Hi Guys. I have been wondering what to do for a blog, so I decided to do one based on shorts, since they have been occupying my mind for the last week. And of course, we need to remember that it was Disney shorts that lead to full length feature animated movies like Snow White and so forth. Shorts can make us laugh or they can just keep us entertained for a short bit without having too much. It is especially fun when comedic shorts accompany movies in theaters, becasue it gives the audience an extra bonus. This list will also include Pixar shorts and package film shorts becasue some of them I have enjoyed watching on those Walt Disney mini Classics videoes. So, which shorts got to be on the list? Let's take a look.
#10: Donald's Snow Fight
We have seen Huey, Duey, and Louie play pranks on their uncle Donald Duck before, but this is one of the rare times where you are on their side. Huey, Duey, and Louie were just minding their own business until Donald zooms down and bursts their snowman to pieces! And then comes my favorite part of the short-the trio builds a snowman on a rock, Donald zooms down and--BAM! One of the best crashes you could ask for in a comedic short. The rest of the short is Donald going to snow war against his rascally nephews. The next time you see Donald Duck, you might want to avoid singing Do You Want To Build A Snowman while he is around.
#9: Winnie the Pooh And The Blustery Day
I've mentioned this before, but out of the three shorts in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, I liked this one the best. It had a mixture of the light atmosphere of Honey Tree, and a little of heaviness from Tigger Too. This was also the first short to introduce Tigger, my favorite Winnie the Pooh character. This short didn't need to feel like Tigger was a new neighbor, he just popped in and did fun silly things. And of course, there's my favorite part-the Heffalumps and Woozles scene! It's so awesome! It was nightmare-like but not horrifying, creative, and colorful! It always makes me wonder if Pooh doesn't like to share honey. And at the end, Piglet gives Owl his own house even though it meant alot to Piglet. A meek little fellow like Piglet summed up the courage to do something so nice. Every time I think of blustery days, this delightful Winnie the Pooh short is the first thing that comes to my mind.
#8: Mickey and the Beanstalk
Ok, I will be honest. After seeing the Favorite Stories Collection ad on the Winnie the Pooh: Making Friends video, I was scared to watch this cartoon, mainly because of that closeup with Willie the Giant's angry eyes. But 10 years ago in 2004, I gave it a chance and it wasn't as bad as I thought. After all, I like Mickey Mouse and I like the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, so it couldn't hurt. I liked how in the beginning of it, Ludwig Von Drake showed us clips of Disney magic, including the Blue Fairy bringing Pinocchio to life! And that golden harp was sweet too. I thought she actually was the giant's harp like in the fairy tale, but here I was wrong. She belonged to Happy Valley and Mickey, Donald, and Goofy had to rescue her! That's great! I still watch this good cartoon on My Animation of Short Films Collection DVD.
#7: Jack-Jack Attack
When Syndrome got ahold of Jack-Jack in the actual movie, I was afraid that he hurt Kari just to get ahold of Jack-Jack after hearing those frantic phone messages. Luckily, this short proved me wrong. We see how Kari has been taking care of Jack-Jack while the Incredibles were away on Syndrome's lair, and it turns out that babysitting Jack-Jack wasn't as simple as she thought. Playing Mozart seemed to set Jack-Jack off for some reason, then he kept floating, burning, and all kinds of things with superpowers-something Kari never expected from a baby! She was more than relieved to see her "replacement sitter" because Jack-Jack gave Kari the worst time ever! The whole short was hilarious that way! It doesn't look like the Incredibles will be leaving Jack-Jack behind anytime soon.
One of Pixar's funniest shorts ever! I loved seeing the magician attempting to pull the bunny out of his hat, and getting hurt every time. It's hilarious to see someone trying to perform a great act and gets upstaged and humiliated by someone else. It was funny how the magician got so irritated by the bunny's incompetence and got hurt like one would see in fun cartoons! The short is funny that way!
#5: Get a Horse
I can't tell you how long I have been waiting for a Mickey Mouse short to show up on the big screen! I was so excited to see Frozen, and Get A Horse accompanying it was even better! Part of it was black and white as if it was remininscing of Walt Disney's wonderful days. But once Mickey is literally kicked out of the screen by Pete, Mickey Mouse is computer-animated, and using fourth wall jokes with the theater screen to win Minnie back. It kind of seemed like a Popeye cartoon that way with Minnie acting like Olive Oyl. It was great to see this cartoon blend their old-classic hand drawn techniques with popular computer animation. It's a great compromise that way.
Most alien abductions are pretty creepy. Lifted, however, made it very silly. A little green alien is trying to earn his alien liscence but can not get the controls to get his victim in the ship. No matter what he does, he just keeps flopping. His instructor didn't make any other facial expressions, but you could tell what he was saying. And of course the human is put back, meaning he wouldn't be abducted after all.
#3: The Wind in the Willows
Out of all the shorts ever combined in package films, The Wind In The Willows is my personal favorite. I've watched the Mini Classics tape of this a million times when I was 11 and 12. I still watch this as an individual cartoon on my Animation of Short Films Collection DVD so I don't have to see it combined with Legend of Sleepy Hollow which I thought was boring. I loved seeing the cozy library, and I loved this short for its jolly good fun and excitement. The Merrily Song was enjoyable, as well as Rat and Mole. Mr. Toad was also a very silly crazy character, especially when he even mentions the word "motorcar." And alot of the featurette had many enjoyable moments like Toad escaping from prison and the chase scene where the characters are trying to get Toad Hall's deed. The Wind In The Willows was very delightful and entertaining. No wonder this short got to have its own popular theme park ride!
#2: Mickey's Christmas Carol
How many people were introduced to Charles Dicken's beloved Christmas classic by this short? I know I definetly was. Despite being only a half-hour long, it was great to see Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters play various characters. I admit I was terrified of the scene where Pete as the Ghost of Christmas Future pushing Scrooge into the fire, but the rest of the short is delightful. Scrooge McDuck is perfect as Ebenezer Scrooge, Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit, Goofy as Jacob Marley, and so on. I liked seeing other Disney characters playing some of the Christmas Carol as well. I was delighted to see Rat and Mole as the charity collectors, Toad as Fezzywig, Jiminy as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and I even saw some of the Robin Hood characters in the background. Willie the Giant is a lot nicer as the Ghost of Christmas Present than he was in Mickey and the Beanstalk. It's one of the few Mickey Mouse cartoons that doesn't use anthropomorphic animals poorly. God bless us everyone.
and the number 1 best short is....
#1: The Prince and the Pauper
Similar to watching Peter and the Wolf at my grandma's, I watched this Prince and the Pauper short a lot of times at my aunt's house when I was a kid. Whenever I think of shorts accompanying movies in theaters, this is usually what I think of. This was the only recent short in the Walt Disney Mini Classics line, making it feel very cinematic despite its short length. Mickey made it seem like a very endearing adventure dealing with their own lives while also stopping Captain Pete from stealing. His plot didn't make much sense in this cartoon, but never mind that. This cartoon has great background music and great action too! Goofy is funny and loyal like he usually is, and I like how the short's story feels heroic. I did read the original book, but it alot darker than I expected. And the story seemed more focused on the prince's adventures outside of town rather than both the prince AND the pauper! I remember a lot from Mickey Mouse's version, and yet I remember too little about Mark Twain's dark book. Whenever I think of The Prince and the Pauper, this is the first version that comes to mind. I never saw this accompany The Rescuer Down Under in 1990 since I was born two years later, but I watched both as well as the intermission ad to see what it was like back then and it felt great. I still really enjoy this one.
And that is my countdown of Disney shorts. I hope you liked it.