Silly Symphonies I have to applaud Disney. If you took a look at their Walt Disney Treasures collection and had known their home video history these past 10 years, you would be shaking your head in total disbelief. We used to constantly mock Disney for their lack of interest in the Home Video format during both the laserdisc era and the early DVD era. Trying to get them to release their most prized product to the formats became a hopeless cause. But over the past year or more, changes took place with management at the studio. Somebody over there smelled the coffee and realized the significance of this format and the need to get material released to the format. This change of attitude at Disney towards DVD has significantly skyrocketed business for the studio. Take these tins, for instance, that were released at the very end of last year. Mickey Mouse: In Living Color and Silly Symphonies. For those of us that knew Disney Home Video, this is a true earth-moving event for the studio to release this sort of material. I bought Mickey Mouse: In Living Color and have not had the opportunity to even look at its contents yet. I will admit that I staunchly hesitated to hold off on buying Silly Symphonies, because I felt that these would ultimately be cornball cartoons. Well, a friend of mine urged me to buy this set. He told me quite frankly, "You better buy this tin now as you can't readily find them anymore and these are cartoons that may never see the light of day again". In fear that I may miss out on a Collector's prize that may never be available again, I just ordered and received the Silly Symphonies 2-disc collection encased in a numbered tin. I am calling this a mini-review, because I have not had the opportunity to watch this entire collection. After watching a few of the cartoon shorts this morning, I felt the need to come to the forum and urge members to buy this set before it is gone. If nothing else, THIS is animation history. Silly Symphonies are the very earliest cartoons produced by Walt Disney starting in 1929 and going through 1939. The premise was simple: put out fun little cartoons set to original music. Not only were these cartoons groundbreaking as far as animation was concerned, but the newly developed technicolor process also played an essential role in some of these early shorts. It's interesting to note that Walt Disney took a huge risk with the early 3-strip Technicolor technology and ended up having his short, Flowers and Trees win an Academy award (1932) as a result. I watched 4 of the 31 uncensored cartoons presented in this 2-disc collection. I can't begin to tell you how impressed I was with these cartoons. After 70 years, these cartoons still seem fresh, displaying unique personality that hasn't dulled with age. Three Little Pigs was fun to watch. I remember seeing this short as a kid, and was thrilled to watch the pigs playing theit flute and violin dancing around without cares of the looming wolf. Skeleton Dance, a black and white short, is extremely eerie and entertaining. It's amazing to see how well black and white suits this cartoon. Flowers and Trees is a uniquely imaginative tale of singing flowers and trees who are suddenly disrupted by fire that rages through their forest. To watch the imaginative minds of the writers and animators who show flowers washing themselves in puddles or birds poking holes in clouds for rain, will bring a smile to your face. The quality of these shorts look great. Of course there are blemishes on the source material, but you can plainly see how carefully these shorts have been preserved for DVD. The audio sounds very clear. Many of these shorts have a personal introduction by film historian, Leonard Maltin who has great knowledge of the material as these were shorts that he grew up with and has fond remembrances of. I urge everyone to buy this tin before it disappears from shelves forever. It's a pinacle piece of Disney history that clearly shows why the studio quickly rose to historical status.