Mickey's best pal Pluto continues to light up the screen as leading dog in more of his adventure-filled cartoons. Putting the spotlight on his comical antics from 1947 through 1951, this volume includes the inspired "Bone ... more »Bandit" of 1948 and the 1951 classic "Plutopia." The treats continue with three rarely seen shorts featuring Pluto's feline nemesis Figaro, and a revealing exploration of a classic Pluto short. Plus, contemporary Disney master animators discuss their favorite Pluto moments and the art and craft behind them. It's no wonder Mickey's faithful pup became top dog around the world. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.« less
"This final collection of PLUTO cartoons includes some never before available on home video! Also included are the three FIGARO cartoons UNCENSORED with the black mammy.
Comparing those cartoons that were previously released on DVD, this all looks like a new film to video transfer for this set. Don't expect the restoration work like on the Mickey Mouse Treasures, but they are an improvement over last year's Chronological Donald Volume 2.
The Bonus Material strangely seems to talk about some cartoons not included in this set.
DISC 1: 1947 Mail Dog Pluto's Blue Note Rescue Dog 1948 Bone Bandit Pluto's Fledgling Pluto's Purchase 1949 Bubble Bee Pluto's Surprise Package Pluto's Sweater Pueblo Pluto Sheep Dog
Bonus Material: Master Class discussions on Bone Bandit & Hawaiian Holiday (not in this set). Pluto's Process: Pencil Test & Deconstruction of Pluto's Judgement Day (also not in this set).
DISC 2: 1950 Camp Dog Food For Feulin' Pests of the West Pluto and the Gopher Pluto's Heart Throb Primitive Pluto Puss-Cafe Wonder Dog 1951 Cold Storage
FROM THE VAULT (not for the kids due to violence or stereotypes) 1943 Figaro & Cleo (black mammy) 1948 Cat Nap Pluto 1949 Cold Turkey Plutopia
Get yours quick, this one is actually more rare than most...
Scott Jones | Chicago IL | 12/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just picked this up today, and I haven't even started watching it yet, so I apologize for not reviewing the content. I did, however, notice that the 'Certificate of Authenticity' states that this set is limited to only 65,000 copies. This is one of the most limited pressings of all the 'Disney Treasures'
The valuable 'Goofy' collection was limited to 125,000.
Geez, they made 250,000 copies of 'On The Front Lines'!! "
Funnier Than You Think!
John Robinson | Michigan | 01/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this collection because I'm a fan of both Disney and animation; but, knowing that Disney had a rep for squeaky-clean characters, I didn't realize these cartoons would be as funny as they are! It seems over the years Pluto's humor became totally forgotten by cartoon fans...but this is one funny character.
As I watched these cartoons I began to realize that some of these could very well be mistaken for Looney Tunes, as the humor occasionally gets frenetic and fast-paced.....if Pluto didn't show up, you'd think these were done by the whackos at Warner Brothers (I intend "whackos" in a good way, believe me!).
Pluto's bravado yapping is what gets me cracking up...for example, he pretends to act macho by yapping furiously (as he hides behind a fence) at Butch the Bulldog - and runs away as Butch approaches! There are many other hilarious examples of his yapping throughout the set.
You'll be astonished at the OUTSTANDING job the animators did with Pluto's facial expressions and wonder how they were able to convey to the audience exactly what Pluto was thinking, without him uttering a single word; this is amazing work that we have taken for granted when we watch cartoons.
I also noticed the similarities between Pluto and Donald Duck - these two are the ONLY legendary Disney cartoon characters that actually get mad, pull underhanded pranks, cheat (Pluto checks a gumball machine to see if there's any loose change!) and occasionally prey on the weak. Ya think Mickey would do that? NAH!
Also included in this set are the complete Figaro The Cat cartoons (there are only a few, but the short "Figaro & Cleo" is shown TWICE: in the "Bonus Features" segment and the "From The Vault" segment...why?)
I hope you purchase this set; I bought it, intending to be nostalgic and mildly amused but found myself laffing out loud at ol' Pluto...I think you will, too.
Ruff! Ruff! Perfect for young kids!
Frank Mele | San Francisco, CA USA | 02/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pluto is really not a talking character so his dog face says it all. My small kids love his cartoons because they don't have to understand a lot of words to know what's going on and enjoy the humor. Every Pluto cartoon shows the Disney studio mastery of conveying emotions and communication with a dog nosed smurk. Great family entertainment."
Pluto is now complete
Animationfan | England | 01/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With volume 2 Pluto collections can be complete! This is a wonderful addition to the Treasures series in every way. The cartoons inlcuded on this disc are wonderfully entertaining.
Picture quality is good, a number of shorts have obviously been restored a few have not, but they still look good for 50 years old and it certainly is more than acceptable and will not distract from your viewing pleasure. All shorts are provided uncut and three Figaro cartoons are also thrown in for good measure.
Bonus features are light but still very entertaining. Do you ever get the feeling when listening to an audio commentary that the people giving want to pause the film or rewind it or show something frame by frame or slow down the action? Well that is what the master class bonus features are, basically they are audio/visual commentaries where they pause the action and discuss certain frames, so even though the cartoon itself is only about 7 minutes the master classes go on for 10-15 minutes. A brilliant idea! I must admit I was slightly disappointed the galleries don't have any of the original posters."