Disney Animation Collection 2: Three Little Pigs (1933)

Genre(s): Animation
Disney || G - 62 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: May 27, 1933


.::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 seven different classic Disney short films contained on it, which are: “Three Little Pigs”, “The Big Bad Wolf”, “Three Little Wolves”, “Lambert the Sheepish Lion”, “Chicken Little”, “Three Blind Mouseketeers” and “Elmer Elephant”.

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf are similar stories in the fact that you should already know their basic story. The pigs are trying to build a house and the wolves keep knocking them down. The cartoons show a neat way to showcase the famed childhood story, but it’s more exciting to read than to see an old cartoon about it. That, and I’m not a kid anymore so I didn’t find it as enjoying as the young ones may have.

Three Little Wolves deals with, well, three little wolves that are somewhat still at war with the pigs from the first story. The little wolves are cute, but there isn’t much of a story or entertainment value here either. It’s fairly short and not full of laughter, which was disappointing as though I had never seen this one before my viewing.

Lambert the Sheepish Lion is about a lion that grows up with a family of sheep, since he grows up in the wrong family he never feels right about where he lives. A few of the situations the lion is put in are kind of funny, but not to the extent I’ve come to expect from other Disney cartoons. The ending is also a bit weird, as the story teller has a dull voice that ruined it slightly for me.

Next up is Chicken Little, which I’m betting was inspired by a movie years later about a similar subject. The chicken is little and gets convinced by some of his supposed friends that the sky is falling, so whatever will he do? I liked the cartoon better than the future movie version, as this one is cute and the best of the cartoons available on this disc. I’m not saying its jaw-dropping funny, but it’s entertaining if you take it for what it is.

Three Blind Mouseketeers is the story of three blind mice who fight evil in their land, despite the fact that they are in fact three blind mice. It’s comical to an extent, but the gags get old pretty fast and the runtime was a bit too long for me to enjoy thoroughly. There were a few entertaining scenes, but they were few and far between.

Finally, Elmer Elephant is the story that most kids will be able to relate to, as it tells the tale of an elephant who is made fun of because he has a trunk. It sounds stupid, but it’s symbolizing that everyone is different regardless of the fact that you may get made fun of for it. Yes, it’s one of those educational cartoons, but this one has a funny moment or two that rings true to most people who will see it, and hopefully see how cruel they could have been as a child. Jeez, I’m kind of harsh sometimes.

All in all, this is one of the weaker Disney DVDs from this collection, as the stories overall aren’t that good and run too long for their own good. They also haven’t aged as well either, as the stories aren’t entertaining, the laughs are few and far between, and three stories about pigs is just one too many for me to be able to handle. Kids will find this exciting, but only those young enough who just like seeing animals on the screen.



.::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 found this collection to not be the best, as the stories in this one weren’t as exciting or entertaining as the other volumes. I’m sure all Disney fans will swipe this one up as a purchase, but I can’t recommend it except to diehard collectors. Just like the rest of the series, there are no special features to be had and the audio and video side of things is weaker than the normal DVD release. These are some pigs to not bother seeing.