Disney Animation Collection Volume 2: Three Little Pigs
by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B001PK47GW
Date: 18 May 2009 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
As a young child I watched The Wonderful World Of Disney with my family on a weekly basis and I developed a fondness for the classical Disney animation, so when I received an offer to review any or all of Disney Animation Collection Volumes 1-6, I eagerly accepted and requested all six.
My favorite cartoons are "Three Little Wolves", "Three Blind Mouseketeers", and "Elmer Elephant".
"Three Little Pigs" (8:51) is simply a retelling of the child's fable in the instantly identifiable Disney style, while "The Big Bad Wolf" is in the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but with one big difference - she and Grandma are saved by the same Three Little Pigs.
"Three Little Wolves" tells the story of the three sons of the Big Bad Wolf, a trio of rotten little juvenile delinquents and quite obviously his misbegotten offspring. The wolves succeed in capturing the two little pigs who live in the straw house and the wood house, and only their quick wits (and the third little pig who lives in the brick house) can save them. I could sure put the Wolf Pacifier to good use.
Narrated by Sterling Holloway "Lambert The Sheepish Lion" is the story of how the Stork mistakenly delivered a lion cub to a herd of sheep who raise him anyway. Going through life as a cowardly lion, Lambert finally faces a situation where he has to make a life-altering decision.
While I don't remember the original story of "Chicken Little", I don't imagine everybody else in the story was nearly as stupid. But I suspect that stupid chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese probably taste as good as intelligent ones...
For the "Three Blind Mouseketeers", just imagine the Three Blind Mice as the King's Musketeers and their archrival the big fat old cat on guard duty. Watching his eyepatch move frequently from one side to the other and back was nowhere nearly as hilarious as seeing how the Three Blind Mouseketeers managed to avoid one life threatening situation after another.
In "Elmer Elephant", we see how the other animal children bully, taunt, and torment him, until circumstances change drastically and they need him to try and save the day. I particularly loved the brown pelicans and the little tribute to Jimmy Durante.
Once again the quality of the audio and video was somewhat uneven from one feature to the next.
Hopefully Disney takes all 6 volumes, restores them equally to a pristine state, and releases them as a Special Edition set in DVD and Blu-ray.