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Blu-ray Release: Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection

August 18, 2015

By John Corrado

Disney Short Films Collection Blu-rayToday, the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is being released on Blu-ray.  The excellent set features a selection of twelve short films that the studio has produced over the past fifteen years, all boasting unique visual styles and worth seeing for their own reasons.

First up is John Henry (2000), a gospel-infused folk tale, with beautifully stylized animation and some great quilt-like visuals.  The Oscar-nominated Lorenzo (2004) offers a captivating tango between a pampered cat and his cursed tail, that looks like a series of illustrations come to life.  Also Oscar-nominated, The Little Matchgirl (2006) is a gorgeous and beautifully rendered retelling of the classic story, that is both haunting and heartbreaking to watch.

Playing like a classic Goofy short, but with a technologically advanced twist, How to Hook Up Your Home Theatre (2007) is an amusing old fashioned cartoon.  Tick Tock Tale (2010) is a simplistic but nicely animated story of anthropomorphized clocks fending for themselves in an old shop.  Prep & Landing – Operation: Secret Santa (2010) provides a great little standalone mission for the adorable elves.  The Ballad of Nessie (2011) is an incredibly cute storybook-style fairy tale, told in captivating rhyme and boasting a good environmental message.

The fast paced and nicely done Tangled Ever After (2012) offers the sort of madcap invention that can only be found in animation, and provides a great Royal Wedding-inspired companion piece to the feature film.  The Oscar-nominated Get a Horse! (2013) offers a gleefully manic and decidedly modern adventure for Mickey Mouse.  There are also a couple of highly deserving Oscar winners in the form of excellent standouts Paperman (2012) and Feast (2014), a pair of mini masterpieces that tell charming wordless stories, gorgeously rendered in lush and eye catching style.

Finally, there’s the recent spinoff short Frozen Fever (2015), a cute and enjoyable little musical, that makes the most of its simple story with a catchy tune and enough delightful character moments to tide us fans over until the sequel.  Although at least half of these titles have already been released on other discs, this feature length collection comes highly recommended for both animation enthusiasts and Disney fans, a nicely put together set that is simply a joy to watch from beginning to end.

The Blu-ray also includes brief introductions from the filmmakers on all the shorts, and a fun but all too brief look at the history of these shorts, hosted by T.J. Miller.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is 79 minutes and rated G.

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