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28 SHORT INCLUDING REPEATS KEEP THIS ONE FROM GETTING 5 STARS!
By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
My first impression of this set was that there were too many repeats for a set featuring only 28 shorts. Pluto Disney's resident hound starred in 48 shorts, but appeared in many shorts with his comrades Mickey and Donald. This two disc set, The Complete Pluto of Walt Disney Treasures volume one is the second release of Wave 4. It seems a little light in comparison with the other sets up to this point as the extras and amount of shorts for Pluto's solo career were probably a little too heavy for one volume, but a little too light for two! ......so sadly Disney went with two volumes that fall just short of greatness.
The biggest problem isn't so much that they are giving us at least 5 cartoons from other releases, but that they didn't even give us half of the character's starring cartoons here and the extras are extremely light. On the first disc there is a short bio on the character and his creators and another short featuring one of Disney's top animators showing the process of drawing a cartoon and animating a character like Pluto. Both pieces are interesting, but too short to fill the void of al least another half dozen cartoons.
Disc two has 15 more shorts broken up into two sections 13 standard and 2 From The Vault . The cartoons on both discs look great and the two From The Vault sections haven't been seen in years because of those nasty stereotypes. Once again, I'm glad they are intact here so we can remember the way things used to be. The disc also includes a gallery and a few short features that are interesting, but nothing that makes this set feel "complete".... Still, this is another quality set even with its shortcomings. The cartoons looks great and they are uncut, there is some back history here and if you only want to collect Pluto you will get a good dose of his better shorts.
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Walt Disney Treasures - Pluto Volume One
By Auburn Niewiadomski
Walt Disney Treasures has made some impressive releases and Pluto volume one is not going to be the most discussed, but it's a great volume to own if you're a Pluto fan. My favorite Walt Disney cartoon character is Pluto so this was a must have for me. The two disc DVD set is kept in a tin can which looks impressive at first but can get scratched up easily just a warning. Included inside the DVD case is a "certificate of authenticity" and it displays the number of DVD sets available, only one hundred ten thousand! I recommend buying Pluto volume one before it goes out of stock because if it does sellers will be selling this set for outlandish prices. Also included is a little collectible card which was originally a poster for the original theatrical release of "Bone Trouble." And to get you started with volume one has a DVD pamphlet which briefly discusses what's going to be on this set. I was truly impressed with the packaging but I'd just like to say, why aren't Pluto's ears black? Right directly on the DVD cover you can clearly see Pluto's ears are the same color as the rest of his body. I'm wondering if this was a mistake, or the image of Pluto was originally colored in that way. Oh well, it's still a great set.
Now I've discussed about the packaging but what about the character himself, Pluto! I just love Pluto, his facial expressions are priceless and the animators did an unbelievable job. It should be difficult making seven minute cartoons with a character who doesn't speak but somehow it can be done obviously. One of my favorite scenes with Pluto is from the 1935 cartoon "On Ice", Donald Duck has put ice skates on Pluto's paws and he's having such a difficult time getting up and he keeps slipping around on the ice. It would be pretty difficult to make Pluto as funny as he is if he were subtle, he needs over the top expressions to get the point across. Pluto's emotions come from the eyes not the mouth, oh and his tail too. : )
Pluto volume one includes twenty-eight Pluto cartoons and each one has been restored and re-mastered. The black and white ones still have quite a bit of grain, but you can see much more improvement on the cartoons featured in color. I'll list each cartoon below in there chronological order.
The Chain Gang (1930)
On Ice (1935)
Pluto's Quin-Puplets (1937)
Beach Picnic (1939)
Bone Trouble (1940)
(From the Vault) Panty Pirate (1940)
Pluto's Playmate (1941)
Canine Caddy (1941)
Lend a Paw (1941)
(From the Vault) A Gentleman's Gentleman (1941)
Pluto, Junior (1942)
The Army Mascot (1942)
The Sleepwalker (1942)
T-Bone for Two (1942)
Pluto at the Zoo (1942)
Pluto and the Armadillo (1943)
Private Pluto (1943)
Springtime for Pluto (1944)
First Aiders (1944)
Dog Watch (1945)
Canine Casanova (1945)
The Legend of Coyote Rock (1945)
Canine Patrol (1945)
Pluto's Kid Brother (1946)
In Dutch (1946)
Squatter's Right (1946)
The Purloined Pup (1946)
Pluto's Housewarming (1947)
While yet this two disc set includes twenty-eight cartoons, it also has a few short features. In "Pluto 101", Leonard Maltin meets with Disney animator Andreas Deja and he shows Leonard how to draw Pluto and how studying classic cartoons can help the animating process. Another feature is "the Life and Times of Pluto" which discusses...well the animated dog Pluto, who else. A feature from disc two is called "Pluto's Picture Book" which is an excerpt from "A Story of Dogs" a Disneyland TV episode. "Pluto's Pal Fergy" is a nice tribute about Norman Ferguson; Norman Ferguson helped create the character Pluto. And also included with this set are a few galleries. Even though Pluto volume one isn't packed with extras at least their interesting ones, and thankfully no games!
If you're a fan of Pluto, I'd recommend volumes one and two before their out of stock. If you can get your hands on either one be glad you did because these are truly rare and special DVD's.
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Great collection of cartoons
Great collection of cartoons. What I have noticed is that many of the pluto cartoons are going to be found in the Mickey collection, because, well, they are master and dog. What I didn't like of this collection is that it doesn't have some of the original shorts in black and white- because they are in the Mickey collection but have the "Pluto sunbeam intro" to them.