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The Top Ten Forgotten Cartoons (2002)

Dave Fleischer , Tex Avery  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Dave Fleischer, Tex Avery
  • Producers: Max Fleischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: GoodTimes
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00006RCLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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•MPAA Rating: NR
•Format: DVD
•Runtime: 78 minutes

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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't forget most of these "forgotten" cartoons December 17, 2007
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I actually remembered some of these cartoons as a small child in the early 60's when I watched them at a neighbor's house early in the morning. The three that stood out in my mind as a child were "Doggone Tired," "Dancing on the Moon" and "To Spring."

The set starts off with a classic Tex Avery MGM cartoon, "Doggone Tired. (1949)." It's of a rabbit that's trying to sabotage a hound's sleep so he'd be too tired to hunt him. The cartoon is full of the sight gags, frenetic pace and fluid animation that was so prevalent of Tex Avery's cartoons of that era, and is - by far - the funniest cartoon on the set.

The next is "Trolley Ahoy" (1936) from the Van Beuren studios. A man bets an always-late trolley driver $10 that the trolley will not get him to his destination in time. Despite the weak plot line, it's worth seeing for the animation, artwork and sight gags (especially as the trolley rolls around the corners on the tracks!).

The third one is "Dancing on the Moon" (1935), produced by the Fleischer Studios, which brought you the vintage B&W episodes of Popeye. It is a hilarious spoof of Noah's Ark where the animals - all dressed in wedding garb - sing the title song while boarding the "Honeymoon Express" rocket ship to the moon. This is among the finest in background and animation - especially in their use of the Rotoscope technique where the background moves in perspective rather than using flat background scenery. Very effective and entertaining!

Next is A Waif's Welcome (1936), also from the Van Beuren Studios. A young waif, begging out in the cold, is taken in by a sympathetic couple, much to the disdain of their own jealous child. Also worth seeing for the animation and artwork.
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114 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 10 Forgotten Cartoons - By Title May 2, 2007
These public domain cartoons represent some of the best of the experimental early days of animated cartoons. Most are available on other compilation CD's:

Doggone Tired (1949) Directed By Fred 'Tex' Avery. (MGM)

Trolley Ahoy (1936) Directed By Burt Gillett. (Van Beuren)

Dancing on the Moon (1935) Directed By Dave Fleischer. (Fleisher)

A Waif's Welcome (1936) Directed By Tom Palmer. (Van Beuren)

All's Fair at the Fair (1947) [Popeye] Directed By Seymour Kneitel (Famous)

It's A Greek Life (1936) Directed By Dan Gordon (Van Beuren)

To Spring (1936) Directed By William Hanna (MGM)

A Self-Made Mongrel (1945) Directed By Dave Tendlar (Famous)

Cupid Gets His Man (1936) Directed By Tom Palmer (Van Beuren), and

Happy Days (1936) Directed By Ub Iwerks (P. A. Powers)
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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Wonderful Collection of Classics! June 9, 2004
I bought this DVD because it contained the classic cartoon "Dancing on The Moon". This has been released on DVD before, and it was terrible, with print-through and "augmented" sound that produced a terrible buzzing sound. THIS DVD is not perfect, simply because the original cartoons are not, but it is very good and the quality is better than I have seen. "Dancing on The Moon" is clear, with good color and decent sound. The cartoon is marvelous and has a catchy musical number. It is characterized by a 3-D landscape or "Rotoscope" instead of a painted backdrop. There are 2 other treasures on this DVD. "It's Spring" which has some of the most incredible color to be seen in any vintage cartoon. The animation rivals Disney's "Fantasia" and the overall quality is superb on this one. The other surprise is a cartoon about a mid-western couple visiting the Worlds Fair. The couple become "modern" after visiting the art deco palaces and the mechanical marvels to be seen there. Very amusing and visually a treat. I highly recommend this DVD... and for the price, its a steal!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but obscure cartoons March 10, 2008
By Keith
I found the Top Ten Forgotten Cartoons to be enjoyable, and a welcome change from the run of the mill cartoon collection. In particular, the Harman-Ising film, "To Spring" with it's colorful fantasy scenes and the beutiful music of Edvard Grieg, played on a pipe be particularly well done.
This one film was worth the purchase price alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good For Kids June 11, 2013
By Philip
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My Nephew loves stuff like just another old cartoon series to add to the library Atleast for kids since most of the new stuff is just unforgiveable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost classics for a lost afternoon February 15, 2008
By Buzaru
You want a nice lazy afternoon? This is the one for you. Has the classic 'To Spring' as well as several others that will put a smile on your face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 10, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars memories June 25, 2014
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these were the beginings of tv cartoons, they evolved into some great cartoons. but to see these were happy times, my grown kids laughed with me as we watched them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering cartoons ably reprocessed
All credit to the people who have taken the trouble to reprocess these old films. Hopefully someone will at some future date be able to reprocess the sound as with so many pre LP... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tomspot
2.0 out of 5 stars Redundant
Already had all but a few. Good collection for a gift, maybe, depends on who you would give it to. I don't consider it a collectors item.
Published 3 months ago by Martin Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality
This brought back a lot of memories for me to share with my children. The quality is very good and I would buy it all over again.
Published 11 months ago by Summer
3.0 out of 5 stars Animation buffs will like it, some kids may not
Real artists with real hand-drawn work. Features the forgotten studio of the 30's, Van Beuren. Their technicolor cartoon on spring is amazing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by TonyCoach
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Cartoons
Not bad but not great. Good deal for the price ~ politically incorrect and occasionally very funny ~ definitely worth a look see
Published 16 months ago by G. W. Meador
3.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Kids Cartoons
I am soo happy to have my favorite old time cartoons on DVD Format!! only downfall is that I cant play this CD on my IMac Computer.
Published 17 months ago by Lindsay M
5.0 out of 5 stars top 10 forgotten cartoons
This is a great cartoon dvd for any child. My son was thrilled to get it because it is not available in stores.
I also got very fast service.
Published 17 months ago by vicky gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Classic Cartoons
A wonderful collection of classic cartoons by the best cartoonists. This purchase was well worth the price for an avid classic cartoon watcher.
Published 17 months ago by SP Kaufman
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This product was what I expected it was the same as was described,shiped on time, price was ok.Would deal with this person again.
Published on May 29, 2012 by 123
3.0 out of 5 stars "Restored" is a stretch
The packaging says the cartoons are "digitally restored." Well, no, not really. The colors are dim, the lines are fuzzy, and the audio is pretty muffled. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Andrew Behrens
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Help, where can I find these shorts?
I am looking for an ancient cartoon. It was an early form of Claymation®. It had characters dressed in 18th or early 19th century costume. It was a European ball. The dance floor was a mirror. The characters were each made of three globes, the bottom being the "feet and legs", the... Read More
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