Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

It seems like fans have demanded to see Disney’s animated shorts on DVD since the studio began pressing DVDs, but the output has been slow, to say the least. But as part of their Walt Disney Treasures line, Disney has issued a wonderful collection of animated shorts with Mickey Mouse in Living Color. This two disc set is limited to 150,000 copies and is houses within a gorgeous silver metal tin, complete with removable lid and not hinges. But the case is just the frills and we all know what counts, the content on the discs themselves. This set delivers in that respect too, with all of the Mickey Mouse shorts from 1935-1938, including some timeless classics that I was overjoyed to finally own on DVD. Some of the shorts have been included on other releases as supplements, but most of the content here is exclusive and as such, collectors won’t want to miss this excellent, well priced release. I simply cannot recommend this title enough and let’s all hope it sells well, so we could perhaps see The Black & White Years released on DVD, as well as countless other Disney animated shorts. Below is a list of which shorts can be found within this superb two disc collection, so check it out and then speed off to nab one for yourself.

Disc One
1935
1. The Band Concert
2. Mickey’s Garden
3. On Ice
4. Pluto’s Judgment Day
5. Mickey’s Fire Brigade

1936
1. Thru the Mirror
2. Mickey’s Circus
3. Mickey’s Elephant
4. Mickey’s Grand Opera
5. Mickey’s Polo Team
6. Alpine Climbers
7. Moving Day
8. Mickey’s Rival
9. Orphan’s Picnic

Disc Two
1937
1. Hawaiian Holiday
2. Moose Hunters
3. The Worm Turns
4. Magician Mickey
5. Mickey’s Amateurs
6. Clock Cleaners
7. Lonesome Ghosts

1938
1. Mickey’s Parrot
2. Boat Builders
3. The Whalers
4. Mickey’s Trailer
5. Brave Little Tailor

Video: How does it look?

The animated shorts are presented in full frame transfers, as intended. I’ve seen most of these many times before and without a shadow of a doubt, this is the best they’ve looked and fans should be most pleased. Given the age of the materials, I was quite surprised they appear so clean and sharp here, even better than expected. You will still see some blemishes, but all things considered, this is some magical work from Disney. The colors are vivid and bold, but never smear or bleed, while contrast is well balanced also. In other words, for animated shorts that were made in the 1930s, you couldn’t ask for much more.

Audio: How does it sound?

The original mono soundtracks are used and the results are quite good, though some age related flaws surface, as expected. As we could anticipate from materials well over 60 years old, the audio is a little thin at times and some wear is evident, but I never noticed any serious errors here, even for a second. The music is clear and comes through well, while dialogue is clean and while sometimes a little muffled, is still coherent. So aside from the expected age flaws, the audio is very good and shouldn’t disappoint even the most ardent fans. You can also enable English subtitles for the shorts, if you’re so inclined.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This set has some nice extras too, such as an introduction from Leonard Maltin, who knows his Disney and speaks about Mickey’s role in pop culture, animation, and beyond. Maltin returns in a brief featurette titled Mickey in Living Color, which looks at how Mickey changed when he made the transition into the world of color animation. You’ll also find a Parade of Award Nominees short, a selection of stills, and pencil tests for On Ice, Pluto’s Judgment Day, and Mickey’s Fire Brigade, which are very cool to have as inclusions here.

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