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This volume goes inside the walls of the worlds most famous magic factory for an inside tour, via several "behind-the-scenes" films and television shows.
As Walt Disney's fame grew during the 1930s, people wanted to know more about his studio and how the "Silly Symphonies" and Mickey Mouse shorts were created. Although Disney seldom allowed visitors, he periodically offered viewers peeks inside into the studio through the films in this collection. In 1937, Disney made A Trip Through the Walt Disney Studios for his distributor, RKO, to help the marketing campaign for Snow White. This in-house documentary was later reworked and released as a trailer for the studio's first feature as How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made. In 1941, humorist Robert Benchley toured the studio and chatted with the artists in The Reluctant Dragon. But the film was released during a bitterly fought strike that belied its cheerful depiction of the studio.
During the '50s, Walt used his studio as a backdrop for several episodes of the Disneyland TV series. "The Story of the Animated Drawing" traces the history of the medium, including re-creations of Emil Reynaud's Théâtre Optique (1892-1900) and Winsor McCay's vaudeville routine with his landmark film Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). "Tricks of Our Trade," which focuses on the creation of Sleeping Beauty, shows staged footage of four of the celebrated "Nine Old Men"--Marc Davis, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston--sketching. In the DVD bonus material, host Leonard Maltin traces the development of the studio facilities from a Los Angeles garage to its present location in Burbank. Maltin also chats with Disney legend Joe Grant, who cowrote the "Baby Weems" sequence in Reluctant Dragon. Recorded at the time of Grant's 94th birthday, the artist displays the sly wit that continues to inspire animators. (Unrated: Suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
There is a bunch of stuff here that other reviewers have listed so I'll skip that. The best part IMHO is the terrific behind the scenes look at the Disney cartoon operation c. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Al Hence
I had only seen the excerpted cartoon of "The Reluctant Dragon" before. It's so good to see it in its full context. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kevin D. Levellie
The end of Wave two of the Walt Disney Treasures series rounds out with another great nostalgia piece from the Studios' golden years. Read morePublished 24 months ago by DR SHOCK
The end of Wave two of the Walt Disney Treasures series rounds out with another great nostalgia piece from the Studios' golden years. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
If you love Walt Disney, and Disney animation, you need to have this set.Includes some very rare footage, including the deleted scene from Snow White "How They Got The Soap Out Of... Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by Patricia Block
Although I bought this DVD for the main feature, The Reluctant Dragon, it contains more infomercials on the working of the Disney studios. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by anijunk
This is a glorious piece of Disney history and well worth grabbing whilst you can and before the price triples like the way of the other Treasure sets. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Michael Taylor