4 stars for this excellent find!
Colin Warbeck | Potomac, MD United States | 09/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why this DVD is getting hard to find all of a sudden. My copy arrived today, but it looks like you can no longer order it. First off, this DVD isn't really for American kids. With that in mind, please read the following review. Anyway, this is a more entertaining selection of National Film Board of Canada animated shorts than the Leonard Maltin Animation Favorites DVD. The Maltin selections were good too but too arty for the average viewer (I nearly fell asleep throughout "Pas de Deux" on that video).In "Animation Greats!" we see a variety of crowd pleasers, beginning with the surprising "Special Delivery" and ending with "Blackfly", an animated adaptation of a Canadian folk song. True, there is still "The Lump" after that one, but "The Lump" is just so STUPID and boring. An overlong pixilation/collage short with unappealing characters.The thing about this DVD is that unlike a lot of short film collections, the ratio of actual GOOD shorts is higher. The best ones are "Special Delivery", Richard Condie's "Getting started" (which is also on the Maltin DVD but the sound is better on this print), "The big snit" (also by Condie, an amazing display of Condie's unique humour), the rarely-seen, albeit excellent musical comedy "Get a Job" starring Bob Dog...and of course, "The Cat Came Back" which seems to be in nearly every single compilation of NFB shorts (It's on the Maltin DVD as well as on any number of past, present and future compilations).The only shorts I had no love for were "The Lump" and "Juke Bar", a pre-"Joe's Apartment" cockroach-infested stop-motion escapade. It just wasn't funny enough. Overall I recommend getting this if you plan on watching the cartoons with friends, and the Leonard Maltin DVD if you want some beautiful visuals.This would've got 5 stars from me if they replaced "The Lump" with McLaren's "Neighbours" and "Juke Bar" with "What on Earth"."
Great Animation, poor transfer
Big Mack Daddy | USA | 05/28/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The animations on this disk can be had on the "super jewelcase" version of this disk. The video transfer on this particular disk is awful. Buy the DVD with the guy in the red spiral on the cover, the animations are the same, but the video transfer is far superior."
Excellent Canadian Humor which comes in an 8-pack
Big Mack Daddy | 01/01/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the funniest and most creative animation compilations I have ever seen. The music and scripting, how ever suttle or obvious, is craftily executed. If you are sick of Disney childish sing-a-long movies which break in to song every other word, THIS is for you. My complements to the Canadian Film Board for these Award Winners."
The Cat Came Back and others...
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 03/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disk has eight wonderful little tales from the Canadian Film Board. Many styles of animation are used and there is some good music (The Cat Came Back, Blackfly, Get a Job). The stories included are as follows:The Cat Came Back - An elderly man finds a cut kitten with a destructive nature. He spends the film trying to get rid of the cat. Great song.The Big Snit - A bizarre husband and wife begin to feud with one another but even global nuclear war cannot stop their love from shining through.The Lump - A very short man becomes popular when he grows a lump on top of his head that looks like a handsome head. Then he learns that popularity is not all it's cracked up to be.Getting Started - A pianist spends the afternoon procrastinating practicing a piece.Juke Bar - Live action and claymation tell of a diner owner's unique solution to a roach infestation.Get A Job - Two stories on one as the main story is mirrored on a soap opera. The trials of job hunting.Blackfly - A wonderful animation of Wade Hemsworth's song about working on the Little Abitibi in Ontario and the local pest.Special Delivery - A really bizarre sequence of events that happen when a husband refuses to clean the snow and ice from his front steps.While these stories were not originally intended for little children there is no sex or nudity in these films. The little violence that does exist is similar to a Warner Brothers Looney Tune.I saw no indication of the poor print quality mentioned by an earlier reviewer."