Although they only appear in seven shorts, Hubie, a sly Brooklyn-accented schemer, and Bertie, his accomplice known for exclaiming “riot,” make an impression with their uncanny knack for psychological warfare, whether they are tormenting a spoiled feline in their 1943 debut “The Aristo-Cat” or convincing a kitty he is a lion in 1946's “Roughly Squeaking.” Their Oscar-nominated 1949 short “Mouse Wreckers,” the set's highlight, introduces the pair's permanent foil, hapless mouser Claude Cat.
While a few of the cartoons have appeared on previous Looney Tunes DVD packages, the new release marks the Blu-ray bow for the 19 shorts. As a bonus, the Blu-ray set also includes 11 mousy bonus cartoons from the WB vault. The added shorts, which are in standard definition, include Jones' romantic tale “Mouse-Warming,” Sylvester's encounter with a baby kangaroo in “Mouse-Taken Identity” and the Daffy Duck-Speedy Gonzales romp “It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House.”
Other extras include five audio commentaries, a storyboard reel and a featurette titled “Of Mice and Pen,” about the oddly prominent role the furry rodents have played in animation history.
— Brandy McDonnell