I have always enjoyed the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  It has gold, talking animals, huge plants, giants and people falling to their deaths.  What’s not to like?  I’m still not quite sure what exactly the moral of the story is that we are supposed to live our lives around (don’t grind up people smaller than you and then eat them?), but it doesn’t stop me from liking this story any longer.  Now you can view one of the original visions of what this story is supposed to be all about in the privacy of your own home.

Starting this May 12th, now available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment comes a collection of classic animations from the history of Walt Disney Studios available for your home theater for the first time ever.  Mickey And The Beanstalk – Walt Disney Animation Collection Classic Short Films is ready to climb right out of your television screen and bring a world of fascination and old-timey animation into your living room.  Bring home this wonderful look back at the history of animation today!

This DVD contains five different short films – “Mickey And The Beanstalk,” “The Brave Little Tailor,” “Gulliver Mickey,” “Thru The Mirror” and “Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip.”  In “Mickey And The Beanstalk,” Mickey and his pals discover the house in the sky that belongs to Willie the Giant and that’s only the start of stuff getting crazy.  In “The Brave Little Tailor,” we all know the story about the tailor who kills the flies and the villagers think he means giants with predictably hilarious results.  In “Gulliver Mickey,” we see the classic tale of those Lilliputian peoples and their fascination with the enormous, in this case, Mickey Mouse.  In “Thru The Mirror,” Mickey trips through a mirror and engages in a thoroughly trippy song and dance scene with some cards until it gets even stranger.  In “Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip,” Mickey has to hide Pluto on the train and fails in hilarious style.

The special features included in this DVD of classic animations are Dolby Digital Surround Sound, the Disney FastPlay option, English, French and Spanish subtitles and a collectible litho print from one of the short films on this DVD.

Two of these short films are based off of fairy tales, two of them are based off of or draw inspiration from major novels and one is just a strange and funny tale that draw on the strengths of the characters involved.  It is so very strange to see animations from this period in time, especially when you consider what Pixar puts out now.  Some of the stories are very strange – dancing evil cards anyone? – but the animation is warm and feels like home.  In short, your kids might like this or might even be hip enough to like it ironically, but the real market for these classic animations is none other than people who are already old.

Bring home this Classic today!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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