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Cartoons That Time Forgot: From the Van Beuren Studio (1993)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305269149
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Despite its talented staff, the Van Beuren Studio, which existed from 1928 to 1936, never rose above the level of a "B" cartoon house. Their talking version of Felix the Cat, who appears in "Bold King Cole" (1936) and "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg" (1936), has none of zest of the silent character animated by Otto Messmer. Their original characters, Molly Moo-Cow and Cubby Bear, are awkward-looking nonentities. The "Rainbow Parade" series was clearly designed to compete with Walt Disney's "Silly Symphonies," but the films lack the polished animation, innovative designs, and focused storytelling of the Disney shorts. Some of the Van Beuren cartoons are genuinely odd: "Opening Night" (1933) celebrates the opening of the lavish Roxy Theater in New York; "In a Cartoon Studio" (a.k.a. "Making 'Em Move," 1931) spoofs the animation process with scenes of robust chaos. Modern viewers are more likely to find the rubber-lipped cannibals in "Molly Moo-Cow and Robinson Crusoe" (1936) and the jazz-singing black skeletons in "Wot a Night" (1931) outrageous, if not downright offensive. This is an interesting collection for those interested in animation history, but time--and audiences--has forgotten these cartoons with good reason. --Charles Solomon

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DV. Rarely-seen animation gems fr. Van Beuren Studios. 20+ classics. W/ Felix the Cat & Molly Moo-Cow.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another essential collection of rare 1930's cartoons. February 2, 2003
The Van Beuren studio made some very interesting cartoons during 1929-1936.
This collection includes several black-and-white Aesop's Fables cartoons, which, although unsuccessful at the time, they are real gems. The B/W cartoons are a combination of bizarre, surreal gags with basic animation. Some good cartoons in this category includes "In a Cartoon Studio", a spoof on the making of a cartoon, and "Candy Town", where two cats eats all the candy contained inside the moon, only to be chased by a bottle of castor oil and a spoon! Strange, but brilliant!
Also, the DVD includes the original Tom & Jerry (no, not the cat & mouse, but a tall, thin man and a short, fat guy). Although the characters themselves are bland, the cartoon themselves still shows off the odd sense of humour that is typical of the studio. One example is in the cartoon "Piano Tooners", where Tom plays a bad note on the piano, only for Jerry to "catch" the note, and then flushes it down an off-screen toilet! Another Tom & Jerry cartoon is "Wot a Night" (their first cartoon), which is a spooky but very weird cartoon.
However, the B/W cartoons were not successful, and so Van Beuren assigned Burt Gillett (who directed Walt Disney's "Three Little Pigs") to create a new colour cartoon series called "Rainbow Parade". Gillett tried to make these cartoons as good as his previous boss, but that's why these cartoons are generally not as good as they should be (although they are not terrible), because he tried to imitate Disney rather than innovate. Characters like Molly Moo Cow and Toonerville Trolley were not good choices, and neither was the return of Felix the Cat, as he was turned into a goody two-shoes kind of a character. Oddly enough, the Felix cartoons were some of the best efforts of the series.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slice of Time December 6, 2002
I've always been fascinated with hard-to-find items and this one was pleasing for that reason. Van Beuren Studios have been all but forgotten so it was with wonder that I discovered the familiar 'Little King' and 'Toonerville Trolley' as well as shock at witnessing the ENTIRE 'Molly Moo-Cow' series (can you believe it?). The print quality is excellent and most of these are in color. Be advised though, these are not great stories (most of them are numbingly plotless) and the price is rather steep. If you want to watch some obscure cartoons and you have the cash to spare...go for it. Safe for the kiddies too. No matter what the P.C. police say your children won't notice a thing.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Beuren cartoons are downright nutty August 26, 2003
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Van Beuren is a sadly forgotten studio and is one of the funniest and goofiest of the 30s!
WOT A NIGHT Is Tom and Jerry's first screen appearance (not the cat and mouse Tom and Jerry, the two humans). It's funny, spooky and crazy but it's not just there to making a great cartoon. It starts out great but right after Tom and Jerry are locked in the haunted house things start to go a little downhill, this is a pretty good cartoon none-the-less. Oh yeah, and The black skeletons are NOT offensive.
OPENING NIGHT Is just plain weird. It's pretty weak and the bland "Cubby Bear" is just not top-notch like the other big Van Beuren characters "Tom and Jerry" and "The Little King".
TUBA TOOTERS Gives a bad name to the Tom and Jerry cartoons. It's boring compared to the others.You almost might as well skip over it but I wouldn't if I were you. I never trust these guys that make the reviews, anyway!
PALS (A.K.A CHRISTMAS NIGHT) The best Van Beuren cartoon and my 17th favorite cartoon of all time!!! And that's including "What's opera Doc?", "The Band Concert", "Popeye the Sailor meets Sinbad the Sailor" and other classics! The animation is better than most of the other Van Beurens and it's worth watching over and over again! The Little king his a hilarious character (adapted to screen from the Otto Solgow's comic strip).
PIANO TOONERS Here's Tom and Jerry at their best (exept for the goofy ending). The beginning is the best part!
MOLLY MOO COW AND RIP VAN WINKLE When you see cartoons like this you wonder how the same studio could have produced "Pals" and "A dizzy day" ("A dizzy day" is not on this collection). It's boring and stale and full of errors. And Molly Moo Cow has nothing in common!
THE SUNSHINE MAKERS Fantastic! One of the best cartoons produced by Van Beuren!
MAKING 'EM MOVE Starts promising but isn't as good as you would expect!
Van Beuren was great, there's no doubt about it!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cartoons that time forgot: The Van Beureuren collection December 18, 2001
A must for cartoon fans. Great stories, brilliant color, and a trip down memory lane for those of us over 40. Show them to the kids and let them see what real animation was like. PLEASE PUT OUT A VOLUME 2
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3.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Animation From the Van Beuren Studio January 3, 2005
Van Beuren was a B-grade animation studio in the Max Fleischer vein. Regardless of the tight budgets, Van Beuren produced some bizarre and truly memorable cartoons during the early 1930s - particularly those featuring the musical antics of Tom and Jerry. "Cartoons That Time Forgot" includes some of the duo's best shorts: "Piano Tooners," "Wot a Night" and "The Tuba Tooter." Another minor classic is "The Sunshine Makers" (1935) in which cheerful dwarfs conquer grim-faced gremlins with bottles of sunshine. Unfortunately, Van Beuren's misguided attempts to emulate Disney and resurrect Felix the Cat fall flat. Though an uneven collection, this DVD has several underrated gems worth seeking out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
After watching the two volume collections of Ub Iwerks early cartoons, I wanted more, so I took a chance on this Van Beuren collection from the Cartoons That Time Forgot series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these old cartoons!
The old cartoons are great! The characters and the music are wonderful, and most of all, my 2 year old niece can't get enough of them! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Patricia Dianne Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection for animation fans
Wonderful compilation that's fits along nicely with the Ub Iwerks collections that were also put out on the Image label. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sean Kushins
1.0 out of 5 stars There is a reason time forgot these cartoons.
I am a huge fan of old cartoons. I love just about anything vintage when it comes to cartoons, but these were horrible. I am glad they were free.
Published 11 months ago by Shannon Frogue
3.0 out of 5 stars Cartoons That Time Forgot: The Van Beuren Studios Vol. 1
Kind of fun to see very old cartoons that I may have seen when I was young. The black and white made it seem even more dated.
Published 12 months ago by M. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
I was happy to find these. They bring back memories of my childhood, and I can share that with my children. My 3yr old son loved this, as did my 3 yr old nephew
Published 15 months ago by Alia Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I share these old cartoons to my Kindergarten classes. This is probably the only time in their lives that they will see these old cartoons. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by Melody Leach
After watching the two volume collections of Ub Iwerks early cartoons, I wanted more, so I took a chance on this Van Beuren collection from the Cartoons That Time Forgot series. Read more
Published on March 9, 2011 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
4.0 out of 5 stars some colossal imagination
First, let me quote animation historian Leonard Maltin: "The Van Beuren studio is the least-known cartoon company of the 1930s, yet its brief history is dotted with interesting... Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by Juan C. Garay
5.0 out of 5 stars classic toons
Great quality on these old cartoons! Maybe they have been restored. Contains many cartoons that I saw as a child many years ago.
Published on April 23, 2010 by Davado
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