In this final volume, the homage to Mickey's early career is completed with these shorts. From 1928's "The Barn Dance" to his very last black-and-white short, 1935's "Mickey's Kangaroo," his colorful antics in a black-and-... more »white world propelled him to super-stardom. The Mickey craze touched everybody and everything. In this volume, hear Leonard Maltin and Disney Legend John Hench talk about Mickey's official birthday portraits. Visit an unbelievable collection of Mickey collectibles and rare artifacts. Enjoy period photos, publicity, and animation art from the archives. It's all here plus more in this celebration of the mouse who became a global icon.« less
Jerry Edwards | Vancouver, WA United States | 08/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The contents of this set have been released.
In addition to the below listed 40 Mickey Mouse black and white cartoons, the set contains the following bonus items.
Disc 1 Bonus Leonard Maltin Introduction Mickey's Mania: Collecting Mickey Merchandise Mickey's Portrait Artist John Hench
Disc 2 Bonus Leonard Maltin Introduction Leonard Maltin From The Vault Introduction Mickey's Sunday Funnies: A Virtual Comic Strip Still Frame Galleries
The cartoon titles are as follows, with the year they were released.
1. The Barn Dance 1928 2. The Opry House 1929 3. When The Cat's Away 1929 4. The Barnyard Battle 1929 5. The Plow Boy 1929 6. Mickey's Choo-Choo 1929 7. The Jazz Fool 1929 8. Jungle Rhythm 1929 9. The Haunted House 1929 10. Wild Waves 1929 11. Just Mickey 1930 12. The Barnyard Concert 1930 13. The Cactus Kid 1930 14. The Shindig 1930 15. The Picnic 1930 16. Traffic Troubles 1931 17. The Castaway 1931 18. The Moose Hunt 1931 19. The Delivery Boy 1931 20. Fishin' Around 1931 21. The Barnyard Broadcast 1931 22. The Beach Party 1931 23. The Grocery Boy 1932 24. The Mad Dog 1932 25. Barnyard Olympics 1932 26. Musical Farmer 1932 27. Mickey In Arabia 1932 28. Trader Mickey 1932 29. The Wayward Canary 1932 30. Mickey's Good Deed 1932 31. Mickey's Pal Pluto 1933 32. Mickey's Mellerdrammer 1933 33. Mickey's Mechanical Man 1933 34. The Steeple Chase 1933 35. Shanghaied 1934 36. Playful Pluto 1934 37. Mickey's Steam-Roller 1934 38. Mickey Plays Papa 1934 39. Mickey's Man Friday 1935 40. Mickey's Kangaroo 1935
Most of the cartoons are very entertaining and are among my favorite cartoons of all time. Many of the cartoons have never been released on video or shown on the Disney Channel. Some were shown on the Disney Channel, but were censored when shown. Some of the most entertaining cartoons and some of my favorites, such as The Moose Hunt, Mickey In Arabia, Trader Mickey, Mickey's Good Deed, Mickey's Mellerdrammer, and Mickey's Man Friday have not been shown (or shown censored) due to gun violence or racial/ethnic stereotypes. Although such scenes would still be objectionable to some, the cartoons are very special and need to be seen complete and uncensored. Cartoons that are considered to have objectionable scenes will be shown in a special section of Disc 2 called From The Vault. Leonard Maltin will do a special introduction for this section.
I have seen all these cartoons uncensored and look forward to a DVD set with nicer quality picture and sound.
Among the uncensored cartoons, one of my favorites is Mickey's Good Deed - a great Christmas cartoon, which shows the close friendship between Mickey and Pluto."
THE BIRTH OF A MOUSE!
Tim Janson | Michigan | 10/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second volume in the Mickey in Black & white from the Disney Treasures collection picks up where volume one left off and gives us all 40 of the remaining mickey mouse shorts.
I'm guessing most of these shorts have not been seen in ages. I personally have always preferred the old style, black-eye only look of mickey to the more modern look of today.
And of course, nothing beats the classic animation from the 30's and 40's before studios started doing things on the cheap.
Among my favorites in this collection are:
"Mickey's Mechanical Man" - Mickey's built a robot named Champ who's going to win Mickey a prize by fighting Beppo the Gorilla, the Kongo Killer, in a boxing ring.
"The Haunted House"
"Mickey's Pal, Pluto"
"traffic Troubles" - Mickey is a taxi driver. He takes Percy Pig to an appointment, but loses him on the way. His next fare doesn't fare much better; Minnie must go to her music lesson, but a detour through a barnyard and an encounter with a snake-oil salesman ruin that plan, too.
Well...there's lots more. This is just fantastic stuff. It's animation the way it isn't done anymore.
Add to that a whole host of extras: Leonard Maltin introductions, "Mickey's Mania: Collecting Mickey Merchandise", "Mickey's Portrait Artist: John Hench", "Mickey's Sunday Funnies: A Virtual Comic Strip", Still Frame Galleries, etc.
Great stuff and highly recommended.
Ub Iwerks, gone but not forgotten, well almost not forgotten
GuineaPunk | Theodore, AL United States | 12/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of vintage cartoons as I am, you have probably already purchased this set or it is on its way. This set makes up the B&W Mickey shorts that were passed over in the first volume, when Disney was unsure of the current popularity of these cartoons. The most important thing about this set is that most of these cartoons have not been shown on television for decades, if at all. The most historically important thing is that most were directed by Ub Iwerks, originator of the Mickey Mouse style and some would say the inspiration for Japan's Manga style for the past half century. These films are rare gems that should be in any collection, and are extremely effective as entertainment for any child. The often overlooked character, Horace Horsecollar is also featured in most of these shorts."
Politicially correct -- but rather insulting
Stephen Arkanell | United States | 12/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a hardcore Disney fan, the Treasures series is a dream come true -- and I certainly won't rest until I have every single cartoon from the Disney vault. I originally owned Mickey in B&W Vol 1 when it was on Laserdisc fifteen years ago; and knowing then that there were a few missing, I am thrilled to have this second volume. But unfortunately, the people at Disney seem very much ashamed of their cartoons. On most of the Disney Treasure series, any appearance of a gun, an obscure racial stereotype or the use of the word "Mammy" is preceeded by a gushing apology from Leonard Maltin, explaining how back in the Dark Ages of the 1930's, people weren't as enlightened as they are today, and that we shouldn't judge too harshly. But what the Disney people don't realize is that most people today don't know who Al Jolson was and won't know what "Mammy" is referring to. By pointing out these often hard-to-spot gags (one is a face-shaped balloon floating in the background), it just makes us notice them and even look for them. But this particular collection goes beyond the previous collections, which is why I can't give this one 5 stars. They have taken all the cartoons that could be remotely offensive, including most of the best in this collection(including a classic Christmas cartoon), and placed them in a separate section. To access this section, you have to sit through a three-minute apology from Leonard Maltin, which cannot be skipped or scanned -- you have to sit through it every single time you watch these cartoons. They call this section "From the Vault", which I took to mean that they hadn't been seen in many years. Actually, they mean that these cartoons should only be watched alone, by adults, in the dark of night -- each time making me feel like a prurient pervert. Still, I do applaud Disney for releasing these, especially their WWII collection, without censoring them for our delicate modern minds. But I do wish they would stop treating their own classics as though they might turn us all into gun-wielding Nazi racists."
Must-have for the Serious Disney Collector
Fidel | Fort Lauderdale, FL | 12/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If the Disney wartime cartoons were perhaps the most obscure and hard-to-find, then the black and white Mickey Mouse shorts presented in this volume are without a doubt next in line. With never-before-released and rarely seen (since their original debut more than 70 years ago!) shorts, this collection of 40 Mickey Mouse cartoons, is a definite must-have for any serious Disney collector. Only a few shorts, such as "Shanghaied," "The Haunted House," and "Mickey's Good Deed," had been released previously as part of the cartoon compilations that came out on video during the 80's. The rest are here for the first time on DVD and only the few devoted and lucky people who watched and enjoyed when Disney Channel actually played these shorts, may even know or recognize them. Some, such as "Mickey's Mellerdremmer," which shows Mickey and the Gang portraying the characters from Uncle Tom's Cabin, and "Mickey's Man Friday" featuring cannibals, are presented here, as with every other single short, UNCUT and UNEDITED, regardless of their definitely un-PC content. There is actually a section of the second disc dedicated to ten shorts that showcase what modern audiences may consider as unacceptable stereotypes and behaviors, especially coming from a Mickey Mouse cartoon. A virtual comic strip, an interview, a featurette and a gallery round up this DVD release that will undoubtedly be a favorite for anyone who loves and collects Disney animated shorts."