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Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies (1929-1938)
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Many of these films were consigned to the vaults for years because of their racial imagery. In the Oscar-nominated "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood" (1938), a gaggle of Hollywood celebrities cavort to familiar nursery rhymes, but the caricatures of Stepin Fetchit and Cab Calloway are no more unflattering or mean-spirited than the ones of Katharine Hepburn, W.C. Fields, and Clark Gable. The outrageous "Cannibal Capers" (1930) and a few other shorts may embarrass viewers today, but as host Leonard Maltin observes, ignoring these film falsifies the past of animation and the United States. This important and entertaining collection will delight anyone interested in the history of the Disney Studio, animation or American popular culture. (Rated G, suitable for ages 5 and older: cartoon violence, tobacco use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon
- "Silly Symphonies Rediscovered" featurette
- "Animators at Play" featurette
- Art galleries
- Commentary on select shorts
- Packaged in a collectible tin
- 8-page booklet with notes
- Color photo card
- Certificate of authenticity
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I personally decided to return my original discs for the corrected ones for several reasons. ONE - the title cards (which list the title of the cartoons) had been recreated for this DVD release but "someone" in the production process didn't do their job and didn't attach these recreations to the cartoons. For me, this is a relatively minor reason to get replacement discs. TWO - The 1934 cartoon "The Goddess Of Spring" in this DVD release is a poorer quality copy. This cartoon was digitally restored and was included as an extra on the last Snow White DVD release. I have this cartoon in the nicer quality on that Snow White DVD so this is still a relativey minor reason to get the replacement discs. THREE - The 1933 cartoon "The Night Before Christmas" is included incomplete on this release. A short scene of black stereotyped toys in a parade are left out of the cartoon. I want the full uncensored cartoon so this is the MAJOR reason I returned my discs for the corrected discs. These newer discs are supposed to have all the above problems corrected.
Those reasons should give you, the customer, the information on whether you want to exchange your original discs for the replacement discs. As the other reviewer stated - you can call 1-800-723-4763 in the U.S. or 1-888-877-2843 in Canada. Tell the Disney customer service representative that you are interested in exchanging your More Silly Symphonies discs for the corrected discs.
By the way, I got the set when it was first released in December 2006 and I love the quality of the cartoons.Read more ›
WALT DISNEY TREASURES: MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES
In an effort to present the classic cartoons contained on MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES as originally intended, Walt Disney Studio recently recreated the original title cards that were to appear at the start of each film. Due to a production error, these restored cards were inadvertently not included on this new DVD collection. We sincerely apologize for this mistake, and are currently working to rectify the issue. Please check back for an update as to when the replacement discs will be ready. We anticipate them sometime in early March.
If you have purchased MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES and would like to have them replaced with the corrected DVDs, call 1-800-723-4763 (U.S.)/1-888-877-2843 (Canada). Please note, you will receive replacement discs, not replacement packaging. Please hold on to your current packaging.
I just bought this DVD because I really like classic cartoons, but I'm not a collector so I don't really understand what was the mistake and if I should exchange them.
First let me say that this is a FIVE STAR ***** collection of cartoons that have been talked about by other reviewers here, so let me talk about the DVD presentation & film transfers.
DISC 1 only:
Again Disney has decided to save money and not digitally restore the nitrate deterioration on the original negatives. The picture flicker & blotches can be tolerated as these are around 86 years old or more.
Strangely, some cartoons have hairs & dirt on the sides of the picture frame & sometimes stuck in the center of the picture through out the entire cartoon. These could have been digitally removed.
Most of the B&W cartoons are window-boxed with different aspect ratios, some are taller than they are wider. I am confused by this, I have only run across this on silent films that have had soundtracks added on re-releases.
Most of the B&W cartoons have the re-issue title cards with Mickey Mouse's face introducing the cartoon. Leonard Maltin explains how the original title cards were lost on most of these when they were re-released, but then he talks about restoring the original look of the title cards. Maybe nobody told him they weren't going to do it.
One other strange problem is with the menu. The "Play All" feature plays the shorts in a different order that the "Chronological Order" and the "Alphabetical Order". The "Play All" plays the shorts in the order listed in the insert, which gives different release years for some shorts than on the "Chrolonogical Order" listing.Read more ›
Hell's Bells (1929)
Arctic Antics (1930)
Playfull Pan (1930)
The Cat's Out (1931)
The Clock Store (1931)
The Fox Hunt (1931)
The Spider and the Fly (1931)
The Bears and Bees (1930)
The Bird Store (1932)
Bugs In Love (1932)
Frolicking Fish (1932)
Monkey Melodies (1932)
Cannibal Capers (1930)
Cannibal Capers (with. Origianl Ending)
El Terrible Toreador (1929)
The Merry Dwarfs (1929)
Midnight In a Toy Shop (1930)
Birds In the Spring (1933)
The Night Before Christmas (1933)
Old King Cole (1933)
The Pied Piper (1933)
The Goddess of Spring (1934)
Cock O' the Walk (1935)
Three Blind Mouseketeers (1936)
Little Hiawatha (1937)
Moth and the Flame (1938)
King Neptune (1932)
Santa's Workshop (1932)
The China Shop (1934)
Broken Toys (1935)
Three Orphan Kittens (1935)
More Kittens (1936)
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938)
Disney can be so coniving in the way they withold their greatest treasures to increase the demand-- to the point where some children grow up never having seen Pinocchio. When they do finally release something, they ought to let you know what is it that's being released.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 months ago by Dan Myers
This set is very bad and good. The bad is the goddess of the spring which is not restored. The night before Christmas is edited. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Harrison
The first release of Wave 6 is a great edition for historic Disney fans. More Silly Symphonies includes all the remaining shorts not included on the first volume. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by DR SHOCK
Great and rate materials from the vaults. Why hasn't this DVD been issued in Region 2? That would be long overdue.Published on January 25, 2014 by Bart
I have always been in awe at the magnitude that Disney puts out such realism in their characters. These truly bring one to treasure the intricacies of the great works that made... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Lover of Truth
I discover sooooo many shorts I did not know! Both the ones in black and white and the ones in color are poetical and beautifully crafted!! Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Louckx Audrey
I had been looking for these for ages and found them easily and was pleased how as they arrived even at xmas time.Published on January 6, 2013 by Elze Wit
The first release of Wave 6 is a great edition for historic Disney fans. More Silly Symphonies includes all the remaining shorts not included on the first volume. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
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