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The Golden Age of Cartoons: Attack of the 30's Characters

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Features 16 Cartoons representing all 8 major American cartoon studios of the 1930's and some of the earliest cartoon stars including Mickey Mouse, Porky Pig, Betty Boop, Tom and Jerry. These classic cartoons have been digitally remastered from original 35mm and 16mm materials.

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  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mackinac Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP31V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By D. Walker on November 30, 2005
While there can be no denying that Mickey Mouse and Popeye The Sailor were probably the most prominent cartoon stars of the 1930's, there were many otherinteresting characters that also appeared during this decade. Some we still know well, such as Betty Boop and Porky Pig. Others though, have faded into
comparative obscurity. Krazy Kat, Flip the Frog, Bosko the Talk-ink Kid, Farmer Alfalfa, to name but a few, were all prominent characters who regularly appeared on the movie theater circuits during this decade.

This wonderful DVD can easily be considered a "sampler" for many of these characters. 16 cartoon films from 8 different studios are included, probably as wide and as varied a presentation of classic animation as has ever been attempted for a single disc DVD release.

With this release interested viewers will not only have the chance to see some very rare films featuring these largely forgotten characters, as well as some of their old favorites, they'll also be able to compare the various "styles" and techniques which set apart the production studios from one another. Also, a few of the films included have no "featured" star rather they are "one shot" titles intended to showcase the animators and artists skills most effectively.

Highlights include:

The very first Merrie Melodie cartoon "Lady Play Your Mandolin" from 1931, and what a wild little film it is! It stars "Foxy" a Mickey look a like with pointed ears and a bushy tail. Only thing is he's more than happy to go on a drinking binge, something Mickey was seldom allowed to do. It all takes place in a south of the border cantina, prohibition necessitating the locale!
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By coasteray on April 11, 2006
I just wanted to add the fact that there is one cartoon that makes this version of "Attack of the 30's Characters" different from the Thunderbean version that I already own. Instead of the "banned" "Little Black Sambo" from Ub Iwerks, this set gives us "Jack Frost". Otherwise, all the cartoons listed for this DVD are the same, and in the exact same order. I give it four stars because of the less-than-stellar quality of the picture and sound on these cartoons. Disney's DVD version of "The Mad Doctor" (Mickey Mouse), for example, is light-years better. Of course, it may be difficult to ever find decent film prints to begin with (who knows for sure?), so we must take what we can get. Enjoy it for the fact that we can have these cartoons for our enjoyment and curiosity of the 1930's.

Here is a list of the cartoons and pertinent information:

1. Congo Jazz---Bosko/Harman-Ising/Looney Tunes (1930)

2. In Wonderland---Oswald the Lucky Rabbit/Walter Lantz/Universal (1931)

3. Bars and Stripes---Krazy Kat/Charles Mintz/Columbia (1931)

4. Lady, Play Your Mandolin---Foxy/Harman-Ising/Merrie Melodies (1931)

5. Noah's Outing---Farmer Al Falfa/Terrytoons/Educational Pictures/Fox (1932)

6. In the Bag---Tom and Jerry/Van Beuren/RKO (1932)

7. Is My Palm Red?---Betty Boop/Fleischer Studios/Paramount (1933)

8. Funny Face---Flip the Frog/Ub Iwerks/MGM (1933)

9. The Mad Doctor---Mickey Mouse/Walt Disney/United Artists(1933)

10. Jolly Good Felons---The Little King/Van Beuren Studios/RKO (1934)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Gammill VINE VOICE on October 17, 2011
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If you're never seen a Thunderbean Animation DVD, you're really missing out on something wonderful. Fans of classic animation are compelled to seek out these little almost-forgotten gems produced with great affection and reverance for their subject matter.

Attack of the 30's Characters, as the liner notes indicate, is something of a "sampler" collection. No less than 8 separate studios are represented by the 16 shorts included here. In addition to the heavyweights like Warners and Disney, equal time (and equal admiration) is given to lesser-known studios like Van Beuren and Terrytoons. Supplemental materials include a few still photo galleries of promotional material, plus a well-written and very informative booklet.

If there's a flaw to this collection, it's not exactly the fault of Thunderbean. In the 6 years (as of this writing) since this disc was released, several of the cartoons that were in the public domain at the time have seen "official" releases. Which means that, as good as most of the prints used here are, even cleaner ones have been offered by WB, Disney, Image and even Thunderbean itself. But this collection does appear to be the only place to find good copies of MGM's rarely-seen (and perfectly delightful) "To Spring," the Betty Boop vehicle "Is My Palm Red?" and the classic early Looney Tunes offering "Lady Play Your Mandolin."

It's also worth mentioning that because the cartoons are culled from so many different studios and sources, the print quality does vary a bit. The color cartoons tend to suffer some minor saturation problems, although they are still quite acceptable. Having seen most of the company's other DVD's, I do believe they did they best they could with the material.
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