I have been watching this DVD a little bit lately. I picked it up way back in 2004 from EZYDVD. Disney Australia never really embraced the treasures line of DVDs. They released Mickey Mouse In Living Color Volume 1 and Silly Symphonies Volume 1, followed four moths later by Mickey Mouse In Living Color Volume 2 and the Chronological Donald Volume 1… and then nothing. I’m not sure if they were disappointed by sales here, but then again there was no advertising and the discs were quite hard to get. Then again there has been a move by Disney to distance themselves from their classic animated shorts. Don’t believe me… when was the last time Mickey, Donald and Goofy were seen on the Australian Disney Channel?
Mickey Mouse In Living Color Volume 1 features Mickey’s finest moments on film. Classics such as The Band Concert, Lonesome Ghosts, Thru The Mirror, Clock Cleaners and The Brave Little Tailor are spread throughout this two disc set. The animation is great and these are actually funny Disney cartoons. It wasn’t until the 1940s and Mickey’s design changed that he became dull and his cartoons became quite boring (Anyone who has watched Mickey Mouse In Living Color Volume 2 can testify to this!). I’d recommend anyone who is a Disney fan or an animation fan to track down a copy of this on Ebay. It does not look like these classic cartoons will ever be seen on TV or released on DVD again, so you may have to pay a premium for the DVD, but it is worth it.
For a more thorough review of Mickey Mouse In Living Color Volume 1 and other DVDs in the Walt Disney Treasures series, please visit Ultimate Disney and their review which is here and here.
* The Region 4 version has I believe, the unedited version of Lonesome Ghosts.