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Disney cartoon classics return on DVD

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 23rd 2009 7:15PM
Walt Disney Animated CollectionThe same classic Disney cartoons that made up a television classic, The Wonderful World of Disney, are heading to DVD in six separate editions.

Even before the days of cable, Wonderful World ran on all three major networks at one time or another, racking up records as one of the longest running shows in TV history. While also featuring live action material, most episodes included short form animations that were once tacked onto Disney animated features in previous decades.

If not for that weekly television exposure, these older cartoons could have disappeared into vaults. Apart from Pixar, studios don't offer you animated short subjects before the opening credits roll.

Now, Disney made the smart move in using a comprehensive DVD line to keep these classic nursery rhymes and fables fresh in kids' minds.

The Walt Disney Animation Collection features the best of the studio's classic shorts arranged in roughly-themed sets. They include:

  • Volume 1: "Mickey And The Beanstalk"
  • Volume 2: "Three Little Pigs"
  • Volume 3: "The Prince And The Pauper"
  • Volume 4: "The Tortoise And The Hare"
  • Volume 5: "Wind In The Willows"
  • Volume 6: "The Reluctant Dragon"

Each volume includes additional titles, including "Lambert The Sheepish Lion," "Paul Bunyan," "The Ugly Duckling," and "Ferdinand The Bull."

While today's parents caught many of these on network TV, these DVDs could provide kids their first chance to see many of the brilliant, hand-drawn titles from Disney's past. And, to the studio's credit, even though many of these shorts originated in the 1930s, they still hold up and capture the imagination.

The only complaint is there are couple obvious titles left out of the collections that beg the question of whether they were canned for political correctness. For example, where's "Pecos Bill"? Did it not make the cut because it featured some dated takes on Native Americans? And where's "John Henry"? Hopefully, those American tall tales will make the next set.

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Han Solo

I want the complete seasons of the classic 50's MickeyMouse club.... WHY in the world would they not package those awesome old shows up on DVD?

May 24 2009 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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caughtdoinit

the 50s are the best. i so want to don my cowgirl outfit and saddle my pony with cubby and karen.

May 25 2009 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yaksplat

check out the disney treasures line at amazon.

May 25 2009 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bubbameister33

Sweet Disney made a Wikipedia movie.

May 24 2009 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Viv

I don't where is an appropriate place to ask this question: Why doesn't Disney air classic mickey and friends cartoons anymore? All we get on TV now is half baked versions of pooh and mickey that seems to mimic Dora these days and don't have any of the classic disney feel.

Damn i miss all the good cartoons we got on tv in the 80's & 90's even without all these channels?

May 24 2009 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JayC

I know it wasn't a short..where is Song of the South? :)

May 23 2009 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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KenMo

Sorry. Song of the South has been a victim of the good ole' Political Correctness people who get to tell everyone what they should think and how they should live their lives.

May 25 2009 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dish network

My wife and I always liked "The Reluctant Dragon". It's a Disney Classic.

May 23 2009 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken

I always remember The Brave Little Tailor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_Little_Tailor

May 23 2009 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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