Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection (1943 - 1958) DVD5 + DVD9
Frederick "Tex" Avery directed some of the funniest cartoons ever made, but he relied primarily on situations and moving graphics, rather than on the personalities of familiar characters.

Of course, one of Tex's most famous creations is Droopy, the laconic basset hound who always manages to get the upper hand despite his deadpan delivery and slowpoke demeanor. Droopy is instantly loveable, the quintessential underdog, if you will. He looks perpetually sad, so much so that when he's happy, he has to tell you, and to look at him wouldn't inspire much confidence, but he always manages to pull through in the end.

The double-DVD set Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection has the twenty-four Droopy cartoons shown before MGM features from 1943 to 1958. Seventeen of the first eighteen were directed by Tex Avery, the final six by Michael Lah, who worked in Avery's animation crew. (The packaging fails to mention that Dick Lundy actually helmed cartoon #12, "Caballero Droopy.") The final seven were also made in widescreen CinemaScope, and that aspect ratio is preserved here. Additionally, the cartoons are put on disc in their proper chronological order, allowing one to see the evolution of the series, including Droopy's physical changes over the years.

DVD5 + DVD9 | NTSC | 182 minutes | 4.06 Gb + 4.90 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

The full list of cartoons on DVD 1 (1943-1952):
01. 1943-03-20 Dumb-Hounded
02. 1945-03-03 The Shooting of Dan McGoo
03. 1945-11-03 Wild and Woolfy
04. 1946-08-03 Northwest Hounded Police
05. 1949-04-09 Senor Droopy
06. 1949-08-13 Wags to Riches
07. 1949-10-15 Out-Foxed
08. 1950-11-04 The Chump Champ
09. 1951-03-31 Daredevil Droopy
10. 1951-05-05 Droopy's Good Deed
11. 1951-11-17 Droopy's Double Trouble
12. 1952-09-27 Caballero Droopy

The full list of cartoons on DVD 2 (1953-1958):
01. 13. 1953-12-26 The Three Little Pups
02. 14. 1954-02-20 Drag-A-Long Droopy
03. 15. 1954-07-10 Homesteader Droopy
04. 16. 1954-12-04 Dixieland Droopy
05. 17. 1955-10-28 Deputy Droopy
06. 18. 1956-09-21 Millionaire Droopy {remake 1949-08-13 Wags to Riches}
07. 19. 1957-05-17 Grin and Share It
08. 20. 1957-10-04 Blackboard Jumble
09. 21. 1957-12-06 One Droopy Knight
10. 22. 1958-02-07 Sheep Wrecked
11. 23. 1958-04-04 Mutts About Racing
12. 24. 1958-07-04 Droopy Leprechaun

Extras:
The eighteen-minute "Droopy and Friends: A Laugh Back" is a serviceable documentary that looks at the life and work of Tex Avery. Contemporary animators and cartoonists analyze his approach and discuss the popularity of Droopy in relation to the great director.

"Doggone Gags" is a needless five-minute compilation reel of some of the best gags from the Droopy series.

Trailers for other cartoon packages:
-Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
-Classic Cartoons from the Vault
-Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938 Vol. 1

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