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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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!
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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!)
BEARLY ASLEEP w/ Humphrey Bear (in CINEMASCOPE) (new to DVD)
BEEZY BEAR w/ Humphrey Bear (in CINEMASCOPE) (new to DVD)
UP A TREE w/ Chip & Dale

CHIPS AHOY w/ Chip & Dale (in CINEMASCOPE) (new to DVD)



Bonus Features:
"Donald Goes to Press",
"The Unseen Donald Duck: Trouble Shooters",
Leonard Maltin and Jerry Beck audio commentaries on 2 shorts,

10 Mickey Mouseworks Cartoons from 1999:
It would have been nicer to get a seperate complete series set of these and include the three solo Chip n' Dale cartoons here instead.

The two 'accident' cartoons were previously released on VHS, edited together as one cartoon, on the Wonderful World of Disney show tapes. They do play well as one 15 minute cartoon. Those show tapes are interesting as they have new, exclusive to the TV show, animation not on these theatrical releases.

Hopefully those TV shows will get a DVD release some day.

The two other 2008 Disney Treasures releases are:
Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (From The Wonderful World Of Disney show)
Dr Syn-Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
The Mickey Mouse Club Presents: Annette (the serial from season 3)
Mickey Mouse Club Presents-Annette
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 15, 2008
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.

Less triumphant but nonetheless fascinating is "Donald and the Wheel," which labors under a wincingly silly set of "spirits" and a dated attempt at hipness, but benefits from vocal work from the MelloMen and a delightfully kitschy sequence featuring Donald and a live action dancing girl on a whirling phonograph record (did this inspire Woody and Jesse's similar moment in Toy Story 2?) Fans of the TV series "Mad Men" with surely be pleased to see that this comely young dancer, who like that show's Joan Holloway, captures the far more healthy standard of female plentitude of the early 60's than in today's pipe-cleaner pop culture icons.

"The Litterbug" rounds out this trio and is especially notable for the uncredited narration of John Dehner, one of those character actors who appeared in almost everything in the 60's and 70's but is perhaps best remembered as Doris Day's TV boss ("Yee-ello?") and the radio "Paladin." He also started his career as a Disney animator! Another narrator heard in some of the shorts in this set is radio and Capitol children's record announcer Art Gilmore.

Leonard Maltin is on hand, as on all the Walt Disney Treasures sets, to instruct, enthuse and enlighten, as well as provide a buffer to the shorts which have, for one reason or another, been considered inappropriate for the mainstream. They are in a separate category called "From the Vault."

One of the most notable of these is "No Hunting," likely relegated to the vault for gunplay and violence -- but such a searing satire of recreational hunting, it makes its point as clearly anti-gun and anti-hunting. It also is one of the few, if any, Disney cartoons from Walt's era that nod slyly to a revered animated feature: as loads of garbage flow down a stream and the sound of guns are heard, Bambi's mother says to her fawn, "Man in in the forest...let's dig out." Take that, Stitch-meets-Beauty and the Beast commercials!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2008
One reviewer here mentioned ordering "The Chronological Donald Duck Volume 4" and receiving instead the "Annette" dvd. Welcome to the club!
The same thing happened to me. I immediately e-mailed Amazon about this, and they sent me a replacement. What did I get? ANNETTE again!
In my 2nd e-mail, I said, "Have you considered the possibility that the click-buttons for ordering these two items have become switched? I'll bet there are other customers who are having similar difficulties."
I live in Japan, and I order lots of dvds from Amazon. Over 99% of the time, they send me good merchandise very promptly, and are very cooperative. But I recall that once before, there was a glitch like this, and it was never resolved, my e-mails notwithstanding. I guess in a gigantic company, it's hard to get things communicated.
Anyway, Amazon cheerfully refunded my money, and I have ordered the Donald Duck dvd from another place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 18, 2008
Even if you didn't get the first three volumes of The Chronological Donald, there's a good reason to get this last one. Along with thirty other cartoons from 1951-1961 is what's universally regarded as the best educational cartoon ever made, "Donald in Mathmagic Land" (1959). In this featurette animated by Hamilton Luske and other Disney animators, the Spirit of Adventure leads Donald to discover mathmatical wonders of music, the Golden Section, the secret of billiards, and other intriguing ideas against lush backgrounds of '50s era Disney at its modernist best. To their credit, the animators don't modernize Donald, who's his irrascible, impetuous self on this mystery tour far from Duckburg.

As Amid Amidi details in his book, Cartoon Modern, Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation, the '50s marked a high point in animation design, with the Disney studio borrowing some of the stark, modern look of UPA. Some of the other cartoons in this collection rank among Donald's best: the most memorable Chip and Dale 'toons, including "Out of Scale" (1951) and "Donald Applecore" (1952). Some of the best of the duck's nephews are also included: "Lucky Number" (1951) and Don's Fountain of Youth (1953). As Leonard Maltin notes in his audio commentary, most theatrical cartoons had been discontinued due to mounting costs, but Walt still insisted on full-quality Donald cartoons for theaters throughout the '50s. "Chips Ahoy" (1956) was the last theatrical feature, after which Walt moved to TV, beginning with the Disneyland TV show.

Speaking of Maltin, his intros on the Disney treasures usually consist of short disclaimers as to the politically incorrect nature of some cartoons, usually listed separately as "From the Vault". Here, however, he gives longer, engaging introductions, perhaps because he's as much a Donald fan as we are, and there's also commentary from animation historian Jerry Beck, making this set an animation fan's delight. "Donald in Mathmagic Land" originally aired on The Wonderful World of Color with an intro by Ludwig Von Drake about light and color in which he continually notes that viewers with black and white sets will have to imagine what he's talking about, as they can't experience "living color". This was clearly propaganda to sell TV sets (as was the show's title), but which is very interesting in retrospect. Hopefully it makes it out in a Ludwig Von Drake collection.

Reviewers have been suggesting that the quality of the packaging of the Disney Treasures sets is falling, and this one is no exception. The Chronological Donald Vol. Two had a swing out flap for one of the two discs. On Vol. Four, the discs are merely snapped, one overlapping the other, on the inside back of the case, and there's barely room to do that. This is one time when registering for the Disney disc replacement program might come in handy. Another annoying feature that has not gone away is a schlocky Disney ad that opens the disc. It really is unwatchable, but there's a booklet slipped in the case about Blu-ray, what it is, why you should get it, and, it follows, go get all the Disney Blu-ray releases, that is actually helpful. All in all. The Chronological Donald Vol. Four easily lives up to the name "Disney Treasure".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2008
For quite awhile I've been waiting for this DVD. I'm surprised that two other Donald Duck shorts weren't included. These were educational shorts. The first, "Steel And America" was produced for US Steel in 1965 - it's a pretty funny short with Donald about how steel is made. The second short from 1965 as well called, 'Donald's Fire Survival Plan'. Actually, 'Donald's Fire Survival Plan' is available but only through Disney's educational store as well as the Freewayphobia shorts. Maybe they do intend to release these two shorts but include them as Easter eggs - hopefully... Either way, I'll definitely be buying this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2009
I was disappointed when I had to buy this on the secondary market at a premium after speculators snapped up all the available copies. My copy arrived two weeks later, shipped in only a padded bag. Ordinarily, this would be fine, but these DVDs come in a tin container that's easily dented. After viewing the DVD, I am wondering whether I got a pirated copy or not?? Many of the features listed in the product description -- such as Donald in MathMagicLand-- are missing. I wrote to the vendor and never received a reply. Any thoughts???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2008
I have been in love with Donald Duck since I was a child and to see the final set in its spectacular form is AWESOME!!! The Walt Disney Company did a beautiful job restoring all of these shorts with the best in today's technologies. Also, I want to point out the CinemaScope shorts. It was the first time that Disney had made cartoons with the CinemaScope technology, as mentioned on the DVD, and they are pretty cool. Overall, for the price I paid, I believe that this purchase is a great end to a great collection of shorts by Donald Duck. THANK YOU AMAZON FOR MAKING THIS LAST COLLECTION AN AFFORDABLE ONE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2008
Growing up in the 50's, I never thought I would get to actually own all the Donald Duck cartoons I would see each Saturday at the theater. It's really a thrill to be able to see them any time I want. Disney was the king of the shorts back in the 50's. My only problem is that I waited too long to get volume 3, and it's selling for many, many times more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
The first release of Walt Disney Treasures Wave 8 gives us the forth and final volume of Donald Duck. After four complete volumes dedicated to the studios most popular character, we finally see a release that looks more like the sets we saw in the first few waves of the Treasures line. Clocking in at just under 6 hours of goodies on this set, despite these not being maybe the best shorts of Donald's illustrious career, they are presented here in beautiful restored fashion. It should be noted that there is a change in packaging on this Wave with both discs being stacked overlap style with any hinged spindle. This is certainly not a change for the better, but every change to the packaging since the series started was a step in the wrong direction, so it is just par for the course.

The first disc holds 13 Donald Duck cartoons, plus two more selections From The Vault, which are always my favorites. Of course we have to listen to Leonard's intro on why these cartoons should be taken seriously, but who cares?, I'm glad they are here uncut and I'll listen to anything he has to say if they release the shorts unedited. There are two short features, one talking about Donald's transition from screen to paper in comic books and newspapers and the other a look at the original storyboard for a cartoon never produced. Both features are 10 to 13 minutes long, but interesting. The last bonus is a commentary for one of the shorts. I would like to point out that the short Bee On Guard was released with an edit by mistake, but if you call Disney at 1800 477 2811, they will replace the disc. It's a minor annoyance, but the cartoon ends abruptly and cuts out a few seconds of the ending. I'm picky. so I requested the corrected disc.

The second disc has 15 Donald shorts and 3 more From The Vault selections. Two of the shorts are very long clocking in a 28 minutes and 18 minutes. 10 shorts from Mickey Mouse Works series featuring Donald are the main extras on this disc and while it is nice to see I didn't even know existed, I would have rather had the two missing pieces to the Donald Puzzle 'Steel In America' and 'Donald's Fire Survival Plan' included instead. The new shorts only act as a reminder that they just don't make them like they used to. Another commentary rounds out the second disc.

This is one of the finest releases in the Treasure series and is a no brainer for animation and Disney buffs. While not Donald's best the sheer abundance of quality shorts here is enough to make this an essential purchase for fans of the series.
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