Jon Cooke wrote:
The upcoming Jones T&J set will be presented in... widescreen
You know, a few weeks ago I happened to be flipping the channels one afternoon at my parents' house (they have HD) and stumbled across a Jones T&J on the Cartoon Network HD channel, and was surprised to see it in widescreen. And it looked authentically widescreen too, not artificially stretched to fill the screen. (There are HD stations that do this; Lifetime HD and TBS HD, in particular, do this with some of their sitcom repeats. The end result is everybody's short and fat, but apparently the station execs think it's better to run the shows that way than with bars down the side, and that maybe the viewers won't notice.) I was wondering why this was, since the Jones T&Js never looked pan-n-scanned or anything when I'd seen them before (whereas the Cinemascope T&Js from the mid-50s, when you see them pan-n-scanned, you know something's amiss; they look terrible). Now I know. In any event, they did look really good widescreen, and if you have a widescreen set, I think you'll be quite pleased.
I actually like the Jones T&Js. Yes, they're not as good as H-B T&J was in its prime. But they're enjoyable, and interesting too; I like the different settings Jones would sometimes put the characters in. And of course, they're beautiful to look at too. I also like them a lot better than the Deitch T&Js. Those cartoons used to creep me out as a kid, and as a grown-up....well, they're still creepy. With the less-than-great drawing and animation, and the bizarre soundtracks......they're kinda like watching a train wreck. You can't really look away, but I don't really know if I'd qualify them as good.
BTW, nobody's mentioned it here yet, but the artwork for this new set (which is viewable in the story Jon linked to) is great!