Monday, July 30, 2007
Disney Rarities and Shorts = Treasure
After months of waffling over whether or not to buy the Disney Rarities and Celebrated Shorts: 1920s - 1960s from the Walt Disney Treasures collection I finally just stopped all the hokey-pokeying around and bought the DVD. What a solid investment! If I had known what I was missing I wouldn't have waited over a year and a half to buy the thing! The excitement was almost too much to bear - Even the DVD menu was wonderful! More than anything the nostalgia of reliving some of these cartoons which I remember watching as a young girl on the Disney Channel between segments of the Mickey Mouse Club and Kids Incorporated (yes, there actually was a time when the Disney Channel showed classic Disney cartoons and it wasn't so long ago that I don't remember it) was worth the $24.99 I paid for it.
What a bargain. Included are some absolute rarities: namely the Alice Comedies and bonus materials including a look at Disney's Silent Film era from the mid 1920's. But my favorites are without a doubt from the second disc and from the year of 1956. I fondly remember the short "In the Bag", under the direction of Jack Hannah, which was originally part of a segment of the longer Humphrey the Bear short-film (later reproduced in the Wonderful World of Disney VHS "The Ranger of Brownstone.") The contributing animators are John Sibley, Bob carlson, Al Coe and George Kreisl. You can see the "In the Bag" short on YouTube here. Watching this short is an absolute sure fire way to get you out of any bad mood. And the song is dreadfully addictive - you'll be singing it for hours.
Other gems, in my opinion are Jack and Old Mac, such a clever use of animation by taking the literal words and turning them into the subject of the drawing. The color styling is courtesy of Eyvind Earle, which is obvious from the cartoon's get-go. The segment "A Cowboy Needs a Horse" has some great opening drawings - a very retro looking home interior in flat colors. And finally, other treats include an Animation Art Gallery that houses production drawings for shorts such as "the Little House". The whole thing is over 5 hours of great Disney Nostalgia. Overall, I would say this DVD is a must have.