Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume Two (1942 - 1946)
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The Disney shorts of this era offer beautiful animation, lavish special effects, and elegantly painted backgrounds. But by 1942, Walt Disney's interests had shifted away from short films to features and war work. The artists at Warner Bros. and MGM were pushing the boundaries to make cartoons that were faster, brasher, and funnier. Compared to the work of Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, and Friz Freleng, the wartime Donald shorts feel tame. The mystery spoof "Duck Pimples" is one of the nuttiest shorts the Disney Studio ever released, but it can't match the take-no-prisoners insanity of Avery's "Red" cartoons, its obvious model.
Any serious Disneyphile or student of animation will want The Chronological Donald, as it's been impossible to see many of the cartoons for decades. The extras include "A Day in the Life of Donald Duck," a 1956 episode of "Disneyland" that features Donald arguing with Clarence Nash, the actor who provided his voice; and a conversation between host Leonard Maltin and Tony Anselmo, Donald's current voice. (Unrated, suitable for all ages: cartoon violence, tobacco use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon
- A Day In The Life Of Donald Duck
- Drawing And Talking Duck With Tony Anselmo
- The Art And Animation Of Carl Barks
- Timeline: The War Years, 1941 to 1945
- Animation Art Gallery
- Publicity And Merchandise Gallery
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A chat with the current voice of Donald Duck.
The complete episode of the Disney TV Show "A Day In The Life Of Donald Duck", first shown February 1, 1956. The cartoon Donald (and his car, at times) is placed in live-action settings to show his "typical work day". One special scene has Donald arguing with his "voice" Clarence "Ducky" Nash, with Nash getting the last "quack". Jimmy Dodd, Roy Williams, and the Mouseketeers also appear. A few of Donald's cartoons are included.
A featurette on Donald Duck artists Carl Barks "The Art And Animation of Carl Barks".
The 1940 Donald Duck public service short 1940 "The Volunteer Worker". If this info is correct, I don't know why this is repeated from the Walt Disney Treasures DVD set Chronological Donald Duck Volume 1.
A timeline of the Walt Disney Studios during the World War II years 1941-1945.
Donald-themed still frame art galleries.
The cartoons below noted with a "*" were also previously released on the Walt Disney Treasures DVD set On The Front Lines. Cartoons noted with a "+" should be in the set, but were probably mistakingly left off the official announcement list.
1. The Village Smithy - Donald is a smithy who is continually frustrated in his work on a wagon wheel and trying to shoe a donkey.
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I must warn you not to buy any of these mini DVDS if you are someone who would love the full collection being the mini DVDS are just repeats or shorts due on future disney treasures.
Donald Duck has Stared in 162 colored shorts in total from 1934-1967. Below is a complete list of all his appearnces. it comes in 4 collumns: first the episode number, then the date, then the official clasification of the series it comes under, then the title.Read more ›
Mr. Leonard Maltin exlained to me that while the DVD Tins are his project, the quality of the transfers is out of his hands. He did express hope that those responsible will take note of the complaints and not short-cut the next wave of DVD tins.
What is worse is that we already have half of the first DVD! It re-issues the Donald Duck cartoons from the "On The Front Lines" DVD TIN. I understand from an e-mail from Mr. Maltin that he wanted to make this set a 'complete chronological Donald set' which requires the duplication.
It is these re-issued & restored cartoons than make the new to DVD cartoons on this set look bad. First you watch a dozen new release cartoons on disc 1 and say to yourself "I think I remember these tins looking better". Then you click on the "Vault" section of the menu and play out the re-issued wartime cartoons and WOW, THAT is what these cartoons SHOULD look like! Now you remember how good the DVD TINS used to be.
One strange color problem, the second cartoon on disc 1, VILLAGE SMITHY, stars a YELLOW Donald Duck! He is white on all of the other cartoons.
Now I mention the grainy image on the short "No Sail", the helps bring out the artifacting problems of DVDs. The colors in the film also look a bit unstable. Unlike viewers, I do not think this looks as bad as a VHS tape.Read more ›
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My wife is a huge Disney fan. She loves that she can get some of the older cartoons that she use to watch as a child.Published 6 months ago by Dan Myers
I really hate to say it but this and including disney rarities are the worst treasures ever. The cons of this are: no remastering of donald shorts and they promised all remastered... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Harrison
Arrived quickly and looking pretty darn new. That's all I ask. Some great classic Donald clips. Have watched over half of em... and no scratched or skips at all. Cant complain. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Scott LaBaw
I love Donald Duck. To have these old films, brings me joy. Very happy to own themPublished 18 months ago by Andres Vazquez
Now my kids get to have the same childhood memories that I had. It's so easy for most of us to relate with Donald Duck.
Love all of these cartoons.
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