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Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphonies - The Historic Musical Animated Classics [Import]

Billy Bletcher , Pinto Colvig , Ben Sharpsteen , Burt Gillett    Unrated   DVD
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In 1928, when Walt Disney's artists completed "The Skeleton Dance," the distributor of the Mickey Mouse shorts rejected the first "Silly Symphony" with a two-word telegram: "MORE MICE." Disney arranged to screen "Skeleton Dance" at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles, where it received an enthusiastic response, and the series took off. Seven "Silly Symphonies" won Academy Awards, beginning with "Flowers and Trees." Disney used these musically themed shorts to train young artists and test new styles, effects, and technologies: every film represented an innovation of some sort. In "Three Little Pigs," characters who looked alike demonstrated different personalities through the way they moved. "The Old Mill" showcased the newly invented Multiplane camera. The Sugar Cookie Girl in "Cookie Carnival" was one of several female characters the artists created while learning to animate a believable heroine for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The well-chosen selections in this set demonstrate how quickly Disney advanced the art of animation during the '30s. Only eight years separate the crude black-and-white version of "The Ugly Duckling" (1931) from the moving Technicolor Oscar-winner of 1939. Over 60 years later, these films have lost none of their charm. The jazz-dancing insects in "Woodland Café," the wonderfully animated caricature of Mae West in "Who Killed Cock Robin," and the instrument-characters in "Music Land" remain as delightful as ever. Leonard Maltin makes a genial host, and two hidden cartoons include Walt's introductions from the old Disneyland program. --Charles Solomon

Special Features

Featurette On The Music Behind The Silly Symphonies

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The packaging and pricing of this collection imply that you're buying a true "treasury" of early animation -- but really this is a "best of" collection, with some lovely selections made by Leonard Maltin. As long as you purchase with that knowledge, you're bound to be satisfied. If you're hoping for the 50+ shorts that constitute the full filmography, you will be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classics is too weak a word for these March 31 2011
Thanks to Leonard Maltin, we're able to re-live our youth AND appreciate the golden age of character animation, all in one treasures set.

One thing I found with THIS dvd is that some of the shorts are "hidden" (*I guess for parental advisory) For a second there I thought there were shorts missing! Haha

Love these treasures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something missing? June 10 2004
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But where is Ferdinand and the Santa Claus Workshop?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any animation fan Jan. 9 2004
Essential - and enjoyable. Fantastic animation from the people who basically wrote the book on animated shorts.
The only drawback that I found was that several cartoons are hidden as "Easter Eggs". In an archival type product like this, making these cartoons only viewable if you arrow around and hit the right pixel seems like a bad idea.
I'm still waiting for the rest of the Silly Symphonies - they made around 70. (and where's Ferdinand?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silly Symphonies are wonderful! June 18 2003
By A Customer
Great DVD for the entire family!
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I could hardly belive that i could at last obtain such a treasury of Disney shorts, and so many that i had not seen before. However, in my film collecting years (Std 8,Super 8 & 16mm) i did manage to get a couple of the tiles featured on this DVD, namly 'The Old Mill' and 'Elmer' and recall all too well how lucky i thought i had been then. But this collection is for me a remarkable addition to my Library, my thanks go to all those behind making this DVD available for public purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easter Eggs Too Oct. 19 2002
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This is a wonderful DVD set. I'm hoping that they will release the rest of the Silly Symphony Series in the near future. The Easter Eggs such as The Practical Pig, Water Babies, etc. are a little hard to find, but one of the many Internet Sites about Easter Eggs on DVD will help you find them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETHING TO TREASURE!!! WHAT A GREAT RELEASE!!! Aug. 17 2002
I didn't give it a second look. I had to buy it! These are some of the finnest animation ever made. These are true classics! All the films are divided into categories and some of them even have an introduction by Mr.Disney himself. There are also a few nice extras conducted by Mr. Leonard Maltin. But even without the extras, it would still be a great buy.
In a time (like this) when animation quality many times drops bellow zero, this is a great chance to introduce the kids (and adults) to the real art. Sheer magic! Absolute delight!
Picture is great and so is sound (considering its age). Disney couldn't have done better. I just hope they'll keep releasing more of its treasures.
Warner Bros. could do the same!...
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