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5.0 out of 5 stars Spielberg brings back the Golden Days, 14 Jun 2010
This review is from: Animaniacs 3 [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Despite the warning about region one (US) encoding, this, like compilations 1 and 2, plays on all my region 2 DVD players. Spielberg has brought back the quality of the golden age of Warner animation, which was his intention.

There's a mixture of cartoon stars from the series: The main characters, Wakko, Yakko (the Warner Bros) and their sister Dot (as she keeps reminding us) who feature in whacky versions of movie take offs; the Good Feathers, three pigeons who kiss the pigeon toes of THE GOOD FEATHER (a take on Brando's Godfather); Slappy Squirrel; Katie Kaboom, a teenager whose tolerance level is incredibly low; Pinkie and the Brain - two mice whose mission is to take over the world without success; Mindy and Buttons, the dog who leads a dog's life when ever he tries to protect baby Mindy; and more - 25 episodes in all.

The humour:
There's a lot in these cartoons for adults as well as kids. It's quick fire humour in the Warner's classic style with literary lampoons, jibes, send-ups, movie parodies and zany songs. Fast paced craziness, often 'violent' humour in that cartoon way where a piano dropping on a character flattens him but he's back in action next shot, is the norm. Fillers (short sequences) such as 'Good idea, bad idea'; the Randy Beaman interjections, 'Mime time' and 'Dot's Poetry Corner'.

In the animation itself - no talking walking heads here, the animation is virtually full meaning that expressions are not just facial but through the whole body and movement is flowing, not jerky. There are many witty songs and the music is written to pinpoint action, so visual humour is enhanced by musical emphasis using the full Warner orchestra. Although made for TV, these cartoons are very different from the mainstreem TV material.

Discussions with the makers are included in each compilation. This one features the animators and artists as well as the music of Animaniacs.

For kids, yes, as they'll enjoy the fast paced bash around craziness, the characters and situations, probably recognising stories parodying children's story books - probably best from 5 years up. For parents, yes, because there are many references in visuals, music and songs that will jog memories (you'd have to be American to recognise some of the caricatures) and bring a smile. For example in musical parody where you RECOGNISE the music it's based on but it's not quite the same. For animation buffs, yes, because ... they're just great!
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