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Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume Two (1942 - 1946)
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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
- 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
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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.Read more ›
Many of the World War II-specific cartoons are duplicated on the "Behind the Front Lines" treasures set, but neither of these sets would be complete without them, so that's not really a problem for me. We also get a nice assortment of bonus features, including a great talk with current Donald voice actor Tony Anselmo (it's disconcerting, to say the least, to see this kind-faced, soft-spoken man break out into Donald's fiery voice). Plus there's a long-overdue tribute to Carl Barks, the man responsible for expanding the world Donald and his nephews lived in to a real universe full of colorful characters and grand adventures. Disney has milked Barks' work for so long (many of the best "Ducktales" episodes, for example, were near-direct rips from Barks comic books), that it's about time he got some recognition from the studio. If anything, it's a shame that his featurette is only ten minutes.
At any rate, I had a lot of fun watching the content of this set, and I eagerly await "The Chronological Donald Vol. 3".
Disc one includes 7 new shorts and 8 shorts From The Vault which are the shorts mentioned above. It's a nice addition, but I think we could have completed Donald in three volumes not four. The shorts look good with the exception of 'No Sail' which looks very grainy. It's not that the shorts look really bad, but because Disney animation is so beautiful the shorts just don't have that special luster we've come to expect from the "Treasures" line. This is disappointing, but it won't keep me from purchasing the set. The one extra on disc one is very good, 'A Day in the Life of Donald Duck' a Disneyland episode is a welcome addition, but it has been used in clips on several other WDT sets.
Disc two includes 17 shorts and are some of the characters finest cartoons. The extras on this disc include an interview with Tony Anselmo, the man who has taken over Donald's voice since 1987, a look at Carl Bark one of Disney's comic artist, a time line for Disney and quite a few galleries of the shorts. The Disney Treasures line started out to be a very special line of Treasures indeed, but as Waves 4 and 5 have come along, the quality in both the restoration and quantity of the shorts and the extras, it seems that the passion is running low and it is becoming more about profit than quality.Read more ›
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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 13 months ago by Dan Myers
Arrived quickly and looking pretty darn new. That's all I ask. Some great classic Donald clips. Have watched over half of em... and no scratched or skips at all. Cant complain. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Scott LaBaw
I love Donald Duck. To have these old films, brings me joy. Very happy to own themPublished on July 31, 2014 by Andres Vazquez
I have always been a huge Donald Duck fan. This set has helped me expand my collection and I can now sit and watch my favorite little hero for as long as I please. ThanksPublished on March 30, 2013 by happyappy
We love all of the Disney Treasures and continue to watch them to this day. I would recommend this product.Published on March 8, 2013 by ginger given
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