The Amazing 300 Classic Cartoon Collection
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(Jan 15, 2008)
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In this new double pack, "150 Cartoon Classics" has undergone a redesign. Discs #1 and #2 are no longer stored atop each other, nor are #3 and #4. A center leaf is provided for disc #2 on one side and #3 on the other. The MILL CREEK logo still flashes on-screen midway through each short, however. "Ultimate 150 Cartoon Festival" doesn't have these distracting on-screen watermarks, and the main menu system is simplified and thus improved. Downside here: cartoons are grouped by studio and subdivided into main characters, so there's less of a variety feel. Also discs #1 and #2 are stagger-stacked when stored. (Note that Ub Iwerks' "Dick Whittington's Cat" has been misfiled on disc #3 as part of the Famous Studios collection.)
A highlight of the "Ultimate" half of this set is two silent Oswald Rabbit cartoons animated by Walt Disney. It's easy to see from these 1920s animations how Mortimer (later "Mickey") Mouse evolved. The rarest here may be "A Christmas Tree," which was produced in Soviet-era Russia. Of especial note on "Classics" are several British-made Hoffnung shorts. Their drolll humor and impossible situations are set to strains of familiar classical music.Read more ›
Essentially, this contains a gaggle of public domain cartoons made over the years. Many of these are of historical interest, particularly to adult amination aficinados. There are some early silent FELIX THE CAT cartoons from the 1920s that are quite bizzare and surreal along with some later color ones from the 1930s such as BOLD KING COLE. Additionally, some early Walt Disney is represented here with some really good ALICE COMEDIES (for the unititiated, this was a 1923-1927 series where Uncle Walt and co. mix a real life little girl in a cartoon world) and two excellent OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT (Mickey's predecessor) episodes GREAT GUNS and THE MECHANICAL COW. Both are amusing, but the latter is particularly well done in character comedy for its era.
Amos and Andy fans and early sixties children with revel at CALVIN & THE COLONEL (the 1961-62 'toons featuring the voices of Amos & Andy). This is typical early 60s limited animation mixed with pretty good comedy. The episodes are clearly drawn from actual A&A episodes (the same writers as well as voices were used), but these are mildly entertaining.
HOPPITY HOOPER, a rarely seen 1964 'toon from the folks that brought you Bullwinkle is included, as well as the charming debut of Casper the Friendly Ghost from 1945 (a 'toon of the palsy poltergeist uncharacteristically fighting moon men from 1953 is also intriguing). Popeye fans will be pleased to see the Arabian Nights trilogy from 1936-39, including ALI BABA, SINBAD THE SAILOR, and ALADDIN (with the classic politically incorrect gag "Salami salami baloney"), albeit not in the best picture quality.Read more ›
It should be mentioned on the cover so no body will buy both collections like I did.
Most colour cartoons are of very low quality. It looks like it was made of old 16mm Prints.
In such prints colour detiriorates and all blue is replaced by green.
The Black and white films looks O.K.
In general- poor purchase.
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This is not what I thought it would be. I wanted more Might Mouse and heckle and jeckle, instead I got real old cartoons,that I wouldn't even show my grandchildren
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i bought this dvd with the Ultimate 150 Cartoon Festival , but in the 300 there was the 150 ultimate cartoon, in the 300 they did'nt mention that it was the 2 copilation 2gether,... Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by mimiamo