Blu-ray review: 'Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: The Chuck Jones Collection'

Lesser-known Warner Bros. animated characters Sniffles, Hubie and Bertie scurry into the spotlight with “Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: The Chuck Jones Collection.”
Oklahoman Published: September 7, 2012
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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

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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