Max Fleischer's Color Classics: Somewhere in Dreamland
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This comprehensive collection of Max Fleischer cartoon masterpieces presents over 30 rarely seen Technicolor animated shorts, produced during the golden age of animation. Fleischer created the Color Classics, a twisted collection of musical cartoons, to showcase his patented Stereo-optical Process that created the illusion of depth by animating his characters over three-dimensional, live action backgrounds. In this special digital picture and sound restoration, you ll discover a menagerie of wonderfully bizarre new characters and a massive dose of the Fleischers surreal humor. Highlights include Greedy Humpty Dumpty, The Cobweb Hotel, Ants In The Plants, and The Fresh Vegetable Mystery. Featured are two Academy Award Cartoon Short Subject nominees Educated Fish (1937) and Hunky and Spunky (1938) as well as famed Fleischer femme fatale Betty Boop (Poor Cinderella) and Grampy (Christmas Comes But Once A Year), and a potpourri of great song cartoons such as Dancing On The Moon, Hold It, An Elephant Never Forgets, and Small Fry. This collection is a dream come true for cartoon aficionados and Fleischer fanatics, young and old alike!
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1. Poor Cinderella (starring Betty Boop) **
2. Little Dutch Mill **
3. An Elephant Never Forgets **
4. Song of the Birds
5. Dancing On the Moon 1935 **
6. Somewhere in Dreamland **
7. The Little Stranger
8. The Cobweb Hotel
9. Greedy Humpty Dumpty
10. Hawaiian Birds
11. Play Safe
12. Christmas Comes But Once a Year **
13. Bunny Mooning
14. Chicken A La King
15. A Car-Tune Portrait
16. Peeping Penguins
1. Educated Fish" (1937)
2. Little Lamby
3. Hold It! **
4. Hunky and Spunky (1938)
5. All's Fair At the Fair **
6. Playful Polar Bears
7. Always Kickin' (starring Hunky and Spunky)
8. Small Fry
9. Barnyard Brat (starring Hunky and Spunky)
10. The Fresh Vegetable Mystery **
11. Little Lambkins
12. Ants In the Plants **
13. A Kick In Time (starring Hunky and Spunky)
14. Snubbed By A Snob (starring Hunky and Spunky)
15. You Can't Shoe A Horsefly (starring Hunky and Spunky)
**optional audio commentary by Jerry Beck**
THE LOST EPISODES
A documentary about the making of this collection of the complete `Color Classics' cartoons. It includes four uncut ultra-rare cartoons:
1*The Kids In the Shoe
2*Time For Love (the only known copy in existence is this black & white version)
4*Vitamin Hay (starring Hunky and Spunky)
Working sketches of various characters from the `Color Classics' and other cartoons plus photographs of production activities inside the Fleischer studios in the 1930's.
P.S. Somewhere in Dreamland is my favorite cartoon- make sure to watch it!
I remember watching these gems early in the morning with my mother describing the time period to me. The 1930s come to life with singing, dancing and hope that was needed at the time. Compared to everything that followed, it seemed to lack something. Children of all ages would appreciate this magical world that seems to be alive without modern CGI effects.
These are classic cartoons, but I was a little disappointed because of the technical glitches. One major problem was that on one of the best cartoons on the set, "An Elephant Never Forgets", the audio is a little out of sync which is highly annoying. And you do have to hit the menu button a lot.
The video quality is OK but it is all taken from public domain sources so if you have these cartoons on other public domain releases there won't be much improvement there. The audio commentary and art extras are nice. I would have liked to have seen more stressing the differences between Disney and Fleischer.