Walt Disney Treasures Wave 3
The second disc in this series concerns itself primarily with Mickey's output from the last half of the 20th century. You'll see him in the short features Mickey's Christmas Carol and The Prince and the Pauper. This disc is also where you will find some interesting and informative special features—fewer making-of features and more pieces that might be classified as "theory." Animators, voice talents and technicians discuss the hows and whys of Mickey. (An added bonus here is a collection of color openings to the Mickey Mouse Club television show of the 1950s. Watch them and try not to sing along.) If this DVD set interests you, get after it quick as only 175,000 were pressed.
While Mickey is perhaps the Disney character we most want to be (sweet, funny, trusting, brave), Donald Duck is most likely who we really are. Fast-tempered, bull-headed, persistent and scheming, Donald takes these basic qualities and ratchets them up to the top degree. He's an interesting character because he should be ever so unlikable, but there is a type of inherent everyman-ness in him; he's a person who's just trying to live, which pulls you to really root for him. The Chronological Donald, Volume 1 contains 36 shorts, from his first appearance in The Wise Little Hen through some of his early work in 1941. At that point in his career, Donald had surpassed everyone else on the Disney lot, becoming the filmgoing public's favorite Disney character. This drove his film output up, but it also thinned his storylines down and for a short period his movies lapsed into the Donald Formula. As you watch the shorts presented here, you'll follow an interesting progression of the birth of the character, through his awkward teen years, and into a fully realized star.
Of all the DVDs in this wave of releases, this one has the smallest selection of interesting extras. Most of the special features here deal with the unmistakable voice of Donald, Clarence Nash. This set is also limited to a specific number, 165,000 to be exact.