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Super 300 Cartoon Collection (Mill Creek Entertainment)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Animated Shorts: B-



Our legacy of animation deserves some more attention when it comes to its history and how much restoration is needed of theatrical and television works, especially at this time when digital animation is all the rage and non-feature length hand drawn work is too easily dismissed.  Since the rise of VHS and Beta, every company big and small has issued animated titles and the smaller companies issued and reissued as much public domain work as possible.  Mill Creek’s Super 300 Cartoon Collection may be a DVD set (6 in all) but is in the “tradition” of those lesser sets, as well as companies smart enough to put out key animation in any condition just for people to see.


The box set has two separate volumes that are not marked as volumes.  Therefore, we’ll go by color.  Both the blue and green sets have a variety of materials from movie theaters and TV, plus some interesting promo films.  General Motors produced several animated shorts.  One from Oldsmobile that offers a sing-a-long to the hit “Me In My Merry Oldsmobile” plus several classic tales that happen to have Chevrolets turn up in them like Cinderella.  Both sets also have assorted Christmas shorts, science shorts, Calvin & The Colonel, Hoppity Hooper and Clutch Cargo shorts.


The green set also adds many Colonel Bleep shorts, The New Three Stooges (which need some work; most episodes are here), George Pal stop-motion animated Puppetoons and even a classic Felix The Cat entry.  The blue set has more Felix The Cat, a few episodes of Space Angel, a Kellogg’s promo short with possibly the earliest (color?) appearance of Snap, Crackle & Pop to promote Rice Krispies in “Breakfast Pals”, Aesop’s Fables, Blackie The Lamb, Gumby, a 7-minute color Wizard Of Oz, Gumby, two Filmation TV series (Fraidy Cat, Wacky & Packy), Walt Disney’s Alice before he formed his studio, Herman The Mouse and other assorted shorts they had and added such as Fleischer color classics like Hold It! and the result is an interesting pastiche of a great artform.  If you are interested and can get it cheap, it is worth looking through.


All have 1.33 X 1 aspect ratios, some in black and white, others in color as well as some a few generations down where image is missing on all four sides.  Also, many are TV prints with original credits masked or replaced by other, later credits.  Some prints look good, while others are from video copies, a few generations off and even outright video copies with aliasing errors.  I even suspect some black and white footage was originally color.  There are no extras in any set.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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