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Walt Disney Treasures - Disney Rarities - Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s
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* Alice's Wonderland * Ben and Me
* Alice Gets in Dutch * Football, Now and Then
* Alice's Wild West Show * Toot, Whistle, Plunk & Boom
* Alice in the Jungle * Pigs Is Pigs
* Alice's Egg Plant * Social Lion
* Alice's Mysterious Mystery * A Cowboy Needs a Horse
* Alice the Whaler * Hooked Bear
* Ferdinand the Bull * In the Bag
* Chicken Little * Jack and Old Mac
* The Pelican and the Snipe * The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A.
* The Truth about Mother Goose * The Brave Engineer
* Paul Bunyan * Morris, the Midget Moose
* Noah's Ark * Lambert, the Sheepish Lion
* Goliath II * The Little House
* The Saga of Windwagon Smith * Adventures in Music: Melody
* A Symposium on Popular Songs
The Oscar-winners "Ferdinand the Bull" (1938) and "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" (1953) rank as genuine classics, and have been unavailable for far too long. The wartime cautionary tale "Chicken Little" (1943) displays more imagination than the 2005 feature adaptation of the same story. "The Truth About Mother Goose" (1957) reflects the influence of Sleeping Beauty (1959), which was in production then; the elephants in "Goliath II" (1960) anticipate the ones in The Jungle Book (1967).
"Noah's Ark" (1959), Disney's first stop-motion film, features cleverly designed animals made from pencils, erasers, corks, pipecleaners, and other found objects, but the obstrusive '50s songs quickly cloy. Many of the films from the '50s and early '60s ("Pigs Is Pigs," "A Cowboy Needs a Horse," "Paul Bunyan" ) reflect the look of the UPA Studio. The characters are flatter, simpler, and more angular; the backgrounds, more stylized. Although Disney had dominated the cartoon short during the '30s, the studio largely shifted to feature and television production during the '40s and '50s. Disney Rarities is a set fans and students of animation will want to own. (Unrated, suitable for all ages: cartoon violence, tobacco use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon
Top Customer Reviews
Yep, the bulk of these cartoons are presented in vintage 20-year-old transfers. The images are soft and low-res, colors are frequently washed-out (I defy you to find the color tan anywhere in "Paul Bunyan"), and Cinemascope films such as "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" are presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. If you have a 16X9 TV, prepare yourself for a joyless experience.
The shorts themselves are largely second-tier Disney, with a few bona fide masterpieces such as "Ferdinand the Bull." Others show that when the Disney artists tackled a new field (such as UPA-style limited animation in "A Cowboy Needs a Horse," or dimensional animation in "Noah's Ark," with its fanciful found-object animals) they could do it better than just about anybody else. Kids may become a tad restless at times, but animation fans and Disney completists will be in heaven.
Bottom line: If Disney's going to call these shorts "Treasures" they should treat them as such.
Alice's Wonderland (1923): The first of Walt's silent Alice Comedies that combined live-action and animation, this charming short stars the adorable little Virginia Davis and costars a young Mr. Disney himself! In it, Walt gives Alice a tour of a magical animation studio which leads to an animated dream sequence for Alice that night.
Alice's Wild West Show (1924): Probably the best of the Alice comedies I've seen, and Virginia's favorite, the live-action sequences of this are very reminiscent of the early "Little Rascals" films, and, of course, there are animated sequences as well. Alice and her friends are putting on a wild west show, but when bullies chase her costars away, Alice resorts to telling tales of her adventures with Indians and baddies.
Alice Gets In Dutch (1924): Little Alice gets the dunce cap in school one day for playing with a balloon, and when she falls asleep on her stool, she has to deal with a cartoon teacher and her living schoolbooks!
Alice's Egg Plant (1925): Sadly, Virginia Davis is replaced by Anne Shirley in this short.Read more ›
Alice Gets in Dutch (1924), Alice's Wild West Show (1924),
Alice in the Jungle (1925), Alice's Egg Plant (1925),
Alice's Mysterious Mystery (1926), Alice the Whaler (1927),
Ferdinand the Bull (1938), Chicken Little (1943),
The Pelican and the Snipe (1944), The Brave Engineer (1950),
Morris, the Midget Moose (1950),
Lambert, the Sheepish Lion (1952), The Little House (1952),
Melody (1952), Ben and Me (1953),
Toot, Whistle, Plunk & Boom (1953), Pigs Is Pigs (1954),
Social Lion (1954), A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956),
Hooked Bear (1956), In the Bag (1956), Jack and Old Mac (1956), The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A. (1957),
The Truth about Mother Goose (1957), Paul Bunyan (1958),
Noah's Ark (1959), Goliath II (1960),
The Saga of Windwagon Smith (1961) and
A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962). The bonus feature are Alice's Cartoon World - Leonard Maltin talks with Virginia Davis about the Alice shorts, From Kansas City to Hollywood - a timeline of Walt's silent era, A Feather in His Collar short from 1946, Audio commentary by composer Richard Sherman on A Symposium on Popular Songs and some galleries.
Now I've had slight misgivings in the past over how they *present* the material on these discs with numerous, ridiculous warnings and disclaimers (many of which you can't skip past) and the fact that we have to skip past Leonard's introduction EVERY time we watch the discs does get rather annoying. But despite these concerns, there was one thing I never worried about (until now) and that is the QUALITY of the material. Up to this point, the material itself has always been beautifully remastered and has looked great! This was an aspect I didn't even think to worry about it before I ordered this disc because I trusted this line of Disney product and the people who promote it. Now I come to find out that through many advertisements and press materials, the customer has been misled to regard the new releases as up to par with the previous releases. This is simply not true! They look horrible!
Why would Disney do this? Why build up a fan base of these releases, promise them one thing, deliver it for quite a while, and then all of a sudden decide to do a 180 and screw them over? BAD BUSINESS. It's things like this that make me so upset over the current state of Disney. Their lack of concern for the customer at times is just appalling. We desperately need this problem to be fixed. As suggested, we deserve a new wave of remastered material, and a disc-swap should be put in place as soon as possible. Untll that point, I'm boycotting these releases and spreading the word as far as I can. I realize a lot of you want to see the shorts contained on these discs, as do I, but DO NOT REWARD THEM with your money for this shoddy and falsely advertised product.
Make them get it right!
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I'd always find just about any items I was looking for. I'm find it easy to ordered from you. And Disney 's Treasure was no exception. I'd enjoyed it very much. Thank. DebbiePublished 7 months ago by deborah hatfield
What makes this collection worth owning is "Lambert, the Sheepish Lion." My absolute favorite!!!Published 10 months ago by G. Tofani
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
This is a must for Disney cartoon buffs. Huge array of early cartoons through the 50s. Has Whistle, Toot, Plunk and Boom on it...Published 13 months ago by Rita Major
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