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Please review animated film and cartoon DVDs here, thanks. When reviewing, good things to keep in mind that people want to know: how good was the film quality, was the film itself any good, what were the extras and how good were they, was there a good commentary, etc. You know, stuff you would like to know if you were thinking about buying a particular DVD.

 

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not many people have seen this movie which was released in 1941 from the Fleischer Studios (Koko the Klown, Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman) shortly before they closed their doors and then reopened as Famous Studios...one of the reasons I feel it is a forgotten classic is because the filmmakers never really wanted to make it...during the 1930's Max and Dave Fleischer had the most popular character in animation (Popeye was a bigger rival to Mickey Mouse than you'd think!!) and were content to create short subjects with their highly successful two-reelers coming out every few years (Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936), Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba (1937) and Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939)).

 

Unfortunately Disney had just released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 and Paramount (The Fleischer's distributor) wanted them to compete...so Max and Dave released Gulliver's Travels which was fairly successful in its opening weeks but lost ground overseas due to the start of WWII...nevertheless, this (widely available on Public Domain DVD) film spawned two spin-off series of shorts starring characters from the film Gabby in his own series, and Sneak, Snoop, Snitch and Twinkletoes in the Animated Antics series.

 

well the Fleischer's had been moved by Paramount to a new state-of-the-art studio in Florida just before beginning that film....they were commisioned to create a new film, this time based on an original story...this film became known as Mr. Bug Goes To Town...the story is about a group of bugs that live in Bugville (which is actually someone's garden). Unfortunately, a car spun out of control and broke down the fence on this garden some while before the movie takes place...since then, human inhabitants of New York City have walked across the new "shortcut" and littered it with trash...the main character Hoppity, a grasshopper, decides to search for a new safe haven for the bugs after a near-distastrous run in with a lit-cigar. He feels this will help him and his sweetheart Honey Bumble (a bee) get married and start of a family of their own. Hoppity wonders why the previously caring owners have never bothered to fix their fence, until he overhears them speaking of the reason; it seems Dick is a struggling songwriter who has hit on hard times. He and his wife decide that this latest song is their last chance, they are tired of fending off creditors...if this song doesn't sell they will sell the land so that a skyscraper can be built. Meanwhile the villainous C. Bagley Beetle, has offered the town shelter in his home away form the garden on one condition: that Honey weds him...what the residents of Bugville don't know is that Dick's song did sell and the land is saved, but Beetle has intercepted the check...

 

the movie is full of great animation but not always the best drawings...the characters aren't quite as cute as the movie poster would have you believe, but that is just minor nitpicking...the movie was tagged as "the screen's first full-length musical comedy cartoon" and many of the songs are really catchy especially 'Katy Did, Katy Didn't"...their is a really wild scene involving Hoppity getting electrocuted that shouldn't be missed...very abstract for the time!! This film features great sidekicks such as Swat the Fly and Smack the Mosquito, but Hoppity is clearly the star of the picture, as opposed to Gabby in Gulliver's Travels...there is a relatively fast pace with this movie as opposed to the aforementioned Gulliver where many of those songs seem to hinder that film's structure...the opening scene of New York was a miniature set created by the geniuses at Fleischer Studios and took 4 months to build...spectacular to say the least...

 

the movie was a flop with theater-audiences mainly because it was released December 7th, 1941 the same day Pearl Harbor was attacked...the movie was hidden away and the Fleischers were all but kicked out of their own animation studio...they had never wanted to move to Florida, and never wanted to make feature-length films, especially as their Superman shorts and Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy two-reeler had just given them two promising new screen adaptations...

 

anyways I bought this DVD from moviesunlimited.com...the distributor for this DVD-R is Nostalgia Family Video. Don't let that hinder you from picking up this high-quality release...the picture is suprisingly clear and the colors are bright...even more surprising as this is from a television print that was re-titled as "Hoppity Goes To Town"...no bonus features on this film but that is expected as it is not an official studio release...but as far as movie quality (highly entertaining), picture quality (good colors, minimal scratches), sound quality (original mono) go this gets my highest possible recommendation...until Paramount decides to offer this movie with restored original title cards, this version belongs in every classic animation fan's collection...

 

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"...so Max and Dave released Gulliver's Travels which was fairly successful in its opening weeks but lost ground overseas due to the start of WWII...nevertheless, this (widely available on Public Domain DVD) film..."

 

Great post, Mr. Orizaga. Can you recommend a release of Gulliver's Travels? I bought a version that was on "Alpha Video" and it's the worst looking DVD that I've ever seen. If I could find a better disc I'd be sure to buy it.

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yes the Wellspring/Winstar DVD release is the best version avaialble...it is the 60th Anniversary edition...the cover is super ugly but the picture is great...bright colors, clear picture, etc....the main gripe with Winstar is the fact they digitally enhance/remix the audio but this version features a cleaned up original mono audio accessible only from the menu...one strange thing though...the DVD itself says Winstar, the dvd case says wellspring...look for the "Disney" logo on the back (color correction was done by Disney ideas, Florida)...

 

I also bought the Alpha video version just for the front cover artwork...the packaging needed to match the actual DVD content in quality!!

 

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here's my up-toi-date list of MGM cartoons on DVD...it looks better in html because I use different colors for easier viewing...

 

1934:

The Discontented Canary

The Old Pioneer

Tale Of The Vienna Woods (Treasure Island DVD)

Bosko?s Parlor Pranks

Toyland Broadcast

 

1935:

Hey-Hey Fever (A Tale Of Two Cities DVD)

When The Cat?s Away

The Lost Chick

The Calico Dragon (Roberta DVD)

Good Little Monkeys

The Chinese Nightingale

Poor Little Me (David Copperfield DVD)

Barnyard Babies

The Old Plantation

Honeyland (A Tale Of Two Cities DVD)

Alias St. Nick

Run. Sheep, Run

 

1936:

Bottles (San Francisco DVD)

The Early Bird And The Worm (After The Thin Man DVD)

The Old Mill Pond

Two Little pups

The Old House

The Pups? Picnic

To Spring (Attack of The 30?s Characters DVD)

Little Cheeser

The Pups? Christmas

 

1937:

Little Buck Cheeser (Captain?s Courageous DVD)

Circus Daze

Swing Wedding

Bosko?s Easter Eggs

Little Ol? Bosko And The Pirates

The Hound And The Rabbit

The Wayward Pups

Little Ol? Bosko And The Cannibals

 

1938:

Cleaning House

Blue Monday

Poultry Pirates

The Captain?s Pup

A Day At the Beach

What A Lion!

The Pygmy Hunt

Old Smokey (A Day At The Races DVD)

Buried Treasure

The Winning Ticket

Honduras Hurricane

The Captain?s Christmas

Little Ol? Bosko In Bagdad

Pipe Dreams

The Little Bantamweight

 

1939:

Jitterbug Follies (Room Service/At The Circus DVD)

Wanted: No Master

The Little Goldfish

Art Gallery

Goldilocks And The Three Bears

The Bookworm (Another Thin Man DVD)

One Mother?s Family

The Blue Danube

Peace On Earth (A Christmas Carol DVD)

The Mad Maestro

The Bear That Couldn?t Sleep

Petunia Natural Park

Seal Skinners

Mama?s New Hat (A Day At The Races DVD)

 

1940:

Home On The Range (Boom Town DVD)

A Rainy Day

Swing Social

Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers

The Milky Way (Go West/The Big Store DVD)

The Bookworm Turns

Romeo In Rhythm

Papa Gets The Bird

The Homeless Flea (The Philadelphia Story Two-Disc Special Edition: Disc Two)

Gallopin? Gals (A Day At The Races DVD)

The Lonesome Stranger

Mrs. Ladybug

The Fishing Bear (Pride & Prejudice DVD)

Puss Gets The Boot (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

 

1941:

Abdul The Bulbul-Ameer

The Little Mole

The Goose Goes South (Shadow Of The Thin Man DVD)

Dance Of The Weed

The Alley Cat

Little Cesario

Officer Pooch (Go West/The Big Store DVD)

The Field Mouse

The Prospecting Bear

The Flying Bear

The Rookie Bear

The Midnight Snack (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

The Night Before Christmas (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two -

Disc One)

 

1942:

The Hungry Wolf

The First Swallow

Little Gravel Voice

Bats In The Belfry

Blitz Wolf

The Early Bird Dood It

Chips Off The Old Block

The Bear And The Beavers

Wild Honey

Barney Bear?s Victory Garden

Fraidy Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Dog Trouble (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Puss ?N? Toots (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

The Bowling Alley Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Fine Feathered Friend (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

 

1943:

The Boy And The Wolf

Red Hot Riding Hood

Who Killed Who?

One Ham?s Family

War Dogs

The Stork?s Holiday

What?s Buzzin? Buzzard?

Bah Wilderness

The Uninvited Pest

Dumb-Hounded

Sufferin? Cats (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

The Lonesome Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

The Yankee Doodle Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Baby Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

 

1944:

Innertube Antics

Batty Baseball (The Stratton Story DVD)

The Tree Surgeon

Bear Raid Warden

Barney Bear?s Polar Pest

Screwball Squirrel (The Thin Man Goes Home DVD)

Happy-Go-Nutty

Big Heel-Watha

The Zoot Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

The Million Dollar Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

The Bodyguard (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Puttin? On The Dog (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Mouse Trouble (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

 

1945:

Jerky Turkey

Swing Shift Cinderella

The Unwelcome Guest

The Shooting Of Dan McGoo

Wild And Woolfy

The Screwy Truant

The Mouse Comes To Dinner (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Mouse In Manhattan (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Tee For Two (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Flirty Birdy (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Quiet Please (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

 

1946:

The Hick Chick (Ziegfeld Follies DVD)

Northwest Hounded Police

Henpecked Hoboes (Till The Clouds Roll By DVD)

Lonesome Lenny

Springtime For Thomas (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

The Milky Waif (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Trap Happy (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Solid Serenade (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

 

1947:

Uncle Tom?s Cabana

King-Size Canary

Hound Hunters

Red Hot Rangers

Cat Fishin? (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Part Time Pal (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

The Cat Concerto (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Salt Water Tabby (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

A Mouse In The House

Slap Happy Lion (Song Of The Thin Man DVD)

The Invisible Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

 

1948:

Make Mine Freedom

What Price Fleadom

Little ?Tinker (The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer DVD)

The Cat That Hated People

Lucky Ducky

The Bear And The Bean

The Bear And The Hare

Half-Pint Pygmy

Kitty Foiled (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

The Truce Hurts (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Old Rockin? Chair Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Professor Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Mouse Cleaning

 

1949:

Bad Luck **** (Kitty Foyle DVD)

The House of Tomorrow (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House DVD)

Doggone Tired

Little Rural Riding Hood (Battleground DVD)

Goggle Fishing Bear

Senor Droopy

Wags To Riches (The Barkleys Of Broadway DVD)

Out-Foxed

The Counterfeit Cat

Polka-Dot Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

The Little Orphan (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

Hatch Up Your Troubles

Heavenly Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

The Cat And The Mermouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

Love That Pup

Jerry?s Diary (Tom And Jerry?s Greatest Chases DVD)

Tennis Chumps

 

1950:

The Cuckoo Clock (Summer Stock DVD)

The Peachy Cobbler

The Chump Champ

Ventriloquist Cat (Three Little Words DVD)

Garden Gopher

Little Quacker (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Saturday Evening Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Texas Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Jerry And The Lion (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Safety Second (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Tom And Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

The Framed Cat

Cue Ball Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

 

1951:

Symphony In Slang

Car Of Tomorrow

Daredevil Droopy

Droopy?s Good Deed

Droopy?s ?Double Trouble?

****-A-Doodle Dog

Casanova Cat

Jerry And The Goldfish (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Jerry?s Cousin (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Sleepy-Time Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

His Mouse Friday

Slicked-Up Pup (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Nit-Witty Kitty (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Cat Napping (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

 

1952:

Magical Maestro

One Cab?s Family

The Little Wise Quacker

Busybody Bear

Caballero Droopy

Rock-A-Bye Bear

The Flying Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

The Duck Doctor

The Two Mouseketeers (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Smitten Kitten (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Triplet Trouble (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Little Runaway

Fit To Be Tied

Push-Button Kitty (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Cruise Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

The Dog House

 

1953:

Little Johnny Jet (The Naked Spur DVD)

T.V. Of Tomorrow

Barney?s Hungry Cousin

Cobs And Robbers

Heir Bear

Wee-Willie Wildcat

Half-Pint Palomino

The Three Little Pups

The Missing Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Jerry And Jumbo (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Johann Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

That?s My Pup

Just Ducky (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Two Little Indians (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Life With Tom

 

1954:

Billy Boy

The Farm Of Tomorrow

The Flea Circus (Les Girls DVD)

The Impossible Possum

Sleepy-Time Squirrel

Bird-Brain Bird Dog

Drag-A-Long-Droopy

Homesteader Droopy

Dixieland Droopy (The Long, Long Trailer DVD)

Puppy Tale

Posse Cat (Tom And Jerry: Whiskers Away DVD)

Hic-Cup Pup

Little School Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Baby Butch (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Mice Follies (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Neapolitan Mouse (Tom And Jerry: Whiskers Away DVD)

Downhearted Duckling

Pet Peeve

Touche, **** Cat! (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

 

1955:

Field And Scream

The First Bad Man

Cellbound

Good Will To Men (It?s Always Fair Weather DVD)

Deputy Droopy (It?s Always Fair Weather DVD)

Southbound Duckling

Pup On A Picnic

Mouse For Sale

Designs On Jerry (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Tom And Cherie (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Smarty Cat

Pecos Pest (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

That?s My Mommy

 

1956:

Millionaire Droopy (High Society DVD)

The Flying Sorceress (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

The Egg And Jerry

Busy Buddies

Muscle Beach Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Down Beat Bear (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Blue Cat Blues (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

Barbecue Brawl

 

1957:

Cat?s Meow

Grin And Share It

Blackboard Jumble (Blackboard Jungle DVD)

One Droopy Knight

Give And Tyke

Scat Cats

Tops With Pops

Timid Tabby

Feedin? the Kiddie

Mucho Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

Tom?s Photo Finish

 

1958:

Sheep Wrecked

Mutts About Racing

Droopy Leprechaun

Happy go Ducky

Royal Cat Nap

The Vanishing Duck

Robin Hoodwinked

Tot Watchers (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

 

1961:

Switchin? Kitten

Down And Outing

It?s Greek To Me-Ow!

 

1962:

High Steaks

Mouse Into Space

Landing Stripling

Calypso cat

Dicky Moe

The Tom And Jerry Cartoon Kit

Tall In The Trap

Sorry Safari

Buddies Thicker Than Water

Carmen Get It!

 

1963:

Pent-House Mouse

 

1964:

Much Ado About Mousing

Snowbody Loves Me

The Cat Above And The Mouse Below

The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse

Is There A Doctor In the Mouse? (Tom And Jerry: Hijinks And Shrieks DVD)

 

1965:

The Dot And The Line (The Glass Bottom Boat DVD)

Tom-ic Energy

Ah, Sweet Mouse-Story Of Life

Haunted Mouse (Tom And Jerry: Hijinks And Shrieks DVD)

Of Feline Bondage

I?m Just Wild About Jerry

The Year Of The Mouse

Jerry Go-Round

Bad Day At Cat Rock

The Cat?s Me-Ouch

The Brothers Carry-Mouse-Off

 

1966:

Guided Mouse-Ille

O-Solar-Meow

Puss ?N? Boats

Love Me, Love My Mouse

Cat And Dupli-Cat

Catty Cornered

Filet Meow

Duel Personality

The A-Tom-Inable Snowman

Matinee Mouse

Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary

 

1967:

The Bear That Wasn?t (Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Three - Disc Three)

Rock ?N? Rodent

Cannery Rodent

Advance And Be Mechanized

Surf-Bored Cat

The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R.

Shutter Bugged Cat

Purr-Chance To Dream

 

2000:

The Mansion Cat

 

2005:

The KarateGuard

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

1945:

Anchors Aweigh (sequence) (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

 

1951:

Meet Joe King

Inside Cackle Corners

Fresh Laid Plans

 

1953:

Dangerous When Wet (sequence) (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

 

1957:

Invitation To the Dance (sequence)

 

1970:

The Phantom Tollbooth

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oh yeah, many of these cartoons are available on multiple DVDs...I just use the Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collections as definitive...once they make it onto a Spotlight collection I update the list...I just try to make this easy so you get the most cartoon bang for your buck...

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Popeye the Sailor Vol. 1 1933-1938

 

This is a truly exceptional collection from Warner Bros. of the first 60 Popeye cartoons (restored and in order). The video (in their original b&w) and audio are perfect. Two of the highlights are Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves) two that were done in color at twice the length of a normal color and it?s nice to see beautiful versions of these that you will see often in public domain weak copies.

 

Each of the four discs has several good featurettes (never lasting long enough, unfortunately). An excellent one focuses on the history of animation from the beginnings to 1920. As a bonus, each disc has several ?from the vaults? silent cartoons of other characters (including Krazy Kat, Koko, and Mutt & Jeff).

 

There is also commentary for a number of the Popeye cartoons. As to the commentary, this ranges from excellent to pointless. Jerry Beck, who has written several good books on animation, is very informative. However, they have also include commentary from three modern people working on cartoons, who are more of a having-a-good-time audience (?Gee, look at that? type of thing), and put them on cartoons like Ali Baba when we could truly benefit from someone knowledgeable like Beck.

 

This is definitely a 5 stars out of 5 stars release, a must have. The second volume (1938-1940) will be released on June 17, 2008 but will only be two discs and 31 cartoons. (I suspect some people hesitated paying the $64.98 street price on volume one so they are doing it with less and charging $34.98 with vol. 2). It still looks like a winner because among the extras is supposed to be the full-length animated Gulliver?s Travels (will be great to see this one restored and not like in the public domain copies out there).

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another great DVD...a lot of cartoons I remembered from the early days of Cartoon Network and some I din't remember at all (good and bad):

 

the remembered favorites: "Goonland", "Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp", and "Hello, How Am I?""

 

newly discovered favorites: "A Date To Skate", "Wotta Nitemare", "Plumbing Is A Pipe"

 

skip them: "With Poopdeck Pappy" "It's The Natural Thing To Do", "Customers Wanted", "Doing Impossikible Stunts"

 

and my 21 month old son's favorite "Never Sock A Baby" !!!

 

If only they'd (Paramount actually, not WHV) do the same with Betty Boop & Friends...classic cartoons and classic characters (Bimbo, KoKo The Klown, Pudgie, Grampy, Whiffle Piffle and Buzzy Boop)...

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Hi. It seemed to be a good time to ressurect the individual threads that were set up when I helped get this Forum created. We are getting so many threads being started for so many things that could all be in one place that it makes it hard to find anything.

 

Keeping within a theme thread makes the Classic Film DVD Reviews Forum a much neater place and better organzized.. Thanks.

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*Yellow Submarine (Blu-ray)*

 

While I am not a great fan of the film itself, it is still an eye-opening return to the 1960s of Peter Max (and would have been a lot more fun the Beatles had contributed their voices to the dialogue sections).

 

 

The picture has been beautifully restored by hand, frame by frame. The colors are amazing!!!

 

 

The audio is stirring! The first thing you notice about the 5.1 track is how clean it is. The only other time I have come across such great audio on Beatles' songs was with the DVD soundtrack accompanying the CD of The Beatles Love (Cirque du Soleil).

 

 

The special features on the disc are an odd assortment. There are some pencil drawings, storyboard sequences, some behind-the-scene photos of the Beatles, a feature-length commentary, and a few other extras. The odd part of the extras section are the video interviews with some of the voice talent and other people involved in the production. For some reason, most only run about a minute. Why they limited it to that short a length is a puzzle.

 

 

The Blu disc is in one-half of a folder. The other half is a pocket containing four repro film cels of the Beatles ( a neat item). There is also a small sheet of 10 decals. A nice item in the pouch is a sixteen-page booklet with photos, drawings, and text (regretably, the text is so tiny that it makes a contract's "small print" look enormous in comparison.

 

 

Highly recommended!

 

 

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What seems to be a quirky little title produced in Czechoslovakia, The Emperor's Nightingale (1949), is coming to DVD on 4/13/13 from Apprehensive Films/Midnight Matinee. It's adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Nightingale and done in stop-motion. The cover art claims "Long Lost Stop Motion Masterpiece" but I think it's claim to fame is probably narration by Boris Karloff.

 

Larry Scholl's Midnight Matinee: Legendary Hollywood story board artist, Larry Scholl, hand picks a wild selection of films both for kids and adults alike. The Midnight Matinee line of DVDs are great to share with your children on a Saturday Morning, but are off-kilter enough to enjoy with your adult friends late on a Saturday night. So... enjoy this nostalgic oddity!

 

Edited by: barnsfarns on Aug 12, 2013 12:11 AM

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Watched The Emperor's Nightingale the other day. (I found a previously released version of the film from a different company so I can't comment on the quality of this particular edition). I maintain it's notable chiefly for it's narration by Boris Karloff. Otherwise it's very rudimentary stop-motion and pacing is a real problem - way too long for what's presented and certainly boring by today's standards.

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