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Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Living Color, Volume Two

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The celebration of Mickey's color capers continues in this second volume of shorts -- from "Society Dog Show" in 1939 to his last short, "The Simple Things," in 1953 -- and feature film appearances, giving you a decidedly colorful history of the most famous mouse in the world. This outstanding review of Mickey's color career spotlights some very special features, including his groundbreaking performance in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." You'll also get an inside look at Mickey's recent career through the eyes of his most recent animators, Mark Henn and Andreas Deja, and voice actors Wayne Allwine (Mickey) and Russi Taylor (Minnie). Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.

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By 1939, when the earliest films in this collection were made, Mickey Mouse was the most famous cartoon character in the world. The unsuccessful hunter in "The Pointer" (1939) and the irrepressible magician in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (1940) rank among his finest performances. In both films, he sparkles with vitality. But as Mickey grew more popular, more restrictions were placed on what he could do, and the character grew dull. Those restrictions become obvious when the viewer compares these films with the shorts on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color. In "Mickey's Birthday Party" (1942), he clowns and stumbles through a comic dance routine, but it feels like he's working for the laughs. In 1936, when a more impish Mickey danced with a deck of cards in "Thru the Mirror," the fun came from the stylish grace of his movements: That Mickey didn't need to mug for the camera. In the later films, Mickey serves as a genial straight man, with Pluto and other side characters supplying the comedy.

A new generation of animators faced the same problems and restrictions when they tried to revive the character in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983) and "The Prince and the Pauper" (1990). The extras include some deleted animation from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and the five opening sequences from the "Mickey Mouse Club" (1955), the last time Walt Disney provided the character's voice. (Rated G, suitable for all ages: minor cartoon violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon


Special features

  • Only 175,000 sets issued
  • 21 short subject cartoons starring Mickey Mouse
  • Introduction by Film Historian Leonard Maltin
  • Disc One:
  • 1939: Society Dog Show, The Pointer
  • 1940: Tugboat Mickey
  • Pluto's Dream House
  • Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
  • 1941: The Little Whirlwind, The Nifty Nineties, Orphans Benefit
  • 1942: Mickey's Birthday Party, Symphony Hour
  • 1947: Mickey's Delayed Date
  • 1948: Mickey Down Under, Mickey and the Seal
  • 1951: Plutopia, R'Coon Dawg
  • 1952: Pluto's Party, Pluto's Christmas Tree
  • 1953: The Simple Things
  • Bonus Features:
  • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
  • Deleted Animation From "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
  • "Mickey and the Beanstalk"
  • Disc Two:
  • Mickey Mouse Shorts: Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Prince and the Pauper, Runaway Brain
  • "Mickey's Cartoon Comeback"
  • "The Voice Behind the Mouse"
  • Mickey Mouse Club Titles in Color
  • "Mickey Meets the Maestro"
  • Mouse Mania
  • Mickey Cartoon Physics from "Plausible Impossible"
  • Mickey on the Camera Stand from "Tricks of Our Trade"
  • "The Making of Mickey's Christmas Carol"
  • Publicity and Memorabilia Gallery
  • Story and Background Art Gallery

Product details

  • Actors: Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Cummings, Bill Farmer
  • Directors: Chris Bailey, Bill Roberts, Riley Thomson
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000BWVAF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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