Two very different incarnations of Warner Bros.’ classic Looney Tunes property are joined on home video today by some Ninja Turtle cartoon fun from the 1980s and a bit of groovy ’60s sleuthing. Baby Looney Tunes, Vol. 3’Puddle Olympics, the complete first season of Loonatics Unleashed, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 and Cool McCool are all now available on DVD.
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, Tweety and the rest of the gang get the toddler treatment in Baby Looney Tunes. This third volume offers eight episodes from the 2002 season, including ‘Sylvester the Pester,’ ‘Duck! Monster! Duck!,’ The Brave Little Tweety’ and the title installment, ‘Puddle Olympics.’ The Warner Home Video release also includes four music videos and carries a retail price of $14.98.
With Loonatics Unleashed, Warner Bros. Animation flashes forward 700 years in the future as teenage descendants of the famous Looney Tunes characters fight crime with their superhero powers. Ace Bunny, Lexi Bunny, Danger Duck, Slam Tasmanian, Rev Runner and Tech E. Coyote are the fearless defenders of Acmetropolis, a city besieged by supernatural phenomena and such ominous villains as a nefarious carnival barker, a gravity-defying professional thief and giant Viking robots from another dimension. This home video release offers 13 episodes on two discs, as well as an interactive challenge titled Loonatics Unleashed: Villain Invasion Challenge. Fans can pick it up for the list price of $19.98.
There’s more anthropomorphic superhero fun to be had with the five-disc set of episodes from the fourth season of FUNimation’s Saturday morning cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Co. prepare to release the new CG-animated movie in theaters on March 22, Turtles followers can revisit The 2D adventures of Michaelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello with this collection of 40 episodes. Bonus features include the featurettes Underneath the Shell: Slash the Evil Turtle and The Shredder: Inside the Turtles’ Most Fearsome Foe, plus a recipe for a cheese pizza. The Lions Gate release lists for $39.98.
Navarre Corp.’s BCI Eclipse and Hearst Ent. present the classic King Features animated series Cool McCool on DVD for the first time. Created by Batman creator Bob Kane, the 20-episode cartoon from the late 1960s is available as a three-disc set under BCI’s Ink & Paint brand.
Cool McCool aired on NBC from 1966 to 1968. The show has the title secret agent facing down such heinous villains as Hurricane Harry, The Rattler, Jack-In-The-Box, The Owl, Dr. Madcap and Greta Ghoul. The collector’s edition DVD set is hosted by legendary performer Chuck McCann, who provides the majority of voices in the series. His other animation voice credits include G.I. Joe, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and DuckTales. In addition to interviews, commentary and episode introductions by McCann, the DVD set features a music video for ‘The School of McCool,’ a new, original song by Family Guy voice actor Wally Wingert, who produced the extra features. The release carries a suggested retail price of $19.98.