New DVD Releases for 29 January 2008

Big release week, post San Diego convention.  Let’s get to the good stuff!

(The plug-in I used for this blog is having problems finding cover images for the first two DVDs I’m referencing here this week. Until then, please click through on either Buster Bunny below or the T-Shirt to get to Amazon.  Then, run a search to order the DVDs.  Thanks!)

  • Tiny Toon Adventures

An all-time classic. It’s probably not as good as I remember, but this was the first cartoon series I was a knowing fanboy for.  I know I’m in the minority here, but I Heart Elmyra.  Her first appearance, as she carries Dizzy Devil behind her, slapping him on every rock on the road along the way, still cracks me up.

Yes, the final animation had wildly varying quality, but the writing and art direction (from names such as Paul Dini and Bruce Timm) are top notch, with a lot of memorable and very cool stuff.  I love this series, and it’s one of the last things I’ve been waiting to see on DVD since the format debuted.

  • Freakazoid: Season One

This was a fun show that might have been a bit too wacky and zany for its own good. Things calmed down and focused a little better in the second season, but there’s still plenty of good stuff in here.

The story goes — and I’m not sure if this is true or not — that this was the last cartoon FOX was doing with Steven Spielberg, so they wanted to get as many different characters and spin-offable concepts into one show as possible.  Thus, the anthology format of the series.

  • Witchblade: The Complete Series

There’s a movie coming in 2010, but don’t expect Yancy Butler in it.

  • WarGames: 25th Anniversary Edition

Now I feel old again.

7 thoughts on “New DVD Releases for 29 January 2008

  1. WarGames may be 25 years old… but that’s not as bad as the fact it’s being released this week because the new Direct-to-DVD sequel is being released this week as well.

    This will all end in tears, I know it.

  2. Speaking of unneccesary sequels, isn’t the sequel for The Lost Boys being released this week as well…?

  3. Two of my favorite things about Tiny Toons were the Baby Plucky shorts (Elevator go down the hole.) and Pete Puma as the janitor.

  4. I think I resented Tiny Toons.

    I didn’t want any thirty-minute timeslot dedicated to this NEW SHITE when there were over forty years of Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies, many of which I had not seen yet.

    Huh. wow. When was Tiny Toons? Early nineties? I was a child when it came out, about the fifth grade or so, perhaps. Damn I was a Conservative real young.

    I liked the Baby Plucky stuff and that one dude from the zany dimension, whatsisname, I liked him too. For the most part I didn’t like it then and I have no drive to revisit it now.

    Now Freakazoid I’ll revisit.

  5. I think I resented Tiny Toons.

    I didn’t want any thirty-minute timeslot dedicated to this NEW SHITE when there were over forty years of Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies, many of which I had not seen yet.

    Huh. wow. When was Tiny Toons? Early nineties? I was a child when it came out, about the fifth grade or so, perhaps. Damn I was a Conservative real young.

    I liked the Baby Plucky stuff and that one dude from the zany dimension, whatsisname, I liked him too. For the most part I didn’t like it then and I have no drive to revisit it now.

    Now Freakazoid I’ll revisit.

  6. Oh, man, how could I ever forget the Dodo! Wasn’t his name Gogo Dodo? I loved him too!

    I know what you mean Chris about an initial resentment towards Tiny Toons because of Looney Tunes because I felt it too, but I then ended up really enjoying it. I’m not going to by it, but I’m sure the library will get it eventually and I’ll gladly check it out there.

  7. There are more Dodo cartoons in Tiny Toons than in the original Looney Tunes, which is part of the appeal. It really does carry the spirit there.

    The rest of the show doesn’t quite.

    But hey, as a child I wasn’t quite in sych with the tastes of my fellow children. For which I had disdain for their tastes.

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