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Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume Two (1942 - 1946)

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The adventures of the world's favorite fiery-tempered duck continue as we follow his solo-starring efforts from 1942 through 1946. This period was filled with an abundance of comic exploits as Donald shows his huge audience what he's made of, short fuse and all. Among Donald's featured escapades is the Academy Award(R)-nominated Best Short, "Donald's Crime," from 1945. Also showcased is an interview with the current-day voice of Donald Duck, Tony Anselmo, and a profile of the legendary comic book artist Carl Barks -- including a look at the not-often-seen work he did in Disney's animation department.


As the number of cartoons in The Chronological Donald series indicates, Donald Duck was Walt Disney's biggest star during the '40s and '50s. Between 1941 and 1965, the studio made 106 Donald shorts, but only 49 Goofys and 14 Mickeys. With his flashpan temper, Donald was well suited to the more aggressive humor of wartime America. Donald's plump derrière got kicked, stung, swatted, or stuck in things with predictably pyrotechnic results. No character had to deal with less cooperative tools, and no character threw bigger tantrums when his equipment failed to work properly.

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

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Clarence Nash
  • Directors: Dick Lundy
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ATQYU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,837 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Somebody forgot to restore the cartoons, or maybe Disney thought we would not notice. Don't get me wrong, except for "No Sail" they still look very good, just not great like the previous DVD TINS. You will have a sharp picture and full range of colors, just not brilliant like previous tins. And there will be white specks & lines from cell & negative dust, previously these were cleaned up as the animators never intended them to be there.

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.
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I pre-ordered this set trusting the Walt Disney Company to deliver the same level of quality as on the previous Walt Disney Treasures collections. When I popped this DVD in and pressed play I sat and watched in horror as Disney betrayed that trust. While I knew the quality of the packaging had slipped on the last few sets, I really didn't care too much because the material on the DVDs themselves was remastered and pristine. This time however the DVD content took several steps downward in an apparent attempt to match the declining quality of the packaging. It is blatantly obvious that none of the shorts are remastered except for those that have already appeared on the "On the Front Lines" WDT set (so they got that for free). I don't hold Mr. Maltin at fault here, I'm sure it was some haughty executive money-grubber high up in the company that thought they could cut corners like this and we consumers would be too stupid to notice. Next year there will be no pre-ordering of the WDT sets for me. I'll wait for the reviews to roll in to make sure they've actually been remastered (and with no DVNR) before spending another dime on this series. It is so sad to see a former high-water mark of the DVD industry fall down like this.
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It's definitely true that Donald Duck eventually grew to take over the Disney studio from Mickey Mouse in the 30s and 40s, and there's a clear reason for that: Donald is inherently funnier. This second "Chronological Donald" set includes many of my personal favorite Donald cartoons, including "Der Fuehrer's Face," "The Plastics Inventor," "Donald's Double Trouble" and "Lighthouse Keeping."

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".
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Wave 5 of Walt Disney Treasures line begins with a second dose of their most popular character Donald Duck. There is a pattern with the later Treasures sets as they seem to be recycling shorts and not including as many per set. Considering that The Complete Goofy set had 46 shorts and extras, Donald's second release consist of 32 shorts, but at least 8 of them have been released on On The Front Lines WDT. The extras are good on this set, but not all that extensive.

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.
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