Disney Animation Collection 3: The Prince & the Pauper (1990)
|Disney || G - 54 minutes - $19.99 || May 12, 2009|
|Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-06-04|
Cast: Wayne Allwine, Bill Farmer
Theatrical Release Date: November 16, 1990
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This collection has a total of five different classic Disney short films contained on it, which are: ďThe Prince and the PauperĒ, ďThe Pied PiperĒ, ďOld King ColeĒ, ďA Knight for a DayĒ and ďYe Olden DaysĒ.
Kicking off this DVD is the nearly half-an-hour long Prince and the Pauper, which tells the tale of Mickey and another Mickey who decide to trade places. The two switch places as one is a king and the other is a pauper and see how different the lives are. They also battle an evil captain who works at the kingdom, who is trying to get rid of the mouse in order to take over the kingdom and become king. The two mice try to live in each otherís shoes, but neither realizes how hard it is being in a different situation they arenít accustomed too. This is one of the better Disney cartoons, as the story is great and there are more than enough scenes that are comical to keep both young and old audiences interested in its runtime.
Next up is The Pied Piper, which doesnít to my knowledge feature any of the characters that have ever been in any other Disney cartoons. A piper comes to town to help out their roaming problem with mice eating all their food. The king stiffs him on how much money he was supposed to give him, which angers the piper a bit but the situation resolves itself in an odd way. I thought this was one of the worst cartoons found on these discs, as this one wasnít funny and the story is ho-hum.
Old King Cole is about a king who takes all the characters from other fables and stories and invites them into one big bash heís having in a celebration party. This is primarily a song and dance number for the DVD, so those who like those types of cartoons will likely find this one the best on this disc. I however am not a fan of them, and found this one to be tedious and mercifully short.
Next up is Ye Olden Days, which is presented as a few others are on the other discs in its original black and white color scheme. Minnie mouse is set to wed Goofy but she turns him down, and is locked up in a castle that is tall and out of reach of the normal man. Itís up to Mickey, a passing by stranger, to save her from the tower and claim his love. The animation and lack of a decent dialogue hurt this one, and I found it to be tedious and not as exciting as the others on this disc.
Finally, A Knight for a Day closes out the disc. This features everyoneís favorite character, Goofy, in an attempt to be a knight for a day who participates in an event lancing other knights in the field to win over the princess. Itís a cute cartoon with a good ending, but itís too short to find enjoyable in comparison to the discís first movie.
The third edition of the series isnít the best, but itís not necessarily the worst either. This one only has five films, but since one of them takes up half the run time, Iím not really complaining. Itís stronger than the second set, but weaker than the first. The first story is by far the strongest of the bunch, but the rest are nowhere near as good or entertaining. Itís not as good for kids are the other editions though, as these arenít popular fables or stories that they can relate to or have heard before odds are.
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 isnít much to go on here that is exciting to write about. Thereís a fair amount of noise and distortion, but considering that these are so old Iím 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 isnít demo material, but odds are these are the best these cartoons will ever look.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 track accompanying these movies doesnít help a lot either, as dialogue wasnít 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 wouldnít have helped much either. Just like the video, the audio is about as good as itís ever going to sound, so take it with a grain of salt.
The third edition of cartoons from Disney is a decent showing but I came out expecting more. Thereís only really one story worth seeing, which is the first one, as the rest arenít really that good or funny in comparison to other cartoons. As Iíve said before, if you are one of the diehard Disney fans then you will have already gotten this regardless of what I say. All others should probably rent to see if they like it and make a purchase based on that.