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BURBANK, CA – Consumers will be in pursuit of Warner Home Video’s (WHV) latest Tom and Jerry Blu-ray and DVD release featuring 37 re-mastered, cartoon shorts available on Blu-ray hi-def for the first time October 25, 2011. Titled Tom & Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 1, this entertaining compilation features a definitive lineup of theatrical shorts directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Through the use of Blu-ray technology, the set presents the work of the renowned animation duo with superior picture quality. Each cartoon has been re-mastered from the best surviving/earliest generation film elements in order to create a reproduction that is most faithful to the original. The set includes Academy Award-winning/nominated shorts and bonus material. This release will retail for $26.99 SRP (standard DVD) and $34.99 SRP (Blu-ray).
Tom and Jerry have chased their way over the funny bones and into the hearts of moviegoers, television viewers and Internet users for generations. The iconic team’s earliest adventures are unleashed inside this delightful two-disc collection of 37 Re-mastered shorts and bonus features.
Among the 37 cartoons showcased on Tom & Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 1, four are Academy Award® winners (Best Short Subject: Cartoons). They include The Yankee Doodle Mouse*, which finds Tom and Jerry engaging in warfare using household objects; Mouse Trouble*, where Tom follows the ill-fated advice of a book on how to catch mice; Quiet Please!* in which Spike warns Tom not to make a sound while he naps and The Cat Concerto*, featuring Tom playing a concerto on a piano Jerry happens to be napping in.
The collection also has three Academy Award® nominated shorts, Puss Gets the Boot**, which stars a feline named “Jasper” and an unnamed mouse. Puss Gets the Boot**, not only catapulted the then-unnamed Tom and Jerry to meteoric stardom but also served as the launching pad for the collaborative efforts of another gifted legendary duo, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry creators. Other Oscar® nominated shorts included are The Night Before Christmas** and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse**.
Bonus material on the DVD includes an excerpt from the 1945 live action film Anchors Aweigh, in which Jerry performs a dance routine with the legendary Gene Kelly.
Tom & Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 1
Puss Gets the Boot
The Midnight Snack
The Night Before Christmas
Puss N’ Toots
The Bowling Alley-Cat
Fine Feathered Friend
The Lonesome Mouse
The Yankee Doodle Mouse
The Zoot Cat
The Million Dollar Cat
Puttin on the Dog
The Mouse Comes to Dinner
Mouse in Manhattan
Tee for Two
Springtime for Thomas
The Milky Waif
Part Time Pal
The Cat Concerto
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
Salt Water Tabby
A Mouse in the House
The Invisible Mouse
The Truce Hurts
Old Rockin’ Chair Tom
New Retrospective Featurette: Vaudeville, Slapstick and Tom and Jerry
Two Vintage Featurettes: How Bill and Joe Met Tom and Jerry and The Comedy Styling of Tom and Jerry
Commentary on Nine Key Cartoons by Noted Animation Experts
Anchors Aweigh Dance Sequence with Jerry and Gene Kelly
“Just as we’ve done with Looney Tunes collections in the past, our goal was to present consumers with a quality, comprehensive collection featuring some of the best and brightest Tom and Jerry, material we could find,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WHV Executive Marketing Director of Non-Theatrical Franchise. She added, “If you’re a Tom and Jerry fan or animation connoisseur, Tom & Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 1
is a definite, must-own Blu-ray or DVD for your home entertainment collection.”
Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry centers on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet so Tom hardly ever manages to catch him. The original series is notable for
having won the Academy Award® for Best Short Subject: Cartoon seven times.
Tom and Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 1 is intended for the adult collector and may not be suitable for children.
“Academy Award” and “Oscar” are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
*Academy Award Winners
· The Yankee Doodle Mouse – 1943 Best Short Subject: Cartoons
· Mouse Trouble – 1944 Best Short Subject: Cartoons
· Quiet Please! 1945 Best Short Subject: Cartoons
· The Cat Concerto – 1946 Best Short Subject: Cartoons
** Academy Award® Nominees
· Puss Gets the Boot - 1940 Best Short Subject: Cartoons
· The Night Before Christmas– 1941 Best Short Subject: Cartoons
· Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse – 1947 Best Short Subject: Cartoons
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology, and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development. In 2010, WBA unveiled three new CG cartoon shorts that feature iconic Looney Tunes characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. The films have been released theatrically, attached to Warner Bros. Pictures releases. For television, WBA currently produces The Looney Tunes Show, Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and MAD for Cartoon Network, and will soon launch Green Lantern: The Animated Series, ThunderCats and more. WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe original animated movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including TV, digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the Studio's rich cartoon heritage. It is also the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with six Academy Awards, 35 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
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