Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#1 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:06 pm

Today, In view of our recent topic of conversation, I pulled out a few more Disney films for viewing beginning with this one. This 27 minute featurette is really one every Disney film fan should seek to find and then treasure forever. It really is a fast action full on explosive insight of all that Disney stands for and wonderfully creates. Every topic and emotion they represent is covered here, right down to politics and war in a brief glimpse of Der Fuhrers face with their war time propaganda, through to all their classic animated feature films up until 81,"The Jungle Book," "Bambi," "Fantasia," "The Rescuers," "Song of the South," "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "Lady and the Tramp," "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," "Sleeping Beauty," "The Aristocats," "The Sword in the Stone" and "Robin Hood." "Mary poppins".

For any Disney fan, this really is one not to miss!

Here is the experts synopsis:-

"A whirlwind tour of the Disney world of entertainment, filled with clips from various shorts and features. A compilation of historic animated Disney footage, presented to point out not only the development of the art form, but to demonstrate the moments that have given it universal appeal. Music, particularly classical music, Walt Disney tells us, plays an important role in all Disney animation. Character are conflict are used to create timeless stories. Love and fear, emotions that everyone can relate to, pull the viewer into these stories. Throughout the film, there is a sense of energy and imagination that has brought simple cartooning into the realm of a true art form."



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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#2 by Timothy Duncan ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:52 pm

WOW! Awesome screenshots Andrew! This is a Derann print no doubt. Thanks for sharing!


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#3 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:53 pm

And through to the end...



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#4 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:06 pm

Yes it is Timothy. Part of their 600ft featurette collection along with Christmas Carol, Prince & The Pauper & Blustery Day and The Small One.



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#5 by Timothy Duncan ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:09 pm

As sad as it is to say, i think that I've seen more of Disney's live action films than their animated features from this period. There are some films in this reel I've NEVER seen!


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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#6 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:12 pm

You need to make up for lost time Timothy. We are all young at heart!
Our kids and our Grandchildren still love all of these films and will continue to do so for many generations to come!


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#7 by Vidar Olavesen , Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:20 pm

My Once Upon a Mouse is much darker, sadly. Great pictures


 
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#8 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:28 pm

Is it dark all the way through Vidar?


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#9 by Vidar Olavesen , Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:41 pm

Pretty much. It is watchable though, but feels a few notches too dark


 
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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#10 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:41 pm

Yes it still looks good but was perhaps printed like this.
I have the 220ft Walking In The Air extract from the Snowman.
My full version is spot on but the extract is also very dark.
A lab defect no doubt.
As you say, it's watchable, but not as it should be, not by a long chalk.



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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#11 by Barry Attwood ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 pm

There was another 'London' dealer who quietly brought this out on 2x400' reels back in the day, perhaps Vidar has one of those prints, but as I remember they were still pretty good quality though!


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#12 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:15 pm

Interesting Barry, I never heard of that before. It obviously wasn't from Disney's own vaulted negatives though being a "under the counter" release unlike the way Deranns were, so it's understandable if they were of lesser quality.

It would be easy to spot if anyone happened to have one of these but didn't know of its origins for sure, as it would contain a spice in the middle if it had been placed on one reel like Derann did with these featurettes.



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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#13 by Dave Alligan , Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:48 pm

Hello Andrew

You would be surprised at the quality of some of these "imports"

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#14 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:58 pm

Yes maybe Dave. I only know the bootleg prints of Disney films I've seen for myself have been awful in every respect.

I often see interesting and unusual top titles on e bay from some Italian sellers etc, but again the screenshots really don't live up to expectations or descriptions at Times.

If by "imports" we are talking Kempski or Red Fox etc etc, then yes, I couldn't agree with you more Dave!



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#15 by Barry Attwood ( deleted ) , Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:33 am

Andrew do you have "Dumbo" in your collection, if you do that would be classed as an "Import" although printed in the U.K.


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#16 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:03 pm

I have it coming Barry and its a Piccalo print from Germany. Are you referring to the negatives being imported here irrespective of where the printing took place?


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#17 by Barry Attwood ( deleted ) , Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:33 pm

No, there was a German print and one done in this country, on the leaders was 'A Circus Story', it was 'imported' by a W. Midlands dealer, if you know what I mean!


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#18 by Dave Alligan , Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:15 pm

Hmmmm I wonder who that could be ?


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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#19 by Dave Alligan , Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:18 pm

Andrew you would be surprised what dealers "imported" negatives in this country if you know what I mean (nudge nudge wink wink)


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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#20 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:20 pm

I know Derann advertised and sold it from their catalogue at the time briefly Barry. It wasn't available for long though. It wasn't treated in the same manner as a certain Nick Park production if you know what I mean as it was at least, officially advertised.

There were quite a few though that were not available for long, for whatever the reasons, Rescuers Down Under being a prime example of one such title. Very rare and difficult to find a good one of these now.



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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#21 by Graham Sinden , Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:34 pm

Back on topic, I Love this film (OUAM) although I dont own many Disney films certaintly no features, this is one everyone should have. I have wondered if this was Derann's best selling Disney whether trailers, shorts or features given the number that appear on Ebay and film fairs.

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RE: Once Upon A Mouse (1981)

#22 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:41 pm

Beauty and the Beast was right up there Graham with record breaking sales I believe.

It is a superb fast paced oversight of the company's activities from beginning to 81.

I don't see this title reoccur too often on e bay or dealers lists, but ironically, two have been on e bay this week. Both less than A1 though, sadly.



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#23 by Graham Sinden , Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:55 pm

Thanks Andrew. I certaintly see this title more often than BATB or other disney features and given the original price I would expect more people could afford this. At many film fairs I often see at least one copy somewhere.


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#24 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:00 pm

yes it probably was a top seller for Derann, Graham.

I think Beauty & The Beast was a top selling feature for the company, but I wouldn't have a clue how feature sales compared to all others.

As said previously here, actual detail of specific numbers sold was almost never disclosed publicly by Derann.
I just remember reading they were astonished by how well Beauty sold.



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#25 by Graham Sinden , Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:13 pm

Whatever the case I think ALL the Disney's sold well for Derann. We are lucky Derek did that deal.

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