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Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume Two (1942 - 1946)

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The adventures of the world's favorite fiery-tempered duck continue as we follow his solo-starring efforts from 1942 through 1946. This period was filled with an abundance of comic exploits as Donald shows his huge audience what he's made of, short fuse and all. Among Donald's featured escapades is the Academy Award(R)-nominated Best Short, "Donald's Crime," from 1945. Also showcased is an interview with the current-day voice of Donald Duck, Tony Anselmo, and a profile of the legendary comic book artist Carl Barks -- including a look at the not-often-seen work he did in Disney's animation department.


As the number of cartoons in The Chronological Donald series indicates, Donald Duck was Walt Disney's biggest star during the '40s and '50s. Between 1941 and 1965, the studio made 106 Donald shorts, but only 49 Goofys and 14 Mickeys. With his flashpan temper, Donald was well suited to the more aggressive humor of wartime America. Donald's plump derrière got kicked, stung, swatted, or stuck in things with predictably pyrotechnic results. No character had to deal with less cooperative tools, and no character threw bigger tantrums when his equipment failed to work properly.

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

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Clarence Nash
  • Directors: Dick Lundy
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ATQYU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume Two (1942 - 1946)" on IMDb

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The official announcement of the exact contents of this DVD set has just been made, with the set containing the Donald Duck cartoons of 1942-1946. These first official announcements occasionally have some mistakes or omissions, but they are generally accurate. In addition to the cartoons, the following extras were announced:

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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The Disney treasures collection is the best and cheapest way of getting the entire series to their golden age shorts.
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.
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Somebody forgot to restore the cartoons, or maybe Disney thought we would not notice. Don't get me wrong, except for "No Sail" they still look very good, just not great like the previous DVD TINS. You will have a sharp picture and full range of colors, just not brilliant like previous tins. And there will be white specks & lines from cell & negative dust, previously these were cleaned up as the animators never intended them to be there.

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.
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