Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces (DVD)

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Prepare to be schooled in classic music as “Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces” is an eighteen toon class in some of the finest music. Beyond that it’s also a very fun compilation of the some of the best musical mash ups Termite Terrace has to offer, and you’d be a fool to pass this one up. “A Corny Concerto” garner various short segments including the battle of Bugs, Porky, and his hunting dog, as they outwit one another, and a mother Swan’s attempts to outmatch Beaky Buzzard.

There’s also “Rabbit of Seville” the brilliant take on Barber of Seville with Bugs and Elmer going at it once again. “One Froggy Evening” catches Michigan J Frog as the opera singing animal stricken with stage fright that drives his owners to the brink of insanity, while “Rhapsody Rabbit” is a classic piano centered short involving Bugs’ battle with a mouse during a piano performance. “A Corny Concerto” is the classic “Fantasia” spoof using Johann Strauss’ music to depict the battle between Bugs and Elmer Fudd, painting a magical tale of horses, gladiators and slain love.

“Hillbilly Hare” celebrates square dancing with Bugs going up against two hillbilly brothers, while “Pizzicato Cat” depicts the battle of a cat and a mouse, one of whom is a piano prodigy who helps the cat get in good with his owners when they mistake him for a musician. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the eighteen classic cartoons are filled with various types of musical genres the animators celebrate while spinning classic comedy and gags for all audiences. It’s pretty hard to hate a compilation that has the short “I Love to Singa” starring a family of owls, and their pop singing son.

The DVD allows you to watch the shorts in one lump or individually. The shorts look about as great as ever uncut, and there are a slew of extras. There are optional commentaries with Animator Eric Goldberg for “Rabbit of Seville,” and Historian Daniel Goldmark for “Rhapsody Rabbit,” just to name a few. Totaled, there are fourteen commentaries for various shorts. There’s also seven alternate tracks allowing audiences to hear the music for the shorts only sans the dialogue and sound effects, and there are four behind the scenes segments examining the finer details behind shorts “One Froggy Evening,” and “What’s Opera Doc?” As well there’s a look behind the legacy of Merrie Melodies.