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Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume 3

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Donald's prolific career as leading duck marches on with more of his solo-starring shorts. In this collection we follow our hot-headed hero's escapades from 1947 through 1950 as he continues to endear himself to people all over the globe. Among the treasure trove of gems in this volume are three of Donald's Academy Award(R)-nominated Best Shorts -- "Chip An' Dale" (1947) "Tea For Two Hundred" (1948) and "Toy Tinkers" (1949); the outstanding "Donald's Dilemma" from 1947; and a brand-new retrospective of the cranky quack-up's complete movie career THE MANY FACES OF DONALD DUCK. It's no wonder his webbed feet are immortalized in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.System Requirements:Running Time: 263 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 786936740806

What goes around, comes around for Donald Duck in these vintage Disney cartoons spanning the years 1947-1950. Donald, the supporting player whose fowl play stole scenes from Mickey Mouse, now finds himself upstaged by a menagerie of mischievous characters bound to send him into characteristic fits. The nuttiest, of course, are Chip and Dale, who made their debut in a Pluto cartoon, but were ideally teamed with Donald in the cartoon that gave the rodent duo their names, and which is included in this collection. Another highlight of this set is the Oscar-nominated Christmas cartoon "Toy Tinkers," in which C&D raid Donald's home and use an arsenal of toys to try and steal his cache of nuts. "Clown of the Jungle" hilariously pairs Donald with the rambunctiously silly Aracuan Bird (first seen in the feature, The Three Caballeros), who foils bird photographer Donald's every Kodak moment. Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, are featured in three lively cartoons. Another comic foil for Donald is a bee that supplies the buzz in three cartoons. Lesser known (and for good reason) is the Bootle Beetle, who appears in several cartoons to relate stories of his misadventures with Donald.

Not that Donald can't carry a cartoon solo. Three cartoons in this set rank among his best. In "Donald's Dilemma," a conk on the head from a flower pot transforms Donald into a Sinatra-like crooner, much to the growing displeasure of Daisy, who does not want to share him with his adoring fans. In "Donald's Dream Voice," after his voice alienates customers, salesman Donald takes a voice pill ("I'll try anything once") that gives him the debonair tones of Ronald Colman (it's still funny even if you don't know who he is). And in "Dip Drippy Donald," a sleepy Donald tries to cope with a leaky faucet. As with past Walt Disney Treasures sets, a "From the Vault" feature separates cartoons with mildly politically incorrect content, ranging from Huey, Dewey, and Louie smoking in "Donald's Happy Birthday" to a Chinese caricature in "Three for Breakfast." On-camera host Leonard Maltin supplies the viewer advisory. Like Daffy Duck over at Warner Bros., Donald is hardly a role model, which gives these riotous cartoons some un-Disney-like edge. But they do stand the test of time, and are a feather in Donald's cap. The extra features are fun (Donald's appearances on The Mickey Mouse Club) and, for animation buffs, informative ("Sculpting Donald"). --Donald Liebenson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald, Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig, Ruth Clifford
  • Directors: Jack Hannah, Jack King
  • Writers: Bill Berg, Bill Moore, Bob McCormick, Bob North, Dick Kinney
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 263 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VE4UC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on August 28, 2007
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Yea! The Walt Disney Treasures are back after all! This one contains all 30 Donald Duck cartoons from 1947 through 1950. Here's the list:

From 1947:
* Straight Shooters
* Sleepy Time Donald
* Clown Of The Jungle
* Donald's Dilemma
* Crazy With The Heat
* Bootle Beetle
* Wide Open Spaces
* Chip An' Dale

From 1948:
* Drip Dippy Donald
* Daddy Duck
* Donald's Dream Voice
* The Trial Of Donald Duck
* Inferior Decorator
* Soup's On
* Three For Breakfast
* Tea For Two Hundred

From 1949:
* Donald's Happy Birthday
* Sea Salts
* Winter Storage
* Honey Harvester
* All In A Nutshell
* The Greener Yard
* Slide, Donald, Slide
* Toy Tinkers

From 1950:
* Lion Around
* Crazy Over Daisy
* Trailer Horn
* Hook, Lion And Sinker
* Bee At The Beach
* Out On A Limb

Bonus features include a retrospective of Donald's movie cameos and an interview with Ruben Procopio, a Disney character sculptor. Like the other Treasures box sets, these tins are individually numbered and come with both a certificate of authenticity and a collectible lithograph, this time a reproduction of the poster art for 1948's "Inferior Decorator." Also like before, the discs are hosted by movie critic and historian Leonard Maltin.
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***Update on restoration***
The shorts appear to be restored with brilliant colors, looking much better than the Chronological Donald Volume 2 presentation. I have not run across any that look as bad as "No Sail" in volume 2. However, I do not think they are as painstakingly restored as volume 1 was. There is still some occasional flicker in the picture, maybe the restorers wanted to keep a little 'old film' look to the picture.

Original review:

Last January 2007, Disney Home Video announced that the Disney Treasures line was cancelled, leaving Donald Duck only half released. A massive write-in campaign started up, and the Disney Home Video division listened. By April the official announcement of the renewal was made. We were told the release would be reduced to just 3 sets, but this is much better than none!

It is good to know that Disney listened to their fans and Donald is back for his 3rd (of 4) Disney Treasures DVD sets. Let's just hope Disney continues the series for one more year to complete the Donald Duck releases, and maybe finish the Alice Comedies series!

The full support of the Disney Fans is needed to keep this series going.

As for these Donald cartoons, some of these are the best Donald cartoons to be made! By the late 1940's Donald had surpassed Mickey as the Disney star of short cartoons. Goofy had fallen into a formula rut of instructional film spoofs, but Donald stayed fresh and inovative. Chip & Dale will be there to add to Donald's frustration!
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Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald Volume 3 (1947-1950)
(Released December 11, 2007) DVD Review by Joe Torcivia

Thanks to this set, I have a new "hero" from the age of classic theatrical animation - and an unlikely one, at that... Director Jack King!

I won't pretend to be an expert on King's career, but I DO know that he was with Disney in 1929, then directed some very early Warner Bros. Cartoons for Leon Schlesinger (Buddy, Porky Pig, and others) and ended up at Disney after that. What little I've read about King's efforts, over the years, paints him as an uninspired director - and it is probably as unfair to judge him strictly on his early WB output as it would be to judge the great Friz Freleng on his similar early, almost primitive achievements.

But, credible persons as varied as Donald Duck comic book legend / Disney animation writer Carl Barks and Disney Treasures' "Official Host" film historian Leonard Maltin seem to share this opinion of King. Among Barks' remarks in Thomas Andre's 2006 book "Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book", page 56, were: "Old fashioned" and "Played it safe." Maltin, on a previous Disney Treasures set, The Chronological Donald Volume 2 (1942-1946), describes King, as "An old hand [who] may not have been the most inspired director at the studio..."

However, looking over the animated shorts on this particular set, Jack King is THE "King" of this collection. Of the 30 shorts included here, 23 are by revered Duck director Jack Hannah, and 6 are by King, with one remaining "Donald and Goofy" short directed by Bob Carlson. The entirety of Disc Two's 14 shorts is Hannah's.
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I agree with all the positive reviews. I was late to order the 3rd edition and found that Amazon had sold out, but had links to '3rd parties'.
These 3rd parties are asking well over $100!!!
Until amazon restocks, go to and order it for $24.99 plus free shipping.
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Being a huge fan of the Donald Duck shorts, I can only hope that rework of this 3rd installment is better than the 2nd one after cringing through some of the horrible transfers on Vol. 2 such as "No Sail," which looked like it was videotaped from a TV showing the VHS version. It is hard to believe the difference in visual quality between Vol 1 and Vol 2, especially since most Disney remasters of any kind are done with such loving care.

It is pretty funny how my 3 and 5 year old boys find the Donald shorts funnier and more entertaining than any other modern cartoon they have seen. Hopefully they will continue to find these classic cartoons on the 3rd volume as funny as I did when I was a kid.
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