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With: (voices) Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig, Billy Bletcher, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O'Malley, John McLeish, Collin Campbell, Campbell Grant, Claud Allister, Claud Allister, Barnett Parker, Billy Lee
Written by: Joe Rinaldi, Bill Peet, Homer Brightman, Boris V. Morkovin, Larry Clemmons, Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Harry Reeves, Erdman Penner, T. Hee
Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Burt Gillett, Wilfred Jackson, James Algar, Jack Kinney, Alfred L. Werker
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 60
Date: 03/19/2013

Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films (2009)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Parade of Cartoons

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Aimed more at collectors than kids, Disney has released six new DVDs full of short cartoons and packaged with a "collectible litho print," which is really more like a glorified bubblegum card. There are some great classics scattered here and there, and there are several great "Silly Symphonies" shorts from that elusive, out-of-print metal box set, but the overall packaging is more of a mixed bag. (Most of it is available in other collections.) I'd recommend Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5, but skip Volumes 3 and 6.

Volume 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk
The classic Mickey and the Beanstalk(1947, co-starring Donald and Goofy) is for my money one of the greatestfood movies ever made. Unfortunately, the disc includes a TV broadcastversion with a disruptive wraparound sequence with drastically differentanimation and annoying narration by Ludwig von Drake (voiced by PaulFrees). The original cartoon seems truncated and moves at the wrongpace, and the sound is muffled. Happily the disc also includes BraveLittle Tailor (1938), which placed on the 1994 list of the all-time "50Greatest Cartoons," Thru the Mirror (1936), the gorgeous,black-and-white Gulliver Mickey (1934) and Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip(1940). [Buy It]

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