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WB Announces Porky Pig 101, The First Chronological Looney Tunes DVD

by on August 16, 2017
 

Did you ever notice how…scattered WB’s home video releases of their classic Looney Tunes library are? Why do the shorts keep getting packaged as a trail mix of decades, when most of the collectors who make up the market prefer chronological order?

Who knows, but that practice may be coming to an end. It depends on the response to Porky Pig 101, WB’s first Looney Tunes DVD that reprints the shorts in the order they came out. This one goes all the way back to the beginning of Looney Tunes as we know it with all 99 black-and-white Porky Pig ‘toons, plus two of the first color ones to make the number 101.

Unlike most of the WB Archive releases, Porky Pig 101 will include a bounty of bonus features, including the all-important commentaries from animation historians like Greg Ford, Michael Barrier and Jerry Beck. The collection reaches all the way back to 1935 and includes every Porky short up to 1943.

Serious collectors may want to act quickly. The first shipments of Porky Pig 101 will be traditionally-pressed DVDs, but will eventually revert to DVD-Rs on demand. The set will cost $47.99, but the rare content is well worth it, and it sends a message to WB that we’d like more serious releases like this. Mark your calendars for September 19, the day Porky Pig 101 goes on sale at the WB Archive website.

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  • August 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Chronological appearance-by-appearance DVD sets? That's gonna be a tougher job, though if we get it over in Europe, I may just buy if they can achieve it. Hope at least a second one gets approved (which will likely cover 1944-1965 and hopefully revival shorts), that covers a lot of great Porky/Daffy shorts (I want Daffy Doodles remastered already!).

    It's nice they started with Porky rather than the more predictable route of Bugs. The pig needs more love.

    One thing though, if they do these for many characters, won't many shorts cross over, especially if they make a Daffy set after this one?


  • August 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Considering how downright revolutionary Looney Tunes was to the entire medium of animation (even to this day), I am quite surprised we are only now getting something like this. You're not going to hear me complaining though.

    It looks like they are even going chronological by character, since Porky was the first truly big star of the series.


  • August 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    It's nice they started with Porky rather than the more predictable route of Bugs. The pig needs more love.

    Not to mention that rumor where it's said that he's disliked by the people at WB.


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