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4.0 out of 5 stars Dream along or dream on, October 6, 2002
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This review is from: Max Fleischer's Color Classics: Somewhere in Dreamland (DVD)
This collection represents a quest to track down every one of the 36 Fleischer Studios `Color Classics' cartoon series. There are 35 of them on these two disks. One of the `Color Classics', "Time For Love" has only survived in a single black and white print found in Europe (this was seven years ago and a color version has since turned up). The only `Color Classics' cartoon not included is "Tears Of An Onion" which is explained as not being here because "it is under copyright and therefore not in `public domain'" This explains a lot because obviously Jerry Beck and company are on a budget. Despite the poor condition of some of the prints included here, there are two processes that I know of that are used to transfer film to video and/or digital; one is a frame-by-frame reader that takes the image directly off of the film for maximum clarity and color but it is a tedious process and is costly. Look at the excellent Disney collection of `Silly Symphonies' if you want to see how it should be done. The second process which seems to be used by all other DVD/VHS collections of cartoons I've seen, including this one, is projecting the film onto a reader screen that will inevitably shave a little off the top, bottom and sides of the image and loses some image and color integrity. The result is one we cartoon affectionados are becoming used to in VHS and DVD collections, kinda dark and kinda fuzzy and it makes you wish you could have been there at the theater at the time. But for now this is all we're going to get. I've watched this one several times now anyway though.

1. Poor Cinderella (starring Betty Boop) **
2. Little Dutch Mill **
3. An Elephant Never Forgets **
4. Song of the Birds
5. Dancing On the Moon 1935 **
6. Somewhere in Dreamland **
7. The Little Stranger
8. The Cobweb Hotel
9. Greedy Humpty Dumpty
10. Hawaiian Birds
11. Play Safe
12. Christmas Comes But Once a Year **
13. Bunny Mooning
14. Chicken A La King
15. A Car-Tune Portrait
16. Peeping Penguins
1. Educated Fish" (1937)
2. Little Lamby
3. Hold It! **
4. Hunky and Spunky (1938)
5. All's Fair At the Fair **
6. Playful Polar Bears
7. Always Kickin' (starring Hunky and Spunky)
8. Small Fry
9. Barnyard Brat (starring Hunky and Spunky)
10. The Fresh Vegetable Mystery **
11. Little Lambkins
12. Ants In the Plants **
13. A Kick In Time (starring Hunky and Spunky)
14. Snubbed By A Snob (starring Hunky and Spunky)
15. You Can't Shoe A Horsefly (starring Hunky and Spunky)
**optional audio commentary by Jerry Beck**

A documentary about the making of this collection of the complete `Color Classics' cartoons. It includes four uncut ultra-rare cartoons:
1*The Kids In the Shoe
2*Time For Love (the only known copy in existence is this black & white version)
3*Musical Memories
4*Vitamin Hay (starring Hunky and Spunky)

Working sketches of various characters from the `Color Classics' and other cartoons plus photographs of production activities inside the Fleischer studios in the 1930's.
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2008 3:23:06 PM PDT
Bill says:
"Time For Love (the only known copy in existence is this black & white version)"

Not true at all. A color (albeit low quality, color) version exists. I found a copy on a 150 cartoon collection put out by Mill Creek. $5.99 at Wal-Mart.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2008 9:44:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2008 9:54:09 AM PDT
In the special features on this set, the producers claim that, 'Time For Love' is a lost cartoon and only available in this black and white version but that was SEVEN years ago and may have been true at the time. Since then many of American cartoons have been found in China and various other places around the world and so the inclusion of the color version of it is not the only improvement that they could make to this set. A full restoration and the inclusion of 'Tears of an Onion' would be nice too.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 4:47:24 PM PDT
john9292 says:
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Posted on Aug 24, 2015 11:14:00 AM PDT
i have a color copy of "Time For Love" on one of my public domain dvds, and its also all over youtube! So that's false info, and do all of these cartoons have their copyrights, and paramount logos restored?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2015 3:06:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2015 8:05:08 AM PST
Since Republic wasn't interested in releasing the Color Classics (or perhaps any of the Fleischer/Famous cartoons) on DVD, Jerry Beck, VCI, and Kit Parker had to settle for the best quality 35mm and 16mm duplicates available. Unfortunately, most of these prints had their opening sequences altered by NTA, so VCI went in and digitally recreated the title cards whose Paramount and Technicolor bylines were censored with horizontal black bars, as well as splicing in any surviving Paramount logos of the era back onto the cartoons. While many of the title sequences had the black bars removed and replaced with what may have been parts of the title artwork, the bylines were not recreated, possibly either because they may have needed permission from Paramount and Technicolor to bring back the references, or because the original negatives housed by Republic may have the original titles, and NTA simply made new prints with the altered sequences. However, we are grateful that some of the Color Classics on this DVD, such as Poor Cinderella (Betty Boop's only color cartoon), Song Of The Birds, Somewhere In Dreamland, and Always Kickin', have survived with their original titles and bylines intact. As for the black & white Fleischer cartoons owned by Republic, they weren't so lucky, as U.M. & M. actually replaced the title sequences straight onto the original negatives!

UPDATE: If you want to see a newly restored 1080p version of Poor Cinderella, I strongly recommend Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Vol. 4 from Olive Films.
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