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A commentary track that is actually enjoyable!
T. Parker | Indaenhyle,USA | 04/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just got this over the weekend and am still watching it and loving it! The quality is really good and these are some oddball selections for sure, but odd in a good way!Really am loving what I've seen so far and am in the process of getting all the golden age titles for my collection.When it comes to commentaries, even with much loved movies, they aggravate me, either the cast or directors are so full of themselves and keep boasting about different things they did that noone has done, yadda, yadda, yadda, or the cast sound depressed and either didn't want to be there or are high.The commentators talking about the toons are just normal guys,you can tell they love the films they are watching.Not a snooty critic type among them, in fact they actually make watching the toons more fun."
Animated ads made for movie theaters (and more)
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 03/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"MACKINAC's transfers are excellent quality-- results being solely dependent on condition of source material, which is usually also quite good, considering the age and rarity of many of these private collection cartoon shorts. Their CULTOONS! DVD includes four pages of full-color liner notes, plus extra on-disc film data.
CULTOONS, Volume 2 is the obvious supplement to this collection.
PROGRAM LIST for "Cultoons! Ads and Oddities"--
MENDELSSOHN'S SPRING SONG (1931) - Made in two-strip Brewstercolor process. Derivative of Disney's "Silly Symphony" series.
MONKEYDOODLE (1931) - Reconstructed from four source films of varying quality. Highly detailed artwork.
THE HOBO HERO (1935) - Piccolo Pete hitches rides on trains. He rescues a trapped dog.
KOOL PENGUINS (1935) - Animated cigarette commercial shown in theaters during evening hours.
WONDER BAKERS AT THE WORLD'S FAIR (1939) - Fragments of a short used at the New York World's Fair to promote Slo-Baked Wonder Bread.
FORD COMMERCIALS (1950) - Four commercials written and designed by Dr. Seuss.
ANIMATED THEATRICAL COMMERCIALS (1940-41) - These Technicolor ads for Coca-Cola (Pebble Punch), Shell Oil (Cops And Robbers/A Squirt In Time/The Oilympic Games Endurance Relay) and Brookfield Butter (A Date With Kate) run somewhat over a minute each.
KORN PLASTERED IN AFRICA (1931) - Overly-surreal short starred host of a long-ago children's radio program.
PM PICNIC (1948) - Color cartoon spot for PM's Whiskey featured cute little woodland critters.
TODDY COMMERCIALS (1950/52) - Short ads for a chocolate drink are in rather poor condition.
MONSTERS DO HAVE THEIR PLACE (1971) - Expresses the concern of theater owners over up-and-coming Pay TV.
GOOFY GOAT (1931) - B&W print of what is historically believed to be the first-ever color cartoon.
NO FARE (1935) - Rather boring short stars Goofy Gus and his Omnibus.
EASY DOES IT (1948) - Half-hour length Hugh Harman animation is at times a commercial for Stokely/Van Camp products and at others a celebration of small town food stores.
BONUS - Shorts with commentary by cartoon historians (details above):
Monkey Doodle (1931)
Mendelssohn's Spring Song (1931)
Goofy Goat (1931)
Ford Service Commercials (1950)
PLUS-- 'Cultoons' - Unearthing the Forgotten"