8. Jeff Schiller says:

    Hi Joe,

    I invite you to join the Golden Age Cartoons Forum. Participate in the message boards, initiate a couple trades, that’s how I got started, and two years later I had a copy of every cartoon (in a variety of conditions). Even if you don’t have much to trade with, people on that forum are nice enough to get you going…


  9. Ron says:

    I found this looking for more info on LTGC4. It’s a trailer that gives us some hints as to what will be on the set. Awesome!


  10. Christine says:

    Can someone help me?? I am looking for a specific cartoon. The one where bugs is the bull fighter, “STOP STEAMIN’ UP MY TAIL” This is my favorite bugs cartoon. Anyone know where I can get it? I would order a whole dvd to get that one cartoon. Also I love the wolf (or coyote) and sheep dog cartoons. Any suggestions?

  11. James says:

    “Can someone help me?? I am looking for a specific cartoon. The one where bugs is the bull fighter, “STOP STEAMIN’ UP MY TAIL”

    Its called “Bully for Bugs” and it can be found on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection volume 1, disc 1…

  12. skinney says:

    If I can identify with any WB character it would have to be Ralph Phillips. Does anyone know of a way to get his short series of two? I have purchased GC vol. I,II,III, and plan to get IV in my stocking from my dear sweet children. Thanks for posting the links above. I love them!

  13. Iain says:

    Does anybody know where I can obtain a copy of “It’s Hummer Time” (OH No!!… Not Happy Birthday!!) and What’s Brewin’ Bruin (With Henry Bear & Junior Bear) I’m really hanging for these (shows signs of a misspent youth). I’m happy to beg or buy