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This important collection includes the 13 surviving silent "Oswald" shorts (of 26). Many of them feel like rough drafts for later Mickey cartoons. When Oswald enters a trans-Atlantic race in "The Ocean Hop," the antics he performs in his airplane prefigure the ones in "Plane Crazy." In "Sky Scrappers," Oswald takes a job on a construction site where his girlfriend (an unnamed cat) sells box lunches, anticipating the Mickey and Minnie cartoon "Building a Building" (1933)--down to the opening shot of a dinosaur-like steam shovel at work. The silent "Oswald" shorts have rarely been seen since they were first released 80 years ago: Some viewers may grow impatient with these relatively crude cartoons, but they remain intriguing examples into Walt Disney's early work.
Leslie Iwerks' informative documentary The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) traces the life of her grandfather. One of the greatest talents of the silent cartoon era, Ub Iwerks animated the first Mickey shorts and "Silly Symphonies" almost single-handedly. Iwerks left Disney to start his own studio in 1930. Although it attracted an impressive array of talent, it closed in 1938. Two years later, Iwerks returned to Disney, where he won two Oscars for innovations in visual effects technology. Hand suggests that the Iwerks cartoons were too sophisticated for the era of the Hays Code. But for all his talent as an animator and technical innovator, Iwerks was not an effective director: His studio's cartoons simply weren't very good. Included on this disc are three "Alice" comedies, "Plane Crazy," "Steamboat Willie," and "The Skeleton Dance," which showcase Iwerks' endearingly bouncy animation. (Unrated: suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
By the way, some of the post-Disney Oswalds are also now available on DVD.
The shorts are very funny with no dead space and the documentary taught me much about a man I knew little about, Ub Iwerks, who was way ahead of his time.
The documentary takes up more time than all the Oswald cartoons included, and it's fabulous.
These are of great historical value being this is the character Walt Disney developed right before Mickey Mouse. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David W. Nesbitt
took forever to review... the tin was completely smashed up, but the discs were in perfect conditionPublished 8 months ago by Robert Martinez
My baby brother has been into Disney heavy for the last few years and when I told him about, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit being created as early Mickey Mouse he was interested in seeing... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Maurice Rawlings
The prefect gift for my boyfriend. Received in great condition and DVD worked great as well. Great for any Disney fan!Published 15 months ago by ALM
The final release of Wave 7 welcomes home Walt's very first hit cartoon character.......or should I say Ub Iwerks character? Read morePublished 18 months ago by DR SHOCK
Great quality DVD set that provides an excellent historical perspective on the genesis of Disney, pre-dating and leading up to Mickey Mouse and beyond.