Disney Animation Collection 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947)

Genre(s): Animation
Disney || G - 69 minutes - $19.99 || May 12, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-06-04


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Walt Disney


Theatrical Release Date: September 27, 1947


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

This collection has a total of five different classic Disney short films contained on it, which are: “Mickey and the Beanstalk”, “The Brave Little Tailor”, “Gulliver Mickey”, “Thru the Mirror” and finally “Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip”.

As I’m sure most are aware, the Disney short films have always been great for young children to watch as they always tell a funny story and involve humorous situations involving everyone’s favorite mouse Mickey (Walt Disney) and some of his friends such as Donald Duck or Goofy.

The first in this edition contains the story of the infamous beanstalk and the planting of the magic beans. Donald and Mickey get into it about the beans and they are planted in the ground one day, and wouldn’t you know it, the beans turn into a magical beanstalk! The trio of Mickey, Goofy, and Donald climb up the beanstalk which whisks them away into a fantasy world that is inhabited by one of the best characters ever in the history of Disney films: the giant. He’s not the scary type as you would imagine, but a funny character that made me chuckle a few times after he appeared on screen.

The Brave Little Tailor is about Mickey trying to tame a nearby giant that is terrorizing the land. He goes through thick and thin in an attempt to get the giant to settle down, and at one point even gets swallowed by him. This one is about one fifth the time as the first story, and also shows its age by having the mouse in a completely different look than he was years later.

Next up is Thru the Mirror, in which Mickey heads through the mirror in his living room into a strange parallel world. In this world, the appliances talk and can move around and act like humans. This is one of the better ones on this DVD, as it’s comical and not too long but also not too short. Mickey is funny as are the appliances in this one.

The next in the series deals with Gulliver Mickey, which is presented in its original black and white foundation. This one tells the tall tale of the traveler known as Gulliver who gets shipwrecked on an island of tiny people only to discover that he is infact a giant in their world. It’s comical at times, but it drags on and with no dialogue what so ever it didn’t really hold my interest.

Finally, in Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip, Mickey decides to sneak his dog Pluto on a train to take a vacation. On the train he’s plagued by a villain whose name I can’t remember but he’s one of the bad guys in some of the video games I played as a kid with Mickey in them. This is one of the best short films ever with the mouse and dog, as the situations are funny even though the comedy is fairly old.

Simply put, kids will find these enjoying but I strain to find adults who will. Most adults will probably get the nostalgia feeling like I did while watching these, but they aren’t as entertaining as today’s cartoons or as funny. They’re great to sit back and say “wow, so that’s what cartoons used to be like.” But as for entertainment value or laughter, you probably won’t find too much here.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

There are no special features to be found on the disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Considering that one of these movies is in black and white, and the rest have a terrible color palette, there isn’t much to go on here that is exciting to write about. There’s a fair amount of noise and distortion, but considering that these are so old I’m not really faulting them for anything major. These look nearly identical to how they looked back in the day to be honest, as the color palette is outdated for its time and so is the color scheme. This isn’t demo material, but odds are these are the best these cartoons will ever look.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 track accompanying these movies doesn’t help a lot either, as dialogue wasn’t even in a few of the cartoons and when it was used it sounded low and muffled. I was disappointed with the addition of a 2.0 track, but an upgrade to a 5.1 probably wouldn’t have helped much either. Just like the video, the audio is about as good as it’s ever going to sound, so take it with a grain of salt.



.::OVERALL::.

I’m sure there are people out there, as I know a few of them, who own nearly every Disney DVD to ever hit the shelves, who will buy this regardless of what I say. The list price is fairly cheap, but the replay value as well as the entertainment value is pretty low. I can’t really recommend this as a flat out purchase unless you just have to own them all. Kids will find this fun, but others will strain at the fact of having to watch the old cartoons again.