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  • Actors: Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald, Leslie Denison
  • Directors: Hamilton Luske, Jack Hannah, Jack Kinney, Joshua Meador, Les Clark
  • Writers: Al Bertino, Bill Berg, Brice Mack, David Detiege, Dick Kinney
  • Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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 Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DPHDC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Vol. 4 - 1951-1961 (Collector's Tin)" on IMDb

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Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, who provides introductions for both discs included in The Chronological Donald, Vol. 4: 1951-1961, points out that Walt Disney continued to make Donald Duck cartoons well after his studio had stopped creating titles featuring Goofy, Pluto, and even Disney figurehead Mickey Mouse. Perusing the nearly three dozen items included here, it’s easy to see why the "wise-quacking duck" was still in business nearly 30 years after his creation. This stuff is brilliant: clever, funny, endlessly inventive, and sometimes even educational, it simply never gets old. Of course, some are better than others; "Trick or Treat," to name just one, features Huey, Dewey, and Louie, allied with the hag Witch Hazel, taking their Halloween revenge on their mean and stingy uncle, with not one but two original songs, one of them a hilarious "dance" number after Hazel puts a spell on Donald’s feet, all crammed into about eight minutes. Elsewhere, we find traditional nemeses like Chip ‘n’ Dale (particularly good in "Working for Peanuts," which was originally produced in 3-D) and Black Pete, as well as a variety of newer adversaries, both "human" and animal, on whom the hot-headed duck unleashes his notorious temper. Of particular interest to some will be the educational shorts like "Mathmagic Land" (at nearly 30 minutes, it’s several times longer than the average cartoon in this set), which sports a weird, almost postmodern look and includes jokes about trees with "square roots," information about the value of pi, circles, pentagrams, pentagons in nature, the "golden rectangle" in Greek architecture, and a great deal more, and even some live action footage. Other rarities include "Grand Canyonscope," filmed in CinemaScope (with ample big, wide vistas as Donald lays waste to the Grand Canyon), a look at some storyboards that were never made into a finished product, and more. But the main attraction is Donald. Voiced, as always in those days, by Clarence "Ducky" Nash, the irrepressible duck ("Who’s never wrong but always right? Who’d never dream of starting a fight?" goes the theme song) is one of the great creations in the history of popular entertainment. --Sam Graham

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Like all Disney treasures, this is well worth putting to your collection of Disney dvd's, this would make a great present, for anyone.
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This is one of the finest releases in the Treasure series and is a no brainer for animation and Disney buffs.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dave on November 7, 2008
"The Chronological Donald, Volume Four" (one of 3 Disney Treasure tin sets being released) stars everyone's favorite irascible duck, Donald Duck, in 31 films from 1951-961 and presented for the first time on DVD in the original widescreen format (where appropriate). The shorts look fantastic; bright, crisp, and colorful.

Disc 1 contains:

(1951) Dude Duck, Corn chips, Test Pilot Donald, Lucky Number, Out Of Scale, Bee On Guard

(1952) Donald Applecore, Let's Stick Together, Trick or Treat

(1953) Don's Fountain of Youth, The New Neighbor, Working For Peanus (Donald's 1954 3D short, which was shown at Disneyland for years in The Fantasyland Theater), Canvas Back Duck

From The Vault: This is what Disney calls the section where they put cartoons that have some content that viewers today may find objectionable. For both discs, there is the same Leonard Maltin intro that does not go into specficis (which is what some other Disney sets have done), but rather just asks the viewer to watch remembering that these were filmed in a different time and not to be judgmental. The 2 shorts on disc one "Uncle Donald's Ants" (1952) and "Rugged Bear" (1953). "Ants" is most likely in this section because the ants are based on a stereotypical african-american. "Rugged Bear" had me baffled; unless I missed something, the only reason I could figure out why it would be here is because it shows animals being hunted.

Bonus Material on Disc 1:

* Donald Goes To Press - A retrospective look at Donald's career in comic books.

* "The Unseen Donald Duck: Trouble Shooters": Storyboards for an unproduced Donald Duck cartoon pitched by famed Disney animator, Eric Goldberg.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 5, 2008
Some of these Donald cartoons have never seen a home video release, others got only released in Japan.
The CINEMASCOPE cartoons will be presented in widescreen here!

Unfortunately, WORKING FOR PEANUTS will NOT be presented in 3-D like it was filmed & shown in theaters.

DUDE DUCK (new to DVD)
CORN CHIPS w/ Chip & Dale
TEST PILOT DONALD w/ Chip & Dale (new to DVD)
LUCKY NUMBER w/ Huey, Dewy & Louie
OUT OF SCALE w/ Chip & Dale

TRICK OR TREAT w/ Huey, Dewy & Louie

WORKING FOR PEANUTS w/ Chip & Dale (NOT presented in 3-D)
CANVAS BACK DUCK w/ Huey, Dewy & Louie

SPARE THE ROD w/ Huey, Dewy & Louie (new to home video)
DRAGON AROUND w/ Chip & Dale
GRIN & BEAR IT w/ Humphrey Bear (new to DVD)

NO HUNTING w/ Humphrey Bear (in CINEMASCOPE) (new to home video!
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The fourth and final entry in this series allows us to live in a wondrous era in which we can own a comprehensive Donald Duck short cartoon collection. Ain't life grand? Especially when you can share the glory of these classics with new generations. My son watched every cartoon and is now watching the earlier volumes. We must instill the love of fine things in our youth.

These cartoons might be the most familiar of all, since they are the ones most often shown on Disney TV shows, but you didn't always get to see the titles. I discovered that many great Disney music masters composed for these shorts when I assumed most of them came from Oliver Wallace.

The Chronological Donald Volume 4 includes Walt Disney's first animation for CinemaScope, "Grand Canyonscope," which predates "Lady and the Tramp." You have to see this just to marvel at the Eyvind Earle art direction that would later grace Sleeping Beauty. Also, there is the final -- and perhaps funniest -- Daisy and Donald theatrical cartoon, "Donald Diary," in which the Duck dreams he marries his fair love and sees what she looks like first thing in the morning ("What'sa maddah?").

When the cartoon shorts run out, the educational shorts and two-reelers kick in, beginning with the landmark "Donald in Mathemagic Land," narrated by the great Paul Frees and boasting a credits list that easily matches that of a Disney feature-length film.
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Very limited quantities?
The short answer is yes. To let you see just how few, here are the release numbers for all four Chronological Donald sets based on their included Certificates of Authenticity.

Chronological Donald Volume 1: limited series of 165,000
Chronological Donald Volume 2: limited series of... Read More
Jan 8, 2009 by JJ |  See all 6 posts
What else can they do with these treasure pleasures?
Well, they still have all of the People and Places shorts, several "special" shorts (some recent and some silent oldies), a lot of educational shorts, theme park films, a few 3D films, and a lot of the anthology series material. There is still plenty material left to release, if they... Read More
Oct 24, 2008 by Lon Cseplo |  See all 14 posts
Yes. According to ultimatedisney.com Destino will be released in conjunction with Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 Platinum Editions in 2010
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