HTF REVIEW: "Walt Disney Treasures: The Complete Goofy" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) (with screens

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Walt Disney Treasures
    The Complete Goofy




    Studio: Walt Disney
    Year: 1939-1961
    Rated: NR
    Feature Length: 326 Minutes
    Aspect Ratio: Full Screen (1.33:1)
    Subtitles: English



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    For over 60 years, kids and adults alike have
    fallen in love with Disney's awkward, toothy,
    curious, and good-spirited "everyman." You know
    of course I am referring to Goofy, a
    character that first appeared seven decades ago
    in Mickey's Revue (1932). Then just a bit
    character, he sported whiskers and square spectacles
    and was called "Dippy Dawg." Even later, his name
    became "Dippy The Goof." It wasn't until 1934 that
    his goofy personality led to the finalizing of his
    name. Goofy became Disney's newest star.
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    During the second half of the 30s, Goofy was paired
    with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in a variety of
    cartoon shorts. From 1933 onward, Goofy also appeared
    in many Mickey Mouse books as a member of "the gang."
    Goofy's first solo-starring effort was Goofy and
    Wilbur
    (1939).
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    It seems only fitting that this cartoon icon be
    honored in a brand new compilation of classic
    cartoons that have become part of the Walt Disney
    Treasures
    collection. Arriving in an attractive
    individually numbered tin case, this handsome 2-disc
    Collection contains 46 of Goofy's original theatrically
    released animated shorts between the years of 1939-1961.
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    Inside the tin box lies the two DVD discs resting
    in double-cased Amaray housing. In the side pocket
    is an 8-page collector's booklet printed on durable
    paper. Through text and photos, this booklet gives
    you a brief overview of the good natured "happy-go-
    lucky" simpleton. Unfortunately, it's doesn't
    really give you enough historical background on
    how Goofy was created. The booklet also contains
    a complete episode guide broken down by year and
    disc contained on. Also included is a poster
    card from The Olympic Champ, a 1942 short.
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    Who better than to introduce this set than film
    historian Leonard Maltin. Leonard appears many
    times throughout this collection, most notably at
    the beginning of each disc, giving historical
    background to the material you are about to watch.
    One thing you should take notice here during his
    introductions (especially on Disc 2) is the quality
    of the small snippets of shorts animation shown
    during Maltin's commentary. You will notice the
    condition of the material is not that great, and it
    really makes you appreciate how well Disney has
    restored that material.
    How is the transfer?
    I have no doubt that this is the best Goofy has
    ever looked. These Technicolor shorts are very
    pleasing to the eyes despite the fact that some of
    the older ones have a lot of background graininess
    to them. Still, these shorts look remarkably vivid
    and clean with just a few blemishes popping up from
    time to time.
    The 2.0 mono tracks sound quite good with very
    nice dynamic range. There's the expected amount
    of aged background hiss, but unless you really try
    to look for it, the hiss never becomes obtrusive.
    Special Features
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    Let me begin by talking about the Main Menu.
    I again give much credit to the folks at Disney
    for putting some thought into the overall
    presentation of these shorts. Through the menu
    you can arrange the selection of shorts either
    by alphabetical or chronological listing.
    You also have the option of English subtitles, which
    is certainly an unexpected welcomed addition here.
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    Each disc contains a variety of Bonus Material.
    Let's begin with Disc One...
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    The Essential Goofy begins with a look at the
    man that created the character, Art Babbitt. Art
    received over 80 awards during his career as animation
    director and animator. Though Art is no longer with
    us, we hear his narrated words as he lovingly
    describes his animated creation.
    (length: approx. 6 minutes)
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    Pinto Colvig: The Man Behind Goofy takes a
    look at the man who was the original longtime voice
    of Walt Disney's Goofy. Rising from performances in
    carnivals and circuses, Colvig was a man who knew
    how to make people laugh. In 1930 he joined Walt
    Disney, often offering small voice-over parts
    (such as the sound of Pluto panting). Even after
    Goofy's success, he went on to voice two of the
    Dwarves, Grumpy and Sleepy, in Snow White. Colvig
    was replaced a number of times when he went to
    Florida to work for Max Fleischer and a number
    of other projects with other studios.
    (length: approx. 5.5 minutes)
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    Let's move on to the Bonus Material that
    appears on Disc Two...
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    A conversation with Goofy's Voice: Bill Farmer
    is a one-on-one interview between Leonard Maltin
    and the man that provides the legendary voice. So
    how does one rise to becoming the voice of Goofy?
    Bill explains he had grown up loving cartoons,
    seeing them as often as he could. Surprisingly,
    Goofy was his absolute favorite. He began doing
    impressions and in 1986 he came out to Hollywood
    and started doing voice over work as Goofy. Martin
    and Bill talk about the recent Goofy efforts that
    include A Goofy Movie and the voice that
    comes out of the Goofy telephone. A very nice chat.
    (length: approx. 13.5 minutes)
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    A Poster Gallery contains almost 40 poster
    designs while a Memorabilia Gallery contains
    photos of comic, book and record covers. Goofy
    Through The Years is a wonderful look at the
    progression of the character through the decades
    via pencil drawings. Many of the images in all
    three of these galleries are accompanied by Leonard
    Maltin narration.
    Final Thoughts
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    Gawrsh! Well,whaddya know ...it's a real treat
    to own these collection of Goofy cartoons, fully
    restored and presented in a handsome collection
    hosted by Leonard Maltin. At an online price of
    under $24, you'll absolutely want this tin alongside
    your other Disney DVD classics.
    Release Date: December 3, 2002
     
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    Once again, great review Ron! Thanks so much for your effort in writing these. I have a 5 year old boy who laughs hysterically at anything Goofy so this will be a sure treat for him under the tree this Christmas. [​IMG]
     
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    Another no brainer Disney tin! Thanks for the review!
     
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    Ron, is the tin silver like the first wave, or black as it looks in your photo?

    TIA
     
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    Oh, December 3 cannot come too soon this year!
     
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    Great!! Looking forward to getting this. I love the fact that Disney include subtitles on these cartoons. When the Donald Duck collection comes out (as it surely must) it'll be so much easier understanding what he says!
     
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    Thanks as always for the review, Ron. I'm really looking forward to seeing this wave of Goofy and Mickey shorts, many for the first time. Next week can't come soon enough! [​IMG]
     
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    The tin is silver. The flash makes it look black.

    Thanks for pointing that out -- I should have
    mentioned that in my review.
     
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    What exactly is Goofy anyway? He kinda looks like a dog, but that's inconsistent with Mickey's pet, Pluto (who can't talk nor walk).

    Maybe he's a wolf? Or is he a weirdo like Gonzo from the Muppet's? Does the box set reveals once and for all what Goofy is?

    It seems every major talking Disney toon characters have animal type (or at least some suggestions) as their last name (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck) except goofy. Could someone tell me?
     
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    Oh, it's gonna be hard to wait for xmas this year [​IMG]
    Thanks Ron for confirming that it'll be worth the wait [​IMG]
     
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    I think Ron has stated aboved in his review that Goofy was first known as a bit character called "Dippy Dawg". His he a dog or a dawg?[​IMG]
     
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    Thank you Ron and thank you Disney. These sets are such a great way to preserve everything that Walt started so long ago. I can't wait to own this new set.

    Chris S.
     
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    Looks like a fantastic DVD!

    I got all 3 Treasures pre-ordered (just need to send in my money order to amazon), so I'm really looking forward to them.

    Colvig did voices for pretty much every main cartoon studio. Warner Bros. used his voice talents in some cartoons such as Jeepers Creepers (the ghost), the Conrad Cat cartoons (as Conrad), and a few others. Tex Avery cast him as the lead pig in Blitz Wolf, which was essentially the same voice role he had in The Three Little Pigs.
     
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    another great review Ron.[​IMG] this and Mickey in Black & White both shipped today.[​IMG] so i should get it by Tuesday.Glad to hear the a/v is pleasing.[​IMG]
     
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    Very nice and rewarding review Ron. I will have to get this for Christmas along with Micky in black in white. What can I say, Goofy is the man, who work continues to be funny after all these years (Goofy on House of Mouse is very funny).
     
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    Great stuff, it's mine, mine![​IMG]
    ps. It's not really the complete Goofy methinks, he did co-star in other Mickey and Donald cartoon shorts and I think a few more shorts with just him, I'm not sure...
     
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    Ron, is there more details in the inserts this time around... like info about each short? Or is this another project I have to undertake [​IMG]
    Glad to see the chronological order... finally.
     
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    I lucked out and found this early. It's like Christmas!![​IMG]
     
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