Walt Disney Treasures presents the greatest of all Disney Western Shows, the five great Davy Crockett shows. This treasure is one not to be missed at all. Why did I give it five stars? For completeness for Pete's sake. On this set, you will enjoy all five episodes of this hugely popular series. Back in 1954, Walt was looking for an American hero for his popular "Disneyland" series. He went reluctantly with Crockett and it turned out to be the greatest fad of all time! He showed a preview of the show on and original broadcast of the very first "Disneyland" program. During the series, who would be best to play Davy Crockett. Originally it was Buddy Ebsen, who played Davy's partner Georgie Russel, in the series. But who would play Davy? THe answer came when Fess Parker was cast in the film "Them." So when he went to audtition, he was chosen immediately.
Now I told you a little bit of history, I'll finish at the end of the review. Now we have to do the features:
There are three shows on the first disc. When you put in the disc, after a brief stint at the Walt Disney Treasures preview, you are in the "Walt Disney Treasure Theater." When the curtain is up you see the Crockett Curtains. When those part, our host, Leonard Maltin, will tell us what we will see. Then the curtains close and open again at the main menu. If you have deaf or hard of hearing in the audience, go to Captions and put them on now. Then go to the adventures. Here you will see the first series of the Crockett Saga. Click on the first one, Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter. Leanord Maltin will tell you about the show, then you will see the classic "Disneyland" television show intros. Then Walt will tell you what you will see. After the famous "Ballad of Davy Crockett," he opens Davy's journal for the first story, the indian war. Watch the show to see what happens. The shows end just like they originally did. The same thing happens for the other two shows. These are "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" and "Davy Crockett at The Alamo." The introductions to the shows are Black and White, but the Crockett portions are color, mostly.
The second disc is the second series of the saga, "Crockett Legends," and Supplemental Features. When you get there, go to the captions if you need them, then go to the adventures. Here you will see the two final shows of the series. The first one opens the same way like the ones on disc one, except that for some reason, Walt's introductions are color but the end is black and white. Anyway, the shows are the same way, here are the names, "Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates." In these episodes, we have Jeff Kurti playing Mike Fink, King of the River. Then Kenneth Toby, the person who plays Jocko in this episode is the same person who played Jim Boye at the Alamo. It worked out great though. Now for the final features. The supplemental features menu features two featurettes, "The Crockett Craze" and "A Conversation With Fess Parker." There is also a gallery and an easter egg. The easter egg is the preview on the first "Disneyland" program for Davy Crockett and the gallery has photos, art, and theatrical posters and merchandise.
Here is the other half of the Crockett history:
Davy Crockett first aired in 1954 and was popular overnight. There were books, games, towels, coonskin caps, and records, toy guns, anything that you could do with Davy. Fess and Buddy were at the opening day of Disneyland which you could see on the "Disneyland USA" set. After all of this worn down, Walt created "Zorro" and the "Nine Lives of Elfego Baca." These shows were not as popular, but were fun. I enjoyed the entire series of Davy Crockett. It know you will too. So Davy Crockett is still, King of the Wild Fronteir!