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5.0 out of 5 stars Your unique chance to witness the history of animation at its best!, 19 Jan 2010
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Diana (Casteau, Belgium-) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Behind Scenes Walt Disney Studio [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Special Features

* Only 125,000 sets issued
* Introduction by Film Historian Leonard Maltin
* Includes original "Behind-the-Scenes" films and telecasts:
* A Trip Through The Walt Disney Studio (Short, 1938)
* How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made (Short,1939)
* The Reluctant Dragon (Feature, 1941)
* The Story Of The Animated Drawing (TV Episode, 1955)
* The Plausible Impossible (TV Episode, 1956)
* Tricks of Our Trade (TV Episode, 1957)
* All-new audio commentary by Leonard Maltin
* Video Feature: "Leonard Maltin's Studio Tour"
* Behind the Boards on Baby Weems
* "The Reluctant Dragon" gallery
* Walt Disney Studio gallery
* Kem Weber gallery
* Radio Program "Tour of the Disney Studio" (Audio Attachment)

This volume goes inside the walls of the world's most famous magic factory for an inside tour, via several "behind-the-scenes" films and television shows. Film Historian Leonard Maltin introduces several features, shorts, and TV episodes including "A Trip Through The Walt Disney Studios," "The Plausible Impossible," "How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made," and the 1941 feature "The Reluctant Dragon."
As Walt Disney's fame grew during the 1930s, people wanted to know more about his studio and how the "Silly Symphonies" and Mickey Mouse shorts were created. Although Disney seldom allowed visitors, he periodically offered viewers peeks inside into the studio through the films in this collection.
In 1937, Disney made A Trip Through the Walt Disney Studios for his distributor, RKO, to help the marketing campaign for Snow White. This in-house documentary was later reworked and released as a trailer for the studio's first feature as How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made. In 1941, humorist Robert Benchley toured the studio and chatted with the artists in The Reluctant Dragon. But the film was released during a bitterly fought strike that belied its cheerful depiction of the studio.

During the '50s, Walt used his studio as a backdrop for several episodes of the Disneyland TV series. "The Story of the Animated Drawing" traces the history of the medium, including re-creations of Emil Reynaud's Théātre Optique (1892-1900) and Winsor McCay's vaudeville routine with his landmark film Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). "Tricks of Our Trade," which focuses on the creation of Sleeping Beauty, shows staged footage of four of the celebrated "Nine Old Men"--Marc Davis, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston--sketching. In the DVD bonus material, host Leonard Maltin traces the development of the studio facilities from a Los Angeles garage to its present location in Burbank. Maltin also chats with Disney legend Joe Grant, who cowrote the "Baby Weems" sequence in Reluctant Dragon. Recorded at the time of Grant's 94th birthday, the artist displays the sly wit that continues to inspire animators. (Unrated: Suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIO - DISC ONE
* Welcome and Introduction by Film Historian Leonard Maltin

FEATURES AND SHORTS
*A Trip Through The Walt Disney Studio (Short, 1938)
*How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made (Short, 1939)
*The Reluctant Dragon (Feature, 1941)

DISC ONE SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES
* Video Feature: "Leonard Maltin's Studio Tour"
For his television programs, Walt Disney often invited viewers right onto the lot at his Studio in Burbank. In this new video element, Leonard Maltin uses Walt Disney's own television programs to create a unique tour around the Disney Studio lot, from 1954 to today.
* Behind The Boards On Baby Weems
A look at this uniquely animated section of Disney's The Reluctant Dragon
* The Reluctant Dragon Gallery
* Walt Disney Studios Gallery

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIO - DISC TWO
* Welcome and Introduction by Film Historian Leonard Maltin

TV EPISODES (47 min. each):
*The Story Of The Animated Drawing (TV Episode, 1955)
*The Plausible Impossible (TV Episode, 1956)
*Tricks of Our Trade (TV Episode, 1957)

DISC TWO SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES
* Film Historian Leonard Maltin provides individual introductions to each feature
* Radio Program "Tour of the Disney Studio"
* Radio Program: "Tour of the Disney Studio" (1946) from the Walt Disney Productions Sound Department.
* Kem Webber Gallery: Through this thumbnail still gallery, you can see behind-the-scenes photos of the Disney Studios, as well as backstage peeks at the making of each of the films and programs featured in this compilation.
Enjoy and witness the history of animation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully crafted slice of pure disney magic, 25 Aug 2010
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woolyPULI (Bonnie Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Behind Scenes Walt Disney Studio [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This film left my son spellbound when we stumbled across it one rainy Sunday when he was 5. This is a very cleverly crafted and entertaining look behind the scenes of the disney animation studio in its heyday, Called The Reluctant Dragon it features black and white live action morphing into glorious technicolour mid way and featuring 3 disney shorts including The title Reluctant Dragon, Baby Weems, and a Goofy Short.
Seeing the life models, (an elephant)the sound effects stage creating the train scene from Dumbo, seeing the backgrounds for Bambi along with tantalizing first glipses of 3d models of Peter Pan, Pinochio and Snow White.
This is a lovely film that captures all the charm and magic of Disney from the newlybuilt lot, the documentary is entertaining for grownups but it is the spellbinding feature film that draws you back time and again.
This film deserves more recognition than it has been given over the years both as a historical documentary and as pure entertainment. A hidden gem
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