Disney Animation Collection Volume 3: The Prince and the Pauper
by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B001PK47H6
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 feature on this volume is "The Prince And The Pauper", a Disney retelling of the story with Mickey in both main roles. With the help of Mickey the Pauper's friends Goofy and Pluto, as well as Mickey the Prince's companion Donald Duck, they must save the kingdom from the evil thieving Captain of the Guards and his weasel minions.
"The Pied Piper" is simply the children's fable, nothing more. nothing less.
"Old King Cole" is a Hollywood musical, performed in the Disney style, and I consider it a must for the Disney purists.
"Ye Olden Days" is a black and white musical with Mickey Mouse as Ye Wandering Minstrel, Minnie Mouse as Ye Princess, and Dippy Dawg as Ye Prince, a churlish member of royalty. Up until now I was not aware that Goofy was originally named Dippy Dawg. Here the Minstrel has to duel with the Prince for the hand of the Princess, and it has an amusing finish.
"A Knight For A Day" has Goofy as Cedric the squire of a knight set to joust for the hand of another princess, but when he accidentally knocks Sir Loinsteak, his master unconscious, he has to step in anonymously and take his place against Sir Cumference, the champion. This was my second most favorite cartoon and a good way to end the volume.
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.