All 5 episodes of Walt Disney's Davy Crockett series chronicling the adventures of the King of the Wild Frontier. Beginning with Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter and featuring Davy's adventures all the way up to the Alamo, th... more »ese classic adventures are fun for the whole family. Introduction by Leonard Maltin.
Episodes: Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter; Davy Crockett Goes to Congress; Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race; Davy Crockett and the River Pirates; Davy Crockett at the Alamo.« less
"Davy Crockett is one of Walt Disney's most endeared and remembered live action characters. He was presented to American audiences by Walt Disney on the Disneyland TV Show in 1954. He was personified by Fess Parker beloved ever after by his sincere portrayal. This colorful and entertaining character was first seen in three episodes from the TV show ("Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter," "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" and "Davy Crockett at the Alamo"). Parker, with his coonskin cap and homespun drawl and witticism created a nationwide phenomenon in 1954. Who can forget "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett" composed by George Bruns and Tom Blackburn. Buddy Ebsen played his sidekick George Russel, whose adventures take them from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. to the Alamo in the first three episodes. The series' third episode focusing on the defense of the Alamo, though well remembered, is somewhat labored until we see the final image of Davy Crockett passing into legend and glory. This straightforward and beautifully photographed series expounds the virtues of honesty, integrity and bravery. The country could not get enough of Davy so he and George Russel returned in 1955 for two more episodes ("Davy Crockett's Keel Boat Race" and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates"). For Davy Crockett's second season on television the show was retitled "The Legends of Davy Crockett." The necessary title change came about because we had seen Davy come to his end defending the Alamo and Walt Disney wanted to continue bringing us his adventures. "Davy Crockett's Keel Boat Race" is about a riverboat race between Davy and another American folklore hero Mike Fink. "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" is about Davy's attempt to stop an Indian uprising with Mike Fink's assistance. In some ways these two episodes are the best. Davy Crockett appears less the frontier fighter and more the good-natured peacemaker in these episodes. The riverboat race with Mike Fink is very entertaining and a high point in Disney's American frontier live action adventures. I don't even think John Ford could have filmed this sequence any better. Kenneth Tobey, who worked with John Ford, is excellent in a great comedic part (Fess Parker made note of Tobey's performance in a supplemental interview on the DVD). Walt Disney gave this actor a chance to demonstrate his great versatility and range as an actor. Also, Mike Fink's boats may look a little familiar since they are the basis for the riverboat ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. That's a nice nostalgic tie in! Bert Glennon's cinematography is beautifully picturesque as ever and is matched seamlessly with some very effective glass shot special effects by Peter Ellenshaw. This is one of the best DVDs to come from the Disney vaults. Walt Disney introduces each of the five episodes exactly as they were originally presented on the Disneyland TV Show. The Supplemental Features on this DVD are above and beyond what I had expected. Most of Disney's DVD extras seem to concentrate on the technical aspects of the feature presentation. This DVD focused more on the phenomenon that the legend of Davy Crockett created and the affect it had and continues to have on those who were brought up in those times. There are two exceptional Features: "A Conversation with Fess Parker" and "The Davy Crockett Craze." "The Gallery" of photos and memorabilia is also excellent. "A Conversation with Fess Parker" really hit home with me. Fess Parker appeared to be the genuine article that he was. In a world of eroded morals filled with dirt and filth everywhere you turn it was more than comforting to hear Fess Parker's fond recollections of his portrayal and the ideals that Walt immortalized through the tales of this legendary character. If your eyes feel a little watery its because your remembering a time not so long ago when our heroes were real heroes. This is one of the best and should help keep the legend alive for those that lived it, those that loved it and for those that will someday be touched by it."
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 01/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a confession to make. Even with as big a Disney fan as I am, I had never seen any of the Davy Crockett movies before this came out. I'd seen pictures and heard stories of the Crockett craze, but had no idea what these movies were really all about.This set of DVD's contains all five of the Davy Crockett episodes from the TV show Disneyland as they originally aired. This includes the opening show animation, Walt's intros and outros, and promos for next week's episode. They are presented here unedited and in their original order. Leonard Maltin introduces each episode and hosts the interviews on the second disc. Of those, the one about the Davy Crockett craze is ok, but hearing Fess Parker's memories is interesting, especially to a Disney fan like me. The picture and sound quality is great for something from the 50's, although I did notice that the picture does go to black and white once per episode.Watching these for the first time over the weekend, I was captivated by the movies. The scenery is beautiful and the acting is good. There are a couple spots where a couple stories seem to drag, but they never last long. My favorites are the two on the second disc, particularly the keel boat race. Still, I plan to rewatch all the episodes on these DVDs many more times.Any Disney fan will be pleased to have these in their collection. They are a fun trip to yesteryear for every generation to enjoy."
Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Davy Crockett Televised
Mark Baker | 04/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Davy Crockett was televised my parents and we three kids were not able to watch it on TV. Our Burbank, CA home in the Verdugo Hills overlooked Burbank, and had a wonderful view of all the San Fernando Valley and part of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, we had the Verdugo Hills between us and Mt. Wilson where all the TV transmitters were located. Fortunately, my dad was Tom W. Blackburn, writer of all the Davy Crockett TV screen plays and author of all the songs; George Bruns wrote the music. Eventually, my dad was able to borrow a copy of the 16mm film used by TV stations to boadcast the five Crockett Disneyland shows. Thus, in black and white, complete with all the commercials, in this pre-color era, we saw the full series. (One of the sponsors was Nash Automobile Company.) Even though everything was broadcast in black and white, the series was photographed in color with an eye to the future. Since then certain episodes were released on video tape, but as far as I know the whole set was never issued. Now we all have a remarkable opportunity to own them all on DVD. Be sure to understand that while the original show was b/w, all were shot in color and not colorized as another reviewer supposed. It would be wonderful if Disney would also release on DVD or tape other Disney shows my father wrote. "Johnny Tremaine" was a wonderful show in which Johnny was an apprentice to Paul Revere. Another is "Andy Burnett, Mountain Man." I thought both series to be as good as Davy Crockett. ... I believe all are now out of print."
Correcting an uninformed review
History Man | Potomac, Maryland USA | 06/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Regarding the review, below, written by "crazysunseteacher", this complete TV series DVD set is nothing at all like the two theatrical film releases. It contains the full, uncut original television episodes, as they were originally broadcast on "Disneyland" in the 1950s. These five TV programs included considerably more footage than the theatrical film releases.
The theatrical film releases have been available previously on VHS (and now on DVD) and anyone who bothered to watch them and compare them to the TV series DVD set would know immediately that there is considerable additional footage in the TV series, as released on this grand DVD set. There are even different musical cues in "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" in the film version that were specially written to accompany new film transitions. For starters, the very beginning of the film version omits the scene at Crockett's cabin with his family. How could you miss that if you watched the two versions at all?
The reviewer in question clearly did not bother to watch and compare carefully the two versions before posting the review. Please do not let this uninformed, inaccurate review dissuade you from buying this DVD set.
Davy Crockett: Still King of The Wild Fronteir
Milan Brandon | San Marcos, Ca USA | 03/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Walt Disney Treasures presents the greatest of all Disney Western Shows, the five great Davy Crockett shows. This treasure is one not to be missed at all. Why did I give it five stars? For completeness for Pete's sake. On this set, you will enjoy all five episodes of this hugely popular series. Back in 1954, Walt was looking for an American hero for his popular "Disneyland" series. He went reluctantly with Crockett and it turned out to be the greatest fad of all time! He showed a preview of the show on and original broadcast of the very first "Disneyland" program. During the series, who would be best to play Davy Crockett. Originally it was Buddy Ebsen, who played Davy's partner Georgie Russel, in the series. But who would play Davy? THe answer came when Fess Parker was cast in the film "Them." So when he went to audtition, he was chosen immediately. Now I told you a little bit of history, I'll finish at the end of the review. Now we have to do the features:There are three shows on the first disc. When you put in the disc, after a brief stint at the Walt Disney Treasures preview, you are in the "Walt Disney Treasure Theater." When the curtain is up you see the Crockett Curtains. When those part, our host, Leonard Maltin, will tell us what we will see. Then the curtains close and open again at the main menu. If you have deaf or hard of hearing in the audience, go to Captions and put them on now. Then go to the adventures. Here you will see the first series of the Crockett Saga. Click on the first one, Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter. Leanord Maltin will tell you about the show, then you will see the classic "Disneyland" television show intros. Then Walt will tell you what you will see. After the famous "Ballad of Davy Crockett," he opens Davy's journal for the first story, the indian war. Watch the show to see what happens. The shows end just like they originally did. The same thing happens for the other two shows. These are "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" and "Davy Crockett at The Alamo." The introductions to the shows are Black and White, but the Crockett portions are color, mostly. The second disc is the second series of the saga, "Crockett Legends," and Supplemental Features. When you get there, go to the captions if you need them, then go to the adventures. Here you will see the two final shows of the series. The first one opens the same way like the ones on disc one, except that for some reason, Walt's introductions are color but the end is black and white. Anyway, the shows are the same way, here are the names, "Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates." In these episodes, we have Jeff Kurti playing Mike Fink, King of the River. Then Kenneth Toby, the person who plays Jocko in this episode is the same person who played Jim Boye at the Alamo. It worked out great though. Now for the final features. The supplemental features menu features two featurettes, "The Crockett Craze" and "A Conversation With Fess Parker." There is also a gallery and an easter egg. The easter egg is the preview on the first "Disneyland" program for Davy Crockett and the gallery has photos, art, and theatrical posters and merchandise. Here is the other half of the Crockett history:Davy Crockett first aired in 1954 and was popular overnight. There were books, games, towels, coonskin caps, and records, toy guns, anything that you could do with Davy. Fess and Buddy were at the opening day of Disneyland which you could see on the "Disneyland USA" set. After all of this worn down, Walt created "Zorro" and the "Nine Lives of Elfego Baca." These shows were not as popular, but were fun. I enjoyed the entire series of Davy Crockett. It know you will too. So Davy Crockett is still, King of the Wild Fronteir!Milan Brandon"