The Flesicher Color Classics: The Definitive Collection on DVD!

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  1. Patrick McCart

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    This comprehensive collection of Max Fleischer cartoon masterpieces presents over 30 rarely seen Technicolor animated shorts, produced during the golden age of animation. Fleischer created the “Color Classics,” a twisted collection of musical cartoons, to showcase his patented “Stereo-optical Process” that created the illusion of depth by animating his characters over three-dimensional, live action backgrounds. In this special digital picture and sound restoration, you’ll discover a menagerie of wonderfully bizarre new characters and a massive dose of the Fleischers’ surreal humor. Highlights include “Greedy Humpty Dumpty,” “The Cobweb Hotel,” “Ants In The Plants,” and “The Fresh Vegetable Mystery.” Featured are two Academy Award Cartoon Short Subject nominees – “Educated Fish” (1937) and “Hunky and Spunky” (1938) – as well as famed Fleischer femme fatale Betty Boop (“Poor Cinderella”) and Grampy (“Christmas Comes But Once A Year”), and a potpourri of great song cartoons such as “Dancing On The Moon,” “Hold It,” “An Elephant Never Forgets,” and “Small Fry.” This collection is a dream come true for cartoon aficionados and Fleischer fanatics, young and old alike!
    Special Features:
    Commentary by animation historian Jerry Beck, rare production artwork still frame gallery, and a documentary about the Fleischer studio (BETTY BOOP, POPEYE, SUPERMAN, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS), which includes excerpts from additional rare Color Classics cartoons.
    Of the 35 cartoons, 31 have the original opening and closing titles. All are from Technicolor prints, which are 16mm or 35mm. They're all original prints, so they'll be a nice sight for anyone who has had to put up with the faded EP speed tapes. The prints are from the Kit Parker collection, so the quality will be fantastic. The highlight of this collection is the fully restored version of Poor Cinderella. Ever since the sale of the short for TV, only a B&W version was made. The full color version restores the original Cinecolor hues and original opening and closing credits.
    The sound is the ORIGINAL MONO (None of this awful stereoizing like the Winstar discs) and is REGION 0. All are presented in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
    For those who don't want the DVD, there's an extras-less VHS version which contains the entire set of cartoons, but lacks the Jerry Beck commentaries, art gallery, and documentary.
     
  2. Blu

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    Didn't the Fleischer studio do a feature length movie?
    It seems that they did one where a bee went to the city and into several misadventures. It really had the Fleischer look to it from what I remember.
     
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    This is a must-buy for anybody who loves cartoons and/or vintage film.
    The two feature films are Hoppity goes to Town and Gulliver's Travels.
     
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