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Mickey Mouse In Living Color Treasure [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Walt Disney , Marcellite Garner , Pinto Colvig , Ben Sharpsteen    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Eddie Holden, Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig
  • Directors: Pinto Colvig, Ben Sharpsteen, Bill Roberts, Burt Gillett, David Hand
  • Writers: Bob Kuwahara
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Enter
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KARD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,621 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mouse is overrated 16 Nov 2010
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
As Leonard Maltin freely admits in the extra features, Mickey Mouse just isn't funny on his own. As a result he is always teamed with Donald, Goofy or Pluto in order to make his cartoons work. During the 30's and 40's Mickey soared and plummeted as he was soon overshadowed by the undeniably funnier Donald Duck.

In this collection of 26 Mickey shorts there is basically two different types of cartoon.

1. Mickey on his own-not that funny. Doesn't do much.
2. Mickey and his pals-Whatever they do disaster follows. And in most of these Mickey still doesn't even do much. It's strange to think that 'Orphan's Picnic' and 'The Whalers' are called Mickey Mouse shorts when he is hardly in them and Donald and Goofy eat up most of the screen time.

Hilarious these cartoons are not. But brilliantly animated and amazingly vivid (especially for stuff that's almost 70 years old) they are. The level of detail that Walt and Co. put into the cells and background is what gives them all a sense of class and sophistication few other cartoons can match.

The picture quality can range from astoundingly clear to dusty and dirty at times. As can the sound be clear as a bell to a bit chewed up in some places. Overall the quality is good though. The extras are quite good and Leonard Maltin seems to have a good knowledge of what he's talking about instead of someone just reading off cue cards.

But what really annoys me about the DVD is the fact that you have to wait though about 86 different screen before getting to the actual menu. Disney, please stop doing this!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Bursts Forth in Fun and Color 20 Sep 2008
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
By 1935, Mickey Mouse was an institution. Surprisingly, Walt Disney had resisted featuring his main star in color up to that point, reserving color for his Silly Symphonies. But that year he changed all that. And this two disc set features the first four years of Mickey's color career.

26 shorts were made in those years, and all of them are in this set. And we've got some real winners. The set opens with "The Band Concert," the famous piece in which Mickey tries to conduct a concert despite Donald's interruptions and a tornado. Also famous is "Thru the Mirror" inspired by Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. "Clock Cleaners" finds Mickey, Goofy, and Donald high in the air cleaning a clock. "Lonesome Ghosts" features the trio as ghost hunters brought to a haunted mansion by the ghosts themselves. And the set ends with "Brave Little Tailor" in which Mickey plays a tailor mistakenly hired to fight a giant.

Very few are the cartoons where Mickey is all by himself. Most of the time, he is joined by Donald and Goofy or Pluto. But "On Ice" finds Mickey with the entire gang including Minnie as they go skating. They all get to go on the "Hawaiian Holiday" as well.

Mickey's first color appearance was actually for the Oscars introducing the nominees one year. That very short piece is included here as are pencil tests from three of the 1935 shorts. Disc two features a gallery of promotional art from the time and a brief documentary from Leonard Maltin talking about Mickey's career in the era.

As much fun as these cartoons are, they don't all hold up. "Pluto's Judgment Day" was rather boring. And I don't care for cartoons were a bunch of kids run around wrecking havoc like in "Orphan's Picnic."

The truly bad cartoons are few and far between, however. For the most part, this is a collection of cartoons that will entertain any fan of classic animation.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but a few flaws... 26 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on
First the good:
This is by far the best compilation of Mickey shorts available to the public to date. Disney produced 87 Mickey shorts in the 30's - by far the most prolific period of Mickey Mouse Cartoons (there were only 120 made from 1928 to 1953). 27 of these shorts are contained on this disc, which constitutes more than half of the color Mickeys made. He was already a sensation before he went to color; these shorts firmly established him as an American icon. To the animation fan, it can be argued that this disc contains some of the best cartoon "acting" of the golden age of animation. By no means should a serious fan avoid this disc.
The not so good:
These shorts have not been remastered. I'm not even sure they come from the best available print. Some of these shorts have looked better on the "Ink and Paint Club." The cartoons in this package contain flaws that some could consider unacceptable, or at least annoying - colors going out of register (albeit probably not noticeable to the casual viewer), a few sound problems (rare, but a bit annoying), dust and dirt. Watch the "Brave Little Tailor" in the scene where Mickey kills the seven flies. The amount of film debris present is alarming - it almost looks like it's snowing. Some have said that the recent remastering of Snow White has resulted in an ultra-clean presentation that takes away from the period animation. Well...this disc certainly doesn't present THAT dilemma. It's not unacceptable as the good far outweighs the bad. But I would have thought Disney to spend a bit more time on presenting the best possible versions of these pieces.
An absolute must for the animation collector. Concerning the comments about the mastering - it's highly unlikely that Disney will remaster these shorts in another package. Grab it while it's available as this is supposedly a limited release of 150,000 copies....
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warner Bros take note! 21 Oct 2002
By Blake Petit - Published on
Boy, is this the way to do a DVD of classic cartoons. Ever since I warmed up my DVD player for the first time I've been waiting for Disney, Warner Bros. and some of the other companies to release sets of their classic short cartoons -- there have been the odd collection here or there, but this Walt Disney Treasures Edition is really the way to do it!
To keep it brief, this is simply a collection of cartoons -- all of the Mickey Mouse color cartoons up until 1938, along with some nice behind-the-scenes stuff with Leonard Maltin and a rarely-seen short made for the 1939 World's Fair that seems like an ordinary enough Mickey and Minnie cartoon at first, but has a hysterical (from my perspective) twist at the end -- product placement is nothing new, folks.
While watching these cartoons something Maltin notes in one of his sequences becomes very obvious -- Mickey Mouse may be one of the most beloved characters on Earth, but in and of himself, he's not very funny. Oh he's cute, he's likeable, but he's not FUNNY. The animators knew this and started teaming him up with funnier characters -- Donald, Goofy and even Pluto -- and together made some wonderful cartoons. "Mickey's Trailer," included in this set, is still one of my favorite cartoons of all time.
I can't wait for the Mickey Mouse black-and-white set and the Goofy set scheduled to come out this Christmas -- and let's hope Disney does a Donald Duck collection soon. Word is that Warner Bros. is currently at work on DVDs of their Looney Tunes shorts (even better than the Disney shorts, in my opinion) -- take note, guys! This is the way to do your DVDs!
34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Animation History. 10 Oct 2001
By J. Williams - Published on
In a hasty response to the DVD market's longing for `uncut' versions of features, Disney has set to please. With the Gold Collection DVDs classics like Make Mine Music, Melody Time and others had scenes deleted or elements removed - such as the cigarette in the parrot's beak in The Three Amigos and Saludos Amigos.
The TREASURES COLLECTION provides pure unedited Disney folly - many of which served as experimental tests for the effects used in the following feature films they were to make. With releases like this there's hope that censored Disney material may make the shelves in the future.
In light of these movements, we all cross our fingers once more for the DVD release of `Song of the South'.
In summary, these DVDs are great for Disney collectors or those with an eye for animation history - but younger audiences may be disappointed by the lack-lustre compared with Disney's more recent Tarzan, Toy Story or even House of Mouse creations.
I personally cannot wait for December 4th!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy edition 20 Feb 2002
By Zack Davisson - Published on
While not quite the jaw-dropping package that is "Walt Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies," "Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Living Color" is an excellent package in it's own right. There is a good amount of cartoons, arranged chronologically. The focus is on Mickey Mouse, although his Goofy, Donald and Pluto are along for the ride in almost every cartoon. DVD is the ultimate presentation for anthologies, as you can click on the cartoon you want to watch without rewinding or fast-forwarding.
The visual quality of the cartoons is not pristine, but they are still better than anything I have seen before. A few of the releases are duplicated on other Disney DVDs. "Lonesome Ghosts" is on "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" and "The Band Concert" is on "Make Mine Music." However, the majority of the cartoons are exclusive to this DVD. There were a few that I had not seen before, and that was a real treat.
Personally, I enjoy the Leonard Maltin introductions. He has a honest enthusiasm for these cartoons that I think is suiting to the material. Like any fan, he is happy to see these old favorites in a nice presentation. Also, not being a Disney scholar, I learned quite a few things from his introductions that I didn't know.
While Mickey Mouse's color cartoons are fun, Walt himself admits that they had run out of ideas for the mouse by the time color hit. Donald and Goofy do all of the fun stuff. Like many people, I hope that Disney continues with this DVD series, and that "Donald Duck in Living Color" and "Goofy in Living Color" are soon to follow. I would also love to see "Mickey Mouse in Black and White" to appreciate the mouse at the height of his creativity.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpieces 7 Jan 2002
By "theslime" - Published on
These are some of the greatest cartoons ever. I particularly love the 1935 ones, they have the best action. THe band concert is amazing. THe bit when the tornado lifts the band up-awesome. MIckey's garden is trippy, there's a great sequence when the garden grows like a jungle. This is 30 years before haight ashbury! THen mickey's fire brigade, which is chock full of action. The cartoon starts brilliantly with the intro title burning up! On ice is another gem, still funny today. Great music as well. THe attention to detail in these cartoons is scary. THe amount of work that went into each one, the artistic creative juices and the sweat and toil. A different era. THe quality of disney shorts went down after they began making features and also the strike of 1941 , when walt disney didn't supervise everything as much as he used to. So these cartoons are from the golden age and are 'treasures'. There are some real gems in the 1936 list. Mickey's polo team is great action, with the marx bros and charlie chaplin and laurel and hardy. THru the mirror is particularly fine, almost perfection. Some great stretch animation of mickey . Moving day has donald duck filled up with gas (propane maybe) and he is propelled around the house. THen pete lights up his cigar and bang. Mickey's rival has some great action too. 1937 - clock cleaners and lonesome ghosts shine, especially clock cleaners with the goofy skyscaper routine. Incidentally, there is a part in this cartoon when donald originally says to the spring, 'says who'.... Now they have him say something completely unintelligible. A minor quibble.
1938 has brave little tailor and a rare minnie mouse appearance. The whalers has a funny bit when goofy throws cold water onto a flaccid cannon and it hardens up. They left that bit in.
Overall, it's a great set. Buy.
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