The Looney Tunes purge, and the difficulty of collecting them all

Slate has a post about HBO Max pulling Looney Tunes cartoons from the service unexpectedly. Specifically they cut more than 250 cartoons from the service, from 1950 to 2004, including the classic “What’s Opera, Doc?” The thread on Hacker News led me down the rabbit hole (heh) to a great post about trying to find all of the Looney Tunes episodes on disc.

I have a great love of classic Looney Tunes cartoons and snapped up the “Golden Collection” discs as soon as they came out. It was disappointing to find out, in the end, the six box sets didn’t actually constitute the entire collection.

It’s frustrating that Warner Bros. won’t just release an “everything” collection, in release order. The “Golden Collection” is a pain to navigate, so I was really happy with the access to Looney Tunes on HBO Max. Naturally, nothing good lasts forever. Given the way HBO Max is being managed right now, I doubt we’d continue subscribing if we weren’t getting access for free as part of our AT&T bundle.

And entertainment companies wonder why people torrent things…

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