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Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Walt Disney supplied the voice of Mickey Mouse, and a
Pinto Colvig was still doing Goofy’s voice in the few
had. Marcillette Garner provided Minnie’s voice.
includes english language captions only. It does,
however, have 34 of
the early, black and white Mickey Mouse cartoons.
Past movie reviews can be found here.
An oversized barnyard vermin tortures other animals
until he leaves
the farm, when he suddenly becomes a kind, caring,
member of society. I guess he just craved celebrity.
Mickey’s Service Station. I can see why
they chose to end the set
Many of the early shorts (all of which are listed by
title in the
Amazon.com article above) are just random
choreography, with stories
that begin half way through (if at all), and just end
when the iris
closes for no apparant reason.
In its time, this was remarkably original.
The year after
The Jazz Singer introduced the world to
(and only for the musical numbers; dialogue was still
Walt Disney started doing this with animation. The
In The Jazz Singer, there was somebody
actually there to make
the sound. In Steamboat Willie, we had a
drawings that made no sounds of their own. I can
understand why it
was such a surprise, and why the early cartoons were
with not much else. They don’t look that impressive
they did a lot of this stuff first. This is where we
first met Goofy
(in his “Dippy Dawg” days), Peg Leg Pete (who
originally had two legs,
and later couldn’t decide which had the peg), Minnie
Mouse, and Mickey
himself. Pete has probably changed the least over
the years. Apart
from the leg, there’s really do difference in voice,
personality. The others develop as we watch the
here, spanning 1928 to 1935. Many of the jokes are
recycled from cartoon to
cartoon, but the rest was completely original. I
give it 5 out of 6.
The animation itself develops. In the early
stuff, you not
only have some choppy motion, you get instances where
disappear entirely for a few frames before popping
back in. Colours
used vary (as evidenced by changing shades of grey on
only one part of
the picture), and some of the relative sizes of
Most aspects are impressive for the time, and the
quality itself takes a huge leap forward with
Nightmare, producing better characters than some
of the Saturday
morning cartoons being made today. I give it 5 out
The stories told were weak in most cases.
Some of them had
some good stuff, such as Gulliver Mickey,
Nightmare, The Mad Doctor, Mickey’s
Station and the like, but others, such as
Kid, Blue Rhythm, and Orphen’s
little or no plot, and often had no resolution to
what plot they did
have. I give it 3 out of 6.
The voice acting was not bad. The actual
voices of the
characters went through significant changes over the
in the period from 1928 to 1930, but that itself
isn’t a problem, as
the characters were being defined. Most of the voice
was done with such extreme voices that there was very
little room for
expression. Donald’s voice is either “mad” or “not
Colvig’s work with Goofy had more variation than the
others, and even
that wasn’t much due to the way the character was
facial expression and body language could convey
great emotion, but it
never actually crept into his voice. I give it 3 out
The emotional response to the first 20 or so
mostly historical interest. For example, I wasn’t
expecting Minnie to
flash her panties at all, let alone do it in the
first 10 or 15 cartoons,
and take them completely off twice. Many characters
keeping their pants on, actually. Mickey himself was
in the second cartoon. Of course, all characters are
featureless black in these situations, but it’s still
Once the second disk starts, Mickey becomes a bit
and so does his humour, so the cartoons becoming
their own sake, instead of just showing where things
came from. I
give it 4 out of 6.
The production was impressive for the time.
become more involved as time goes on, and the number
of locations used
in a single cartoon was impressive from the start.
Willie is just odd today, but it must have been
a revelation in
1928. Still, things like odd camera staging,
unsynchronized sound in
the early 1930s, and poor quality control on the
animation itself hold
it back. I give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, this was certainly worth it’s
original $30 (roughly)
retail price, but now that’s it’s only easily
available through eBay
or other used outlets that have raised prices due to
“supply and demand” thing (only 125,000 sets were
have driven prices up dramatically. If you’re not
looking for this
for its historical significance as well as its
you’ll likely be disappointed at its present price.
I give it 4 out
In total, Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in
White receives 28 out of 42.