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on 12 June 2012
Well, this concludes the very end Mickeys long black and white career.

As with this set as previous sets, the adventure begins with The Barn Dance aired in 1928 and finishes with Mickeys Kangroo in 1935 which moves onto his colour adventures.

The shorts are entertaining but can be tedious for people whom dont appreciate Black and white animation, the shorts lack real story and dialogue(only some) and focus a lot on music and dancing which was a popular thing in the late 20's and 30's in the animation world.

But overall, the shorts entertain and are spectacular to watch as they've been locked away in the vaults and haven't been aired for many years, which is a shame since this is Mickeys origin story and its all un-cut!

The shorts are wonderful and most are restored, with mild DVNR. It lacks some of the care such as Donalds treasure sets, but its no massive fault. The age of the shorts may result in damage and wear and tear.

the menu's are easily navigated, and the box has a double binder for each disk and with this region 2 version, you get no cuts or missing shorts, but if you have concerns, leave a comment.

Negatives: On each disk there is a "From the vault" with an un-skipable intro from our host, Leonard Maltin talking about racism etc, for something as minor as Mickey saying "Mammy" which would go over the head of most children. There is more blackface jokes, but its a time we have to accept that happened, but if its what gets more of these shorts on dvd, what the hell? It does boggle my mind that "Mickeys haunted house" was put on the seperate "Vault" for the simple word of "Mammy" but "Trader Mickey" with cannibal/african steriotypes was left out in the set and not out into the notorious vault!

Overall: The set is fantastic, it entertains, takes you on a journey of Mickey and his career and how he became the star he is today. A brilliant set, it may not hold the kids imaginations, being in black and white, but for the collector, its a treasure indeed!

The Barn Dance (1928)
The Opry House (1929)
When the Cat's Away (1929)
The Barnyard Battle (1929)
The Plowboy (1929)
Mickey's Choo-Choo (1929)
The Jazz Fool (1929)
Jungle Rhythm (1929)
Wild Waves (1929)
Fiddling Around (also known as Just Mickey) (1930)
The Barnyard Concert (1930)
The Cactus Kid (1930)
The Shindig (1930)
The Picnic (1930)
Traffic Troubles (1931)
The Castaway (1931)
Fishin' Around (1931)
The Beach Party (1931)
The Barnyard Broadcast (1931)
The Mad Dog (1932)
Barnyard Olympics (1932)

Bonus features -
"Mickey Mania: Collecting Mickey Merchandise": Maltin visits Bernie Shine, collector extraordinaire. They discuss what makes Mickey so appealing, then Shine takes us on a tour of his vast amassing of Mickey memorabilia from all over the globe, most of it dating back to the 1920s and 30s.
"Mickey's Portrait Artist: John Hench": Maltin interviews famed Disney artist John Hench about Mickey. Hench was the man in charge of painting Mickey for his birthdays throughout the years.

Disc two -
Musical Farmer (1932)
Trader Mickey (1932)
The Wayward Canary (1932)
Mickey's Pal Pluto (1933)
Mickey's Mechanical Man (1933)
Playful Pluto (1934)
Mickey's Steamroller (1934)
Mickey Plays Papa (1934)
Mickey's Kangaroo (1935)

From the vault -
Haunted House (1929)
The Moose Hunt (1931)
The Delivery Boy (1931)
The Grocery Boy (1932)
Mickey in Arabia (1932)
Mickey's Good Deed (1932)
Mickey's Mellerdrammer (1933)
The Steeplechase (1933, wrong opening music, its plays Donald Duck theme)
Shanghaied (1934)
Mickey's Man Friday (1935)

Bonus features -
"Background paintings": Backgrounds of the various cartoon shorts on this set
"Animation drawings": Drawings of the same cartoons, animating and storyboard
"Mickey's Poster Archive": Posters for many of the shorts shown on this set
"Mickey Mouse Fully Covered": Various merchandise covers, such as books, magazines and records
"Mickey's Sunday Funnies": This section shows off the comic strips of the many Mickey adventures, complete with a biography of creator Floyd Gottfredson.

ciao and thanks for reading.
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on 10 March 2016
Been searching for a copy of the old Black and White Mickey cartoons for quite a while however they were pretty hard to come buy especially in the UK. With them being so rare the price also got higher making any brash decision online a gamble.

What I mean is this mainly happens with rare/mainly distributed USA dvds, unfortunately too many times on Amazon and even some other retail sites they can trick you in what region code in supplied. Somethings the product details say region 0 when really its only region 1 and if a dvd is region 2, it’s in a different language.

Saw this copy a good number of times but was continuously put off for off putting information, saying region 2 however the low resolution back cover details are a different language. I was fortunate this time around I could afford to take this chance and it paid off!!
I know too many others who are big fans but have been put off from buying this and now I can bring the good news to them.

In short: ignore the back cover; It’s in English and region 2!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 February 2008
This two disc collection from the Disney studios was one of the early Disney Treasures recordings. In this case, we've got 34 shorts from Mickey's early career.

The collection starts off with the first Mickey cartoon ever, "Steamboat Willie." In it, Mickey is working on a steamboat. There's very little plot, but lots of fun gags with music. It does introduce Minnie and the character that would become Peg Leg Pete.

This set collects a sampling of the Mickey shorts from that debut in 1928 to 1935. Since most movies of the time were black and white, these shorts are all black and white as well. Over the course of this set, we also get to see the original appearances of Donald, Goofy (called Dopey Dawg at first), and Pluto.

The shorts themselves are of varying quality. Many of the early ones have no real story and are just a bunch of gags accompanying a soundtrack. They are fun, but they wear thin quickly. Fortunately, things improve on the second disc. We start to get actual stories that incorporate the gags fairly well. I find these more interesting and fun to watch.

Either way, it is interesting to watch how the animation developed. To be honest, the early shorts aren't that great to look at. It's hard to believe that Snow White was only a decade away. But by the end of the set, the drawings are getting much better, even if Peg Leg Pete's wooden leg seems to jump from leg to leg at will.

Unfortunately, the quality of these shorts shows their age. There is lots of grain and dust. The sound is decent. I do understand the time involved in restoring old films, but it would have been nice if an effort had been made. But don't misunderstand, these are definitely watchable shorts. They just aren't as clean as something done in the last two decades.

Ultimately, this is a collection that will appeal to die hard Disney fans. Casual fans will enjoy parts of it, but us die harders will love every minute.
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on 28 September 2013
Walt Disney's famous words admirably portrayed here.Some of the episodes nearly 90 years old now.
In the 20's and 30's people went to see Mickey,whatever film was also shown was secondary..Mickey was the star.
Mickey always smiles whatever problems come his way.Pure nostalgia you must watch this and volume 2
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