Friday, March 13, 2009

Chuck Jones' T&J in Widescreen

According to the back of the box, the upcoming release of Tom & Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection from Warner Home Video will have a wide-screen aspect ratio.
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Tom-Jerry-Chuck-Jones-Collection/11478
The cartoons were produced with a full-screen aspect ratio with option of wide-screen for theatrical viewing. Here's an example of the full-screen version:I assume that this DVD release will feature a wide-screen look like this:

10 comments:

Rick Roberts said...

Well this set would make one heck of a paperweight. XD

Nic Kramer said...

Although I'm not a big fan of Chuck's version of the cat and mouse, I am getting sick of people making fun of this set. And that was the worst joke I ever heard.

Rick Roberts said...

"And that was the worst joke I ever heard."

yawn

James E. Daniels said...

I'm actually looking forward to the set. Guess I'm one of the few that actually gets some enjoyment from the series.
I like the fact that Chuck's version of T&J has some Warner's influence. (ie: character posing, designs, gags, musical cues, sound FX)
Notice I said "some" not "totality". Story-wise, these shorts seem to rely on gags too much than plot. That works a lot better for Wile E. & the Roadrunner.

Nic Kramer said...

"yawn"
And that was the worst comment I read.

Rick Roberts said...

I actually prefer the foriegn Gene Deitch shorts, even to some of the ones in the 40's.

Mesterius said...

Prefer Gene Deitch Tom and Jerry not only to Chuck Jones, but also to the original Hanna-Barbera shorts? Now that's got to be the craziest comment I'VE ever read :P

Joking aside, if it's true that the cartoons are cropped for the widescreen format in such a way as J. E. Daniels describes, I find it pretty sad. These toons should be released in their original format with all picure information intact.

Anonymous said...

The Chuck Jones' "Tom & Jerry" cartoons are Widescreen (cinemascope) 1.85 aspect ratio...
... and the rear cover art says "Widescreen version"

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/graphics/news3/TomAndJerry_ChuckJones_r.jpg

Rick Roberts said...

Not all the H-B ones but yeah I do, especially the Chuck Jones ones. I find Tom and Jerry in general to be extremely formulaic and those Deitch shorts actually had alot of random silly aspects that were enjoyable.

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