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Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films, Vol. 3 - The Prince & the Pauper [DVD]

Release Date:04/07/2009

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    Ye Olden Days
    This jaunty musical cartoon opens with a scroll listing the actors and their roles: Mickey Mouse as Ye Wandering Minstrel, Minnie Mouse as Ye Princess, Dippy Dawg (later known as Goofy) in a rare "heavy" role as Ye Prince, and Ye Olde Kinge as Himself (Curiously, Clabelle Cow receives no screen credit for her role as Ye Princess' handmaiden). Astride his faithful donkey, Ye Minstrel rides inot the Kingdom of Lalapazoo, where Ye Kinge and his subjects are preparing for the wedding of Ye Princess and Ye Prince of Poopoopadoo. But when Ye Princess gets a good look at her oafish husband-to-be, she changes her mind, whereupon Ye Kinge order her to be locked in the "attic" until she consents to be wed. Armed with a song in his throat and a smile on his lips, Ye Minstrel vows to rescue Ye Princess--if he can manage to vanquish Ye Prince in a jazzy joust. Originally released in black and white, Ye Olden Days was colorized for cable-TV showings in 1991. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Prince and the Pauper
    The star of this animated 23-minute version of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper is Mickey Mouse...and Mickey Mouse. The bare bones of Twain's mistaken-identity plotline are adhered to, with several delightful slapstick sidetrips along the way. Supporting Mr. Mouse are such Disney stalwarts as Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Black Pete (as the villain, natch.) The film is a delightful hark back to such Disney cartoons of yore as Brave Little Tailor (1938) and Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947), though there are plenty of contemporary references to keep a 1990s audience happy. When originally released to threatres before The Rescuers Down Under, The Prince and the Pauper included a "count-down" clock to bridge the intermission time between the cartoon and the main feature. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Old King Cole
    A lavish pop-up book opens to reveal the castle of Old King Cole. The merry monarch's kingdom is populated by the Pied Piper, Little Boy Blue, Old Mother Hubbard, the Woman in the Shoe, and other such fairy-tale favorites. Dancing to a lively tune, the subjects gather to attend King Cole's annual jamboree, with entertainment provided by the Fiddlers Three, Mary Quite Contrary, Peter Pumpkin Eater, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sprat, The Three Little Kittens, the Three Blind Mice, Goosey Gander, Humpty Dumpty and Simple Simon (who wears a Napoleon hat!). But the hit of the evening is that popular musical aggregation, the Ten Little Indian Boys. This cartoon cunningly recycles animation from the earlier Disney efforts Flowers and Trees and The Pied Piper. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    A Knight for a Day
    This "Goofy" cartoon is a spoof of both the Age of Knighthood and contemporary sports broadcasts. The year is 1446, and the occasion is the annual Canterbury Jousting Tournament. The breathless blow-by-blow sportscaster informs us that the winner of tournament will wed the beautiful Esmerelda, then introduces us to the opponents. The challenger is blonde, blue-eyed Sir Loinsteak, and the champion is the fearsome, cigar-puffing Sir Cumferance. Alas, Sir Loinsteak is knocked unconscious in his locker room, forcing his loyal and humble servant Cedric (aka Goofy) to take his place on the jousting field. At first, it looks like Sir Cumferance will emerge triumphant once more, but fortunately Cedric is armed with a pure heart, a strong hand, and invincible stupidity. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Pied Piper
    The town of Hamelin is literally swarming with rats, who, when they can't grab food out in the open, use bricks to break into grocery stores and delicatessens. To rid themselves of the pesky rodents, the townsfolk demand that their singing Mayor hire an exterminator. Enter the Pied Piper, who after being promised a bag of gold uses his three-toned flute to drive the rats out of town. But once the little pests have danced off to parts unknown, the Mayor reneges on his promise and refuses to pay the Piper. Upset at the bad example set by the adults of Hamelin, the Piper uses his flute to lure all of the children out of town, never to return--a fate that, in this Disneyfied version of the famous Robert Browning poem, isn't such a terrible one after all. In the reissue prints of The Pied Piper, a somewhat superfluous written moral ("Always Keep Your Word") is tacked onto the final scene. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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