Plot: What’s it about?
Are you looking for something to pop to into your DVD player around the holidays, that will perk up your spirits while you’re cooking, wrapping presents, or perhaps just relaxing? If so, then A Cute Cavalcade Of Classic Christmas Cartoons is a disc you will want to look into for sure. This disc holds eleven holiday oriented cartoons and all have a special magic needed to convey the proper Christmas spirit. I am unsure of whether or not you’ll recognize these short cartoons, but I know I’ve seen a few of them before and all of them are fun to watch in the end. All the normal characters seems to be present and accounted for, which is always nice. You’ll watch snowmen, reindeer (including the most famous one of all), joyful children, Tweety & Sylvester, and of course, Old Saint Nick himself, Santa Clause. I found these to be good selections for this release and I think people of all ages will like them also, especially a couple of the more humorous ones. This disc contains an hour and a half’s worth of seasonal cartoons, which is good amount of content if you ask me. With a nice price and some terrific cartoons, this disc is more than worth a look, especially with the holidays right around the corner.
Video: How does it look?
The cartoons are shown in full frame, which is how they were intended to be seen. Some of these cartoons date back to the 1930s and all were made before 1960, so the video quality varies from each cartoon to the next. All have some level of debris on the source print, but none look that bad and I wasn’t let down by any of the transfers. I would like to have seen some cleaner prints of course, but Whirlwind has done well with the materials they had on hand. The colors look good in the later episodes, but some of the earlier pieces have errors and smears. I also found the contrast to be well balanced and compression errors were minimal in the end. I wish they looked better, but this is still a decent treatment from Whirlwind.
Audio: How does it sound?
The cartoons all feature mono audio tracks and due to the age & condition of some of them, quality is less than stellar in several cases. It all comes across in decent enough form most of the time, but in more than a few instances, the audio seems too loud and distorted as a result. I found this to be the case at all volume levels also, so it wasn’t just that my system was turned up too loud. You can only expect so much from stuff this old, so I won’t be too harsh on this audio in my scoring section.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains no bonus materials.