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Walt Disney Animation Collection, Vol. 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk
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As far as shorts go, MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK is a great collection. The collection includes:
"Mickey and the Beanstalk"--a re-telling of the classic story of "Jack and the Beanstalk", but this time with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as the heroes. This short was originally planned as a feature film, but due to budget constraints was shortened and included as part of the 1947 movie FUN AND FANCY FREE. This version of the short doesn't include the live action narration with Edgar Bergen, but the animated storytelling of Ludwig Von Drake and Herman the Cricket from the 1963 television airing of the short. "Mickey and Beanstalk" isn't just worth watching because it's a good story, but because it's also the last cartoon that Walt Disney himself did the voice of Mickey Mouse.
"The Brave Little Tailor"--of all the Disney shorts I watched as a kid, "The Brave Little Tailor" was my favorite. Mickey stars as the Tailor. The village he lives in is all worried about a giant. Meanwhile, oblivious to the giant worries, the tailor is trying to work but is pestered by a group of flies.Read more ›
1.) This review is for 'Mickey and The Beanstalk' Disney animated short only.
2.) I bought this at Target not Amazon.com
I've had for a really long time wanted to buy 'Mickey and The Beanstalk' ever since the VHS tape I had of it was lost in one of my many moves.
So when 'Disney Animation Collection 1: Mickey & the Beanstalk' was released I was ecstatic and bought it for a premium price of $20.
The packaging and title screens are pristine in quality and sound however 'Mickey and The Beanstalk' is not, the animation looks like it hasn't been cleaned up in decades, even the VHS Version was better, the sound is horrific with the music and sounds and sound effects being really loud while the speech is very soft.
I agree with other previous posters to rent before buying because as much of a classic as this is it's not worth $20 and it's probably not worth watching more than twice in a decade.
This version is so heavily edited, and with useless narration by Ludwig Von Drake, that it was hard to watch and enjoy. And when I wrote to the Disney Studio about this version, I was told I was mistaken and that this is the only "true" version. Again, what a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!
"Mickey and the Beanstalk" (Disney) is the best segment from the feature compilation "Fun and Fancy Free" (1947). It's the Disney take on the "Jack and the Beanstalk" tale, with Mickey Mouse standing in as Jack. Exquisite animation characterizes this adventure, as the beanstalk's vines twist and grow and slink about while Mickey attempts to grapple a singing harp from a goofy but dangerous giant.
"Thru the Mirror" (1936) is a splendidly surreal take on Lewis Carroll's Alice stories. Surrealism was wholeheartedly embraced by Disney's competitors, the Fleischer Brothers, but was uncommon at Disney. This cartoon is the exception, as Mickey is accosted by an angry umbrella, King Neptune emerges from the ocean on a globe, and playing cards dance in a Busby Berkeley-inspired extravaganza.
The other cartoons in this set are "The Brave Little Tailor," "Gulliver Mickey," and "Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip."
Though I love these shorts, I was disappointed in the overall quality. The cartoons are not remastered and the sound, though listed as Dolby Digital Surround Sound, is too often muddy. My suggestion would be to bypass this release or perhaps rent it, rather than buy. Disney cartoons are meant for repeat viewings and with the less-than-excellent visual quality, you'll likely become more annoyed with each subsequent viewing.
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Love this movie! I never get tired of watching this film.Published 2 months ago by lezlie Michelle matos
In 2009, when the economy was going sour all over the world, Disney decided to give hour-long classic Disneytoon DVDs another chance, and boy did they, 6 out of all 7 volumes of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ToonXpert87
I was upset because I was expecting the original uncut versions. However, these were obviously TV edits narrated by "Ludwig von Drake" and "Bootle Beatle."Published 4 months ago by Jillian
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