Disney Classic Shorts Compiled for ‘Small World of Fun’ DVDs
May 16, 2006
http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=...sitem_no=16959WALT DISNEY’S IT’S A SMALL WORLD OF FUN VOLUME 1 &2 (Walt Disney Home Ent., $14.99) is a new collection of Disney shorts released on DVD May 16, 2006. Starring Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and friends, each volume features entertaining adventures that are themed to different countries from around the world.
The first set includes THE FLYING GAUCHITO (1943, South America), IN DUTCH (1946, Holland), GOLIATH II (1960, India), MICKEY DOWN UNDER (1948, Australia), AFRICAN DIARY (1945, Africa), A COWBOY NEEDS A HORSE (1956, U.S.) and GRIEVANCE OF A STARMAKER, the Japanese short that has not been seen outside of Japan and makes its English-language debut on this DVD.
* THE FLYING GAUCHITO (previously made available on THE THREE CABALLEROS)
A young Gauchito finds a very special horse, which can fly. When he enters the horse in a race, he hides the horse’s wings, but the pair can’t keep their secret for long.
* IN DUTCH (previously made available on WALT DISNEY TREASURES: THE COMPLETE PLUTO, VOLUME 1)
Pluto and his pal Dinah fool villagers in Holland with a false flood alarm, but when the dike does begin to leak, it is up to Pluto to get help while Dinah plugs the leak with her paw. Because he’s already “cried wolf” once, it’s hard for Pluto to get anyone to believe him.
* GOLIATH II (previously made available on WALT DISNEY TREASURES: DISNEY RARITIES)
Goliath is the gigantic king of the elephants, but his son, poor Goliath II, is only 5 inches tall, the runt of the herd. When a mouse attacks the herd and frightens all the other elephants away, Goliath II bravely battles the mouse, and discovers he’s the elephant with the biggest heart.
MICKEY DOWN UNDER (previously made available on WALT DISNEY TREASURES: MICKEY MOUSE IN LIVING COLOR, VOLUME 2)
In Australia, Mickey discovers the egg of an emu, but unfortunately the emu parent shows up and chases Mickey. There’s also funny business with Pluto and a boomerang.
* AFRICAN DIARY (previously made available on WALT DISNEY TREASURES: THE COMPLETE GOOFY)
Goofy leads a safari into the wild interior of Africa. He goes big game hunting, but a rhino turns the tables on him.
* A COWBOY NEEDS A HORSE (previously made available on WALT DISNEY TREASURES: DISNEY RARITIES)
A little boy dreams of being a big cowboy and going on adventures way out west.
* GRIEVANCE OF A STARMAKER
Following a Japanese story competition, the Disney Studio turned the winning story into an animated short. This is the story of Yasu, a little boy who one night notices that the stars are missing. Yasu climbs up to a small shop in the sky run by Mr. Hoshi, where the stars are made. He discovers that Mr. Hoshi has hidden away the stars because he’s disturbed by all the pollution that people have caused, which has dirtied the stars. When Yasu promises to clean the stars, Mr. Hoshi promises to not hide them away again, which leads to a bright future for everyone.
VOLUME 2 includes: PEDRO (1943, South America), THE OLYMPIC CHAMP (1946, Greece), THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR (1938, Great Britain), SUSIE, THE LITTLE BLUE COUPE (1952, U.S., an inspiration for Pixar’s CARS), PETER AND THE WOLF (1946, Russia) and CRAZY WITH THE HEAT (1947, Middle East, which makes its DVD debut).
* PEDRO (previously made available on SALUDOS AMIGOS)
Papa Plane and Mama Plane ferry mail over the Andes mountains, but one day both Mama and Papa Plane get sick and can’t go. Little Pedro is called on, and despite a big condor, a bigger mountain and a very big storm, Pedro saves the day.
* THE OLYMPIC CHAMP (previously made available on WALT DISNEY TREASURES: THE COMPLETE GOOFY)
Goofy gives his own hilarious history of the Olympics in this comical look at the famous sporting event. Goofy demonstrates, as only he can, hurdles, pole vaulting, discus, javelin throwing and more.
* PETER AND THE WOLF (previously made available on MAKE MINE MUSIC)
The tale of PETER AND THE WOLF is told with distinctive Disney animation and musical accompaniment. Peter goes hunting for a large wolf with a duck, cat and a bird, but the wolf turns out to be a lot harder to catch than Peter first realized.
* THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR (previously made available on WALT DISNEY TREASURES: MICKEY MOUSE IN LIVING COLOR and THE SWORD IN THE STONE)
In medieval times Mickey plays a little tailor who is mistaken for a giant killer. The king appoints Mickey to destroy a nearby giant, with the prize being the hand of the fair princess Minnie. Mickey has to use his brains to outwit the giant’s brawn.
* CRAZY WITH THE HEAT
Donald and Goofy run out of gas while traveling through the desert, and start to see mirages.
* SUSIE, THE LITTLE BLUE COUPE (previously made available on THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD & MR. TOAD and THE LOVE BUG)
In an auto showroom, Susie is bought by a man who takes good care of her, but trades her in when she gets older. She has a succession of unfortunate owners who mistreat her, and just as she is about to be abandoned in a junkyard, an eager young man buys here, tinkers with her and soon has her running again.