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<b><u>Introducing 3 New Limited Series Volumes
<i>Collectible Tins Include Individually Numbered Authenticity Certificates Available In
Time For the Holidays December 7</u></i>


WALT DISNEY TREASURES
WAVE 4


<u>THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB (Week One)

MICKEY MOUSE IN BLACK AND WHITE (Volume Two)

THE COMPLETE PLUTO (Volume One)</u>

<i>(2 Disc) DVD Volumes With Rare Footage,
Introduced by Leonard Maltin</i></b>

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BURBANK, Calif., August 6, 2004 – Disney’s superb <b>WALT DISNEY TREASURES</b> series continues with
WAVE 4, three new, separate limited-series DVD sets that include more of Walt’s greatest wonders. Available in
time for the holidays on December 7, these rare marvels of the Disney Studio are each fully restored, hosted by
noted film historian Leonard Maltin and presented in pristine color and sound.

<b>THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB (Week One)</b> showcases one of the most famous television programs in the
world, a visionary show that would inspire audiences for decades to come. <b>MICKEY MOUSE IN BLACK AND
WHITE (Volume Two)</b> features Mickey’s incredibly entertaining black and white shorts from 1928 through 1935.
<b>THE COMPLETE PLUTO (Volume One)</b> collects many of the animated “Pluto” cartoon shorts into one
hysterically funny collection.

Each of these amazing 2 disc DVD volumes comes in a collectible tin. These outstanding sets are chock-full of
supplemental features such as rare archival material, still-frame production art galleries, and more. Available for a
limited time only on Disney DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on <b>December 7</b>, 2004, each of these
three new DVD volumes is priced to own at $32.99 (S.R.P.).

<center><font size="3"><b><u>THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB (Week One)</b></u></center></font>

Rediscover one of the most popular family shows on television – the Mickey Mouse Club! A visionary show that
sparked a renaissance in children’s programming, the Mickey Mouse Club has never been a part of the Treasures
Collection before. Here are the famous Mouseketeers, the mouse-ear hats, the music, the skits, and more. The
DVD programs are presented as the show was, with Monday’s Fun With Music Day, Tuesday’s Guest Star Day,
Wednesday’s Anything Can Happen Day, Thursday’s Circus Day and Friday’s Talent Round-Up Day. Bonus
materials include a retrospective with film historian Leonard Maltin and the original Mousketeers; merchandising
and publicity materials, and much more.

<center><b><u>The Mickey Mouse Club, Week One
Liner Notes From Host Leonard Maltin</b></u></center>

Walt Disney never did anything half-heartedly. When he committed to the idea of a daily one-hour filmed
television show for children, he wound up producing more than a show: he created a pop culture phenomenon.
Watching <i>The Mickey Mouse Club</i> became a daily ritual for millions of kids, and the talented youngsters known as
the Mouseketeers were overnight sensations.

Now, for the first time in decades, we are pleased to present the first week’s worth of hour-long shows that
aired Monday to Friday on the ABC Television Network.

In special bonus features, you’ll see the original animated openings as no viewer ever did in the 1950s—in
color. There is also color footage of the Mouseketeers rehearsing for their television debut at the opening day of
Disneyland in 1955.

Best of all, we get to catch up with six of the original performers—Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Lonnie
Burr, Doreen Tracey, Cubby O’Brien, Karen Pendleton—and share their memories of being cast in the show,
working on the Disney studio lot, competing with one another, and forging a special relationship with head
Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd. Home movie footage highlights a special tribute to the man who personified the
program and its ideals.

Whether you’re a baby boomer with happy memories of watching the show or a younger Disney fan who’s
curious to know what the shouting was all about, this time-trip to 1955 has much to offer.

<center><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002S64UK/thehomeimprovemz"><img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/mmclub.jpg" alt="Buy The Mickey Mouse Club: Week One"></a>

<b><u>THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB Week One
CONTENTS</b></u></center>

<b><u>DISC ONE PROGRAM</b></u>
• Fun With Music Day (Monday)
• Guest Star Day (Tuesday)
• Anything Can Happen Day (Wednesday)

<b><u>DISC ONE BONUS</b></u>
• Leonard Maltin Introduction
• The Leader Of The Club (The Jimmie Dodd Tribute)

<b><u>DISC TWO PROGRAM</b></u>
• Circus Day (Thursday)
• Talent Round-up Day (Friday)

<b><u>DISC TWO BONUS</b></u>
• "Mouska-Memories"
• "The Mouseketeers Debut At Disneyland"
• Opening Sequences in Color
• Still Frame Galleries

<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/mickeymouseclub.html">Read our <b>Mickey Mouse Club: Week One</b> DVD Review</a>.

<center><font size="3"><b><u>MICKEY MOUSE IN BLACK AND WHITE (Volume Two)</b></u></center></font>

Before Walt’s classic animated feature films such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” before Walt’s
revolutionary use of Technicolor, before the Wonderful World of Disney television show, before Disneyland and
the Walt Disney World Resorts, before almost everything that Walt would build into his world-famous
entertainment studio, there was a feisty, fun-loving little character that captured the world’s heart – Mickey Mouse!
Here are more of the fun, action-filled black and white shorts from Mickey’s early days. Bonus materials include a
featurette on ‘Mickey’s Portrait Artist’ and Disney legend, John Hench; rare Mickey collectibles and artifacts, and
much more.

<center><b><u>Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two
Liner Notes From Leonard Maltin</b></u></center>

While the landmark talkie <i>Steamboat Willie</i> is well known, many of Mickey’s other early cartoons are
little-seen today. That’s why we are pleased to complete Mickey’s filmography on DVD with this two-disc set.

Walt Disney’s rivals and competitors wore themselves out trying to determine the so-called magic formula
that made his cartoons so popular in the 1930s. In truth, there was no formula except Walt’s determination to make
each short better than the last.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the short subjects seen here, originally released from 1928 to 1935.
Mickey’s look and personality are still works in progress, and Walt’s animators are still refining their craft during
this period. Yet there are many delightful, and memorable, moments along the way. Try to watch films like <i>The
Delivery Boy</i> without smiling and tapping your feet.

It’s easy to see why audiences in the early-talkie era were so captivated by Mickey and his pals in these
energetic, music-filled cartoons...and why the Mouse captured the imagination of the world.

Bonus features on this set include a chat with the late John Hench, who became Mickey’s official portrait
artist, a visit with Mickey Mouse collector supreme Bernie Shine, a Sunday comic strip adventure come to life, an
array of original animation art, and much, much more.

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<b><u>MICKEY MOUSE IN BLACK AND WHITE Volume Two
CONTENTS</center></b></u>

<b><u>DISC ONE SHORTS</b></u>
• 1928:
The Barn Dance
• 1929:
The Opry House
When the Cat’s Away
The Barnyard Battle
The Plow Boy
Mickey’s Choo-Choo
The Jazz Fool
Jungle Rhythm
Wild Waves
• 1930:
Just Mickey
The Barnyard Concert
The Cactus Kid
The Shindig
The Picnic
• 1931:
Traffic Troubles
The Castaway
Fishin’ Around
The Barnyard Broadcast
The Beach Party
• 1932:
The Mad Dog
Barnyard Olympics

<b><u>DISC ONE BONUS</b></u>
• Leonard Maltin Introduction
• Mickey's Mania: Collecting Mickey Merchandise
• Mickey's Portrait Artist John Hench

<b><u>DISC TWO SHORTS</b></u>
• 1932:
Musical Farmer
Trader Mickey
The Wayward Canary
Mickey’s Good Deed
• 1933:
Mickey’s Pal Pluto
Mickey’s Mechanical Man
• 1934:
Playful Pluto
Mickey’s Steam Roller
Mickey Plays Papa
• 1935:
Mickey’s Kangaroo

<b><u>FROM THE VAULT</b></u>
The Haunted House (1929)
The Moose Hunt (1931)
The Delivery Boy (1931)
The Grocery Boy (1932)
Mickey in Arabia (1932)
Mickey’s Good Deed (1932)
Mickey’s Mellerdrammer (1933)
The Steeplechase (1933)
Shanghaied (1934)
Mickey’s Man Friday (1935)

<b><u>DISC TWO BONUS</b></u>
Leonard Maltin Introduction
Leonard Maltin From The Vault Introduction
Mickey's Sunday Funnies: A Virtual Comic Strip
Still Frame Galleries

<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/mmblackwhite2.html">Read our <b>Mickey Mouse in Black & White: Volume 2</b> DVD Review</a>.

<center><font size="3"><b><u>THE COMPLETE PLUTO (Volume One)</b></u></center></font>

Mickey’s best friend starred in his own very popular cartoon short subjects, made during the height of the Disney
Studio’s first golden age of animation. Featuring fast-paced comedy and lush animation, Pluto’s shorts easily stand
on par with those of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Here are many of Pluto’s most entertaining
animated shorts from the 1930’s through the 1940’s. Bonus materials include “The Story of Dogs” featurette; Pluto
character designs and production art, and much more.

<center><b><u>The Complete Pluto, Volume One
Liner Notes From Leonard Maltin</b></u></center>

Only in the world of animated cartoons could a mouse have a dog for a best friend. While Mickey was, of
course, a humanized mouse, Pluto was the very essence of a canine companion: a dog’s dog.

It was essential that Walt and his animators know and love dogs in order to bring Pluto to life, and they did.
That’s why his actions, though exaggerated for comic effect, were recognizable to every dog owner in the audience.

Like so many characters in the Disney stable (no pun intended) Pluto wasn’t destined for stardom when he
made his debut in the 1930 short <i>The Chain Gang</i>. Yet there was something about that bloodhound that inspired
the animators and gag writers, and before long, he was a regular part of the Mickey Mouse series. By the end of the
decade, he was often the focal point of entire cartoons, even those that were officially “Mickey Mouse” releases.

This collection incorporates all of Pluto’s official starring cartoons through 1946, along with a selection of
his most memorable appearances in the Mickey Mouse series.

We’ve also included a biographical tribute to Walt Disney’s first canine star, a profile of his legendary
animator Norm Ferguson, and even a lesson on how to draw Pluto from Disney artist Andreas Deja. There are also
special segments from the <i>Disneyland</i> television series devoted to the popular pooch.

<center><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002S64UU/thehomeimprovemz"><img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/compluto.jpg" alt="Buy The Complete Pluto: Volume 1"></a>

<b><u>THE COMPLETE PLUTO Volume One
CONTENTS</center></b></u>

<b><u>DISC ONE SHORTS</b></u>
• 1930: The Chain Gang
• 1935: On Ice
• 1937: Pluto's Quin-Puplets
• 1939: Beach Picnic
• 1940: Bone Trouble
• 1941: Pluto's Playmate - Canine Caddy - Lend A Paw
• 1942:
Pluto, Junior
The Army Mascot
The Sleepwalker
T-Bone For Two
Pluto At The Zoo

<b><u>DISC ONE BONUS</b></u>
• Leonard Maltin Introduction
• The Life And Times Of Pluto
• Pluto 101

<b><u>DISC TWO SHORTS</b></u>
• 1943:
Pluto And The Armadillo
Private Pluto
• 1944:
Springtime For Pluto
First Aiders
• 1945:
Dog Watch
Canine Casanova
The Legend Of Coyote Rock
Canine Patrol
• 1946:
Pluto's Kid Brother
In Dutch
Squatter's Rights
The Purloined Pup
• 1947:
Pluto's Housewarming

<b><u>FROM THE VAULT</b></u>
Pantry Pirate (1940)
Gentleman's Gentlemen (1941)

<b><u>DISC TWO BONUS</b></u>
• Leonard Maltin Introduction
• Leonard Maltin From The Vault Introduction
• Pluto's Picture Book (Excerpt From A Story Of Dogs)
• Pluto's Pal Fergy
• Still Frame Galleries

<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/pluto1.html">Read our <b>Complete Pluto: Volume 1</b> DVD Review</a>.


<b><u>STREET DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2004</b></u>
<u>Direct Prebook</u>: October 12, 2004
<u>Distributor Prebook</u>: October 26, 2004
<u>Suggest Retail Price</u>: $32.99 for each volume.
<u>Rated</u>: Unrated. Bonus material unrated.
<u>Aspect ratio</u>: Various
<u>Presentation Size</u>: Full Frame
<u>Sound</u>: Dolby Digital

Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized industry
leader. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney,
Touchstone, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista videocassettes and DVDs.


<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002S64UK/thehomeimprovemz">Buy <b>The Mickey Mouse Club (Week One)</b> from Amazon.com</a>
(<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/mickeymouseclub.html">Read our <b>Mickey Mouse Club</b> DVD Review</a>)
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002S64UA/thehomeimprovemz">Buy <b>Mickey Mouse in Black & White (Volume 2)</b> from Amazon.com</a>
(<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/mickeymouseclub.html">Read our <b>Mickey Mouse in Black & White: Volume 2</b> DVD Review</a>)
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002S64UU/thehomeimprovemz">Buy <b>The Complete Pluto (Volume 1)</b> from Amazon.com</a>


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Dang... so Pluto is just one volume, then. :cry:

A list!! I wanna leest of shorts!! O____O


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Even with the press-release, most of our questions are still unanswered. I think we are gonna have to wait until the complete list of all the material is available (and we know that can take months).

Hmm, and they will stitck to the numbered certificate after all - no more numbered tins! :(


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Boo.


Second MMIB&W aside, there's not much anticpation here.

This entire 4th wave is turning out to be one big dissapointment. Hopefully the Mickey set includes ALL the remaining shorts, uncut.


Theres no excuse... that move on the Pluto set is just weak.


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Not to jump to more negative assumptions, but this line seems a little disheartening...

"Here are more of the fun, action-filled black and white shorts from Mickey’s early days."


Odd that they wouldn't promote this release as containing 'ALL' as opposed to 'more' of Mickey's black and white shorts to complete his career...

For those who recall, this was a focal point of the last MMILC collection, and it certainly was acknowledged in the last press release.


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OK I will be buying Mickey Mouse Club. Don't know about the others. I am not interested in most of the treasures but I did buy On The Front Lines and I loved that.

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Maybe they will have a third Mickey Mouse in Black and White.


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Odd that they wouldn't promote this release as containing 'ALL' as opposed to 'more' of Mickey's black and white shorts to complete his career...


Since when have Disney ever told us the full story on their DVD press releases? :) Usually you have to wait until the thing is in your player before you know what is on it.

I'm sure there are some shorts they won't include, and if there is the possibility of a 3rd Mickey volume, it wouldn't surprise me. They have to stretch these Treasures out at least a few more years - will there really be much more of a market without some of the flagship characters?

Anyways, great news. You can't complain too much about Wave 4 - in essence we have two Waves within 7 months of each other (sure, we missed out last year...). Besides, Mickey, Pluto and and the oft requested MMC set - sounds pretty solid to me.

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These don't sound as good as Wave 3 did... :cry: Hope we don't get too many double-dips for the Vol. 1 of Pluto. I for sure will be purchasing MMC, as I've never seen it before, historical value, and so my collection will be somewhat closer to complete in the Treasures Collection. Seems like each release is getting a featurette or two, and some artwork! Pretty lame press release though. I keep wondering what this much more they talk about is.... Does this mean were gonna get full details on Mary Poppins tomorrow? :P O yea, I also hope Disney continues with two Waves every year like the Platinums, or we might be getting the last of Donalds in HD-DVD :lol:

EDIT: Almost forgot.. Thanks Luke for the press release!

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O yea, I also hope Disney continues with two Waves every year like the Platinums


There were only two waves this year because there wasn't one last year. Wave 3 can still be considered as the 2003 Wave. Their production was delayed due to high demand for Lion King, Nemo, and PotC DVDs.


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They sound alright to me, never heard of the mickey mouse club before.
I'll get them for completion's sake anyhoo. Can't have all the other treasures and miss out the newest ones!


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I don't think you guys understand... without rehashing any previous released cartoons (which I'll say again, are not Pluto shorts and do not belong on this set), we are left with an embarassing total of 24 cartoons - spread over 2 discs!! That's 12 shorts per disc.

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Well, I'm still hoping something's gone drastically wrong, and all the PR and images is based on somebody's misunderstanding, and they are listing the first disc's contents only.

I'm in denial.

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STASHONE wrote:
Not to jump to more negative assumptions, but this line seems a little disheartening...

"Here are more of the fun, action-filled black and white shorts from Mickey’s early days."


Odd that they wouldn't promote this release as containing 'ALL' as opposed to 'more' of Mickey's black and white shorts to complete his career...

For those who recall, this was a focal point of the last MMILC collection, and it certainly was acknowledged in the last press release.


Well, I've always wondered if Mickey's Melladramma and Trader Mickey would be included. Looks like I'm going to have to carry on wondering for now.

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Conclusions:

There is a possibility that Mickey B&W does not contain all remaining shorts even though they would easily fit in one 2-disc set. LAME

Pluto is likely full of double dipping! Meaning a lot of On the Front Lines and MMILC2 shorts will be in there! Even though all Pluto exclusive shorts can be fit in one 2-disc set. LAME

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There is a possibility that Mickey B&W does not contain all remaining shorts even though they would easily fit in one 2-disc set. LAME


Well my conclusion is may not contain all the remaining shorts for content reasons. You guys forget Mickey Mouse is the Disney symbol. Mickey is Disney. If Disney has jitters over Song of the South, then they should be having palpatations over some of the outstanding Mickey Black and White stuff.

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If they can release Der Fuehrer's Face, they can release any Mickey Mouse cartoon in their vaults. Soccer moms browsing through the aisles at Best Buy aren't interested in vintage black and white animated shorts from the 1930's, collectors and enthusiasts buy these sets. There's been no controversy over their release to date and we're already 4 years deep. There should be no reason in the world to justify not issuing every remaining short subject. I really hope they do and if it wasn't for the other cheap shots they've been pulling in this wave, based on past sets, I wouldn't even question it.


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If they can release Der Fuehrer's Face, they can release any Mickey Mouse cartoon in their vaults. Soccer moms browsing through the aisles at Best Buy aren't interested in vintage black and white animated shorts from the 1930's, collectors and enthusiasts buy these sets. There's been no controversy over their release to date and we're already 4 years deep. There should be no reason in the world to justify not issuing every remaining short subject. I really hope they do and if it wasn't for the other cheap shots they've been pulling in this wave, based on past sets, I wouldn't even question it.


Well again STASHONE, while the sets may be (more of less) uncensored, the first Mickey Mouse in Black and White set was, in effect, censored by omission. All of the more controversial shorts were omitted. (Possibly just because the first set was mainly the contents of the laserdisc set, but when that set was made, the contents would have been carefully picked).

It's the same with Looney Tunes and perhaps the US Tom and Jerry sets. Most of the controversial stuff in Tom and Jerry comes in the first 20 or 30 cartoons or so, and yet we know the R1 Tom and Jerry set will not be chronological (conveniently skipping over any shorts Warner don't feel confident enough to show uncut at this time?). As for Looney Tunes, surely the most requested cartoons would be those which have been banned from television, such as Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips. If Warners really wanted to create something really special for collectors each collection would contain at least one of these nine cartoons, you would think. I don't want to belittle the fact that all these sets, including the Disney Treasures are 'uncut', but there's obviously some form of "release control" (I don't really want to say censorship) been applied given all of the missing cartoons. The studio benefits as they can boast 'uncut' content while still withholding content that may cause a major political storm.

Personally I don't think "Der Fuehrer's Face" is that controversial. Most sane people acknowledge that Hitler and the Nazis were evil. The only people likely to complain are racist thugs or perhaps parents of young children (but Disney went all-out, including non-skippable introductions to provide context for parents to manage their children's viewing. It may not stop some complaints, but it would certainly help to debunk any legal action should it arise).

Like it or not Mickey Mouse is different. Mickey Mouse is inseparable from Disney in the eyes of most of the public. Mickey is not Hitler. Releasing shorts like Mickey's Melladrammer or Trader Mickey is a big deal. What's shown in these cartoons is likely to offend sensible people who still have valid complaints about how society is still treating them and not just fringe nut-jobs like "Der Fuehrer's Face" or any of the other wartime cartoons would. And the fact that it's Disney's corporate symbol would most likely only increase their offense.

We know race issues and Disney don't mix all that well because of the Song of the South debacle. I don't want to say one way or another that shorts will be missing from the second Mickey Mouse in Black and White volume, but it seems to me, more than any other archive cartoon release from a major studio MMIBW2 will be the defining moment which will see if such content is acceptable, or not. Or even if a major studio will be willing to present the content to the public, or chicken out.

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Actually, MM B&W vol 1 had the same shorts as the LD. So it was basically a port.


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Well, it had one extra short. But yes. And like I say, that LD set would have had the shorts carefully selected.

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