Who doesn’t like a trip back in time? Especially if you don’t have to leave the comfort of your couch?
That’s what the folks at Warner Brothers are offering up this Holiday season in the case of two new Blu-ray collections that are definitely great gifts for the retro-minded animation lover in your life.
First up is The Flintstones: The Complete Series, remastered and making its debut on Blu-ray, and looking absolutely gorgeous doing so.
Now, even though The Flintstones was long cancelled before I showed up on the planet, I grew up on both the original series and the various Saturday morning iterations of the characters throughout the ‘80s. One of the highlights of any sick day off from school was tuning in to CTV here in Southern Ontario at noon to watch an episode of the original series. I had my favourites – anything with the Gruesomes, or the episode where Fred traumatically dreams of a teenage Pebbles running off to get married.
With The Flintstones: The Complete Series, Warner Brothers has collected all six seasons of 166 classic episodes featuring Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Pebbles, Bam-Bam and Dino (yes, I know, the kids came later, don’t @ me, continuity freaks). The set also comes with two more recent bonus movies – The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, and The Man Called Flintstone, along with features that document the impact the The Flintstones have had on pop culture. Clearly the show was a big part of my childhood, so having it looking so good some 60 years later in one collection is really quite wonderful. The humour is of course dated to a large degree, but for those of us that were weened on The Flintstones, there’s absolutely no better manner to relive the series. Even if the fan you’re shopping for has owned previous versions on DVD, they haven’t seen The Flintstones look this good, probably ever.
The same can be said for another new Warner Brothers Blu-ray set, Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, which compiles 60 classic theatrical shorts. Talk about the evolution of animation! You can see in the earliest incarnation of Bugs and Elmer Fudd just how much went into their development over the years, from the voice work to the art itself. Like The Flintstones set, these shorts have been remastered and have never, ever looked better. To compliment the classics, the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection also includes 10 episodes of Looney Tunes Cartoons, the new HBO Max series, along with a bunch of documentaries. Plus, Funko fans note, the collection also includes a Glitter Bugs Bunny Glitter figure, not to mention an introductory letter from animation historian Jerry Beck.
Over the last few years, Warner Brothers have simply been knocking it out of the park with their Blu-ray animation collections. We raved last year about the great Batman Beyond set, and this year is clearly no different with the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection. Between that and The Flintstones: The Complete Series, there’s some solid gifts out there for the animation addict in your life.