Disney Media and Entertainment announced this past week that DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts, Volume 1 will be heading home on Feb. 7 as part of the studio’s 100th Anniversary celebration (note: Metropolitan Theatres is also celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2023).
Included in the collection are 10 theatrical cartoons (in chronological order): Steamboat Willie (1928), On Ice (1935), Thru the Mirror (1936), Hawaiian Holiday (1937), Brave Little Tailor (1938, Oscar-nominated), Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip (1940), Whirlwind (1941), The Little Bath Day (1946), Figaro and Frankie (1947) and Mickey’s Delayed Date (1947).
Fans of Walt Disney — and the studio’s legacy during Walt’s tenure — are already grumbling (posting online) that if this is the kick-off to the 100th Anniversary celebration it is a little half-hearted.
Questions being asked … why not 4K?; why not Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White and Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color reissued as either a Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD collections? The year is early, there is plenty of time for Disney Media and Entertainment to step up its game.