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Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume 3
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(Dec 11, 2007)
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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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* Straight Shooters
* Sleepy Time Donald
* Clown Of The Jungle
* Donald's Dilemma
* Crazy With The Heat
* Bootle Beetle
* Wide Open Spaces
* Chip An' Dale
* 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
* Donald's Happy Birthday
* Sea Salts
* Winter Storage
* Honey Harvester
* All In A Nutshell
* The Greener Yard
* Slide, Donald, Slide
* Toy Tinkers
* 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.
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.
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!
(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.Read more ›
These 3rd parties are asking well over $100!!!
Until amazon restocks, go to Disneyshopping.com and order it for $24.99 plus free shipping.
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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There's no doubt that Donald Duck cartoons are the greatest. But the price is $349.99 - seriously?! Surely no one would pay that much. Read morePublished 4 days ago by C.Q.Link.
These cartoons are as hilarious as they come! Nothing beats classic Disney!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Donald Duck. To have these old films, brings me joy. Very happy to own themPublished 24 months ago by Andres Vazquez
Purchased this for my son who is a Huge Donald Duck Fan: He already has Vol 1 and 2. He is autistic and his attention span is limited--and he will watch a full disc. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by G. Capek
The second release of Wave 7 gives us another big dose of that cantankerous fowl Donald Duck. This one featuring Donald's late 40's to 1950 cartoons. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by DR SHOCK
been waiting a few years to acquire this since I missed out when it first was released. well worth the wait as it completes my collection of Disney Treasures. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Wardo
For the first time since my childhood, I was able to see 'Clown of the jungle' (one of the cartoons on disc 1 of this collection). Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by MODY VIDENFELD
The second release of Wave 7 gives us another big dose of that cantankerous fowl Donald Duck. This one featuring Donald's late 40's to 1950 cartoons. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
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