Walt Disney Treasures: Wave One

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The first wave of Walt Disney Treasures was released on December 4, 2001. It includes five different DVD sets.

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Mickey Mouse in Living Color

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This set covers the first leg of Mickey Mouse's color career, from 1935 to 1938.

150,000 sets produced.

Disc one

1935

1936

Bonus features

  • Parade of the Award Nominees (1932), a short made especially for the Academy Awards show
  • Pencil-test versions of Mickey's Fire Brigade, Pluto's Judgment Day and On Ice
  • Easter Egg: A clip from the Disneyland story appears as an Easter egg on this disc, it shows Disney talking about Mickey's creation reminding us that it all started with a mouse.

Disc two

1937

1938

Bonus features

Notes

The Clock Cleaners short on this release is the edited version. During the 1990s, Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association persuaded Wal-Mart to discontinue the sale of the VHS tape "Cartoon Classics: Fun on the Job!" which contained the film. The reason for this was that during his argument with the main spring in the adjacent image, Donald Duck allegedly shouts "Fuck you!" yet in Clarence Nash's semi intelligible voice, he actually says "Says who?", which is made clear by the spring's reply - "Says I!" Additionally the Motion Picture Production Code, popularly known as the "Hays Code," adopted in 1934, would never have allowed the language in the first place.

Due to this controversy, when the cartoon was included on the Walt Disney Treasures DVD set "Mickey Mouse in Living Color," Donald's line was redubbed as "Awww, nuts!", which was originally said in On Ice. However, the DVD release of Have a Laugh!, Volume 2 contains the cartoon with the original line reinstated, as well as its original RKO titles and illustrated title card. [1]

Silly Symphonies

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This set is more or less descriptive of "The Best of the Silly Symphonies", with the cartoons presented here in arranged by theme. The U.K. release, unlike the U.S. release, has the original "Jewish peddler" visuals restored to Three Little Pigs (although the original wolf dialogue as the Jewish peddler is not restored).

150,000 sets produced.

Disc one

Fables and Fairy Tales

Favorite Characters

Additional cartoons (via Easter eggs)

Leonard's Picks

  • Three Little Pigs (1933)
  • The Flying Mouse (1934)
  • The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)
  • The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)
  • Wynken, Blynken & Nod (1938)

Disc two

Nature on Screen

Accent on Music

Additional cartoons (via Easter eggs)

Leonard's Picks

Bonus features

  • Songs of the Silly Symphonies: Leonard Maltin meets with Richard M. Sherman to discuss songs that appear in the Silly Symphonies, including "The World Owes Me a Livin'" and "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
  • Silly Symphony Souvenirs: Leonard Maltin meets with Dave Smith at the Walt Disney Archives to discuss merchandise inspired by the series
  • Still galleries: Behind-the-scenes and promotional pictures of the Silly Symphony series

Notes

One sequence in the Three Little Pigs showed the Big Bad Wolf dressed as a Jewish peddler. This was re-animated in the 1940s so the Wolf would be a student working his way through college. The US release of this set features the edited version, whereas the UK release shows the original Jewish peddler. Both versions use the modified audio from the 1940s version.

Disneyland, USA

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This set depicts various episodes of the Walt Disney anthology series that take place within and/or are about Disneyland. It includes also the very first episode from the series.

150,000 sets produced.

Disc one

Disc two

Bonus features

  • Still gallery: This gallery shows off images of various Disneyland attractions' posters, past and present.
  • The Magic Kingdom and the Magic of Television: Although most of the content of this mini-history of Disneyland is repeated from other intros on these set with a montage of clips from all the episodes presented, it does feature some nuggets of information about Walt's view of the park as a tribute to Americana, his aspiration for the park to have the latest products technology and even a few world leaders that had visited the park.

Davy Crockett

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This set contains the original five episodes of Davy Crockett which were first shown on the Walt Disney anthology series from 1954-1955. This miniseries was re-released as a DVD Two-Movie Set on September 7, 2004.

150,000 sets produced.

Disc one

Disc two

Bonus features

  • "A Conversation with Fess Parker": Leonard Maltin interviews Fess Parker, who played Davy in the episodes.
  • "The Davy Crockett Craze": Leonard Maltin interviews Paul F. Anderson, author of the book The Davy Crockett Craze.
  • Easter egg: "The Ballad of Davy Crockett": The famous ballad, sung by Fess Parker.
  • Still gallery: Stills from various aspects of the production.

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References

  1. "Have a Laugh! Volume 2 DVD Review".