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Cartoons That Time Forgot: The UB Iwerks Collection, Vol. 1 (1935)

Sara Berner , Jack Mercer , Al Eugster , Shamus Culhane  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sara Berner, Jack Mercer, Tommy Bupp
  • Directors: Al Eugster, Shamus Culhane, Ub Iwerks
  • Writers: Al Eugster, Shamus Culhane, Ben Hardaway, George Manuell, Hans Christian Andersen
  • Producers: Ub Iwerks, Pat Powers
  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 236 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305472408
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cartoons That Time Forgot: The UB Iwerks Collection, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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  • Volume 1 of a celebration of the pioneering solo cartoon work of Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney's foremost animator/collaborator in the formative early years. The first fully animated color cartoon version of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1934)...the legendary Flip the Frog in the slapstick masterpiece The New Car (1931)...the original cartoon adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Headless Horseman (1934)...the little-known animation star Willie Whopper in the surrealistic sci-fi classic Stratos Fear (1933)...and a famous lost film, a full-color cartoonization of Don Quixote (1934). These are just a few of the 58 cartoons captured on these two DVDs (available separately) of rediscovered masterworks from the very beginnings of the Golden Age of American Animation
  • Extensive liner notes essay on Ub Iwerks

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One of the most talented animators of the silent and early sound eras, Ub Iwerks designed the physical appearance of Mickey Mouse. He animated the first Mickey shorts almost single-handedly, doing more than 700 drawings in a single day. Iwerks's animation was rubbery, weightless, and appealing, but his approach was at odds with the increasing realism Walt Disney sought. In 1930, he left Disney to start his own studio, but despite his talent--and the exceptional animators who worked for him--he produced old-fashioned, unfunny cartoons that couldn't compete with the more sophisticated storytelling and brash gags in the shorts from Disney, the Fleischers, Warner Bros., and MGM. In 1940, Iwerks returned to the Disney studio, where he won Oscars for his innovations in optical printing and traveling mattes.

The most entertaining films on this disc are the campy musicals such as "Humpty Dumpty" (1935), with its Busby Berkeley chorus of dancing eggs, and the jazz-inflected "Little Boy Blue" (1936). Typically, the title character in "The Valiant Tailor" (1934) is a round-headed nonentity who scares off the Giant by making a hive of bees sting him; he never comes alive, the way Mickey Mouse does in Disney's "Brave Little Tailor" (1938). --Charles Solomon

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Volume 1 of a celebration of the pioneering solo cartoon work of Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney's foremost animator/collaborator in the formative early years. The first fully animated color cartoon version of "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" (1934)...the legendary Flip the Frog in the slapstick masterpiece "The New Car" (1931)...the original cartoon adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "The Headless Horseman" (1934)...the little-known animation star Willie Whopper in the surrealistic sci-fi classic "Stratos Fear" (1933)...and a famous "lost" film, a full-color cartoonization of "Don Quixote" (1934). These are just a few of the 58 cartoons captured on these two DVDs (available separately) of rediscovered masterworks from the very beginnings of the Golden Age of American Animation.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of very rare Ub Iwerks cartoons! January 28, 2003
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This is a collection of cartoons from the Ub Iwerks studio, created in 1930 soon after Iwerks left Disney, only for it to close in 1936, a couple of years after the loss of his MGM contract.
Iwerks's first cartoon creation was Flip the Frog. Flip was basically a Mickey Mouse-type character, a happy, dancing character with little personality. It came as no suprise when Flip was scrapped a few years later, but his cartoons are not really that bad, because all of his cartoons had musical scores written by the great Carl Stalling (who later enjoyed huge success with "Looney Tunes"), which helps to make the Flip cartoons quite enjoyable.
Iwerks next venture was Willie Whopper, a boy who would tell tall tales, such as how he can fly a plane, or saving his girlfriend from outlaws. He wasn't very successful either, and the series was perhaps the weakest of Iwerks's cartoons.
The last Iwerks cartoon series was the underrated "ComiColor" series. These cartoons were based on nursery rhymes and childern tales, with a lot of musical and dancing numbers, which seems to suggest that Iwerks was creating something a bit different rather than creating a carbon copy of Walt Disney's "Silly Symphonies", in which some studios tried to imitate. These were made in two-colour Cinecolor (as Walt Disney had the exclusive rights to use the 3-colour Technicolor process at the time), and were released independently due to MGM refusal to distribute them. The ComiColor series was not very successful too, which resulted in the closure of Iwerks's studio.
This DVD contains a whopping 32 cartoons on this DVD, from Iwerk's first cartoon "Fiddlesticks" (Flip the Frog in 2-colour Technicolor)to his last ComiColor cartoon "Happy Days".
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of Ub's best, some of Ub's worst August 28, 2003
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This dvd has fantastic quality and the price is unbelievable! But sadly, some of the cartoons are not has good as Ub can get. The cartoons on this volume are:
FIDDLESTICKS The very first Ub Iwerks cartoon, feuturing Flip the Frog. It's a lot like the Silly Symphony: The Skeleton Dance (that's high praise) especially where Flip chatters his teeth in front of the audience. One of the best cartoons on the disk.
THE SOUP SONG Almost every Flip the Frog is great! There is only two I can think of that I don't like (one of which is on this DVD). This one is one of the worst, but I like it a lot anyway.
THE LITTLE RED HEN Very good. It slightly differs from Disney's "The Wise Little Hen" the first cartoon with Donald Duck.
THE VILLAGE SMITTY The best Ub Iwerks ever made! Flip's masterpiece!
MARY'S LITTLE LAMB This is so stupid, it's funny! Mary and her lamb don't even walk! They just kind of stand there and the background moves! The only good gag on this was borrowed from the next cartoon.
THE VILLAGE BARBER Another one of the best Ub Iwerks! It ends with a hilarious gag! (The one on Mary's Little Lamb) The dog sings so low the floor breaks, but he hits the note!
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD This is OK, one of the better comicolor ones.
HUMPTY DUMPTY It has a good plot and a good song, but the overall cartoon could have been better (the best part is where the villian egg cracks and a whole mess of skunks run out!)
THE BREMTOWN MUSICIANS A classic. Except for the ending, but this one is also one of the best comicolor cartoons.
SUMMERTIME This is average. It's not as good as the Iwerks classic "Jack Frost" but features the wonderfully drawn villain "FATHER WINTER" from Jack Frost.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical collection, and quite interesting. November 2, 2005
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Many of the other commentators of Volume 1 and Volume 2 have very nicely described the contents of these two collections. I'd like to just say that I found these cartoons to be very essential for anyone interested in the history of animation.

Flip the Frog comes across as another Mickey Mouse, Willie Whopper is somewhat interesting, while the Comicolor series is somewhat similar to Silly Symphonies. I'm not surprised at this since Ub worked at Disney, and is responsible for the early animation of Mickey Mouse and several Silly Symphonies.

I found the liner notes helpful in explaining the social context of these cartoons. Many are poking fun at the Hollywood stars of the day (Disney and Warner also have several of their own similar cartoons), others have relevant commentary about various conditions in our country at the time, and others are just interesting trips into the supernatural. Keep in mind that all these things have been pursued by Disney, Warner Brothers, etc., so there is nothing unusual here. There are plenty of sight gags and the usual exaggerations that early cartoons are especially known for.

Also, I think it would be fair to say that the characters and stories as a whole tend not to progressively develop over the short life of Ub's studio. If you treat all the cartoons simply as individual accomplishments, then it's not a big deal, but as a whole they don't really change much. This isn't necessarily a problem, just an observation.

It's kind of interesting to me that I always felt I was almost watching Disney cartoons, but at the same time there are definitely other edgier influences at work here. The fact that Ub's staff of animators largely came from the Fleischer studio, and included Betty Boop's creator, made the difference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT SET OF EARLY IWERKS SHORTS FOR THE PRICE!
After watching a ton of Disney Treasure sets, this collection of Ub Iwerks early cartoons may not be of the same quality as his efforts with Disney, but they are certainly worth... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
it's always impressed me how creative older cartoons are. super cute and entertaining. :) would definitely recommend for those who are still young at heart :)
Published 4 months ago by Abby
5.0 out of 5 stars love these
I love all the volumes of Ub Iwerks. They used to be on Netflix but they removed them so I had to buy this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Renee Ligman
5.0 out of 5 stars Cartoons for everyone
For the young at heart or just those that want to share the good ole cartoons with their grandchildren or the young ones in your life. Good clean fun.
Published 7 months ago by DeeDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Cartoons That Time Forgot
I just love old cartoon. So if you love the old cartoons this is were you need be its good.
Published 10 months ago by melissa grant
4.0 out of 5 stars super!!!
Great collection, it brought back many of my first TV days....I just wish I had time to finish watching them before you took them back!!!
Published 10 months ago by David Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Cartoon Collection!
This is the best collection of old cartoons ever put together for that time period! I can watch it over and over.
Published 13 months ago by coal4k
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
I love OLD cartoons and this a a terrific collection. The sound is good and picture clearer than expected. Thank you Amazon Prime for making this available for watching FREE!!
Published 13 months ago by LW
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Cartoons I may or may have view as child
Im still watching these in my short times. Interesting cartoons that tweak at my memory wondering if I seen it,
Published 13 months ago by B. E. Harkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Admin
The cartoon was ok. It keep cutting off which continued throughout the whole thing. So 31/2 hours later we were only an hour into the cartoon.
Published 15 months ago by PJ
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