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Reviews written by Unknown Tag: 'Username' (4 reviews)

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Victory Through Air Power Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1943
Walt Disney Studios
 featuring Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Eugene Ely, Calbraith P. Rogers, Sir John Alcock; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

Victory Through Air Power BCDB Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4/5 stars from 3 users.)

Victory Through Air Power 2 out of 5 stars

Isn't it about time?

Reviewed by: colinf, March 30, 2003

It seems odd, that EVERY full length animated feature has seen a DVD or VHS release except this one. I've read somewhere that Disney had no plans to every release this from their archives (too politically incorrect or somesuch nonsense). However, what with the releases of the uncut Mickey Mouse and Goofy cartoons in the TREASURE Tin set DVD's (where black characters are made fun of and Goofy smokes), surely now is the time this movie should get a TREASURE release all of it's own!

P.S. It could be packaged with uncut versions of Melody Time and Make Mine Music (both of which had been cut or 'touched over' for their standard Region 1 DVD issues (they are not available over here in Britain on DVD (although the British VHS versions seem unaltered (indeed The Martins and the Coys section of Make Mine Muwsic is on the British VHS but not on the American DVD)).
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The Reluctant Dragon Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1941 2005.
Production Number: 1379 (Baby Weems segment).
Production Number: 1244 (Reluctant Dragon segment)
4

Walt Disney Studios
 featuring Casey, Jr. ("Casey, Jr.", Donald Duck, Clementine Cow ("Old MacDonald Duck", Baby Weems, John, Mrs. Weems; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

The Reluctant Dragon On Video!  The Reluctant Dragon BCDB Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2/5 stars from 11 users.)

The Reluctant Dragon 8 out of 5 stars

The film certainly does not Drag On!

Reviewed by: colinf, March 30, 2003

This gem is not yet available on DVD in the UK, so I've had to ship over an American import on the BEHIND THE SCENES DISNEY TREASURES Tin DVD Set. It is well worth your time and money.

Whilst I'm not convinced this was how Walt Disney made his movies (surely the voices are recorded BEFORE the drawings are done), it nevertheless remains an entertaining tour of the studios.

Granted the treatment of women may border on the sexist, but this film is a product of it's time and it is a credit to Disney DVD that the film remains unedited (why the same coutesy couldn't have been extended to the DVD issues of Melody Time and Make Mine Music, I've no idea)!

The highlight of the film is, of course, the Baby Weems section. I wonder who stroyboarded this storyboard style of telling the tale though?

The Reluctant Dragon cartoon is also a delight. Perfectly inoffensive and wonderfully witty - especially the character of the British Knight (ah, if only us Brits really did drink tea and eat cake all day - life would be wonderful).

This DVD is a limited edition, so get it while you can (I'm now holding my breath in anticipation for a release of Victory Through Air Power on the TREASURES range of DVD (although I doubt it'll ever happen)).
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Melody Time Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1948 2055 (Wintertime segment).
Production Number: 2056 (Pecos Bill segment).
Production Number: 2058 (Appleseed segment).
Production Number: 1060 (Samba segment)
13

Walt Disney Studios
 featuring Jenny, Joe ("Once Upon a Wintertime", Bee ("Bumble Boogie", Johnny Appleseed, Johnny's Angel; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

Melody Time On Video!  Melody Time BCDB Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4/5 stars from 12 users.)

Melody Time 8 out of 5 stars

Is up tempo!

Reviewed by: colinf, March 30, 2003

MMM, I obviously disagree with the review above.

I used to work at a holiday camp. Out of season (i.e. winter) the camp was closed, so they put me on night duty at the gate just to call the police incase anyone tried to vandalise or break in. Nothing usually happened, so on went the TV. Over here in Britain, night time telly is awful. Barring the odd excellent Hammer Horror, the movies were usually dross. Howver, one night Melody Time was on (no I don't know why a Disney flick was on a 3am in the morning either), but comparred to the other films I suffered, this was a God send! Admittedly, it is no Fantasia, and I could quite happily live without the rather too cute and over sentimental first section, but the rest of the film is great.

The Trees section is wonderfully animated (and I found it very uplifting on first viewing (yes, isn't our planet beautiful)) - almost up to Fantasia's standards.
Bumble Boogie is just manic. Superb fun.
I've never heard the story of Johnny Appleseed before (being a Brit, I suppose he was more of an American icon) and the story is quite heartning. Only you had to feel sorry for Johnny. Everyone seemed to love his apples, but according to the cartoon, only the animals knew who planted the trees.

Yes, I admit Roy Roger and his clan can prove annoying, especially those two "cute" kids, but I'd rather a film was issued uncut than have sections removed just because they are dated. So it was with some annoyance that I realised that the VHS and DVD releaes of Melody Time have had Pecos Bill's cigarette painted out (or digitally removed). Why? Are kid's suddenly going to copy the antics of a fictious cowboy in a movie over 50 years old. (Thinking about it, I think Goofy's cigarette had been removed from his section in Saludos Amigos too.)
Apart from this shoddy treatment of another persons art (and not to mention very hard work), I find the Pecos Bill story very imaginative and amusing.

So do check this film out - at just over an hour, it doesn't outstay it's welcome.
And here's hoping that Disney DVD will finally issue an version that hasn't been edited.
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