Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts - 1920s-1960s

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The Walt Disney Treasures sets provide animation buffs with a privileged pass through the studio archives. This two-disc collection is an especially welcome anthology of rarely seen short subjects and featurettes that range from Walt Disney’s “Alice Comedies” -- groundbreaking pre-Mickey Mouse shorts that combined animation and live-action -- to the stylistically adventurous and Oscar-winning “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom,” the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Walt Disney Treasures sets provide animation buffs with a privileged pass through the studio archives. This two-disc collection is an especially welcome anthology of rarely seen short subjects and featurettes that range from Walt Disney’s “Alice Comedies” -- groundbreaking pre-Mickey Mouse shorts that combined animation and live-action -- to the stylistically adventurous and Oscar-winning “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom,” the first Cinemascope cartoon. Another notable experimental cartoon included here is “Jack and Old Mac,” which features a sequence in which characters are created by the words that spell their names (c-a-t, d-o-g). Several of the short subjects may not have pioneered the art of animation, but they tell endearing and enduring stories about misfits who become heroes, among them: "Ferdinand the Bull," "Lambert, the Sheepish Lion," "Morris, the Midget Moose," and "Goliath II." Others, such as “The Little House” and the Oscar-nominated “Pigs Is Pigs,” are based on children’s books. “Chicken Little” is a more faithful telling of the classic fable than the 2005 computer-animated feature. Devotees of Disney’s original Winnie the Pooh productions will recognize the voice of Pooh Bear himself, Sterling Holloway, in several of these cartoons, most memorably “Ben and Me” about a mouse who inspired Benjamin Franklin. Other American folk heroes represented in this set include Paul Bunyan, Casey Jones (in “The Brave Engineer”), and Mudville's Mighty Casey (in "Casey Bats Again”). “The Truth About Mother Goose” is an ambitiously animated short that reveals the origins of three beloved nursery rhymes. Favorite Disney character Ludwig von Drake conducts himself admirably in “A Symposium on Popular Songs,” featuring songs by Oscar-winning brothers Robert and Richard Sherman. For serious collectors or a new generation who missed out on this now bygone era in animation, this entertaining set of Celebrated Shorts goes a long way toward preserving Disney’s proud legacy.
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  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • UPC: 786936285468
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:26:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1 -- Walt Disney Treasures - Disney Rarities, Celebrated Shorts: 1920's - 1960's
   Introduction With Leonard Maltin
   Play All
   Alphabetical Listing
      The Alice Comedies
         Alice Gets in Dutch (1924)
         Alice in the Jungle (1925)
         Athe the Whaler (1927)
         Alice's Egg Plant (1925)
         Alice's Mysterious Mystery (1926)
         Alice's Wild West Show (1924)
         Alice's Wonderland (1923)
      Animated Shorts
         Adventures in Music: Melody (1953)
         Ben and Me (1953)
         The Brave Engineer (1950)
         Chicken Little (1943)
         Ferdinand the Bull (1938)
         Football Now and Then (1953)
         Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1952)
         The Little House (1952)
         Morris, the Midget Moose (1950)
         The Pelican and the Snipe (1944)
         Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)
   Chronological Listing
      Alice's Wonderland (1923)
      Alice's Wild West Show (1924)
      Alice Gets in Dutch (1924)
      Alice's Egg Plant (1925)
      Alice in the Jungle (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)
      Adventures in Music: Melody (1953)
      Football Now and Then (1953)
      Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)
      Ben and Me (1953)
   Bonus Features
      Alice's Cartoon World: An Interview With Virginia Davis
      From Kansas City to Hollywood: A Timeline of Disney's Silent Era
   Set Up
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
      Register Your DVD
Disc #2 -- Walt Disney Treasures - Disney Rarities, Celebrated Shorts: 1920's - 1960's
   Introduction With Leonard Maltin
   Play All
   Alphabetical Listing
      A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956)
      Goliath II (1960)
      Hooked Bear (1956)
      In the Bag (1956)
      Jack and Old Mac (1956)
      Noah's Ark (1959)
      Paul Bunyan (1958)
      Pigs Is Pigs (1954)
      The Saga of Windwagon Smith (1961)
      Social Lion (1954)
      The Story of Anyburg, USA (1957)
      A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962)
      The Truth About Mother Goose (1957)
   Chronological Listing
      Pigs Is Pigs (1954)
      Social Lion (1954)
      Hooked Bear (1956)
      Jack and Old Mac (1956)
      In the Bag (1956)
      A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956)
      The Story of Anyburg, USA (1957)
      The Truth About Mother Goose (1957)
      Paul Bunyan (1958)
      Noah's Ark (1959)
      Goliath II (1960)
      The Saga of Windwagon Smith (1961)
      A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962)
   Bonus Features
      A Symposium on Popular Songs Audio Commentary by Richard Sherman
      "A Feather in His Collar"
      Galleries
         Ferdinand the Bull
         The Little House
         The Story of Anyburg, USA
         Chicken Little
         Paul Bunyan
         The Truth About Mother Goose
         A Cowboy Needs a Horse
   Set Up
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Change Of Pace From The Regular Disney Characters.

    I was hesitant to buy this DVD set from the fifth wave of Walt Disney Treasures for a while at first. It took me a while to come around, because of some of the mixed reviewers' comments I read elsewhere claiming that the picture quality on most of the shorts featured here weren't at their best and that it varied from short to short . I finally gave in and decided to risk it and take my chances anyway, since I just had to have this for my favorite rarities (The Truth About Mother Goose and A Symposium on Popular Songs) and other shorts I already viewed on Youtube a few months back. The quality of the shorts all look the same to me, which is that they're all top quality and first-class. I have no idea what all those who complained are talking about, I haven't experienced what they claimed is wrong on these discs at all, I've got no complaints. None of the cartoons were in bad enough shape that they needed any restoration, in fact, they all look great to me. Although when I saw commercials for the reissues of Disney films with the side-by-side comparisons of the before and after remasters, the former copy of a scene is only slightly darker than the latter, so if that's really the case on this DVD set, then the picture quality or qualities on any of these shorts aren't in bad enough condition to need and take a large amount of remastering. Just wanted to mention that first of all before getting to their contents. As for the contents, this WDT is a collection of the lesser known Disney shorts that feature mostly far from the usual Disney characters. It's a very intriguing look at the variety of animation styles that alternate from one to another. From the Alice Comedies that are actually a combination of traditional 2-D animation and live-action, to the UPA-style limited animation of A Cowboy Needs A Horse and Jack And Old Mac, to the partly cut-out, stop-motion animation of the aformentioned Symposium On Popular Songs. One reason to get this set is it would be a good example for showing and teaching different kinds of animation for classes on it. Also, I find all of them to be enjoyable and whether you're nostalgic or are just being introduced/ introducing them to kids or anyone else for the first time, it would be great for showing them what real cartoons are as opposed to some of the shows from this decade. A few of these shorts are meant to be for educational purposes, like the couple of Adventures In Music. When I was younger, I saw part of some of these films via the Disney Sing-Along Songs videos, but now I've finally caught up with all that I didn't see years later. This WDT DVD set is not the worst out of all those in wave 5 and I doubt any one of the others is. Don't take the commentators' word, it's just fine. I can't explain that one other than they might be lying, but then I wasn't there so I can't say for sure exactly. On account of they're low on the bonus features/extras, y'all may just want to focus on the cartoons more. I'm glad I finally got a copy of any WDT and that I was lucky enough to come across the one I wanted to get most from wave # 5 on this site. Besides seeing these on video sites like Youtube, this set of shorts should be bought as they no longer air on Disney channel and what used to be Toon Disney. This is great to own and it's top-notch excellent. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great if you're looking for the old ones

    I really liked this. If you're looking for the good old Disney shorts, this is the set for you.

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