On November 30, Disney will release the following three DVD documentaries involving their animation history:
|Waking Sleeping Beauty
The Sherman Brothers’ Story
|Walt & El Grupo
|How Disney revamped its animation department in the mid-80s and returned to greatness with such hits as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin
||The lives of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, the team who wrote such Disney hits as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocous” and “It’s a Small World (After All)”, produced and directed by two of the songwriters’ sons
||In 1941, Walt Disney, his wife Lilly, and sixteen colleagues visited South American countries to gather story material for a series of films, resulting in Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros
All are list-priced at $30; Amazon has them for pre-order right now at $22. However, Disney’s offering a special early deal — before November 29, you can order all three movies for a total price of $50 plus $5 shipping and handling, for a savings of $11 off of Amazon’s discount. That package comes with a bonus of three 8″x10″ lithographs, shown here.
You can also order the movies separately from Disney at the same $22 price (plus $4 shipping and handling). They’re emphasizing the word “early” in their promotion, but I don’t see any expected delivery dates anywhere. I don’t know if they’ll send them out when the order is received or you’ll get the DVDs nearer the expected November 30 release date.
I know I want to see Waking Sleeping Beauty, because I’m interested in knowing more about how Disney reoriented itself after Walt’s death and their animation production process. The other two are of less interest to me — I may have seen all I need to know about the Sherman Brothers through watching the special features on Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins. I find it sad that the brothers worked together for so many years and yet couldn’t get along personally, although the documentary promises to explore that relationship.
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