- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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DVD vs Blu ray
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Please note: The DVD version does NOT contain all the extras of the Blu-ray plus is not high definition. Contents include: all the Puppetoons of the Blu-ray plus The Great Rupert. Does not contain the archival extras, expanded interviews, The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal, and other extras. Thanks
DVD version of the Blu Ray package now available.
An addendum to the above review:The current 2 disc DVD package has all of the goodies described in the Blu Ray version. Part of the mix up is that the Blu ray edition was announced at first as a "limited edition" package a few years ago. As of 9/15/17 there is a regular version including all of the Blu ray goodies as what appears to be non-limited edition. As of this writing,both the Blu ray and DVD package with the pig-tailed girl on the cover are for sale at Amazon(sold by B2MP and fulfilled by Amazon) at reasonable prices. Strange that in this case the regular DVD package followed the Blu ray version by a couple of years and not the other way around. The real interest here is that folks with a DVD-only player get the seven additional Puppetoons,including two Dr. Seuss stories.
Animation On The Grandest Scale!
Using Art Clokey's Gumby and friends as set ups,the real meat of the film is an anthology of George Pal's Puppetoons. Puppetoons achieved their life through stop-action wooden models. Back in the 1950s,local TV stations showed theatrical cartoons like Popeye & Bugs Bunny,but every once in a while an animated version of Tubby the Tuba showed up. This was my introduction to George Pal's Puppetoons. Tubby is a story of a lonely misfit tuba,trying to find his place in the world. The story was originally told through music and narration,but George Pal found a visual world in 1947 to make Tubby come alive. Stumbling upon the Tubby 'toon on TV was always fun and when I bought a VCR player in the '70s,a bootlegged version of Tubby was my first purchase. It would be another 30 years till I could find an authorized version,and it was contained in this anthology. Actually,Tubby was Pal's last Puppetoon. But what came before,the core of this film,makes for some amazing animation. While I wouldn't write a review simply to sell a product,know that the DVD package has additional Puppetoons,more than twice what you will see in The Puppetoon Movie. And the Blu-ray version goes further. What awaits the viewer viewing these shorts surpasses much of what Walt Disney attempted in his features. Some are that good! And when you think that some of these were made as theatrical ads in Europe(many to sell Phillips radios-no kiddin'),it just adds to the mystery. Entering the world of George Pal is an adventure. You may want to stay for a while.