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Wednesday, August 19 2015 11:42

Review: The Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (Blu-ray)

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Walt Disney Animation StudiosHaving had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney Animation Studios on a few occasions, I've seen first-hand what is a truly magical place. While their yearly track record is phenomenal, with recent feature-length releases including WRECK-IT RALPH, FROZEN, BIG HERO 6 and the upcoming ZOOTOPIA, the folks at Disney Animation have continued to be champions of short-form animation, carrying on a long tradition that dates back to the earliest days of cinema. Pairing a short film as the "opening act" in front of a feature has become something that families look forward to, and while those shorts have been included on home video releases of their long-form counterparts, now those released in the 21st Century (thus far) are featured in an all-new collection, just-out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere.

A dozen Disney shorts have come together, with the focal point and finale undoubtedly FROZEN FEVER - coming home for the first time, even ahead of the live-action CINDERELLA Blu-ray, on which it will also be included. The Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is an absolute must-have for any family.

Shorts Included (and where they first appeared):
  • FROZEN FEVER CINDERELLA) - The Rock Daughters point out that "this is far too short!" That's actually what Addie said when the credits began to roll. FROZEN 2 can't come soon enough!
  • FEAST (BIG HERO 6) - Check out my interview with director Patrick Osbourne
  • GET A HORSE! (FROZEN) - A classic Mickey Mouse throwback. I have a poster for this in my office here at Rock Father HQ.
  • PAPERMAN (WRECK-IT RALPH)
  • TANGLED EVER AFTER (BEAUTY & THE BEAST 3D)
  • THE BALLAD OF NESSIE (WINNIE THE POOH)
  • PREP & LANDING - OPERATION: SECRET SANTA (ABC)
  • TICK TOCK TALE (Annecy International Animation Festival)
  • HOW TO HOOK UP YOUR HOME THEATER (NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS)
  • THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL (THE LITTLE MERMAID: PLATINUM EDITION))
  • LORENZO (2004 Oscar-Nominee)
  • JOHN HENRY (Disney's AMERICAN LEGENDS)

In addition to to short films themselves, actor T.J. Miller (Fred of BIG HERO 6) takes a look at the inner workings of the studio for a special bonus feature. You know what we need? A FRED's ANGELS short film.

Perhaps I'll have to make a return visit to ask for it...

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The Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is available now.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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