I agree about the Chuck Jones stuff. Some of his work I LOVE (particularly the holiday stuff), and Grinch is probably the best, but overall he is overrated to me. I also didn't care for the way he changed some of the personalities of characters, if indeed he was responsible, to the more well-known but less original personalities they have today. Of course, you have different kinds of animation fans. Say anything against Chuck to most Looney Tunes fans, and they will go off on you. Of course, these are folks who think Looney Tunes are better than Disney, so they're unstable anyway, ha. Still, like I said, I love some of Chuck's work.
The part in Small One that was changed was the bankers' song. "Clink clink, clank clank, get the money to the bank, telling little stories you can trust. We never ever fail when we go to make a sale, weeeeee simply cheat a little if we must." They changed that last part, which is so stupid. They changed it to, "We work a little harder if we must." C'mon. Of course, I'll be surprised if the original ever sees the light of day again, but it was not changed until its last Disney Channel airings so I don't know why they bothered. Someone here told me the DVD has the changed version. I have a VHS release that has the original version, though it's not a perfect copy, even though I bought it new.
That's too bad that there are so many young animators out there with no respect/interest in the classic material. I definitely met artists with that attitude when I was in college (the idea that all animation started with the Little Mermaid and Ren and Stimpy), though none of us were animation students because the school I had to go to didn't have such a program, so I was probably the biggest animation buff there (would have tried to get a Disney job anyway, hopeless as it might have been with no training, but when I finally got out of college they were in that period of firing artists rather than hiring them). However, I have met folks our age who don't want to acknowledge any animation from after the classic period too, though among young people that is probably a smaller number.
Well, I must have overlooked Fluppy Dogs on USA but I used to love that station for all the Hanna Barbera they aired. Cartoon Express was awesome! Unfortunately, I didn't have access to Global or Canadian stations though, and I don't think many of us did back then, though I can think of one guy who did, ha. During the '90's, I think I still watched Saturday morning and weekday afternoon cartoons pretty regularly, though some stuff wasn't to my taste, like Rugrats and Real Monsters, and Dragonball and some stuff like that. I had a Saturday morning falling away too, but I think it was a bit later. Still, I would check in from time to time and watch it fairly irregularly to this day. Problem was, stations like NBC stopped showing Saturday morning cartoons, ABC came up with One Saturday Morning but there was a lot of junk on that, even from Disney, and CBS couldn't decide if they wanted to air cartoons on Saturday morning or not. It was kind of a big mess, and now it seems most stations are back to Saturday morning cartoons but they have lost their knack for them. ABC mainly shows stuff Disney Channel runs daily, WB only has a couple of shows that are worth watching but are basically weak versions of their older shows (like Batman). Oh, sorry, it's CW now, not WB. And Fox is pretty crappy in general now. Nick and Cartoon Network's stuff all looks alike since they went all original and dropped the classic stuff. Though, there are a couple of good shows still. Billy and Mandy is pretty good..... maybe that's it. Even Disney Channel is a mixed bag. Unfortunately, because I don't have digital cable yet we don't get Boomerang or Toon Disney, which drives me nuts, though I hear Toon Disney has gone to pot too.
Yeah, the '80's stuff, even though it is accused of being made to sell toys or whatever, was much more intersting and original, and I think the cartoons nowadays seem more commercialized.
Well, we seem to have had nearly exactly the same experience with the Disney animation dream, ha. I sometimes think I may go back to school for it one day if Lasseter does get the 2D animation going again, though I'm not getting any younger and still don't have any training/experience. However, I too decided to get into the comic thing. I am working on a graphic novel series project with a local writer (we just went to Wizard World Texas last month to bone up on how to improve our second printing of Book One and our first of Book Two), and I'm just starting to get my own comic strip off the ground. It's just running for free in a local, free magazine right now, but when I get enough samples together I will send them off to syndicates (hopefully VERY soon). Considering my style, I guess I am probably most suited to be a comic strip artist, if I can just get into the routine of doing it daily, ha. I've had so little to do since college. After I graduated with a degree in Fine Art- 2D Studio, I didn't really know what to do and got into their all-new Master of Fine Arts program. But, the program was too knew and they were hiring idiot teachers fresh out of school, plus my heart was too into commercial art forms like cartoons and movies. So, I got halfway through that and left around 2002. I've been trying to get a real income going ever since, but there is no need for artists where I live and I can't financially afford to move, so a lot is riding on my comic and graphic novel projects now. Especially if I want to find a gal and get married before I'm 40, which I'll have to move to do because the girls around here are bleh, ha. Sorry, got off track there.
Yeah, the Fluppy Dog toys were out first, which is why they were not characters from the cartoon or wearing clothes like they did on the show or anything. Not sure when they started working on the film or when they decided they were going to do a film, but the toys were around quite a while before. In the case of Gummi Bears and Wuzzles though, they were cartoons first (or at the same time rather). The Fluppy Dogs toys were a bit overly girly, though I wouldn't mind ebaying one someday out of nostalgia to add to my collection, but I do have a few of those Gummi Bears and Wuzzles toys (plush Eleroo and plush Cubbi Gummi and action figure of Cubbi, though the Gummi stuff needs to be replaced because it's a bit worn).
Well, I'd love to see Disney release a Fluppy Dogs DVD, I just doubt they would on its own or that they'd be satisfied with the sales. Another option though, would be to bring back the toys and release them with the DVDs as the Care Bears did when they came back. Maybe this time they could make Fluppy Dogs that match the ones in the film too. However, I still think it would be best as an '80's Disney Treasures DVD. Yes, there's still a lot of '80's stuff that the studios should get on with releasing. Been waiting forever for Teen Wolf the animated series. I do support reissuing stuff that is out of print or that needs a better release, or putting things together in a boxed set though. In fact, ha, I barely upgraded Rudolph and Frosty to DVD from VHS myself this year with the new boxed set, so I guess people are still buying them if they didn't already. However, lots of reissues aren't really necessary.
I was a hardcore reader of Disney comics as a kid, and Scrooge remains my favorite Disney character. One thing I loved about Soccermania (though I didn't care for the change in voice actor) was the color of his clothes and the fact that the Beagle Boys were more like in the comics too. I'm a huge fan of DuckTales of course, but I never liked that they changed his clothes to blue with red trim and red spats. Yes, Soccermania ran a few times on Disney, but not many. I have it recorded, but not a great copy.
"Yeah, but do people in our generation or into 80's nostalgia make up enough of the Treasures audience to merit it? I'd say at best we make up 20% at most. Personally I'd rather cater to the older generation first because we have our whole lives ahead of us for our childhood Disney. "
My guess of people in their 20's, 30's, and 40's who collect Treasures would be higher than that. In fact, I believe most DVD buyers are in that age range, really. Most people I know in their 50's and up don't even know how to work a DVD player, ha. Granted, there are many that do, and of course you'll find them on the internet so I hope they don't blast me for saying that, but I think there are far more people of the over 50 age range that are NOT into keeping up with technology.
No, ha, they wouldn't mention Hitler in a new Herbie flick. I believe the guy making the evil VW dropped a picture of himself into the vat. Only the flashback to Herbie's creation had characters hinting at Nazis.
I think if you saw a DVD of the Bruce Campbell Love Bug, it was probably a bootleg. Unless it is from a foreign market. Also, sometimes they make those Ebay auctions for VHS tapes look like they're for DVDs. I'll have to start checking on that again though. If there IS a DVD release of it, I'd want to snag it. Of course, I guess all we have to do is check the list of Disney releases here at UD. I'll have to do that later. If it was ever released, it should be on their list.
Wow, I never saw a Ludwig fig go that high, but I don't think I've ever seen one that complete either. I would probably be happy with just the Bootle Beetle. Herman, wasn't that his name? Yeah, between them I'd rather have the figure you got than the talking one, unless I found a good deal on one in great condition. I've decided I'd just like to have one great representation of any characters I want rather than all sorts of dinky junk and space taking stuffed animals. It's part of my plan to reduce the size of my collection and raise the quality of it. Still, it's slow going because it's very hard to part with all the stuff I've collected over the years (Disney, Superheroes, monsters, etc...).
I don't think any of the other Parent Trap sequels have come to DVD yet. The only thing that makes it hard to tell is that darn Disney Movie Club, which releases stuff the rest of us don't really know about. My main use for Disney Movie Rewards is to get those Disney Movie Club exclusives. So far, I've received the Blue Grass Special and DuckTales the Movie, and the Fighting Prince of Donegal is on its way.
It Happened One Night is a great film and I'm surprised to hear it's not on DVD yet! I haven't seen it in a while though and don't remember the Christmas aspect of it. Yeah, I know what you mean that there's a lot of unreleased Christmas stuff. I have been whining for releases of the Raggedy Ann and Andy Chuck Jones Christmas and Halloween specials forever, but I had features more in mind when I typed that, and while not all are available, soooo many are and more come out every year. Disney does sit on those Disney Channel movies, I know. They only started releasing them more frequently recently, and I'm amazed the Zenon trilogy hasn't been made available yet. Yes, I know those dollar-3 dollar public domain DVDs have some good stuff sometimes, though often the quality is awful, but it's better than nothing! One that I love having is the old Mexican film "Santa Claus," where Santa Claus goes up against a devil named Pitch, ha.
Not sure if I recall Tinkerbell's hosting gigs as much of a big deal. In fact, only one comes to mind that we might already have yet. Of course, I'm a huge fan of Tink and Ariel, so anything about Tink sounds good to me.
Well, I realize stuff has already been released that could be referred to as Adventureland, Frontierland, etc..., but there's plenty more that could fall under those headings so though ought to use them since they've used the Tomorrowland name, especially for episodes of the anthology that were oneshots but could fall under these titles. For example, the Moby Duck episode could be part of an Adventureland set.