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Tom And Jerry Nutcrack [PATCHED]er Tale Fu

Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition tells the story of Jerry Mouse, who is a devoted fan of The Nutcracker and is magically transported into his own version of the classical ballet one Christmas Eve. The film is inspired by classic Tom and Jerry cartoon shorts that were originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is a heartwarming, and hilarious take on the world-famous holiday ballet about a little girl who goes to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve with her favorite gift, a toy nutcracker, which ultimately transforms into a handsome prince.

Tom And Jerry Nutcracker Tale Fu

Cinderella (1950). Based on Charles Perrault's traditional fairytale, this was another triumph for the Disney Studio. Once again, as in previous features, the animators came up with some more endearing creatures. This time they were two resourceful rodents, Jaq and Gus, who enlist the help of their friends to make a gorgeous gown so that Cinderella can finally go to the Ball. The dynamic duo were dubbed by James Mcdonald, and the rest of the soundtrack voices were just about perfect, including Ilene Woods as the lovely Cinderella, William Phipps (Prince Charming), Eleanor Audley (wicked stepmother), Verna Felton (fairy godmother), and Luis Van Ruten (King and Grand Duke). Rhoda Williams and Lucille Bliss voiced the ugly stepsisters and were suitably disagreeable on the incongruously titled "Sing Sweet Nightingale". The remainder of Mack Gordon, Jerry Livingston and Al Hoffman's score was first-rate, and included "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes", "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo", "The Work Song", "So This Is Love", and "Cinderella". The Technicolor production was supervised by Ben Sharpsteen, and directed by Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, and Clyde Geronomi. Some sources, including Variety, regard Cinderella as a 1949 film because it is said to have been released in December of that year. The newspaper places it third in domestic rental earners during that decade.

Lady And The Tramp (1955). The first of these full-length animated features to be photographed in Cinemascope was based on Ward Green's waggish tale about a mongrel called Tramp who falls in a big way for Lady, a spoilt pedigree cocker spaniel, while he is helping her to come to terms with the changes that are taking place (such as the arrival of a new baby) in her owners' family. Getting in on the act are Trusty the bloodhound, Lady's owners Jim Dear and Darling, and a sundry collection of hounds such as Toughy, Bull, Boris, Pedro, and an ex-show dog called Peg. Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ralph White and Donald Da Gradi wrote the screenplay, while Sonny Burke and Peggy Lee came up with some charming songs that included "He's A Tramp", "The Siamese Cat Song", "Bella Notte", "Peace On Earth", and "La La Lu". Lee herself provided the voices for Peg (an ex-show dog), two naughty Siamese cats, and Darling, and other characters were dubbed by Barbara Luddy (Lady), Larry Roberts (Tramp), George Givot, Bill Thompson, Stan Freberg, Bill Baucon, Verna Felton, and Alan Reed. Production and direction credits as for Cinderella and Peter Pan. A sad aspect of this production is that, nearly 40 years after it was made, Peggy Lee was locked in litigation with the Disney organization over disputed amounts of home-video royalties.

Sleeping Beauty (1959). The Disney Studio's preoccupation with live-action feature films, beginning with Treasure Island in 1950 and leading to 60s classics such as Mary Poppins, meant that this was one of their last animated fairytales - for some time, at least. Extremely expensive to make, it was a box-office failure following its original release, although subsequent re-valuation of the film's outstanding qualities has resulted in substantial earnings from reissues, pushing it into the 50s US Top 6 in more recent times. Like Cinderella, the film was based on a Charles Perrault fairytale in which the three good fairies, Flaura, Fauna and Merryweather, care for the Princess Aurora after the wicked fairy, Maleficent, has put a spell on her. After many exciting adventures involving some superb animation and special effects, the seriously handsome Prince Philip ensures that, as always with Disney, good triumphs over evil. Opera singer Mary Costa voiced the Princess, with Bill Shirley (Prince), Eleanor Audley (Maleficent), Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Candy Candido, and Bill Thompson as the other main characters. The songs included "Once Upon A Dream" (Sammy Fain-Jack Lawrence), "Hail The Princess Aurora" and "The Sleeping Beauty Song" (both Tom Adair-George Bruns), "I Wonder" (Winston Hibler-Ted Sears-Bruns), "The Skump Song" (Adair-Erdman Penner-Bruns), and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. This production, which was supervised by Don da Gradi and Ken Anderson and directed by Clyde Geronomi, was shot in Technicolor and the wide-screen process Super Technirama 70, a combination that enhanced the proceedings for some viewers, but was a disturbing influence for others.


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