Cartoons That Time Forgot - The Ub Iwerks Collection, Vol. 2
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Flip the Frog comes across as another Mickey Mouse, Willie Whopper is somewhat interesting, while the Comicolor series is somewhat similar to Silly Symphonies. I'm not surprised at this since Ub worked at Disney, and is responsible for the early animation of Mickey Mouse and several Silly Symphonies.
I found the liner notes helpful in explaining the social context of these cartoons. Many are poking fun at the Hollywood stars of the day (Disney and Warner also have several of their own similar cartoons), others have relevant commentary about various conditions in our country at the time, and others are just interesting trips into the supernatural. Keep in mind that all these things have been pursued by Disney, Warner Brothers, etc., so there is nothing unusual here. There are plenty of sight gags and the usual exaggerations that early cartoons are especially known for.
Also, I think it would be fair to say that the characters and stories as a whole tend not to progressively develop over the short life of Ub's studio. If you treat all the cartoons simply as individual accomplishments, then it's not a big deal, but as a whole they don't really change much. This isn't necessarily a problem, just an observation.
It's kind of interesting to me that I always felt I was almost watching Disney cartoons, but at the same time there are definitely other edgier influences at work here. The fact that Ub's staff of animators largely came from the Fleischer studio, and included Betty Boop's creator, made the difference.Read more ›
Like the first set, this one volume two still has the basic menu with my only gripe, the menu could have used a little work to make it a little more user friendly. You can play all the cartoons or look at the scene selection for individual titles, but once you start the cartoon from any point, it will play all from that point. Meaning you have to stop after each cartoon and go to the menu if you want to skip around and see selected shorts. It's not a huge deal, but it could have been easily fixed with a few adjustments.
Is it worth buying, absolutely! it has 26 rare shorts that may never look any better or be released again. At a tad under $10.00(or cheaper if you look around), you get a nice collection of cartoons from a man who was a pioneer in animation. The shorts are not the best he produced, but I enjoyed these cartoons very much.
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Classic,I loved these growing up and they are just as funny!Published 24 months ago by Marilyn Westhoff
I remember a little of this from the early days of TV but my grandkids have been raised on Pixar and modern Disney...but they like this. We watch it together and all have fun. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Alan
After watching a ton of Disney Treasure sets, this second collection of Ub Iwerks early cartoons may not be of the same quality as his efforts with Disney, but they are certainly... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by DR SHOCK
Lots of great strange stuff. I love the old cartoons: everything in them is alive, and they're so visual and non-linear. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by coal4k
GREAT STUFF. NO ONE LIKE UB IWERKS. I STRONGLY SUGGEST ALL ARTISTS TO EXPERIENCE THE WORKS OF THIS GRAND ILLUSTRATOR.Published on May 28, 2013 by CAPTAINDELVIN
NOt at all like the true old cartoons.
The typical single cell boaring cartoons, very un interesting, was under the impression that these were of the detailed type for... Read more
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