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Disney Animation Collection Volume 5: Wind In The Willows

4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Join the adventures along the riverbanks as one of the most enchanting storybooks of all time comes to life with classic Disney animation. Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad has got himself into a bit of trouble from buying fancy new cars and dealing with some weasely weasels. Now his beloved home, Toad Manor is at risk of being lost. It will take the help of his dear friends Ratty, Moley, and Angus MacBadger and a promise to change his ways for Mr. Toad to set things right.

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Contains The Following Shorts:|Wind In The Willows|The Ugly Duckling|The Robber Kitten|The Grasshopper And The Ants|The Wise Little Hen|The Golden Touch

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  • Actors: na
  • Directors: na
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RTKKN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"The Wind in the Willows" is a terrific piece of animation -- one of the best of the Disney Studio from the 1940s. Originally released as the front half of the 1949 theatrical feature "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," I always felt that Wind in the Willows could have easily stood as a full feature length film on it's own. It has a gentle comforting style of humor not unlike the '60s' Winnie the Pooh featurettes, but then climaxes in a thrilling train chase and the mayhem-in-the-manor fight with the weasels, one of the masterpieces of action staging. If you ever wondered where those weasel characters in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" were originally from, they are from this great film. This new DVD contains the "featurette" version, with it's own opening title sequence as re-released theatrically, and as seen on the Wonderful World of Disney TV series.

However, this DVD edition suffers from a VERY bad transfer. "Wind in the Willows" is extremely dark, making even the daytime scenes look as dark as night, and much of the background details are lost in shadow. This is especially evident if you compare it to the Disney DVD release of "Adventures of Ichabod an Mr. Toad." Just spot-check a few scenes from that disc, observe it's bright color, and then play this new one. You will be shocked at how the quality control has slipped under the usual high standards of Disney.

Disney should certainly offer a remastered replacement for this DVD.

The other 5 cartoons all look fine on this disc, and can also be found on the Walt Disney Treasures tin box set "Silly Symhonies."
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As a child, I can easily remember my prized possession was a Walt Disney book that my father purchased for me and it featured the chronology of the early classic Walt Disney animated shorts. Some of these shorts were shown on the Disney Channel when I was younger but suffice to say, with all the new animation, a lot of these classics have probably been forgotten or have been released on VHS video.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment are now releasing a few of these shorts on DVD for the first time (some have appeared on past Disney DVD releases). With the first three volumes released, the fourth, fifth and sixth volumes will be released on May 12, 2009.

A lot of these short films were created in the 1920-1940's and typically featured characters that were not reoccurring (with the exception of the tortoise and the hare which appeared in a second short). Some were released under the "Silly Symphony" moniker of animated shorts released between 1929-1939 which rarely featured any character dialogue but focused more on the animation accompanied by music and a singing vocal track.

Walt Disney Animation Collection Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows

The fifth volume of "Wind in the Willows" contains a total of six animated shorts. Included are:

1. Wind in the Willows - (34:21) A 1949 Technicolor animated short which is over a half our long compared to the other shorts that are ten minutes long. In this short, Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad has gotten in trouble after buying fancy cars and dealing with bad company and now he risks losing his home. His friends Ratty, Moley and Angus MacBadger try to help him and hopefully change him along the way.
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While the other five shorts in this collection are in decent condition with fairly bright color and delineation, the state of the centerpiece cartoon "Wind in the Willows" is unbelievably poor. Without exaggeration, it looks like a print you might find on a public domain bargain bin collection. I could have handled a fair amount of speckling and such (which this cartoon also has in abundance) but the picture itself is so fuzzy and murky it's almost impossible to make out details in any of the darker scenes even with the contrast turned all the way up. The sound quality is pretty substandard as well. Is this really the best print Disney has in its archives? I know that none of these shorts are restored but the other five look infinitely better and they are all from the 1930s while "Wind in the Willows" is from 1949. I haven't seen any of the previous DVD collections that included it so I don't know if this is the same print they've been using all along but Disney should really be embarrassed for releasing something this appallingly shoddy. It's an insult to both the customer and the original animators.

********* Since writing this original review I purchased the earlier DVD release The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Disney Gold Classic Collection) and the print of 'Wind in the Willows' was beautiful. I can't imagine why Disney didn't use the same print in this release other than it was a giant foul-up. It's hard to understand how a company as scrutinized as Disney could make such a huge quality-control mistake.************
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First of all I really enjoy this film. Although the story uses a basic outline of the original story, it is very entertaining. However, I have a better copy of this on a VHS recording from the late 1980's. The Disney channel broadcast this in its original format of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Wind In the Willows" on cable and C-Band satellite. In that copy it is crisp, clean and very colorful.

This is not! To me it looks like a bad copy of a copy of a copy etc.... The packaging is nice, the included lithograph(picture) is better looking than the movie, and the included extras are great. But I expected better when I bought this to have a high grade, almost permanent and quality DVD copy for my collection. Whoever at Disney selected this horrible copy and considered it worthy to label as a "Disney Classic Short" should find a new job.

If they need a better copy maybe I should loan them my VHS copy. Surely someone at Disney could of got off their duff and walked to the great "Disney Vault" and picked up the quality copy that has been shown on their own channel several times in the past.
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