The DVD brings a few extra musical cartoons, not much, but I suppose there isn't much documentary on this title so I suppose this DVD edition is the best we might be getting, that's why I would recommend it.
In "Once Upon a Wintertime" one can almost believe that you have stepped over a threshold into a greeting card come to life.
In "Bumble Boogie" we are treated to a jazzy version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" complete with a bee and flowers, and the ever more surreal adventures he has. This is one of the most obvious nods to "Fantasia" in the movie. There are no words. Just the Bee and his music.
"Johnny Appleseed" is one of the main reasons to buy this disk, however. The story of this American Folk Hero has never been done better. I still get a little choked up every time I get to the end. "Johnny Appleseed" will always be one of my very favorite Disney shorts.
In "Little Toot" we are treated to a Disney version of this great Children's story. The story of the "Little Tugboat that Could" gets the young ones chanting right along - "You can do it, Little Toot!"
"Trees" is a marvelous animated rendition of Joyce Kilmer's famous poem.
"Blame It On The Samba" seems to be left over from the recent releases of "Saludos Amigos" and "Three Caballeros". An infectious Latin American rhythm and Donald Duck make this a wonderful way to introduce both "Saludos Amigos" and "Three Caballeros".
Finally, "Pecos Bill". Another American legend, this time more in the flavor of Paul Bunyan, "Pecos Bill" does not suffer from the limited amount of retouching they did to remove almost all references to Bill's cigarette.
I think this is a wonderful addition to the "canon" of Disney Animated movies, and a great addition to a library of children's films.