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Tom and Jerry - New 2-DVD Set Collects the Chuck Jones Shorts into One Package

June release contains 34 remastered cartoons, plus new documentaries

Posted by David Lambert
Last week Warner Home Video issued a press release announcing Tom and Jerry - Greatest Chases, Volume 2, a single-disc "best of" collection with cartoons from the original Hanna Barbera era ('40s and '50s) of the the characters. Those cartoons, like Looney Tunes, originated as theatrical shorts, but also made an indelible impression on television in the 1965 TV series (although often in an edited form). By then a new set of cartoons had been produced in the early '60s by Gene Deitch, but in 1963 the production of Tom and Jerry cartoons was taken up by Chuck Jones and his team. The production of the shorts ended in 1967, but the TV program's broadcasts continued through the Fall of 1972.

After the DVD announcement last week, a number of fans expressed disappointment that the next title would continue the "best of" style of release which originated with the first Tom & Jerry - Greatest Chases title from 2000. Especially since all those shorts have seen release on the various Spotlight collections since then. As we've explained to readers who wrote in, that title is aimed at more casual fans, who are looking for an inexpensive sampling of cartoons in this series. Now we've got word of Warner's newest multi-disc collection, aimed at collectors!

On June 23rd (a week after the single-disc title is available), Warner will release Tom and Jerry - The Chuck Jones Collection. This 2-DVD set running 216 minutes will include 34 shorts, remastered for this package. Video will be in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, with English audio. In addition to the shorts, listed below, there will be two new Bonus Documentaries titled "Tom and Jerry...and Chuck" and "Chuck Jones: Memories of a Childhood." Cost is just $26.99 SRP. Check out the package art, too; it is seen at the bottom!
  1. Penthouse Mouse (1963)
  2. The Cat Above and The Mouse Below (1964)
  3. Is There a Doctor in the Mouse? (1964)
  4. Much Ado About Mousing (1964)
  5. Snowbody Loves Me (1964)
  6. The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse (1964)
  7. Ah, Sweet Mouse-story of Life (1965)
  8. Tom-ic Energy (1965)
  9. Bad Day at Cat Rock (1965)
  10. The Brothers Carry-Mouse Off (1965)
  11. Haunted Mouse (1965)
  12. I'm Just Wild About Jerry (1965)
  13. Of Feline Bondage (1965)
  14. The Year of the Mouse (1965)
  15. The Cat's Me-ouch (1965)
  16. Duel Personality (1966)
  17. Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary (1966)
  18. Jerry-Go-Round (1966)
  19. Love Me, Love My Mouse (1966)
  20. Puss 'n' Boats (1966)
  21. Filet Meow (1966)
  22. Matinee Mouse (1966)
  23. The A-Tom-inable Snowman (1966)
  24. Catty Cornered (1966)
  25. Cat and Dupli-cat (1966)
  26. O-Solar Meow (1966)
  27. Guided Mouse-ille (1966)
  28. Rock 'n' Rodent (1967)
  29. Cannery Rodent (1967)
  30. The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R. (1967)
  31. Surf-Bored Cat (1967)
  32. Shutter Bugged Cat (1967)
  33. Advance and Be Mechanized (1967)
  34. Purr-Chance to Dream (1967)
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