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The celebration of Mickey's color capers continues in this second
volume of shorts -- from "Society Dog Show" in 1939 to his last
short, "The Simple Things," in 1953 -- and feature film
appearances, giving you a decidedly colorful history of the most
famous mouse in the world. This outstanding review of Mickey's
color career spotlights some very special features, including his
groundbreaking performance in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." You'll
also get an inside look at Mickey's recent career through the
eyes of his most recent animators, Mark Henn and Andreas Deja,
and voice actors Wayne Allwine (Mickey) and Russi Taylor
(Minnie). Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian
Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations
past for generations to come.
By 1939, when the earliest films in this collection were made,
Mickey Mouse was the most famous cartoon character in the world.
The unsuccessful hunter in "The Pointer" (1939) and the
irrepressible magician in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (1940) rank
among his finest performances. In both films, he sparkles with
vitality. But as Mickey grew more popular, more restrictions were
placed on what he could do, and the character grew dull. Those
restrictions become obvious when the viewer compares these films
with the shorts on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living
Color ( /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005KARD/%24%7B0%7D ). In "Mickey's
Birthday Party" (1942), he clowns and stumbles through a comic
dance routine, but it feels like he's working for the laughs. In
1936, when a more impish Mickey danced with a deck of cards in
"Thru the Mirror," the fun came from the stylish grace of his
movements: That Mickey didn't need to mug for the camera. In the
later films, Mickey serves as a genial straight man, with Pluto
and other side characters supplying the comedy.
A new generation of animators faced the same problems and
restrictions when they tried to revive the character in "Mickey's
Christmas Carol" (1983) and "The Prince and the Pauper" (1990).
The extras include some deleted animation from "The Sorcerer's
Apprentice," and the five opening sequences from the "Mickey
Mouse Club" (1955), the last time Walt Disney provided the
character's voice. (Rated G, suitable for all ages: minor cartoon
violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon