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Walt Disney Treasures - Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio (1941)

Walt Disney , Leopold Stokowski , Alfred L. Werker , Hamilton Luske  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Walt Disney, Leopold Stokowski, Clarence Nash, Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford
  • Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting, Jack Kinney, Ub Iwerks
  • Writers: Al Perkins
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006II6P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walt Disney Treasures - Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Only 125,000 sets issued
  • Introduction by Film Historian Leonard Maltin
  • Includes original "Behind-the-Scenes" films and telecasts:
  • A Trip Through The Walt Disney Studio (Short, 1938)
  • How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made (Short,1939)
  • The Reluctant Dragon (Feature, 1941)
  • The Story Of The Animated Drawing (TV Episode, 1955)
  • The Plausible Impossible (TV Episode, 1956)
  • Tricks of Our Trade (TV Episode, 1957)
  • All-new audio commentary by Leonard Maltin
  • Video Feature: "Leonard Maltin's Studio Tour"
  • Behind the Boards on Baby Weems
  • "The Reluctant Dragon" gallery
  • Walt Disney Studio gallery
  • Kem Weber gallery
  • Radio Program "Tour of the Disney Studio" (Audio Attachment)

Editorial Reviews

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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 Solomon

Product Description

This volume goes inside the walls of the world’s most famous magic factory for an inside tour, via several "behind-the-scenes" films and television shows.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Disneyphiles and Animation Buffs January 8, 2003
Once again, Disney is reaching into its vaults and releasing DVD collections of rarer material. This set focuses on behind the scenes footage showing the studio at work.
Disc One opens with "A Trip through the Walt Disney Studios." This was the first short of this kind Disney did. It also served as a promo to movie houses for Snow White. The optional pop-ups are interesting, and I loved getting a chance to see the first studio.
"How Walt Disney Cartoons are made" is a slight edit released to the general public to build excitement for Snow White. Both of these were included on last year's release of that movie.
The last item on the first disc is "The Reluctant Dragon." In it, Robert Benchley takes a tour while trying to find Walt to pitch a story idea. There are several fun animated sequences as well.
Disc Two is three episodes of Disneyland that break the animation process down further. This is the real meat of the set. They are a fun mix of explanation and clips from their movies and each end with a segment from Fantasia.
"The Story of the Animated Drawing" has a fascinating look at the history that lead up to Disney. I'd never realized some of what came before. This one is shown in black and white, but it still interesting to watch.
"The Plausible Impossible" focuses on story-telling in animation. It features the famous "Music in Your Soup" sequence that was cut from Snow White. This was the first time I'd seen it all the way through, and I'm shocked it was cut.
The last episode, "Tricks of Our Trade," focuses on things animators do to help them draw realistically. Not much I didn't know here, but still fun to watch.
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Walt Disney Treasures Review 5: Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Studios:Leonard Maltin has done it, again. He made in myopinion one of the most interesting. This may not be the greatest quality but it is perfect. Like all the other treasures, it opens with the Walt Disney Treasure Theater and intro with Leonard Maltin. When you get to the main menu, you should start at the "How Walt Disney Cartoons are Made." Here, you could choose to view it with a informational subtitle showing history about the short made in the 30s for Snow White. Leonard Maltin Introduces it as usual. After this, head over to the crown of the collection, the 1941 feature, "The Reluctant Dragon." Introduced by Leonard Maltin, this film was a compiltation of various cartoons including the one that gave the film its name. Slid in between it all was comedy footage of Robert Benchley taking a "Detour" of the studios. He looks for Walt and gets sidetracked as he visits the sound effects stage, a recording session with the voice of Donald Duck, visiting the Multiplane Camera, paint room, sees a storyboard for the short "Baby Weems, and sees the animator's desk of Ward Kimball and watches Goofy's "How to Ride a Horse." After this movie, take a peek at the the film, "A Trip Through Walt Disney Studios." This film was created for RKO to distribute Snow White. This was remade into "How Disney Cartoons are Made" and shown to the public. It is introduced by Leonard. Finally on disc one, take a look at a few bonus features. Go look at "Behind the Boards on Baby Weems" featurette, a "Leonard Maltin's Studio Tour" featurette, and a Reluctant Dragon Gallery. Disc 2 opens with an intro by Leonard. Read more ›
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A History of the Mouse House October 12, 2002
This 2 disc DVD goes inside the walls of the world's most famous magic factory for an inside tour, via several "behind-the-scenes" films and television shows. Much of this material has been hotly anticipated by Disney fans for years as it has never been released before.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIO - DISC ONE
* Welcome and Introduction by Film Historian Leonard Maltin
FEATURES AND SHORTS
*A Trip Through The Walt Disney Studio (Short, 1938)
*How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made (Short, 1939)
*The Reluctant Dragon (Feature, 1941)
DISC ONE SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES
* Video Feature: "Leonard Maltin's Studio Tour"
For his television programs, Walt Disney often invited viewers right onto the lot at his Studio in Burbank. In this new video element, Leonard Maltin uses Walt Disney's own television programs to create a unique tour around the Disney Studio lot, from 1954 to today.
* Behind The Boards On Baby Weems
A look at this uniquely animated section of Disney's The Reluctant Dragon
* The Reluctant Dragon Gallery
* Walt Disney Studios Gallery
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIO - DISC TWO
* Welcome and Introduction by Film Historian Leonard Maltin
TV EPISODES (47 min. each):
*The Story Of The Animated Drawing (TV Episode, 1955)
*The Plausible Impossible (TV Episode, 1956)
*Tricks of Our Trade (TV Episode, 1957)
DISC TWO SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES
* Film Historian Leonard Maltin provides individual introductions to each feature
* Radio Program "Tour of the Disney Studio"
* Radio Program: "Tour of the Disney Studio" (1946) from the Walt Disney Productions Sound Department.
* Kem Webber Gallery: Through this thumbnail still gallery, you can see behind-the-scenes photos of the Disney Studios, as well as backstage peeks at the making of each of the films and programs featured in this compilation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Animation Basics to entertain and help understand
I had only seen the excerpted cartoon of "The Reluctant Dragon" before. It's so good to see it in its full context. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin D. Levellie
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT RELEASE TO END WAVE 2!
The end of Wave two of the Walt Disney Treasures series rounds out with another great nostalgia piece from the Studios' golden years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANIMATION AND DISNEY FANS!
The end of Wave two of the Walt Disney Treasures series rounds out with another great nostalgia piece from the Studios' golden years. Read more
Published on October 26, 2010 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for any fan of Disney animation and Walt Disney
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 more
Published on October 3, 2010 by Patricia Block
3.0 out of 5 stars A guided tour prearranged
Although I bought this DVD for the main feature, The Reluctant Dragon, it contains more infomercials on the working of the Disney studios. Read more
Published on September 5, 2010 by anijunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Rate Disney - True Treasures!!!
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 more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Michael Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
A great DVD for Disney fans to know how the Disney studios looks like, how the Disney cartoons are made and a part of the Walt Disney Co. history in a very entertaining way.
Published on August 31, 2008 by Marco A. S. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This IS Behind the Scenes!!!
Walt Disney Treasures Review 5: Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Studios:Leonard Maltin has done it, again. He made in myopinion one of the most interesting. Read more
Published on April 21, 2003 by Milan Brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking beyond the curtain
Out of all the Disney Treasures releases, this will probably be the most overlooked. Sure, it doesn't have Mickey Mouse or Goofy or those wonderful Silly Symphonies. Read more
Published on March 20, 2003 by Travon J. Boykins
4.0 out of 5 stars Disney Fans Will Want to Have This
This little collection of curios found in the Disney vaults will likely not appeal to the average viewer or kiddie fan. Read more
Published on March 11, 2003 by "sloan123"
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