Judge David Johnson is a reluctant stud.
From Disney's animation vaults, four cartoon shorts to add to your collection.
Here we go:
• The Reluctant Dragon
This is an oldie but a goodie, full of positive moralizing about not judging a person (or fire-breathing mythical beast) by stereotypes or external appearances and enemies finding common ground to work out their problems diplomatically. There is one small problem: the Reluctant Dragon is the biggest animated dork I've ever seen. I don't have the words to properly describe this foppish twit, but I will tell you this: I was sincerely hoping that Giles would sack up and drive a lance through his stupid brain.
• Ferdinand the Bull
A short, short film this one, and not terribly interesting. Basically Ferdinand is a little wuss that would rather stick his head in a flower than gore a man to death. What gives?!
• Goliath II
This installment is pure Disney: jungle animals with disabilities working through the challenge to earn the respect of their jackass elders.
• Johnny Appleseed
Again, straight-up Disney: laughing and dancing woodland creatures and a narrator that sounds like your grandfather and some rhyming and feverish hallucinations of bearded angels.
Overall, it's a charming, eclectic selection of short films with enough broad appeal to keep the kiddos interested all the way through. I do suspect they'll come to ridicule the Reluctant Dragon as much as I did, and you may want to keep close tabs on the family computer for particularly violent fan fiction about his gruesome death.
The video quality is solid, save for The Reluctant Dragon. I'm willing to give Disney the benefit of the doubt and trust they dug up the best source elements they could for the transfer, but the picture for titular cartoon is regrettably low quality. The stereo sound gets the job done and that's it. No extras.
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