UPA Jolly Frolics DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present the UPA Jolly Frolics Collection.

This three-disc set includes 38 theatrical cartoons from the most critically-acclaimed cartoon studio of the 1950s. Presented for the first time on DVD, these classic cartoons have been re-mastered - with as many of the original theatrical titles restored as possible - making the collection a desirable addition to any animation and classic movie fan’s DVD library. Released theatrically by Columbia Pictures, the cartoon shorts produced by UPA (United Productions of America) were revolutionary, adopting the contemporary graphics of Modern design and offering non-traditional, provocative storytelling. Giving the animators at Disney, MGM and Warner Bros. a run for their money, UPA earned six nominations and three Academy Awards®, and among their classic one-shot cartoons they adapted stories by James Thurber (A Unicorn in the Garden) and Edgar Allan Poe (The Tell-Tale Heart narrated by James Mason). The studio tried to avoid repetition, but nevertheless presented two long-lasting characters in Gerald McBoing Boing (created by Dr. Seuss) and the near-sighted Mr. Magoo, whose first cartoon - Ragtime Bear – is also included in the UPA Jolly Frolics Collection.

ROBIN HOODLUM (1948)
The King appoints the Crow to be the new Sheriff of Nottingham and demands that he catch the outlaw Robin Hood (played by the Fox.)

THE MAGIC FLUKE (1949)
When dance band leader Lips Fox leaves his drummer (the Crow) behind to become Foxini, the highfalutin conductor at Corneggy Hall, his former partner gives him a magician’s magic wand to use as a conductor’s baton.

RAGTIME BEAR (1949)
In the first Mr. Magoo cartoon, the near-sighted Magoo mistakes a banjo-playing bear for his nephew Waldo while vacationing at the Hodge Podge Lodge.

PUNCHY DE LEON (1950)
In 1503, the King of Spain posts a reward for proof of the Fountain of Youth, so the Fox and the Crow travel to Florida to retrieve it.

THE MINER’S DAUGHTER (1950)
Clementine, the daughter of a crusty gold prospector, falls for John Harvard, who stakes a claim too close for daddy’s comfort.

GIDDYAP (1950)
Jack the horse pulls an ice wagon but reminisces about his glory days in show business as “Jack the Hoofer” and tries for a comeback.

THE POPCORN STORY (1950)
The adventures of farm boy/inventor Wilbur Shucks, and his blundering into the discovery of popcorn, are recounted.

THE FAMILY CIRCUS (1951)
Little Patsy causes all manner of havoc in her household due to her jealousy of the attention Daddy devotes to her baby brother, Butch.

GERALD McBOING BOING (1951)
UPA adapts a story written by Dr. Suess for a children’s record; when Gerald McBoing Boing begins to talk, it is not in words but in sound effects. Picked on at school, he runs away from home.

GEORGIE AND THE DRAGON (1951)
A young Scottish lad named Georgie finds a baby dragon on the shoreline, takes it home, and plans to ask his father Angus if he can adopt it as a pet.

WONDER GLOVES (1951)
A janitor stumbles upon a pair of magical boxing gloves that give him the edge he needs to become a champion fighter.

THE OOMPAHS (1952)
Mr. Oompah is a serious-minded tuba, while his son Orville is just a little horn that likes to jazz it up with his other instrument friends.

ROOTY TOOT TOOT (1952)
"Frankie & Johnny" is retold as a courtroom case set to a swinging jazz score.

WILLIE THE KID (1952)
Modern suburbia is overrun by the neighborhood preschoolers acting out a violent Western scenario, six-shooters blazing before naptime.

PETE HOTHEAD (1952)
Pete Hothead has ordered a radio as a present for his wife, and when a package containing a parrot arrives at the house, Pete storms off to the department store to complain.

MADELINE (1952)
An adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans' classic children's book, narrated by Gladys Holland, about "twelve little girls in two straight lines” and the smallest and most adventurous of them, Madeline.

LITTLE BOY WITH A BIG HORN (1953)
Little Ollie disturbs his parents and everyone in town when he practices playing his tuba, resulting in the formation of the “Stop Ollie” committee.

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (1953)
In this retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story, the Emperor has nothing to wear for the upcoming parade and is offered a new garment woven with cloth that is invisible to those who are “unusually stupid.”

CHRISTOPHER CRUMPET (1953)
Christopher Crumpet wants a rocketship – a REAL rocketship, mind you – and whenever he doesn’t get his way, he turns into a chicken.

GERALD McBOING BOING’S SYMPHONY (1953)
Gerald the noisemaking boy works at the KZX radio network, where his talents at sound effects are put to the test when a full symphony orchestra fails to show up as scheduled.

THE UNICORN IN THE GARDEN (1953)
In this adaptation of the story by James Thurber, a meek husband sees a unicorn in his garden one sunny morning and his shrewish wife tries to get him thrown in the “booby hatch.”

THE TELL-TALE HEART (1953)
James Mason narrates this dark adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story of murder and madness.

BRINGING UP MOTHER (1954)
John Smith recounts the trials and tribulations of childhood, such as getting a baby brother when he was promised a sister.

BALLET-OOP (1954)
Mr. Hotfoot announces to the patient instructor of his School of Ballet that she has but three weeks to prepare four new pupils for an important upcoming Ballet Festival.

THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (1954)
Downtrodden Wesley loses the affections of his girlfriend Fifi to dashing trapeze artist The Great Alonzo, daredevil of the canvas top.

FUDGET’S BUDGET (1954)
George and Irene Fudget find themselves underwater after they have trouble keeping to their household budget.

HOW NOW McBOING BOING (1954)
The parents of Gerald McBoing Boing bring their boy to see Professor Joyce, teacher of voice, who is determined to teach Gerald to say “how now brown cow.”

SPARE THE CHILD (1955)
Junior makes a birthday wish to trade sizes with his father, so the discipline issues of the household are reversed.

FOUR WHEELS, NO BRAKE (1955)
Pete Hothead’s wife wins a new purple car in a contest while Pete puts a down payment on a new red Widgeon; thinking the dealership has made a mistake upon delivery, Pete blows his stack and returns it.

BABY BOOGIE (1955)
A little girl wants to know where babies come from; when her daddy tells her “the hospital,” she goes there to get the scoop.

CHRISTOPHER CRUMPET’S PLAYMATE (1955)
Marvin and Abigail Crumpet won’t allow little Christopher to have a dog, but they will allow him to have an “imaginary” playmate: Webster the Elephant.

THE RISE OF DUTON LANG (1955)
Rotund chemistry genius Duton Lang lives in his basement laboratory and creates a chemical concoction that, when sprinkled on food, causes him to lose weight.

GERALD McBOING BOING ON PLANET MOO (1956)
The King of Planet Moo is anxious to establish a tourism trade with Earth people, so he opens a channel of communication with the first Earthling he encounters: Gerald McBoing Boing.

THE JAYWALKER (1956)
Milton Muffet details his obsession with jaywalking, which started as a hobby but became an avocation and, finally, his whole life.

TREES AND JAMAICA DADDY (1958)
Two stories in one: Hattie presents a song about trees, while Ham and his friends sing a calypso song called "Jamaica Daddy."

SAILING AND VILLAGE BAND (1958)
Two stories in one: Hattie presents a song about sailing as she floats a boat in a small fountain, while Ham takes part in a four-piece band which is ignored until the town needs to greet a visiting dignitary.

SPRING AND SAGANAKI (1959)
Two stories in one: Hattie presents a song about Spring, while Ham acts out the story of Saganaki, a Japanese wood-cutter who dreams of being a Samurai warrior.

PICNICS ARE FUN & DINO’S SERENADE (1959)
Two stories in one: Hattie presents a song about picnics as she enjoys one on a big-city rooftop, while Ham acts out the story of Dino, who imagines serenading a young lady on his violin.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2012
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Introduction by Leonard Maltin
    • Audio Commentaries by Leonard Maltin & Jerry Beck
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - UPA Studio Art
      - Model Sheets
      - Concept Paintings
      - Storyboards
      - Background Paintings
      - and more!
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6 Reviews
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  • Entertaining (4)
  • High production value (4)
  • Original (4)

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5.0

Back when cartoons where Awesome!!

By gailann

from Eagan, MN

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining

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    Cartoons these days are terrible so go back in time to when they were still the best.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great quality, nice bonuses

    By Ruthie

    from Richmond, VA

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    Pros

    • Funny
    • High Production Value
    • Original
    • Stylish
    • Upa

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      Comments about this product:

      This 3-disc set is perfect for fans of the stylish, limited animation style of UPA. You'll have a hard time finding it anywhere else, too. The booklet included in the set (which is stylishly done, too) is pretty informative and fun to follow along with. The cartoons themselves look excellent.

      From sweet and sincere "Madeline" to thoughtful and beautiful animations like "The Tell-Tale Heart," this collection covers the breadth of UPA's achievements. It doesn't include Mr. Magoo and many others, but how much can you really expect to cram onto 3 DVDs?

      I've been looking for the UPA cartoons for years and finally I've found my favorites like "Rooty Toot Toot" in one place. There are lots of others I've never seen, too. UPA's style is minimal yet vivid and entertaining, always very chic, and ultimately the animators were masters of their work.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      UPA Jolly Frolics

      By Hammer

      from La habra, California

      About Me Movie Buff

      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Original

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        Very impressed with the animation. Yes, it changed the animation industry. Mid 20th century art at its finest.

        (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        inspiring, groundbreaking, cartoons!!!

        By Jonhayashi1

        from New York, Long Island

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        Pros

        • Creative offbeat stories
        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Modern art cartoon style
        • Original

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          I finaly got this great U.P.A. JOLLY FROLICS dvd set after I waited almost 4 weeks for it to be delivered to my home! That was because the dvds sold out of their warehouse so fast when I ordered it so the demand is there for these ground breaking cartoons! I saw some of these on You Tube and I knew I wanted them on dvd so it is great to have them remastered for a brighter, lighter image! Now I can see all the stylised, abstract, detail! These cartoons are the first animations of modern art and were animated by former Disney employees after the 1941 strike! RUDY TOOT TOOT shows a murder trial with a great jazz score and satirical humor! The great character animation by Art Babbit and Snow White animater Grim Natwick stand out!! GERALD MC BOING BOING is a delightful, heartfelt Dr. Seuss story about a little boy who only makes a variety of sounds and finds his place for his special talents! UNICORN IN THE GARDEN is a rendition of James Thurber's cartoon story in his unique style for the New Yorker magazine! And TELL TALE HEART is a creepy, animated telling of Edgar Allen Poe's classic story with the artwork showing everything from the madman's point of view! James Mason is both narrater and the voice of the madman!! All the other cartoons are marvellous too!! At a time when there is too much hype for CGI computer graphics it is good to be reminded of how much can be acomplished with hands on materials and hand drawn animation art! I would like the art gallery feature to have full screen inspirational sketches instead of the art filling just 1half or 1 3rd of my tv screen but this is still great stuff! I recommend these cartoon shorts wholeheartily!! Get them while you can, they are going fast!!!

          (21 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT!

          By Tosh

          from Washington, D.C.

          About Me Avid Moviegoer

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • High Production Value
          • Informative
          • Original

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            Comments about this product:

            LOVE IT!!!!

            (7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Annette Warren sings Frankie and Johnny

            By alanleee

            from Glendale, CA

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                The Oscar-nominated short "Rooty Toot Toot" features the unbilled voice of Annette Warren in all the famale roles with the jazzy arrangements of Phil Moore. This was made in 1951, the same year that Warren sang for Ava Gardner in MGM's lavish production of "Show Boat."

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