Disney Animation Collection Volume 5: Wind in the Willows
by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B001RTKKN0
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.
While not familiar with Kenneth Grahame's story Wind In The Willows, it was great entertainment for 34 minutes and 20 seconds, and only slightly marred in a few places by video glitches no doubt caused by dirt and scratches on the film masters. When it comes to the latest fad, J. Thaddeus Toad will blindly rush in where even fools fear to tread and his three loyal friends Ratty, Moley, and Angus McBadger have to go to great lengths to "save Toad from himself", a sentiment I share with the narrator. The frantic attempts to get the paper to clear his name are absolutely hilarious and conducted at breakneck speed. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride indeed.
Hans Christian Andersen's story of "The Ugly Duckling" is a familiar one and animated in the classic Disney style that is so very familiar to me.
"The Grasshopper And The Ants" is one of Aesop's Fables and is ably animated in the early Disney style.
"The Golden Touch" is the story of greedy King Midas and how the Touch of Gold he sought so desperately proves to be his bane. Once again animated in the early Disney style, Midas comes to his senses before it's to late for him.
Dolores McKenna's story "The Robber Kitten" was made in 1935 and you can see where Disney's greatest animators were honing their craft in this charming little cartoon.
"The Wise Little Hen" plants and harvests the corn with absolutely no help from the Idle Hour Club with only two members: President Peter Pig and Vice President Donald Duck. Unlike the Grasshopper in "The Grasshopper And The Ants", this pair prove that it is possible to combine arrogance and stupidity all in one package.
This time around I have no major complaints about either the audio or the video on Volume 5. 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.