Disney Animation Collection 6: The Reluctant Dragon
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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment are now releasing a few of these shorts on DVD for the first time (some have appeared on past Disney DVD releases). With the first three volumes released, the fourth, fifth and sixth volumes will be released on May 12, 2009.
A lot of these short films were created in the 1920-1940's and typically featured characters that were not reoccurring (with the exception of the tortoise and the hare which appeared in a second short). Some were released under the "Silly Symphony" moniker of animated shorts released between 1929-1939 which rarely featured any character dialogue but focused more on the animation accompanied by music and a singing vocal track.
Walt Disney Animation Collection Vol. 6: The Reluctant Dragon
The "Walt Disney Animation Collection" sixth volume features the least amount of shorts than previous volumes but each short featured in this volume is a bit longer in duration than most Walt Disney shorts. Also, unlike the older and shorter animated shorts, these shorts included in vol. 6 contain dialogue.
1. The Reluctant Dragon - (20:38) This Technicolor 1994 animated short features a boy who is friends with a dragon. He finds out that the knight Sir Giles from his village has been sent to kill the dragon and that he should prepare to fight.Read more ›
It's always fresh and among the funniest things I've ever seen.
A few lines stick with me as classics.
The animation is just delightful.
The poetry "slam" is hilarious, as is the big battle scene.
Hey, it's time I watched it again.
The Reluctant Dragon is a story about a dragon that hates fighting. He's warned that a knight with a reputation for being a fearless dragon killer is on his way. He'd rather recite poetry and have a picnic with his little friend, a boy who loves to read about knights and dragons. But it turns out the knight also writes poetry (both of them very, very bad poets), so they negotiate a deal to pretend to fight to impress the villagers.
Ferdinand the Bull likes to sit under the cork tree (it has bottle corks hanging from it like fruit) and smell the flowers. But of course the bull fight promoters want him to fight. He's big and strong, and when he accidentally sits on a bumble bee, gets quite fierce. So he's chosen for the bull ring, with disastrous results.
Goliath II is a tiny, very tiny elephant. Goliath I is huge and very proud, and is terribly ashamed of his son, not much bigger than a mouse. Actually, his size is not quite consistent throughout the film. Little Goliath looks remarkably like Dumbo, except for his ears, and his mother and the other female elephants were pretty clearly drawn by the same artist who did Dumbo. How does he gain his father's respect? By fighting and defeating the only thing the adult elephants are afraid of: a mouse. Why they are afraid of a mouse is never explained.
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed is a very familiar story narrated by Dennis Day. It's quite religious: Johnny goes off with a bag of apple seeds, a cook pot for a hat, and a large Bible. He sings "The Lord is Good to Me," and is inspired to head west on his apple seeding mission by his guardian angel.
This is a fascinating look into some of the Disney cartoons from the 1940s, when the studio experimented with very different styles and stories. Enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My sister and I (31 and 24) quote this movie all the time because we watched it as kids all the time. Its a classic and pretty funny. Worth getting.Published 20 days ago by MeggieRich
Volume 6 wasn't the last volume in Disney's 2009 Animation Collection. It had a volume 7, but it was vaulted due to the 2013 DVD/Blu-ray release of Mickey's Christmas Carol, albeit... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ToonXpert87
One of my favorite characters. Love the humor. Love the simple message this DVD teaches.Published 3 months ago by Linda K. Partridge
This is a delightful classic. Not sure how long it has been around but it was around in the 1950s.
Story is lovely as are the pictures ( by the original Disney illustrators). Read more
I was disappointed! This edition does not contain Robert Benchley;s tour through the Disney studio, which was the reason I wanted to purchase the disc in the first place!Published 5 months ago by Robert M. Baker
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