Walt Disney Treasures / The Adventures of Spin & Marty : 4 of 5
I always get each of the Walt Disney Treasures DVD sets each year (and so far my parents have a perfect record of getting them for me for Christmas), even if I'm not really familiar with the show being featured. I had only seen a few disjointed episodes of Spin & Marty back when the Disney Channel used to show complete episodes of the Mickey Mouse Club, so I knew it was about a couple boys on a ranch, but I never got to know the characters. This two DVD set contains the entire first "season" of Spin & Marty, which is told over 25 short episodes (each about 11 minutes), which were shown as a serial segment of the Mickey Mouse Club back in 1955. It's really hard to explain, but once I started watching this show, I couldn't stop! I seem to have nothing in common with boys learning to be cowboys at the Triple-R (a ranch summer camp), but I was just sucked in - there's something about the simple values of the 50's that makes stories from that era really enjoyable to me. Spin is a typical popular boy, good at sports and so on, and Marty is a "rich kid" who everyone hates at first. Of course, he's scared of horses, but thanks to the kindness of the main ranch-hand, he makes friends with Skyrocket, and finally learns to be one of the guys. Of course, to get there we have to make it through a kids' boxing match, an encounter with a rattlesnake, a run-in with a bear, and a big rodeo competition! The acting is just good enough to not snicker too much, but the Disney quality is still there - this is such a peaceful show that's really easy to enjoy!