Disney Classics

02/10/2006
  |  Buy to Own: 02/10/2006
  |  823 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Box set containing ten popular Walt Disney classics. 'Cinderella' (1950) features an outrageously wicked stepmother and a subplot about the cat and mice who live in Cinderella's house. Enslaved by her stepmother and two ugly sisters, the beautiful Cinderella (voice of Ilene Woods) seems destined to miss the glittering party at which the Prince (Williams Phipps) will choose his bride. However, a magical makeover courtesy of her Fairy Godmother (Verna Felton) gets her to the ball on time and Cinders begins to cast her own spell on the Prince. In 'Mary Poppins' (1964), stuffy parents in Victorian London are looking for a nanny, but the children write their own ad which is torn up and thrown into the fire. Miraculously, the paper reassembles and floats up the chimney flue, and along comes Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) on her umbrella/parachute. She brings fun and magic to the children's lives, as well as a guiding hand. 'Bambi' (1942) follows the story of young male deer, Bambi (voice of Hardie Albright) from his birth and woodland childhood with friends Thumper the rabbit (Peter Behn) and Flower the skunk (Stan Alexander), through to his ascendancy into the tall, antlered Prince of the Forest. Along the way he tragically loses his mother to hunters and finds love with the beautiful Faline (Cammie King/Ann Gillis). In 'Alice in Wonderland' (1951), young Alice (voice of Kathryn Beaumont) is transported to the bizarre Wonderland after following the March Hare (Jerry Colonna) down a rabbit hole. There she encounters the grinning Cheshire Cat (Sterling Holloway), joins the Mad Hatter's (Ed Wynn) tea party, and falls foul of the ill-tempered Queen of Hearts (Verna Felton) during a game of croquet. In 'The Aristocats' (1970), when an eccentric millionairess decides to leaves her money to her cat, Duchess (voiced by Eva Gabor), sneaky butler Edgar (Roddy Maude-Roxby) decides to dispose of the furry obstacle and claim the loot for himself. The embattled Duchess is helped out by streetwise alley cat Thomas O'Malley (Phil Harris) and his scat cat friends - a group of feline jazz muscians. In 'Dumbo' (1941), baby circus elephant Dumbo is mocked by all the other animals because of his enormous ears. However, when he is befriended by Timothy Mouse (voiced by Edward Brophy) Dumbo discovers a new use for his outsized organs of hearing - they give him the ability to fly. 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' (1971) is set in 1940 and follows three English children who are evacuated from London, only to discover the lady they're staying with (Angela Lansbury) is a witch - but a good one. With the aid of her spells and a magic bed, the children visit an undersea kingdom, witness a football match played by teams of wild cartoon animals, and successfully thwart a Nazi invasion of Britain. In 'Hercules' (1998), Hercules (voice of Tate Donovan) is the son of Zeus (Rip Torn), king of the gods. However, Hercules' right to rule is challenged when the goddess Hera (Samantha Eggar) helps Eurytheus to usurp him. Possessed of immense strength, Hercules soon becomes popular with the people. When Eurytheus hatches a plan to strip him of his support, Hercules determines to prove himself by carrying out a heroic series of labours - including a battle with the nine-headed Hydra. In 'Robin Hood' (1973), Robin (voice of Brian Bedford) is characterised as a fox, Allan-a-Dale (Roger Miller) a rooster, Little John (Phil Harris) a bear, Friar Tuck (Andy Devine) a badger and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Pat Buttram) a wolf. Robin and his merry band rob from the rich and give to the poor while England is ruled by the corrupt King John (voiced by Peter Ustinov). Finally, 'The Sword in the Stone' (1963) is the Disney version of the early life of King Arthur. Brought up as a scullery boy with the nickname of Wart, Arthur (Rickie Sorensen) goes through important magical training at the hands of the wise wizard Merlin (Karl Swenson). It transpires that the sorceror has the boy earmarked for greater things, but Arthur must undergo a number of tests before he can fulfil his destiny.