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Donald gets his due, Round 4!
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. This is fascinating to watch, as Goldberg acts out the cartoon, using all the different voices. One can only imagine Walt doing this.
* Audio Commentary by Leonard Maltin and Jerry Beck for "Working for Peanuts." With all their talk about this 3D short and how great it looks, makes one wish that it had been put on this disc in a 3D version with the glasses!
Disc 2 contains:
(1954) Donald's Diary, Dragon Around, Grin & Bear It, The Flying Squirrel, Grand Canyonscope
(1955) Bearly Asleep, Beezy Bear, Up A Tree
(1956) Chips Ahoy, How To Have An Acident In The Home
(1959) Donald In Mathmagic Land
(1961) Donald And The Wheel, The Litterbug
Bonus Material for Disc 2:
* Audo commentary by Leonard Maltin & Jerry Beck for "Grand Canyonscope."
* Mouseworks Cartoons is a 10 cartoons from 1998, with surprisingly good animation, that were created in an attempt to look like their vintage predecessors.
* From the Vault: includes "Spare the Rod" (1954), "No Hunting" (1955), and "How To Have An Accident At Work" (1959)
Set contains a Certificate of Authenticity (set is limited to 39,500), a postcard size reproduction of the original movie poster for "Grin and Bear It" (1954), as well as the mini-booklet featuring a little background and the table of contents for this tin. Hopefully these sets will keep on!