September 2, 2007

The Chronological Donald was fun, I’d seen it before but it’s the kind of thing that bears re-watching many times. I’d forgotten how annoying Leonard Maltin’s commentary was, though: he pops up before some of the movies to tell the audience that the movies are very, very old, and so we should not be offended by the contents. Instead, we get offended by his assumption that we’re too simple-minded to understand that a movie from 1935 will reflect a different time than our own.

Or, no, I shan’t be unfair: I’m sure it’s not Maltin personally who makes the assumption – he’s just hired to do the job. That the Disney corporation doesn’t think much of its audience is something we already knew. But they did make good short films back when.


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