Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black & White Vol 2 : 4 of 5
I'm finally getting started on Wave 4 of the Walt Disney Treasures series, all of which I got for Christmas! Even though the tins are not quite as high quality as last year (the rear panel of information is stuck on with only a couple of globs of adhesive), the contents of the DVDs are fantastic, as usual. I think I enjoyed this volume of Mickey's older cartoon shorts better than the first, since there seems to be more cartoons from the 1930s here, which is my favorite period for Mickey. At last I've now seen When the Cat's Away, where Mickey is actually mouse-sized - it's really bizarre! There's plenty of Minnie, with lots of shots of the big patch sewn on her underwear, and in the 1920's she even had kind of a bra (guess she realized she didn't need one). It's fun to see Mickey making mischief in ways he would never do today, such as snapping Minnie's underpants while singing Pop Goes the Weasel. There's also some scenes of Pluto "talking", looking at the camera while a voice speaks his thoughts, which really took me by surprise. And even though Leonard Maltin makes a big deal out of the politically incorrect cartoons, almost all of them only contain less than a second of a black-face gag. These are priceless cartoons - I'm so glad to be able to watch them!