Disney Rarities

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Animation fanatics shouldn’t miss this 2-disc collection of 32 classic cartoons. That these films are considered “rarities” is relative – while not as well-known as Disney’s storied feature-length films, or shorts starring MickeyDonald, or Goofy, viewers "of a certain age" surely have some of these cartoons burned into their brains.

Among them, 1958’s Paul Bunyan and 1953’s Ben and Me left an indelible impression on me after several screenings of 16mm prints in elementary school classrooms. The catchy renditions of nursery rhymes in 1957’s The Truth About Mother Goose and jazz interpretations of children’s stories in 1956’s Jack and Old Mac were floating around in my memory banks as well.

Still, there are quite a few surprises in store, such as Smokey Bear's cameo appearance in 1956’s In the Bag, and the stop-motion animation in 1959’s Noah’s Ark (which could be mistaken for later production work by Rankin-Bass). Throw in some shorts from the silent era (the "Alice" series, which blends animation and live action), a WWII propaganda piece (1943's Chicken Little), and a couple of Academy Award winners (1938’s Ferdinand the Bull and 1953’s Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom) - along with documentaries, audio commentaries, art galleries, and a whole lot more - and you have a winning collection which, despite its title, deserves a wide audience.


Disney Rarities

Posted by Karl Knack at 06/17/2008 10:01:51 AM | 

I love disney's traditional animation but i'm a complete fan of Pixar Studio. Currently the joined venture are working on an amazing remake of the beatles Yellow Sumbarine - this would be a sight.
One of my all time favorite is Cars that was released in 2006 , the sequel is scheduled to be released in 2011 - you can check the new information on my blog http://www.disneycarstoys.net/
Posted by: david ( Email | Visit ) at 8/21/2009 6:12 PM

I saw some of that old movies, but I am hearing about DVD at a first time. Many thanks for info.
Posted by: Katie E. ( Email | Visit ) at 11/20/2009 4:38 PM

I remember Ben and Me! Some real classics bringing back the nostalgia for me. I've seen some of these before, but others are new to me. This is a great post and I'll have to keep an eye out for this.
Posted by: Florida Tickets ( Email ) at 6/16/2011 11:33 AM

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