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Tell It Like It Is
2007-01-11 - 5:28 p.m.
Late post today. I have been staying up WAY too late, and sleeping in too much. Last night they showed "Bride Of Chucky" and, God help me, I had to sit through it. It's more comedy than bloodshed, but the ending was a surprise.
So this morning, I got up and ran a few errands before coming home and doing some housework. While I did stuff in the living room, I popped in my new edition of "Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4". This is the DVD set that has classic Warner cartoons from all genres, cleaned and pressed for DVD.
Now, volume 3 has some cartoons that show some minorities - mostly blacks - in a not-too-nice light. (Even Bugs got into the act on some cartoons made during WWII. Don't believe me? Take a look here and here.) Volume 3 has a disclaimer on the outside of the package that says, "LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME 3 is intended for the Adult Collector and May Not Be Suitable for Children". Okay. But then, at the beginning of EVERY DISC, there's an introduction by Whoopi Goldberg that basically lectures you that these aren't funny. This is a 2-minute-30-second "apology" from the studio; she mentions that this is the same studio that hired the first black animator and encouraged female voice actors. Fine. The studio can do this. They also made it impossible to skip this apology, and like I said, it's on EVERY DISC. So you HAVE to either fast-forward through it or watch it.
Well, volume 4 did something different and, I think, better. A simple frame that stays on the screen for about ten seconds:
What I'd like to see is Warner Bros. really step up to the plate. These cartoons are, as stated, products of their times. Civics teachers could use them as a time capsule, to show attitudes and prejudices for those eras. Everyone loves Bugs Bunny - so why not show that even the beloved Wabbit wasn't above some of those attitudes. What if Warner Bros. posted a lesson plan to help teachers show this? Michael Josephson's Character Counts did one for Harry Potter one time. Surely the great WB could do something similar - to teach, as well as entertain.
As long as Whoopi isn't in it.
Break time is over. Housecleaning must continue.
And no, it's not just an excuse to watch more cartoons.
...maybe just a little...
Be seeing you.
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Dave - 2007-01-11 20:52:11 - http://tooold2bcool.diaryland.com
Requiel - 2007-01-11 22:09:51 - http://requiel.diaryland.com