I'm a 32 year old male and my tastes in animation are broad and varied but they mainly include Disney movies. However, I like watching movies and shows that are different and seem to stand out to me.
Animation, Acting, Singing, Dancing
Animation that I love:
The Fox and the Hound, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, Avatar: The Last Airbender
I didn't bother picking up any of the "Treasures" DVDs, but this treat came with the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Fox and the Hound. It recalls the old classic style filtered through the lens of Dumbo. Not only does it feature an old Dumbo favorite, but the animation recalls said movie's gorgeous painterly style. There's no "technical wizardry" ala the earlier, more important animated shorts. It's just beautiful hand drawn character animation.
This isn't one of those shorts you watch for stand out character personality. It's more of a parable than anything. However Lambert's mother is a joy to watch. And listening to the narration by Winnie the Pooh(lol) is always a treat.
The rest of the short follows Bugs as he resorts to his classic bag of tricks. Can't go wrong when Bugs gets his hands on a stick of dynamite. However by the end, we see Bugs causing the biggest act of property damage I've ever seen him do in any short.
However this doesn't seem like a Silly Symphonies piece at all. There's no goofy singing or dancing. No squash and stretch. Nothing cartoony about it at all. Just a bunch of (relatively) realistic animated animals going about their lives in an abandoned mill.
There's probably a good poem buried in the short somewhere. It's quite interesting to see the little slices of life for each tiny critter. I actually thought the poor little mother blue bird was going to be crushed along with her eggs. But then that sequence sort of went downhill, so I choose to latch myself onto the romantic pair of mourning doves. And that poor owl looks familiar.
All in all, a good short.