Lovers of Warner Bros. animation from the 1990s can augment their collections today with the release of two more volumes of the ever Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain TV series. Also up for grabs in this week’s crop is National Geographic Kids Entertainment’s new holiday special, Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas, as well as sets of episodes from Garfield & Friends, The Adventures of the Little Prince, The Happy Tree Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and What’s New, Scooby-Doo?
Introduced in 1993, Animaniacs is the acclaimed Steve Spielberg-produced series directed by Rich Arons and Peter Bonerz, and featuring an ensemble cast of wacky characters including Wakko, Yakko, Dot Warner, Pinky, The Brain, Rita, Runt, Bobby, Pesto and Squit. Animaniacs Vol. 2 is a five-disc set with another 25 episodes from the show and an extra feature titled The Writers Flipped, They Have No Script, which takes a look at the writers’ favorite episodes. The set carries a suggest retail price of $44.98. The first and second volumes are also now available as a package deal for $89.98.
A spin-off of Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain chronicles the further adventures of a genetically engineered mouse who continually attempts to take over the world with the help of his insane cohort. All 20 episodes from the show’s second season are feaured in Pinky and The Brain Vol. 2, a four-disc set that also includes the featurette The Audition, featuring series voice actors Mark Hamill, Wayne Knight, Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen. The Warner Home Video releases also lists for $44.98.
In advance of it’s Dec. 13 TV debut on NOGGIN, Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Chistmass is available at retail. Based on the best-selling book series from Holly Hobbie, the 44-mnute special finds the winter holiday descending upon Woodcock Pocket. While Puddle is at home baking fruitcake, making paper chains and decorating the house, his best friend, Toot, finds himself stranded in a snow storm far away. With a lot of determination, a bit of luck and some unexpected help from another mysterious holiday traveler, Toot just might make it home from Scotland by Christmas Eve. Animated by Grand Slamm Children’s Films, the movie can be had for the list price of $19.98.
Garfield & Friends: Behind the Scenes offers 15 episodes from the 1980s TV series on a single disc. Released by Fox Home Entertainment, The DVD by itself retails for a $14.98 and there is another edition that comes with a Ty Inc. Garfield beanie mini plush and lists for $19.98.
Koch Vision has put out The Adventures of the Little Prince: Vol.5′The Greatest Gift and Vol. 6′The Magic Case. Each disc contains three animated episodes based on the classic character created by Antoine de Saint-Exupry. They can each be had for $9.98.
Happy Tree Friends: Season 1, Vol. 1 from Brentwood Home Video offers up episodes of Mondo Media’s Canadian television series in which adorable animated forest critters get maimed and mangled in unfortunate accidents. The disc retails for $19.98 and includes commentary, a behind-thescenes featurette
Finally, What’s New Scooby-Doo? Volume 10: Monstrous Tails is a collection of five episodes including “Uncle Scooby and Antarctica,” “Block-Long Hong Kong Terror,” “Great Reef,” “Gold Paw” and “A Terrifying Round With a Menacing Clown.” From Warner Home Video, the DVD caries a suggested retail price of $19.96.