Tweety's High Flying Adventure – DVD Review

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Director:
Karl Toerge
Charles Visser

Starring:
Joe Alaskey……….Tweety, Sylvester, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian
Jeff Bennett……….Foghorn Leghorn, Casino Cat
June Foray……….Granny
Jim Cummings……….Tasmanian Devil

Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
Run Time: 70 minutes

The Movie:

In an age of cable TV children’s cartoons, it’s refreshing to see the Looney Tunes again. Revival on DVD is one thing, but remember when it was cool to wake up early on Saturday morning to catch your favorite cartoons? You had to carve away precious time in order to catch your favorite shows. The Looney Tunes never disappointed. Despite its many many flaws, watching Tweety’s High Flying Adventure was like reacquainting yourself with old friends.

Even though Tweety is the main character, just about every member of the Looney Tunes makes an appearance. The going around the world storyline provided the perfect opportunity to showcase all of the characters. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck share some of the most fun screen time in the film. There just aren’t characters any more that have chemistry or sarcasm like theirs. Marvin the Martian was another fun cameo to see, as was Pepe Le Pieu, during Tweety’s stop in Paris. Hugo the Abominable Snowman (or whatever he’s supposed to be called) shows up during Tweety’s stop in the Himalayas, and Yosemite Sam pops in while Tweety is in the desert. The revolving cast of characters helped break up the monotony of Tweety trying to hold a movie on his own.

Unfortunately, as cute as Tweety is, he just cannot hold a movie on his own. His cute little accent and the cute way he mispronounces certain words? Not cute after watching it for over an hour. Also, the writers decided it would be a good idea to try and play Tweety into a romantic lead and provide him with a love interest. A pink canary named “Aoooga”, because she can make a very loud foghorn type sound. It just didn’t work. And the “Around the World in 80 Days” spoof? It was done much better by Alvin and the Chipmunks. And Alvin and the Chipmunks had better songs, too.

Yes, you read that right. There is singing in this movie. Usually I’m game for singing in movies. The songs in this one were just plain bad. The worst is one that Tweety sings while in the eye of a hurricane during the climax of the film about how he needs a friend and winning isn’t everything. And then, when the song is over and Tweety finally arrives at the finish line, he thinks he’s a day late. But he’s not late! He crossed the International Date Line! Now tell me: how can you explain to this movie’s demographic, exactly what the International Date Line is and how it works in the span of 30 seconds before they lose interest? You can’t.

The animation in this movie is also ridiculous. The main characters look exactly how they should look, but the background animation looks as though it was an afterthought. Some of the backgrounds, such as an overhead view of New York City, are merely pencil drawings! Not even any color! I understand this is a straight to video release, but come on now.

As fun as it was to revisit the Looney Tunes, there are better ways to do it than to rent Tweety’s High Flying Adventure. There are plenty of Looney Tunes collections available on DVD with the classic cartoons you crave. I’m sure those DVD’s are best enjoyed early on a Saturday morning while still in your jammies. Some things just never get old.

The DVD:

The Video:
Choose between full or wide screen, and the movie is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

The Audio:
Dolby sound, and you have the option of choosing Spanish subtitles, or French dubbing.

The Extras:
There are no extras. This is a bare-bones DVD release.

The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for Tweety’s High Flying Adventure
CATEGORY
RATING
(OUT OF 10)
THE MOVIE

3
THE VIDEO

2
THE AUDIO

2
THE EXTRAS

1
REPLAY VALUE

2
OVERALL
3
(NOT AN AVERAGE)

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