Warner Archive Announces “Porky Pig 101” DVD Collection – Animation Scoop

Warner Archive Announces “Porky Pig 101” DVD Collection

Warner Archives has announced today the September 19th release for Porky Pig 101 – a unique 5-disc DVD set that collects 99 black-and-white Looney Tunes (and two Technicolor Merrie Melodies) starring Warner Bros. first cartoon superstar.

The set includes cartoons dating from 1935 (with Porky’s first appearance in Friz Freleng’s I Haven’t Got A Hat) through 1943 (in Frank Tashlin’s Porky Pig’s Feat), presented in original release order. There is audio commentary on key cartoons from animation historians Greg Ford, Michael Barrier, Jerry Beck, Mark Kausler, among others.

The retail price is $47.99. In anticipation of high consumer demand, initial copies of Porky Pig 101, ordered via the Warner Archives website, will be traditionally manufactured using replicated (pressed) discs.

The collection provides a unique look at the evolution of the Warner Brothers cartoon, its humor and artistry, and the maturation of budding animators and directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Ub Iwerks, Frank Tashlin – as well as utility players like Jack King, Norm McCabe, Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton and Cal Howard.

Five years in the making – this set contains dozens of cartoons new to video, never before committed to DVD. Cartoons not seen on TV in decades. Support of this collection will signal to the company that fans of classic animated films still wish to buy collections on physical home media. It’s success will fuel further, more ambitious projects.

Porky Pig 101 also contains several bonus features. Porky Pig, however, appears pants-less in most of the shorts. For more information about this set- visit WarnerArchive.com.

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
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  • Bill Cross

    To coin a phrase, let’s hope “That’s NOT All Folks!”

  • Brian Martin

    Are all of the cartoons restored and remastered?

  • Darren Gauthier

    I hate to be Mr. Stickler but what about Blu-Ray?

  • Ron Reagan

    I had the same thoughts. DVD is quickly becoming this era’s VHS, though I’m sure it will be supported longer.

  • Gijs Grob

    Wow, I’d never dream I’d live long enough to experience a Warner Bros. DVD set with some sort of completeness or chronology. And now this marvelous set comes along! Looking very much forward to this product!

  • Greg Method

    Okay, dumb question. By my count there are only 97 black and white Porky cartoons. What are the other two b&w cartoons on the set, or is that misprint and it meant the four color Porkys released between 1935 and 1943 instead of two?

  • David C. Matthews

    My question: are these shorts uncensored?

  • Willie Okendo

    YES! Finally, a complete set of all the black & white Looney Tunes featuring Porky Pig in remastered quality! I can’t wait to get this!

  • Videonitekatt

    He Got No Pants! How Shocking! 🙂

  • Trond Michelsen

    I have exactly 100 B&W cartoons featuring Porky in my list, including Hollywood Capers (which isn’t in the menu pictured above). Of the four color Porkys, two are Looney Tunes shorts and two are Merry Melodies. Both LT shorts are Daffy Duck shorts, so I expect the two color shorts on the set will be “I Haven’t Got a Hat” and “Old Glory”.

  • top_cat_james

    Whoops! Sorry, Stu Shostak, there goes your “exclusive” tonight. 😉

    Great news, and I will support this release.

  • Dale Hopson

    Neither does Donald Duck!
    ( “Wanna be a member? Wanna be a member?” )

  • c fiala

    I can’t believe it! This is amazing news! I can’t wait to get this!!!

  • Patrick Butler

    It’s cool that Warner is doing this set, the only thing that sucks is they will be burnt DVD’s and not pressed DVD’s.

  • breezyparkhill@gmail.com

    When can the preordering start? will there be a link?

  • Melvin_Creedmoor

    How about a list of titles? The two links take me to the WB Store home page where a search comes up empty.

  • Willie Okendo

    What the difference between burnt DVD’s and pressed DVD’s? I tried looking it up, but it doesn’t say anything about it.

  • Frank Coufal

    This may be a pipe dream, but if sales are good, I hope WB can finally release Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume 2 on Blu-Ray and DVDsd

  • Cliff Balcony

    Read the article. They’re pressed. Sheesh.

  • Trond Michelsen

    Well, we can hope, of course, but the situation for T&J is a bit different. Many collectors (including me) already have the complete Spotlight Collection, which omitted several controversial shorts. The Golden Collection was supposed to fix this.

    Personally, I don’t mind double dipping. Especially not when you get the cartoons in much higher quality as well. However, I will only commit to buying the Golden Collection if it includes all the shorts completely uncensored. I don’t see the point of buying yet another incomplete collection. Especially since it’s very unlikely that WB would release a third set of T&J cartoons.

    Since the Golden Collection included the shorts chronologically, it was very obvious that it skipped the same cartoons that were omitted from the Spotlight Collection, and therefore I wasn’t interested in buying it. Apparently there were so many people that felt the same way (and were vocal about it), that Warner didn’t think the release would be profitable, so they cancelled it.

  • Willie Okendo

    What he means is that the press release will only be available on the WB Shop, while the retail release will be DVD-R.

  • Dyel Dimmestri

    This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular releases of this year’s Warner Archive …. It is a pity that here in my country, Brazil, it will hardly be available. Warner here treats fans of classic films and animations with total contempt.
    Taking advantage, I would like to ask: What happened to Cartoon Research? It’s off the air! Who access the site will only see the phrase: “THIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED”.

  • Trond Michelsen

    OK, so if I preorder it through Amazon, I’ll get DVD-R for sure? That’s unfortunate. AFAIK, Warner Archive won’t ship to Norway, so I don’t have the option to order from them.

  • Black & White cartoons can look pretty good on DVD, and since Blu-Ray players can play DVDs (and many up-convert) you needn’t worry about obsolescence.

  • Patrick Butler

    That is only if you order before everybody gets a hold on those pressed-DVD’s. If you don’t order in time, they will be DVD-R’s if you order.

  • Patrick Butler

    DVD-R’s are burnt DVD’s. Pressed DVD’s are higher quality.

  • Patrick Butler

    The only thing that suck is DVD’s thru Warner Archive are expensive. The DVD set is almost 50 bucks if you order from the website.

  • tterrace

    If you mean the physical disc itself, maybe, although I’ve yet to have a problem with any of the scores of Warner Archive discs I’ve gotten over the years. The quality of the program material – image and sound – is the same whether the disc pressed or burned. They’re digital files – one storage medium won’t make them look and sound any better or worse than the other.

  • Willie Okendo

    Luckily I will have more than $50 by next week, so I can pre-order it.

  • Trond Michelsen

    Well, That’s still only about 50 cents per short. The MSRP for the Golden Collections was $65 for about 60 shorts. The Platinum Collection Blu-rays were $45 for 50 shorts.

    Of course, the only place you actually pay the MSRP, is the Warner shop, so you would usually pay less than $40 for the Golden Collections. But $48 for 101 shorts is still a reasonable price, I think.

  • Patrick Butler

    The physical disc is what I was talking about, not the picture and audio quality.

  • Gijs Grob

    Meanwhile Cartoon Research is up again.

  • Kristján Birnir Ívansson

    Looks better than Blu-ray.

  • Trond Michelsen

    I disagree. Given the same source material, a DVD will never look better than Blu-ray, unless you deliberately sabotage the Blu-ray.

  • James Wiseman

    Some players won’t read DVD-Rs. Also, burnt disks have a limited lifespan. They’re supposed to last 20 years, but they won’t even last that long if poorly stored.

  • …based on what?

  • Kevin Mo

    Yes

  • Kevin Mo

    Yes, they would never release anything censored.

  • Kevin Mo

    Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume 2 needs to come back.

  • Joanne Furstman

    This is Awesome I hope for this to start a series of completing the Warner Brothers cartoon libraries on DVD and Includes every single complete and uncut Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts and the movies and maybe the MGM cartoon libraries too. 🙂 I like to collect them all. 🙂 Thanks Jerry You’re the best. I’ll pre order soon as i can. 🙂

  • Joanne Furstman

    Also Hope for Vol 2 of The Tom and Jerry Golden Collections on Warner Archives on both Blu ray and DVD too. : D with the Controversial shorts too and make them all Uncut and Complete too. : D

  • Gijs Grob

    hmmmm, the preorder only ships to the USA 🙁

  • Trond Michelsen

    It’s available on Amazon now, and shipping to Europe is available

  • W. David Lichty

    I just caught the podcast (great discussion, by the way). Jerry and the Warner Archive team said that initial discs ordered from the WB site would be replicated, but the site itself (already?) says that they’re Made On Demand. Have the pressed discs already sold out? Or is the site mis-stating things at the moment? If they’re gone, then that’s a pretty good thing for the release.

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  • Gijs Grob

    Thanks Trond! I’ve ordered my copy right away

  • Kristján Birnir Ívansson

    Not if the source material is video to begin with, since blu-ray will then expose all imperfections. That actually apples to some tv shows.